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Wilson-Raybould story could pose election hurdle for Trudeau’s feminist brand: strategists

By Emily Haws      

Being viewed as untrustworthy 'could really hurt him with women and that could be a major problem in places...where you’ve got a lot of suburban female votes,' says former Conservative staffer Kate Harrison.

The scandal surrounding former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould hits Team Trudeau right in its feminism and reconciliation brand, say strategists of all stripes. That brand damage could have an impact come the October election, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has particularly strong support amongst women. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The SNC-Lavalin scandal has been a direct hit to the Liberal brand of feminism and reconciliation, according to strategists, with some saying it has the potential to hurt Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support amongst women in the October election.

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House Justice Committee to mull revival of controversial hate-speech provision, as it shifts focus away from SNC-Lavalin

News|By Beatrice Paez
While advocates acknowledge section 13 was an imperfect remedy, they say its removal has resulted in a gap in the government's ability to hold those who promote hateful rhetoric online accountable.

Rural Liberal chair says he’s putting his faith in Blair as gun ban decision looms

Liberal MPs from rural swing ridings have expressed concern in the past that their government's gun control agenda could cost them their seat. The chair of the Liberal rural caucus, Francis Drouin, said a handgun ban wou

Design plans for Centre Block’s big renovation to be finalized in 2022, say House officials

Meanwhile, the House Affairs Committee is looking into the fate of the Hill's 100-year-old elm tree, and recently heard from deputy speaker Bruce Stanton as part of its study into creating a parallel debating chamber.

Former Ontario Conservative MP Chisu to run as a People’s Party candidate in upcoming election

News|By Abbas Rana
Corneliu Chisu says he left the party because he believes the Conservative Party headquarters had been delaying the nomination contest to find a different candidate.

UN migration pact needs substantive debate, says ex-Harper aide

News|By Emily Haws
There's been a lot of political rhetoric, but not a lot of policy analysis on the agreement, said Ms. Curran. Canada signed the UN Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration in December, a move opposed by Conservat

SNC-Lavalin affair distracts feds’ attention from China dispute, say analysts

News|By Emily Haws
'When you have this shaking at the top, it slows things down,' says UBC prof Paul Evans, pointing to the resignation of top PMO aide Gerald Butts and PCO clerk Michael Wernick due to the SNC-Lavalin story.

‘We’re really getting important now’: in midst of ongoing SNC-Lavalin saga, Trudeau reaches out to caucus, sets up caucus relations office

News|By Abbas Rana
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hounded by the SNC-Lavalin scandal since The Globe broke the story on Feb. 7. He needs his Liberal caucus now more than ever.

‘Shenanigans,’ jaw-dropping Philpott interview colour marathon 20-plus hour House vote

‘It’s kind of like calving cows, except this is a little messier,’ says Conservative MP James Bezan of the all-night session.

SNC-Lavalin affair capturing Canadians’ attention, but no sign of shifting votes, pollsters suggest

News|By Emily Haws
MPs and pollsters say the issue could contribute to greater voter cynicism, which could lead to lower turnout at the polls in October.
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