If next fall’s federal campaign is lining up to be déjà vu all over again, it is not as much because it could parallel Stéphane Dion’s disastrous campaign as because many of its features are reminiscent of the 1988 free-trade election.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured, won't be retreating from the climate-change framework he negotiated with provinces in the early days of taking office, writes columnist Chantal Hébert. Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, also pictured, has seized on the carbon-tax plan as an opportunity to cut into Trudeau's base. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Is a carbon tax a hill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to die on? That question had been in the back of many political minds since Ontario—under its new PC government—bailed out of the federal climate change framework last spring.
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David MacNaughton 'made it a priority' to understand who the key U.S. influencers were and which Canadian would be best to deliver the message, says former PMO Canada-U.S. war room staffer Diamond Isinger.
'The evidence showed there were many ways in which Mr. Trudeau, either directly or through the actions of those under his direction, sought to influence the Attorney General,' the commissioner's report says.