Althia Raj, TorontoStar

Althia Raj


Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Althia:

The inside story of how the Liberals turned around their faltering campaign and won the 2021 election

Star columnist Althia Raj conducted interviews with 57 individuals from all five major campaigns to learn about the behind-the-scenes strategies, the last-minute pivots and the unexpected curveballs that shaped the 2021 federal election. → Read More

Justin Trudeau’s fight with Erin O’Toole about COVID-19 vaccinations is far from over

Federal party leaders see a political advantage in banging this drum, Althia Raj writes. → Read More

Erin O’Toole has an authenticity problem. Will that cost him his leadership?

Whether you think the Conservatives need to dump their leader depends on what you think the party’s problem is Althia Raj writes. → Read More

It is Election Day. We talk the state of the race

Polls suggest opinions are mixed and this could be one nail biter of an election. → Read More

How one misguided question in the English leaders’ debate may have cost Justin Trudeau his majority

After the debate — and moderator Shachi Kurl’s pointed question on Bill 21 — the Bloc Québécois’s lacklustre campaign seems to have found new momentum... → Read More

Justin Trudeau is ‘pretty bad,’ says Jagmeet Singh, but Erin O’Toole ‘is worse’

However, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says calling an election that jeopardizes moving forward on policies such as child care was a cynical move on Justin... → Read More

Canada's Whistleblower Law Ranks Dead Last In International Rankings

Canada was chastised for ignoring its own legal requirement for periodic reviews of the effectiveness of its whistleblower law. → Read More

Conservatives Back Bloc Québécois Push To Make French The Mandatory Language For Quebec Immigrants

A private member’s bill encouraging the change was defeated by the Liberals, NDP and Green MPs. → Read More

Trudeau’s Words On Federal Whistleblower Law An ‘Illusion,’ Warns Former Whistleblower

After three decades, and four prime ministers, stronger whistleblowing legislation remains a pipe dream. → Read More

MPs Mull Giving Themselves The Power To Hear From Government Whistleblowers

Those who step forward deserve protection for “doing the right thing.” → Read More

Trudeau Won’t Commit To Strengthening Federal Whistleblower Law, Despite Calls For Transparency

Even Liberal MPs say whistleblowers aren’t protected under the current system. → Read More

Federal Whistleblower Law Must Be Expanded Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Spending, Experts Say

Public servants need to jump many hurdles to expose potential wrongdoing. → Read More

MPs Return To House With Bluster, Few Signs Of Wanting To Work Together

Trudeau’s Liberals faced heat over Biden’s Keystone cancellation and Canada’s vaccine rollout. → Read More

Environment Minister Says Canada-U.S. Opportunities Are ‘Bigger’ Than Keystone XL

Jonathan Wilkinson says Joe Biden won a mandate by promising climate action. → Read More

Jagmeet Singh Accuses Trudeau Of 'Looking For An Election' With Recent Comments

The Prime Minister has claimed the opposition parties “don’t agree” with his post-pandemic plans. → Read More

Trudeau Pledges Not To Raise Taxes To Slay Soaring Federal Deficit

The fall economic statement does include several revenue-raising tax measures. → Read More

Erin O’Toole Is Trying To Rebrand The Conservative Party. Will It Work?

In the Conservative leader's first 100 days, he's trying to strike a new tone for the party. → Read More

Politics And Ideology Push Freeland To Open Spending Taps (Analysis)

The fall economic statement outlines billions in goodies for new programs. → Read More

Blame, Partisan Shots Over COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be Signs Of Spring Election (Analysis)

The “partisan side” of the COVID-19 crisis could be a “good opportunity” for Erin O’Toole, Harper’s former campaign manager says. → Read More

Maverick Party Will Model Itself On Bloc Québécois, Interim Leader Says

Jay Hill says the Bloc has produced gains for Quebec and he wants the same for Western Canada. → Read More