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Liberals call Ford’s ‘interlaying’ with federal Conservatives ‘unprecedented,’ but say they’re not worried

By Abbas Rana and Laura Ryckewaert      

Pollster Nik Nanos says Ontario Premier Doug Ford's support is 'very important' to Andrew Scheer's Conservatives, but also says Mr. Scheer has to ensure his personal brand is not 'subsumed by Doug Ford.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Mr. Ford says he will help out Mr. Scheer win the next federal election and could help the federal party win immigrant votes in the crucial GTA area. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The extent of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s public posturing against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and declaration that he wants to see Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as Canada’s prime minister in 2019 is unprecedented and the rationale behind the strategy is unclear, say Liberal MPs, but Conservatives says Kathleen Wynne used the same strategy as premier and some of her former top staffers now hold the most senior positions in the federal government.

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Federal government ad spending rises after PM’s department bumps up limit 45 per cent in election year

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Federal spending hits $300-billion, with 2019-20 main estimates up 8.6 per cent

On top of $301.8-billion in planned spending in the 2019-10 main estimates—combining $299.6-billion in budgetary spending and $2.2-billion in non-budgetary expenses—is another $51.2-billion in statutory expenses.

Anxious Liberals want Grits to fill all-important national campaign director position soon

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal Party headquarters is still undecided on whether former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, a key architect of the 2015 election win, will have any role in the October federal election.

Crowded field of candidates expected for Liberal nomination in GTA swing riding of Oakville

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Former Ontario Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn and University of Toronto law professor Anita Anand are seeking the Liberal nomination in Oakville, Ont.

Kenney’s Alberta win both good, bad for Trudeau, Scheer, say strategists

News|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative MPs Michael Cooper and Matt Jeneroux, both from Alberta, are sympathetic to Jason Kenney’s threat to 'turn off the taps' of gas to B.C.

‘We’re finding our way’: MP Gord Brown’s widow reflects on year that changed her whole life

Claudine Courtois is planning a May 2 reception to mark the first anniversary of his death, saying she’s touched by Hill community support.

Bring in quotas, financial incentives to get more women to run, says House committee

After studying barriers facing women in politics, the Status of Women Committee also suggests calling for a crackdown on gender-based heckling.

ISG Senators say poll shores up Red Chamber reforms, but feds running out of time to make them law

‘We are committed to making legislative changes’ to continue with Senate modernization, says the office of Government House Leader Bardish Chagger.

Defeated MPs to get access to more support services to navigate life after the Hill

‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
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