'To run for federal politics, to be identified with partisan interests of a political party then expect to serve in a non-partisan professional manner is very difficult. It’s a very difficult circle to square at the senior level,' says Université de Moncton professor Donald Savoie.
It’s difficult for senior public servants to run for political office and then return to serve in a non-partisan manner, says Université de Moncton political science professor Donald Savoie.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.