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Upcoming gun bill ‘scaring the hell out of the Liberal caucus,’ and Trudeau’s response to Harvey’s concerns puts a chill on backbenchers, say Liberals

By Abbas Rana      

Liberal MPs question why PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford regularly attend all national caucus meetings, and say they should be meetings of only elected MPs.

Liberal MPs want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his cool when his caucus colleagues raise tough questions in closed-door caucus meetings. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s angry response to a rural MP's concerns raised at a recent national caucus meeting on the Hill over the government's upcoming gun legislation did not go over well with some Liberal MPs who say it will have a “chilling” effect on their ability to speak candidly at the closed-door meetings. According to Liberal MPs and insiders, Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) verbally "attacked" rookie Liberal MP T.J. Harvey (Tobique-Mactaquac, N.B.), chair of the Liberal rural caucus, during

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