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Gender will be a thread through several sections of Liberals’ Feb. 27 budget: source

Feb 13 2018 — Campbell Clark — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is planning a gender budget, putting federal money behind Justin Trudeau’s declaration that he’s a feminist prime minister. It will include money to pay the costs of agenda-setting pay-equity legislation for employees in the federal government and federally regulated sectors, and will go beyond that into measures to encourage the participation […]

Trudeau’s shiny stars have a lot of scuff marks now

Dec 10 2017 — Campbell Clark — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s appointment to the cabinet in 2015 garnered a chorus of wows in press stories that labelled the former lieutenant-colonel who had done three tours in Afghanistan as a “badass.” This week, he’ll unveil a plan to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia.

Justin Trudeau rolls the dice on immigration

Nov 2 2017 — Campbell Clark — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is doing something no Canadian government has done for decades: It is gambling on a lot more immigration. There should be no doubt that it is a gamble. On the day that U.S. President Donald Trump was responding to a terrorist attack in New York by blaming the immigration system, exploiting […]

Small issues could become big problems for Trudeau’s Grits

Sep 4 2017 — Campbell Clark — As they head toward the midpoint of Justin Trudeau’s mandate, Liberal MPs seem to think the public credits them with getting the big things right but a bunch of smaller things wrong. In Mr. Trudeau’s circle, that’s supposed to be a win. The Prime Minister’s advisers say one of his political mantras is “Get the […]

Gerald Butts defends new consul-general Rana Sarkar’s salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s senior aide Gerald Butts took to Twitter to defend the appointment of his friend to a diplomatic post in San Francisco at a pay rate nearly double the official salary scale, arguing his compensation is in line with others the Liberals have recruited from outside the government – and that they […]

Liberal-named consul-general Rana Sarkar to make nearly double office’s official salary

Aug 21 2017 — Campbell Clark — The well-connected former Liberal candidate who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to a plum diplomatic posting in San Francisco is being paid nearly twice as much as the job’s official salary rate. Rana Sarkar, a long-time Liberal who is close to Mr. Trudeau’s top aide, principal secretary Gerald Butts, was named consul-general to […]

The Liberals are talking about gender, and that will change Ottawa

Jun 26 2017 — Campbell Clark — Last week, Maryam Monsef, the Minister of Status of Women, announced a strategy to address gender-based violence. Two weeks earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered a speech declaring that women’s rights are at the heart of Canada’s foreign policy, and a few days later, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a “feminist” foreign-aid policy.