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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. Questionable judgment on the part of top figures in the government drove media headlines and the political cut-and-thrust for much of the past year, and those debates are likely to spill into 2018 once Parliament returns. The ethics commissioner’s rebuke of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s

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Top 100 Most Influential Powerful & Influential People in Government & Politics in 2018

By Emily Haws      

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
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