National Newswatch

Can Jody Wilson-Raybould continue to serve in Trudeau’s cabinet?

Feb 9 2019 — Susan Delacourt — The prime minister still has confidence in Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, a senior government source says, despite an explosive series of stories over the past few days appearing to indicate that the relationship has totally blown apart. Justin Trudeau has not spoken personally to Wilson-Raybould since reports emerged of her falling-out with the Prime […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks volumes with her silence

Feb 7 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It’s been a burning question for weeks in politics — what did Jody Wilson-Raybould do to get bounced out of her job as justice minister in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet? Well, now we know one theory about her firing offence: an alleged refusal to do a legal favour for SNC-Lavalin, the Quebec firm with long and […]

Justin Trudeau ventures to where old Canada meets new

Feb 1 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau became prime minister in 2015 without a foothold in Milton, the sprawling GTA community where he landed on Thursday as part of this winter’s cross-country town hall tour. But if Trudeau wants to stay on as prime minister after this fall’s election, a lot will depend on how his Liberal government is grappling […]

Politicians of all stripes are focused on the home front, a sure sign of what will shape the federal election campaign

Jan 30 2019 — Susan Delacourt — All politics is local, as the old saying goes, especially in an election year. So while China and other international tensions are raging in the headlines, and no doubt causing some sleepless nights at the top levels of the federal government, there’s a distinctly local tilt to the concerns of MPs returning to the partisan […]

Cabinet shuffle may be in the cards for Justin Trudeau

Jan 9 2019 — Susan Delacourt — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be gearing up for this 2019 election year with an early reset of his government — including a possible cabinet shuffle in the days ahead. Shuffle speculation has been heating up over the past couple of days in Ottawa in advance of next week’s cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Que.

Justin Trudeau passes on a chance to acknowledge tough times

Dec 19 2018 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau has admitted that outrage came easier to him before he became prime minister. While that kind of candour is often refreshing in politics, his end-of-year news conference in Ottawa could have used some of that old opposition fire — whether it was on Canada-China relations or, even closer to home, on the economic […]