Apr 11 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Overlooking a Loblaws Superstore in Ottawa this week, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna seemed blissfully unaware she was hosting a communications disaster. She was in happy handout mode, shelling out a $12-million subsidy to induce the extremely profitable supermarket giant to spend $36 million of its own money on carbon-cutting refrigeration upgrades. An equally oblivious pair […]
Mar 21 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — 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 14 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — It’s no longer about the truth, if it ever was. It’s about ameliorating or amplifying the consequences of a political poop that defies polishing. The crystallization of that reality came Wednesday at an emergency justice committee meeting. MPs were supposed to deal with former attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould’s willingness to re-appear and continue tormenting […]
Mar 11 2019 — CTV Power Play — Greg Weston, Kate Harrison, Karl Belanger and Greg MacEachern weigh in on the government’s handling of SNC-Lavalin.
Mar 7 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — The entire SNC-Lavalin mess, according to former Trudeau top aide Gerry Butts, was just the normal operations of government. If so, one image sticks in the mind from this week’s testimony to the justice committee. While attending a gala last October, Justin Trudeau’s powerful deputy minister took a phone call to his unlisted number.
Feb 28 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — So we now have two different truths on the SNC-Lavalin scandal — one altruistic, one inconvenient. The heroic version, rolled out by the prime minister and parroted by his ministers, is that political interference was all about saving jobs at the Montreal engineering giant. If spared a criminal conviction through a deferred prosecution deal, SNC-Lavalin […]
Feb 22 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — This is the strangest story I’ve seen in 40 years of covering politics. By way of review, consider the pileup of inexplicables. The prime minister’s BFF and closest adviser Gerry Butts quit his dream job this week, insisting he did nothing wrong to warrant his resignation.
Feb 14 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Here’s proof that a week can be a lifetime in politics. One week ago today, Jody Wilson-Raybould was the veterans affairs minister and prime ministerial interference meant limiting debate on a piece of priority legislation. Now Wilson-Raybould is gone from cabinet and seeking legal advice while Justin Trudeau reels under mounting pressure that his office […]
Jan 31 2019 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — While there’s a new sunny way in the relocated House of Commons, thanks to that nifty glass ceiling overhead, it’s the same old fog on the floor. Election year dawned this week between the two main antagonists – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau verses Official Opposite Leader Andrew Scheer – and campaign narratives were being floor-tested.