The year’s somewhat-less-obvious political winners and losers in Canadian politics

Craftiest political move goes to the Liberal pledge to never ‘go neg.’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Election 2015 campaign trail, wasn’t the first politician to promise to never go neg while going neg. Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty did so in every one of his winning campaigns and he won’t be the last. Gerald Butts was one of the guys who advised McGuinty to pursue the no neg/go neg strategy in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and he did it again with Trudeau in 2015. And it worked. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By WARREN KINSELLA

PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 8:03 PM

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