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Mar 10 12 tweets 4 min read
PM Justin Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda arrive for a press conference. Duda makes a point of welcoming Canada’s troops in Eastern Europe and humanitarian assistance. He says the two talked about how else to help Ukrainians #cdnpoli Image Duda says before the war started, Trudeau promised him Canada would support Poland. Duda calls the refugee crisis an unprecedented situation in Poland and says he believes more than 1.5 million Ukrainians have now crossed into Poland #cdnpoli
Mar 10 6 tweets 2 min read
At Warsaw’s Central Train Station, Ukrainian refugees sleep on the second floor and line up for bus and train tickets and information below. One volunteer told me some people are refusing to go to a refugee centre, preferring to stay here, others are waiting for their next trip. People are resting on mats and piles of blankets, surrounded by their pets and the few belongs they were able to take with them.
Mar 9 7 tweets 3 min read
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz begins press conference w PM Trudeau, he says the world has changed with Russia’s war in Ukraine. “What we need now is a ceasefire, we need the fighting to end.” #cdnpoli In addition to the war in Ukraine, Scholz says he and Trudeau also spoke about climate action. Germany has the G7 presidency and Scholz says they want to see the Glasgow climate pact implemented #cdnpoli
Mar 8 6 tweets 3 min read
NATO’s Stoltenberg says the leaders’ presence here shows their solidarity. Stoltenberg says peace in Europe has been “shattered” by Russia. And he says Putin has underestimated Ukraine. #cdnpoli Image Stoltenberg reiterates that NATO is a defensive alliance “one for all and all for one.” He says NATO’s commitment to article five is “absolute” #cdnpoli Image
Feb 22 6 tweets 3 min read
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen has dropped Eric Duncan, the party's first openly gay MP, from the senior caucus leadership team, and has not given him a shadow cabinet post.
#cdnpoli Duncan declined comment on Tuesday and pointed the Globe to his Twitter statement where he announced that in response to his exit he is also resigning from the party's leadership election organizing committee.
Feb 19 5 tweets 5 min read
The scene is dramatically different one block west at Bank and Sparks. Many police stand with their batons ready. The loosely assembled crowd fills most of the block between Sparks and Bank #cdnpoli #ottawa #convoy Image Here’s some of the crowd, you can see tactical police trucks behind the police line #cdnpoli #ottawa #convoy
Jan 11 5 tweets 2 min read
Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the province will start charging people who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination an additional fee for health care. He says the exact amount hasn’t yet been decided. He says the charge wont apply to people with valid medical exemptions #cdnpoli Legault says vaccinations are key to reducing the burden on hospitals and people who dont go get their shots in the next few weeks will face a health contribution fee. #cdnpoli
Sep 1, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
The Liberals are the first major party to release a costed platform.

It details $78-billion in new spending over five years, deficits would be $14-billion higher per year on average than the projected pre-election deficit forecast from the PBO. #cdnpoli
theglobeandmail.com/politics/artic… First Q to Justin Trudeau is whether the spending is responsible & when the budget will be balanced. He defends it and says Canada is in a good fiscal position. "This is the plan that Canada needs to be even more ambitious" on child care, climate change and housing, says Trudeau.
Aug 30, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole arrives at a Markham rally with his family, waving his platform above his head.

