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Wilson-Raybould’s resignation a ‘time bomb’ for Grits, says ex-Liberal aide, while Justice Committee chair says he’s open to hearings

By Beatrice Paez       

'There’s a need to explain to Canadians whether or not a line has been crossed—the line between legitimately, and even vigorously, talking about a criminal matter with your cabinet colleagues and being able to be sure you exercised your independent judgment,' says NDP MP Murray Rankin.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former veterans affairs minister, resigned from the Trudeau cabinet on Feb. 12 in the wake of allegations that she faced pressure to cut a deal with construction giant SNC-Lavalin so it would avoid a trial. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet Feb. 12 amid allegations of PMO interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin could be a ticking “time bomb” for the government, says a Liberal pundit, while the chair of the House Justice Committee says the committee could be a venue to air out the affair that has rocked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 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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