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‘Put that on the record’: Gould as Wilson-Raybould, Philpott push to share more on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Mar 24 2019 — Amanda Connolly

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says if her former cabinet colleagues Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have more to say about the SNC-Lavalin scandal, “then they should definitely put that on the record.” Speaking in an interview with the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Gould was asked about the decision by the Liberal members of the […]

Mar 24 2019 — David Beers

Odds for RCMP probe rising, says former top aide to BC Liberal premier. On Friday, Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen offered some advice to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he is likely to ignore. Let Jody Wilson-Raybould have her (additional) say. Stop muzzling her with cabinet confidence and solicitor-client privilege. Waive it.

Mar 24 2019 — Rachel Gilmore

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government is “not ruling out” making national pharmacare an election promise. He made the comment during an interview with Evan Solomon on CTV’s Question Period, airing Sunday. “[Pharmacare has] been, now, something we’ve been working on for more than a year and we’re making really important first steps,” Morneau […]

Mar 24 2019 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a May byelection in British Columbia to fill a seat vacated by a former New Democrat. The Prime Minister’s Office has set May 6 as the date for the ballot for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. The riding opened up when former New Democrat member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January to […]

Mar 24 2019 —

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has released a summary of Robert Mueller‘s long-awaited report into Donald Trump‘s 2016 election campaign and allegations of Russian interference. Rep. Jerrold Nadler said just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday that members of Congress have received a “very brief letter” on the investigation. “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report […]

Quebec couple’s deaths in Florida being treated as double homicide

Mar 24 2019 —

A Quebec couple was found dead inside their mobile home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Friday evening and local authorities are treating the case as a double homicide. Marc Gagne, 80, and Rita Fortin, 78, were from Saint-Côme-Linière, Que., about 100 kilometres southeast of Quebec City. Neighbours, worried about the couple’s absence after a few […]

Mar 23 2019 — Elise von Scheel

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says accusations that he panders to groups with hateful or intolerant messaging are unfounded. In his remarks to the Manning Centre networking conference on Saturday, Scheer said he “unequivocally” condemns hateful ideologies. “The criticisms are completely baseless.” Those criticisms have been plentiful in the past few weeks.

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The delicate craft of caucus management

Mar 24 2019 — Robin V. Sears

During the 1981 bitter battle over the Charter of Rights an NDP MP was accused of leaking a confidential set of amendments to a Liberal colleague on the committee, wrestling with daily comma by comma confrontations. He narrowly escaped expulsion from a divided caucus. When Brian Mulroney polled in the low teens, he regularly had […]

Trudeau needs to get this mutiny under control

Mar 24 2019 — Jim Warren

There is a full-on mutiny happening on the good ship S.S. Liberal and it’s about time its captain, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, started to address it for what it is or he could get tossed overboard. Trudeau and the Prime Minister’s Office should ensure Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott speak and disclose every piece of […]

Trudeau can’t give a straight answer on Lavscam

Mar 24 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein

The reason why the Lavscam scandal continues to erode public support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was clearly on display at a Town Hall meeting in Thunder Bay Friday evening. It’s because Trudeau seems incapable of giving straight answers about it. Trudeau was asked two simple, direct questions, in sequence, by one of the […]

It’s time to give House of Commons committees some teeth

Mar 24 2019 — Lorne Gunter

House of Commons committees have to be reformed. They have to be made fully independent. Opposition committee members have to have the authority to call witnesses whether the government majority approves or not. We saw what a partisan farce a Commons committee could be when the Liberal majority on the Justice committee voted last week […]

Preparing Canadian students for the future

Mar 24 2019 — Ben Carr

This past week, the Federal Government laid out some important measures to help post-secondary students find greater success transitioning from their studies to the workforce. Budget 2019 emphasized work placement opportunities, giving students in fields outside of STEM—such as the arts, humanities and social sciences— a chance to access funding to support their growth and […]

Former cabinet ministers have Justin Trudeau in their sights

Mar 22 2019 — Chantal Hébert

Had former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott sought to sabotage her government by breathing new life in the SNC-Lavalin saga this week, she would not have acted otherwise. Her first post-resignation interview — given to Maclean’s on the day after the federal budget was presented — raised more questions than it provided factual answers.

Anne McLellan’s appointment: one more bumbling bid to bury SNC-Lavalin

Mar 22 2019 — Anne Kingston

This week’s appointment of former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan as a “special advisor” to the Prime Minister continues the government’s bumbling campaign to wrest control of the SNC-Lavalin narrative so they can bury it six-feet under. Here, it appears, the goal is to magically switch the SNC-Lavalin conversation from discussion of political interference in […]

The Liberal caucus isn’t worthy of Jane Philpott

Mar 21 2019 — Don Martin

To know Jane Philpott is to understand the devastating impact her condemnation of the government’s SNC-Lavalin behavior registers on the prime minister and his foot soldiers. This medical doctor turned Liberal rookie MP is not a coattail-clinging, talking-point-reciting lightweight in the caucus. She was extremely popular and has consistently displayed lofty principle and public service […]

Mar 21 2019 —

Jane Philpott has been quietly getting out the word in recent days that she will be doing interviews within the coming weeks. It’s a good idea, because the former minister has only hinted in her newest interview with Maclean’s magazine about what led her to quit Justin Trudeau’s cabinet at the beginning of March.

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Mar 22 2019 — Jen Gerson

Those who read my columns regularly will have already surmised that my politics lean centre, centre-rightish, depending on the day. To use the banal stereotype, one might class me as closer to the right on fiscal issues, and to the left on social ones. But, like most voters, it’s all a touch a la carte […]

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Mar 21 2019 — Martin Patriquin

In the Canadian prime minister’s Montreal base the Lavscam imbroglio has taken a toll on previously staunch support Nicola Papadakis says he is done voting for Justin Trudeau. The decision clearly bothers the retired cleaner, 76. Like many Greeks in the Montreal neighbourhood of Park Extension, Papadakis has a nearly unshakable loyalty to Trudeau’s father, […]

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Mar 21 2019 — Alex Marland

A burning question for observers of the SNC-Lavalin affair is whether former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, who publicly opposed actions of their government, will be cut loose from the Liberal caucus. While some, including former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps, urge retribution, others in the party admire these MPs and want them […]

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