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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre greet each other as they gather in the House of Commons to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa on Sept. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Not again: Why another federal election may be on the horizon in Canada

Canadians went to the polls twice in two years, in 2019 and 2021. Here’s why yet another federal election likely looms in the fall of 2023 or the spring of 2024.
Newly elected Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at the Conservative Party of Canada leadership vote on Sept. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

What Pierre Poilievre’s leadership means for the future of the Conservative Party

By focusing on issues that pertain to ordinary Canadians, Pierre Poilievre could be offering a compelling alternative to Justin Trudeau’s unpopular Liberals now that he’s won the Conservative leadership.
Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre poses for photographs with supporters at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in April 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why does Pierre Poilievre appeal to young Canadians? It’s all about economics

Pierre Poilievre’s momentum among young Canadians, if maintained, could bring the Conservative Party of Canada a notable electoral advantage in the next election.
Conservative Party interim leader Candice Bergen smiles as she rises for the first time since assuming the position during Question Period in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Replacing Erin O'Toole exposes the Conservative Party’s ever-deepening divides

Democracy benefits from the electoral viability of an alternative party on the centre-right. An unelectable, far-right Conservative Party will solidify the Liberal Party’s dominance.
Members of the Conservative caucus applaud Erin O'Toole after his address to the group during a meeting in Ottawa in June 2021. Beside O'Toole is Candice Bergen, the party’s new interim leader following O'Toole’s ouster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Erin O'Toole’s ouster shows the impact of leadership selection rules

Regardless of a given leader’s shortcomings, in some instances structural elements may also significantly influence the fate of party leaders in Canada and abroad.
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier speaks from a podium to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., in September 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

Who voted for the People’s Party of Canada? Anti-vaxxers and those opposed to vaccine mandates

Voters concerned about the push to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and what they perceived as a loss of freedom were much more likely to vote PPC than voters concerned about anything else.
In this photo from 2015, newly arrived Syrian refugees take part in a mass at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Federal election 2021: What the Conservatives don’t understand about refugee resettlement

The Conservative pledge to replace government-assisted refugee places with more private sponsorship focuses on the integration potential of refugees rather than their protection needs. That’s wrong.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole greets supporters at a campaign event in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Who is Erin O’Toole? The answer is key to Conservative election chances

The dominant issue of the 2021 election is Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery. For Conservatives, it’s also about Erin O’Toole and whether his masculine brand can win votes.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds his first news conference as leader on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The risk of ‘peak oil demand’ for Canada’s Conservatives

Recent industry reports indicate that we may be approaching peak global demand for oil. If that’s the case, the federal Conservatives may need to rethink their electoral strategy.
Maxime Bernier announces he will leave the Conservative party during a news conference in Ottawa on Aug. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Maxime Bernier’s bold move

Maxime Bernier has announced he’s forming a new conservative party to challenge Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives. Don’t count him out. Politics has shown us recently that the impossible can happen.

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