Regionalism is nothing new
Scott Matthews: Politics are not significantly more regionalized today than they were in 2015. But Quebec is the anomaly.A prominent theme in the wave of commentary on last week’s election is Canada’s increasing regionalism. Indeed, it’s hard not to see a reflection of the highly fragmented politics of the 1990s in the outcome of Oct. 21, 2019, particularly looking at the colouring of Elections Canada’s map of national results.
Many described Scheer's inability to capitalize on a rocky year for the Justin Trudeau Liberals as a failure Conversely, 45 per cent of respondents in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada who voted WatchLiberals told to be more humble , address Western Canada concerns , as caucus meets .
WatchLiberals told to be more humble , address Western Canada concerns , as caucus meets . WatchFour big platform promises to watch in the Liberal minority government. The Liberals will be looking for ideas that will glide through Parliament with little trouble from the opposition parties that
Liberal MPs were sounding a more conciliatory tone Thursday as they gathered for the first time since losing 20 seats and their parliamentary majority.
The party went from 177 MPs to 157 in the last election and were shut out of two western provinces. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the meeting was an opportunity to hear from MPs and think about the next steps.
“This a moment to gather, amongst friends, to reflect on the experiences we have had over the last few months.”
Singh lays down ‘challenge’ for Liberal minority but says he’s not drawing ‘lines in the sand’
The NDP leader says the Liberals have not reached out on how to work together in a minority government.But he cautioned he's not yet drawing any lines in the sand in terms of what it will take to get his party's support.
WatchLiberals told to be more humble , address Western Canada concerns , as caucus meets . Trudeau will need the support of other parties to pass legislation and survive confidence votes. But a look at Canada ’s recent minority Parliaments shows there are different ways to achieve
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Heritage minister Pablo Rodríguez said the party was given a mandate but also has to reflect on what went wrong.
“We have to look at the results, some of our colleagues are not here anymore and we have to understand why,” he said.
He said the party will have to be, “more humble, listen more and have a lot of corroboration with other parties.”
'Give me a call': Lone NDP Alberta MP open to joining Liberal cabinet - but won't cross floor
As Justin Trudeau searches for ways to include Alberta and Saskatchewan in his new minority government, one person he might want to phone is the NDP’s newly elected Edmonton MP.Heather McPherson, the lone progressive Alberta MP in a blue sea of Conservatives, has a message for the Liberals, who were mostly shut out of Western Canada. The Edmonton-Strathcona MP said she's open helping the Liberal government as it attempts to fill a void after voters rejected Liberal MPs at the ballot box in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
4: A new Western senate caucus reportedly takes shape, rethinking Bill C-69 and is Scheer unsure of a leadership fight? With at least nine members, the caucus will get a research budget, staff, seats on committees and more opportunities to be heard in Question Period, which is currently dominated by
Liberals regroup in Ottawa, trying to reconcile climate action with western alienation. Making his way into the informal meeting in Ottawa Thursday afternoon, Trudeau said giving Alberta and Saskatchewan a voice after a Liberal electoral shut-out is a "significant" matter for him.
“We have a mandate to govern Canada but that mandate also comes with the necessity to discuss, to negotiate with other parties.”
Quebec MP Steve MacKinnon said the party’s starting point is going to be the platform it ran on but they will also have to be flexible.
“Clearly, we don’t have the majority of votes and so we are going to have to talk to our friends across the way and see where we can find common ground.”
He said the party will approach negotiations with the glass half full.
“You start from the belief that everyone wants the right outcomes for Canada and for Canadians, believe in people’s good faith and stick to your principles. Principles can’t be negotiated.”
Trudeau said he will wait until after he meets with opposition leaders next week to decide when parliament will resume. He has scheduled meetings with every opposition party leader and has announced he will reveal his cabinet on Nov. 20.
Opinion: Liberal victory doesn't mean Ontario hates Alberta
It is a common view in Alberta that those in the East, and especially Ontario, do not support the West. The recent federal election result reinforces that view. As an Ontarian who voted Liberal, I did so because they want to build the Trans Mountain pipeline. I supported its purchase. I did so also because I felt the Liberals were the only party to present a credible and balanced plan that recognizes energy sector jobs in Alberta (and beyond) need to be protected, and also that steps need to be taken to address Indigenous and environmental concerns surrounding the construction of pipelines. The Liberals are trying to balance these realities.
Concerns about free speech forced their way into discussions around a Liberal MP's motion condemning Islamophobia. The Liberals are now looking to avoid the same pitfalls. Liberal MP Greg Fergus, chair of the parliamentary black caucus , said federal consultations must ensure debate
Concerns about free speech forced their way into discussions around a Liberal MP’s motion Similarly, the Quebec government’s plan to consult on systemic racism was met with objections that Liberal MP Greg Fergus, chair of the parliamentary black caucus , said federal consultations must
He also said he is still working to address how the government will manage the lack of MPs from Saskatchewan and Alberta when putting together the cabinet.
“There is a lot of work to do to make sure we are governing for the entire country.”
Ralph Goodale, who lost the seat in Saskatchewan he had held for more than two decades, said Trudeau would find ways to have those provinces represented but more importantly is addressing the issues.
“The more critical thing is the substantive issue of understanding, clearly and deeply, what the issues were, and are, that are of deepest concern to western Canadians.”
Goodale said people in his riding are concerned about the economy.
“That was the issue that was raising the anxiety level across western Canada and it will be very important for the government to provide the necessary reassurance.”
Outgoing Natural Resources minister Amarjeet Sohi, who lost his seat in Edmonton, said getting the Trans Mountain pipeline done is essential.
“Having the construction underway and completing that project on time, absolutely is important to responding to western Canadian concerns,” he said.
He also said the government should emphasize what the energy industry has done for Canada.
“One way for us to move forward is to continue to stress the importance of oil and gas to Alberta, to Canada. And how oil and gas and the whole energy sector has contributed to the prosperity of every Canadian.”
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What Tories, NDP, Bloc, And Greens Want To Get Out Of Trudeau .
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped a series of one-on-one meetings with opposition leaders Friday, giving him just under three weeks to write his first throne speech in a minority Parliament, one which needs enough support from across the aisle to clear his first confidence vote. Asks from the Conservative, Bloc Québécois, NDP, and Green Party parliamentary caucus leaders covered topics, from requests for Alberta energy sector support, to multiple calls for a national universal pharmacare system.The minority position is new territory for Trudeau, who won a majority in the 2015 election.