'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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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.