The Trudeau government has given the job to the heaviest hitters the system has to offer—the PCO clerk; Canada’s national security adviser; and the deputy ministers of three federal departments, Justice, Public Safety, and Global Affairs.
National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured Jan. 30, 2019, with CBC reporter Elizabeth Thompson, who ran the press conference, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa where the ministers announced the government's new safeguards to Canada's democracy and efforts to combat foreign interference in elections. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—Jagmeet Singh has taken the first low blow in the 2019 federal election.
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