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Chagger warns of more time allocation, but Conservatives say House cooperation conditional on Liberal ‘transparency’ over SNC-Lavalin

Mar 18 2019 — Peter Mazereeuw — As MPs return from a two-week break on Monday, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger says the Liberals will try to pass 21 active government bills in Parliament before the end of June when the Commons adjourns and the next election campaign begins, but the Conservatives plan to put up a feisty legislative fight. Conservative House […]

PM Trudeau needs to ‘reset the tone,’ hire a PMO caucus liaison, and be more accessible to his Grit MPs, say Liberals

Mar 18 2019 — Abbas Rana — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is still reeling over the resignation of two cabinet ministers for his handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy and one backbencher who recently openly criticized his leadership style, needs to “reset the tone” in his management style of the 179 Liberal MPs by having a two-way meaningful communication, creating and empowering […]

SNC-Lavalin affair ripe for opposition to capitalize on, say politicos, but Scheer, Singh poll numbers still flat

Mar 13 2019 — — The SNC-Lavalin affair has hurt Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval numbers, but political commentators say it remains to be seen whether Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh can use the controversy to bump past the Liberal leader in the polls ahead of October’s election. Recent polling shows that Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) […]

Norman case could hurt Liberals with swing voters, a ‘second proof point’ after SNC-Lavalin scandal that Liberals politically interfere to help the powerful, says pollster

Mar 11 2019 — — The looming trial of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and his defence team’s allegations of political interference in the case could push swing voters away from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, says one pollster, by shoring up a perception created by the SNC-Lavalin scandal that Mr. Trudeau’s team likes to meddle where it shouldn’t to help […]

SNC-Lavalin saga ‘unsettling’ and ‘confusing’ for Liberal caucus, damages the party especially in suburban and rural ridings: Liberal MPs

Mar 11 2019 — Abbas Rana — As the SNC-Lavalin saga drags on with no end in sight, one Liberal MP is urging former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, and his other caucus colleagues to bring any outstanding issues to the caucus and hash them out “within the family,” as MPs say the public airing of grievances by the two […]

Reeling from Wilson-Raybould’s explosive testimony, Liberal MPs brace for more damaging fallout on SNC-Lavalin controversy

Mar 4 2019 — — Reeling from former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s damning testimony, which accuses 11 top Liberal government officials, including the prime minister, of political interference in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Liberal MPs say they can fight their political opponents, but not one of their own “who continues to fire at us.” “Nobody can save us when one of […]

SNC-Lavalin scandal expected to ‘overshadow everything else’ for Grits in coming months; it’s time for a Trudeau ‘mea culpa,’ say Liberal insiders and pollsters

Mar 4 2019 — — It will be a tough slog for the Liberals in the coming months, as the SNC-Lavalin scandal has devastated their post-partisan feminist brand and demotivated their base, say pollsters and Grit insiders. It’s not yet clear how far the scandal will resonate with the general public, but any new revelations—for example, if the government does […]

‘Nervous’ Liberal MPs awaiting Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, as SNC-Lavalin controversy causes fissures in party, say Grits and pundits

Feb 25 2019 — Abbas Rana — Liberal MPs and staffers say they are nervously awaiting to hear former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s version of the “truth,” and response to numerous unanswered questions about the SNC-Lavalin affair that are causing fissures in the party when she appears before the House Justice Committee this week. In interviews with The Hill Times last week, […]

Wilson-Raybould holds ‘fate’ of government in her hands, unprecedented leverage over Trudeau, say political watchers

Feb 25 2019 — — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould appears to be holding the “fate” of the government in her hands, which gives her leverage over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says a former top government official, while others say the primes minister needs to offer an “alternative narrative,” backed up by clear facts and details; otherwise, Canadians will draw […]

Butts’ exit could help government wield more effective defence strategy in SNC-Lavalin affair, politicos say

Feb 20 2019 — Beatrice Paez — Gerald Butts’ resignation as the prime minister’s most trusted adviser could be an attempt for the Trudeau government to mount a more effective defence against allegations that senior officials exerted pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, according to political observers. Mr. Butts’ departure as the prime minister’s principal secretary, […]