This is his last rally on the road for now. He’s heading back to Ottawa tonight #cdnpoli The party says 235 people are in attendance (plus about 50 from the Conservative tour). #cdnpoli Image
Aug 30, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: The Conservative Party has removed candidate Troy Myers over allegations of sexual misconduct. Full statement below #cdnpoli Image These allegations were posted last night #cdnpoli
Aug 26, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
In questions from reporters, O’Toole is asked about critiques of his carbon pricing plan, which some experts say is overly complex and will be difficult to implement.
O’Toole doesn’t engage with the Q just repeats what his plan is. #cdnpoli O’Toole is asked again about his emissions reduction targets. In April he said he wouldn’t meet Canada’s promised 40-45% cut. He doesn’t repeat that, just says that he is commited to the Paris targets.
Note: The Paris targets were set in 2015 and are lower than the new targets.
Aug 25, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
The Conservative Party says 150 people are expected at tonight’s rally in downtown Hamilton, the room capacity is 200 #cdnpoli At the event, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole uses his platform as a prop and outlines the five key planks to the crowd. The speech was a mix of policy nuts and bolts, partisan attacks saying the other parties always focus on “where we fall short.” #cdnpoli
Aug 25, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
On to questions, O’Toole is asked about his plan to lower Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions targets below the targets set by the Liberals in April.
He says his party presented a clear plan but doesn’t address the lower target #cdnpoli O’Toole is asked why he didn’t lead a public pressure campaign on the government years ago if he knew about the risks in Afghanistan five years ago.
O’Toole doesn’t directly address the Q, he says the current situation is unacceptable and says the Liberals haven’t done enough
Aug 24, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Six hours after I asked the Liberals what they would do about the privatized MRI system in Saskatchewan that Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has praised, the party said if re-elected, Liberals would clawback cash send to Sask. full comment here 👇🏻 #cdnpoli The Liberals have taken issue with the policy for most of the time they were in government but the policy they brought in doesn’t mandate a clawback, just leaves the option for it. Here’s the link to the policy, search for the Diagnostic Services Policy canada.ca/en/health-cana…
Aug 24, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole arrives for his second telephone townhall, this one is with Manitobans.

O’Toole talks inflation, debt, and his recovery plan. He lumps the Liberals/Greens/NDP together and says the choice is between the Conservatives or “more of the same.” In a lengthy answer in response to a question on pipelines, O'Toole says the party would change the impact assessment process, and repeal the controversial changes from Bill C-69 from the 42nd parliament. parl.ca/DocumentViewer…
Aug 23, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Asked about the video promoted by the Liberals where O’Toole talks about the need for “public private synergies.”
O’Toole doesn’t answer repeated questions on what else he wants to see privatized #cdnpoli Image O’Toole notes he will increase health transfers and says he is committed to the public health care system. He doesn’t specifically rule privatization in or out #cdnpoli
Sep 16, 2019 4 tweets 3 min read
In response to @MaximeBernier being invited to the leaders’ debates in October, the Liberal party stresses that the debate commission is independent. See full statement below 👇🏻 #cdnpoli #onpoli From the Conservatives: “It’s no big surprise that Justin Trudeau’s hand-picked debate panel used a Liberal-friendly pollster who attacks Andrew Scheer to ultimately justify Mr. Bernier’s attendance at the debate.”
Full statement here👇🏻 #cdnpoli #elxn43
Nov 26, 2018 12 tweets 7 min read
Former Tory leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary and Tory Leader @AndrewScheer walk in for their chat at Ryerson University #onpoli #cdnpoli O’Leary dives right in, says the GM closure today is the start of a trend. Says there’s no reason why the Oshawa plant couldn’t be converted to build electric cars #onpoli #cdnpoli
Sep 17, 2018 64 tweets 59 min read
Debate on Bill 31 (which overrides the charter and downsizes Toronto city council) is now underway, starting with Municipal Affairs Minister @SteveClarkPC. There are more government MPPS here than opposition MPPs #onpoli #topoli @SteveClarkPC Clark says things like Toronto council's 15 hour debate on the city's budget are reasons why Toronto needs a smaller council. #onpoli #topoli
Sep 13, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
.@cafreeland arrives to say a lot of work was done today, she had two meetings w PM and also a phone call with US Trade Rep Lighthizer. Canadian Amb to US and top Canadian negotiator are both returning to Washington tonight #cdnpoli Freeland will not be returning to Washington at this point says she will keep in touch w negotiators and they are in a “continuous” negotiation at this point #cdnpoli