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Under fire over SNC-Lavalin crisis, Trudeau still has ‘credibility’ to rebound, say strategists

By Beatrice Paez and Abbas Rana      

The Liberal Party has sought to project itself as a big-tent party that embodies Canada and its values, but this issue, with its many layers, underscores the risks of overpromising, says political scientist Alex Marland.

In reacting to the resignation of Jane Philpott, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured arriving at his office on March 5, said the concerns she raised 'must be taken very seriously' and he will be 'listening carefully' to the testimonies of witnesses at the House Justice Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Though the loss of two high-profile ministers threatens to undercut the Liberal Party’s pitch for a new style of politics, their decision to remain in caucus appears to send a signal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can salvage the situation and still has the credibility to recover from this crisis, according to political observers. At the same time, some Liberal insiders say it’s time to cut them loose.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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