Most of the expenses associated with Trudeau's trip to the Aga Khan's island are 'institutional,' meaning not controlled by the PMO.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Aga Khan meet in Ottawa May 17, 2016. Angelo Persichilli asks why we're still talking about Mr. Trudeau's vacation to the Aga Khan's island at Christmas. Photograph courtesy of the PMO
TORONTO—Defending the spending habits of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not the best topic for a former director of communications of Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.