After losing two cabinet ministers, his top adviser, and the country’s top bureaucrat over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to be more accessible to his MPs, and has set up a caucus relations office amid griping from his backbenchers that he needs to do a better job of communicating with them.
Abbas RanaAbbas 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.