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Yep, everything still revolves around the prime minister and the PMO

By Alex Marland      

Let’s cut to the chase: Patrice Dutil's book Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden is for people who are fascinated with historical minutiae about Canadian political and government executives from years ago. If you like reading biographies of Canadian prime ministers, or enjoy finding nuggets such as how the Treasury Board was created, you will like Prime Ministerial Power in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto. Ministers and Liberal MPs are so connected to the Trudeau brand that they have limited flexibility to develop their own public personas. I would go so far as to suggest that Pierre Trudeau’s quip that MPs are 'nobodies' once they leave Parliament Hill is increasingly applicable to ministers, too. Both are unfair comments and yet reflect the inescapable reality that everything revolves around the prime minister and the PMO. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

ST. JOHN’S, NFLD.—Quick: does the Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have too much power? How you answer might have a lot to do with your impressions of him and the Liberal government’s policies. It is a question with no definitive answer. The media and critics aren’t complaining nearly the way that they did with Stephen Harper. As a result, perhaps people are giving less thought to how the PMO operates.

Would-be Conservative leaders wooing Quebec dairy farmers, but organizers say they won’t decide the race this time

With Maxime Bernier out of the party, dairy farmers don’t have a supply-management bogeyman to unite against this time.

‘Prudent, gradual, and phased-in’: public servant return-to-worksite plan slowly unfolding seven weeks in, but ‘no single date’ yet pinned down

News|By Mike Lapointe
Federal departments and agencies are taking numerous precautions and adapting worksites to meet physical distancing requirements, according to the Treasury Board.

‘When you have the will, there is a way’: Canadian-Lebanese Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury’s rise to federal political power

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Liberal MP was first elected in the 2015 federal election, taking just over 25,800 votes and 47 per cent of the tally in the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles.

Job losses in July highest among racialized communities, StatsCan data shows

News|By Palak Mangat
'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.

‘The vast majority of the TFWs would rather come here and get their PR’: some MPs signal support for extending permanent residency to Canada’s migrant farm labourers

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‘Beirut is bleeding’: Lebanese-Canadian MPs express horror, disbelief in wake of massive explosion

News|By Mike Lapointe
'I’m sure with the will of the Lebanese and their friends from all over the world, Beirut will shine again,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury.

‘I await your response’: inside N.S. Liberal MPs’ push for a public inquiry

News|By Neil Moss
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.

Introduction of remote voting in the House could come without unanimous support

House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.

‘No gotcha moments’: Trudeau’s gambit reflects lessons learned from past ethical entanglements

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.
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