It's unlikely the Conservative Futures, despite its link to Maxime Bernier, will spark the same kind of heated clash today. Yet, as the reaction of Brad Trost and Erin O’Toole suggests, both Bernier and Conservative Futures will be eyed warily.
Then prime minister Stephen Harper, pictured Oct. 16, 2015, at a rally in Fredericton, N.B. About 20 years ago, certain members of the now defunct Reform Party grew suspicious about the political motives of the NCC’s president at the time—a guy named Stephen Harper. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OAKVILLE, ONT.—Canadian conservative politics is irredeemably dull, unless that is, it becomes embroiled in some sort of conspiracy theory, at which point it can be fun to watch.
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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.