Canada’s chief electoral officer says that what Kenney and Ford are doing is okay because the activities of provincial governments, including advertising campaigns, aren’t subject to the Canada Elections Act. Democracy could disappear through this loophole.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, pictured on May 2, 2019, scrumming after the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on Bill C-69. Mr. Kenney, whose head has gone up several hat sizes since crushing Rachel Notley in the recent Alberta election, will be travelling to Ontario to woo immigrant voters back to the Tory fold on Andrew Scheer’s behalf, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—So now premiers Jason Kenney and Doug Ford plan to actively campaign in the 2019 federal election.
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Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.