The time is ripe to grapple with Canada’s big institutional questions
By Donald SavoieMar. 13, 2019
If the SNC-Lavalin political crisis is able to inform Canadians that our national institutions are ill-prepared to deal with Canada’s growing regional alienation, then it will have served an important purpose.
Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick isn’t a partisan, writes Donald Savoie, but his recent foray into the spotlight raises questions over whether his various roles should be separated. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Canadians have just had a crash course in the workings of their national political institutions. What have they learned?
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
Changes to address Indigenous language loss and child welfare are seen as ‘high priority,’ but with calls for broad amendments, the short timeframe left to pass bills C-91 and C-92 is a source of frustration for some.
Amid allegations of partisanship against Michael Wernick, Prof. Donald Savoie says he could stay as DM to the PM and secretary to cabinet, but another bureaucrat may be better suited as the public service head.
The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.
While Justin Trudeau's poll numbers have sunk amid the controversy, Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh have not seen a boost to their own polling numbers as opposition leaders. But it's still early days, say strategists.