Top 100 Most Influential Powerful & Influential People in Government & Politics in 2018
By Emily HawsJan. 8, 2018
Politicians, staffers, public servants, journalists and other influencers — here's this year's predictions for who will be turning heads in 2018.
Pictured top left to right, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, PMO chief of staff Katie Telford, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, PCO's Matthew Mendelsohn, PCO Clerk Michael Wernick, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
The rise and fall of political fortunes in Ottawa can almost always be traced back to decisions made by the players in federal politics, including those in the spotlight and in the backrooms.
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Gerald Butts has removed himself from the daily political grind of strategizing how to keep the Liberals in power. But observers say it's unlikely he will be consigned to watch the campaign unfold from the sidelines.
SNC-Lavalin risks a takeover if it's convicted. But aside from likely outrage in Quebec, Ottawa can find other builders for its infrastructure plans if the company is banned from bidding on federal contracts, experts say
The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.