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Past articles by Alex:

This was the moment that Conservative insiders knew Erin O’Toole would lose the election

Decisions made by the leader’s election team are under intense scrutiny as the party comes to grips with a third straight loss at the polls. → Read More

Erin O'Toole's fight to remain Conservative leader has begun

A source close to the Conservative campaign told the Star O’Toole will encourage the caucus to adopt Reform Act measures that will allow for a leaders... → Read More

O’Toole’s campaign chair says holding Trudeau to a minority would be a win for the Conservatives

The Erin O’Toole campaign would consider it a win if they can hold the Liberals to a minority government in today’s federal election. → Read More

The pandemic, climate, racism, affordability: Here are the choices on the big issues this election

No federal party has succeeded in setting the narrative of this campaign. But time is up, and voters need to make a decision about Canada’s direction ... → Read More

Erin O’Toole calls pandemic election “un-Canadian” in final push for votes

Conservative leader goes personal as polls suggest the O’Toole campaign is in trouble in Ontario, calls Trudeau’s election call “vain” and “selfish.” → Read More

‘Something wrong is happening.’ Distrust and anger on display at People’s Party protest outside leaders’ debate

The People’s Party of Canada has objected to the decision to exclude its leader from the two official debates. → Read More

Protesters pelt Trudeau with rocks outside London campaign stop

Liberal leader says he won’t back down as “anti-vaxxer mobs” attempt to disrupt his campaign events. → Read More

Conservative plan to cost more than $100 billion over next decade, Star analysis suggests

Erin O’Toole has resisted releasing a costed platform, instead relying on the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer to check his work. → Read More

Twitter flagged Chrystia Freeland for posting ‘manipulated media.’ Did that help spread it?

News coverage of Twitter’s labelling a Liberal campaign video as “manipulated media” served to amplify that video’s reach and failed to convince viewe... → Read More

Think Canada should have a bigger role in world affairs? At least one political party agrees

The Conservative party is betting that the experience of the global pandemic has shaken Canadians awake to global affairs, as the ongoing crisis in Af... → Read More

Liberals plan to stay on the ‘offensive’ after bumpy campaign launch, sagging poll numbers

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign takes a day off as Conservatives, New Democrats continue to hammer away on affordability measures → Read More

Erin O’Toole says his position on abortion hasn’t changed. But his leadership platform suggests otherwise

The Conservative leader has faced questions about his party’s pledge to protect “the conscience rights” of health-care professionals who refuse to pro... → Read More

Canada’s most trusted party leader might be the one most of us can’t vote for

Canada’s political leaders are facing a significant trust deficit with voters ahead of the coming federal election, according to new data provided exc... → Read More

Liberals expected to tap Kevin Vuong for Spadina—Fort York

The downtown Toronto riding has been held since 2014 by retiring MP Adam Vaughn, but the New Democrats have been competitive in the past. → Read More

How will Justin Trudeau fight his next election campaign? The provincial race in Nova Scotia may hold some clues

As Nova Scotians get ready to go to the polls, they are happy, increasingly vaccinated and hopeful that the worst of COVID-19 is behind them, Alex Bou... → Read More

Canada lists more neo-Nazis, Daesh affiliate as terrorists

Militia group that frequently attends far-right rallies, terrorist guru among new extremists entities prohibited by Canadian government. → Read More

Canadian government warned to expect more ‘aggressive’ cyber attacks from China, Russia

Report by a former Canadian intelligence official warned in 2019 that Chinese and Russian attacks would continue “just below the threshold of armed co... → Read More

RCMP’s ‘paramilitary’ structure should be dismantled to address systemic racism, Commons committee says

Systemic racism in Canadian policing is a “real and pressing problem” in need of urgent action and a sweeping overhaul of the RCMP’s paramilitary stru... → Read More

RCMP broke privacy laws in using controversial Clearview AI facial recognition tools, watchdog says

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said Thursday that the RCMP committed a “serious violation” of Canadians’ privacy by using Clearview AI’s service... → Read More

Lack of warning signs on alleged London attacker show how radicalization can happen in the dark, experts say

When someone is accused of extremist violence, people expressing shock that someone they know could be accused of such an act misses the point, accord... → Read More