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Ethics watchdog dismisses conflict of interest charges against PM’s chief of staff

Sep 23 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog has dismissed Conservative allegations of conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chief of staff and her husband. Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations are "speculative" and do not provide "a factual basis to support the belief that a contravention" of the Conflict of Interest Act may […]

Ethics watchdog dismisses conflict of interest charges against PM’s chief of staff

Sep 23 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog has dismissed Conservative allegations of conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chief of staff and her husband. Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations are "speculative" and do not provide "a factual basis to support the belief that a contravention" of the Conflict of Interest Act may […]

Trudeau starts consultations with opposition leaders on next week’s throne speech

Sep 17 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began consulting opposition leaders Thursday about next week's throne speech, which could theoretically bring down his minority Liberal government if none of their parties support it. He spoke by phone with Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, who told Trudeau that his party wants to see a commitment to significantly […]

Trudeau starts consultations with opposition leaders on next week’s throne speech

Sep 17 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began consulting opposition leaders Thursday about next week's throne speech, which could theoretically bring down his minority Liberal government if none of their parties support it. He spoke by phone with Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, who told Trudeau that his party wants to see a commitment to significantly […]

Aline Chretien shunned limelight but played influential role in private

Sep 14 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Aline Chretien may have been the most influential political figure Canadians never knew. She was often seen at political events — a petite, elegant figure standing demurely at the side of her gregarious husband, former prime minister Jean Chretien — but was seldom heard. At least not publicly. Behind the scenes though, she was Chretien's confidante and […]

Aline Chretien shunned limelight but played influential role in private

Sep 14 2020 — Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Aline Chretien may have been the most influential political figure Canadians never knew. She was often seen at political events — a petite, elegant figure standing demurely at the side of her gregarious husband, former prime minister Jean Chretien — but was seldom heard. At least not publicly. Behind the scenes though, she was Chretien's confidante and […]