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Brian Platt


Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Brian:

Erin O'Toole won the Tory leadership promising to 'defund CBC,' but will it work in a general election?

'The promise is radical,' said Daniel Bernhard, of advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. 'It's extreme. It's more than even Stephen Harper dared to speak of' → Read More

Leslyn Lewis to seek Conservative nomination in Ontario riding of Haldimand-Norfolk

The rural southern Ontario riding chosen by the Conservative leadership candidate has effectively been a safe seat for the party since it was redrawn in 2004 → Read More

Erin O'Toole courts Quebec voters, wants to triple his party's caucus there next election

During the leadership race, O'Toole rolled out a Quebec-specific platform heavy on promoting provincial autonomy and protecting francophone culture → Read More

How Leslyn Lewis turned around a struggling campaign to contend for the Conservative leadership

'We could all see her potential. But the thing that's keeping her back is her campaign' → Read More

The rise of Erin O'Toole: Inside the strategy that took him from underdog to victor in Conservative leadership race

They decided their message had to emphasize the party's conservative values. If the ballot question was solely about beating Trudeau, O'Toole was unlikely to win → Read More

Five riding results that explain how Erin O'Toole won the Conservative leadership

The system gives equal weight to every federal riding, regardless of votes. To win, a candidate must have support evenly across the country → Read More

Erin O'Toole wins Conservative leadership race on the third ballot

Peter MacKay, who entered the race as the frontrunner, underperformed expectations on the first ballot, coming in just barely above O'Toole at 33.5 per cent → Read More

Meet Erin O'Toole, the new leader of the federal Conservative Party

O'Toole has tended to be a moderate voice in the party. His voting record shows him as socially progressive and in line with mainstream conservatism on other issues → Read More

Saskatchewan judge rules roadside breath testing without any suspicion is constitutional

'I find that the Crown has proven, on a balance of probabilities, that the legislation impairs the accused’s rights in a minimal way' → Read More

How Julie Payette's time running the Montreal Science Centre foreshadowed trouble at Rideau Hall

The people who may have been least shocked by Payette’s workplace turmoil were those who worked under her when she ran the Montreal Science Centre → Read More

Commons committee puts spotlight on a WE empire often viewed with skepticism

The Kielburgers saw their committee appearance as a chance to set the record straight about an organization that has ‘grown overly complex,’ in their own words → Read More

WE Charity's plan to pay teachers to recruit students for grant program posed ethical dilemma for some

The professional code of conduct for teachers varies around the country, but in many places it appears the proposed $12,000 payments would violated the code → Read More

Trudeau sidesteps calls to launch review after claims Governor General has created 'toxic workplace' at Rideau Hall

A CBC story published on Tuesday reported accounts of staff being 'yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated' by Julie Payette → Read More

Liberals reviewing deal with Chinese state-owned firm to provide security equipment to Canadian embassies

‘Any possible issue relative to security or safety will be properly reviewed and all appropriate actions taken to ensure the safety of our missions around the world’ → Read More

O'Toole campaign asks police to investigate MacKay's campaign for allegedly hacking internal data, videos

‘The complaint involves the theft of confidential O’Toole campaign data and strategy, including specifically the theft of Zoom video conferences’ → Read More

Justin Trudeau says he won't address new allegation of sexual harassment against former Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara

Trudeau said he wouldn’t discuss specific cases to respect the confidentiality of the process → Read More

Tory leadership candidates pitch their ability to win the next election in English debate

For O’Toole, it’s about winning in the suburbs. For MacKay, it’s about his history of founding the modern party and bringing conservative factions together → Read More

In first debate of Conservative leadership contest, it was the O'Toole and MacKay show

The two front-runners aimed all their barbs squarely at each other, even when paired up in head-to-head debates with the other two candidates → Read More

In first debate of Conservative leadership contest, it was the O'Toole and MacKay show

Four candidates were on the stage Wednesday night for the Conservative leadership race’s French-language debate, but for most of the evening it might as well have just been Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole. The race’s two front-runners dominated → Read More

Transport Minister Marc Garneau defends decision not to force airlines to offer COVID-19 refunds

'In the best of all worlds, we'd like to make sure that all passengers are happy,' Marc Garneau said. 'But the airlines have been hammered by this pandemic' → Read More