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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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.