'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.
The Liberal government is 'so distracted by SNC-Lavalin that clearly they’re not responding on China,' says Brock University professor Charles Burton.
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The SNC-Lavalin controversy is reducing the federal government’s bandwidth to respond to the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and China, say two professors who study the Asian country.
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Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.