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Trudeau a Threat to Liberal Chances, Must Go: Martyn Brown

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.

‘Put up or shut up’: Liberal MP challenges Philpott and Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin

Mar 23 2019 — — Long-time Liberal MP Judy Sgro is calling out fellow caucus members Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, accusing them of targeting their anger and frustration directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin scandal. In an explosive interview with Maclean’s — her first media interview since she resigned from the Liberal cabinet on Mar. 4 […]

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.

‘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 […]

‘The criticisms are completely baseless,’ Scheer says of claims he’s too soft on hate groups

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.

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 […]

Philpott faced ‘tough’ questions from Liberal MPs in Wednesday’s regional caucus meeting

Mar 20 2019 — — Jane Philpott, who resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this month over the SNC-Lavalin affair, faced a barrage of tough questions from her Liberal colleagues Wednesday during a closed-door session of the Ontario caucus, sources told CBC News. Philpott addressed the group at the beginning of the meeting, which lasted 30 minutes longer […]

Trudeau a Threat to Liberal Chances, Must Go: Martyn Brown

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.

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.

Outspoken Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits caucus

Mar 20 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes has quit the Liberal caucus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the news to reporters on his way into the House of Commons on Wednesday. “I have just been notified by my office that Celina Caesar-Chavannes has decided to sit as an independent. I want to thank her for her service to the […]

‘Put up or shut up’: Liberal MP challenges Philpott and Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin

Mar 23 2019 — — Long-time Liberal MP Judy Sgro is calling out fellow caucus members Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, accusing them of targeting their anger and frustration directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the SNC-Lavalin scandal. In an explosive interview with Maclean’s — her first media interview since she resigned from the Liberal cabinet on Mar. 4 […]

Wilson-Raybould to provide emails, texts and written statement on SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 22 2019 — — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will provide a written statement and copies of text messages and emails to the Commons justice committee that shut down its probe into the SNC-Lavalin affair. The Liberal members, which have a majority on the committee, voted to close the inquiry without recalling the former attorney general to testify a second […]

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 […]

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

Mar 21 2019 — — A new poll conducted by Leger for The Canadian Press suggests the governing federal Liberals have lost ground to the Conservatives over the past month. Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled after the federal budget was released Tuesday said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals if an election were held now, a decline […]

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes Claps Back at Justin Trudeau over His Non-Apology

Mar 7 2019 — — The plot thickens. A Liberal MP has clapped back at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following a speech he made Thursday morning about the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Speaking to reporters, Trudeau said he should have realized there was an “erosion of trust” between his office and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. However, he […]

Wilson-Raybould’s place in Liberal party at risk after SNC-Lavalin testimony

Feb 27 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reconsidering Jody Wilson-Raybould’s future in the Liberal party after his former attorney general accused him, his senior staff and the country’s top civil servant of putting her under relentless pressure to interfere in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and refused to say whether she still believes in his leadership. “I […]

‘Ministers gone rogue’: Ex-deputy PM chalks SNC-Lavalin affair up to Wilson-Raybould’s inexperience

Mar 5 2019 — — Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and ex-Treasury Board president Jane Philpott “have never been in heavy politics,” former deputy prime minister and ex-MP Sheila Copps told Global News on Tuesday. “Sometimes, when you don’t have a lot of political experience, the pressure gets too hot for you. And I think that pressure has probably gotten […]

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with ‘hostility, anger’ in private Trudeau talks

Mar 8 2019 — Laura Stone — Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she was met with hostility and anger from Justin Trudeau when she told him she was leaving politics, prompting her to speak out about the Prime Minister’s behaviour. Ms. Caesar-Chavannes sent out a tweet earlier this week after Mr. Trudeau spoke about his leadership style during a news conference to […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Doomed Harper government made 49 “future” patronage appointments

Nov 23 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson — Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated, iPolitics has learned. While some had been due to […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]

Liberals accused of diabetes tax grab with apparent benefit clawback

Oct 22 2017 — — Health groups joined forces on Sunday with the Conservative opposition to accuse the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. The accusation opened a new front in the ongoing opposition-waged war on government taxation policy, amid the backdrop of the conflict-of-interest controversy dogging Finance Minister Bill Morneau over […]