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Pulling Butts off the bench too early may cause Liberals to commit a foul

By Tim Powers      

When he stepped down before, Gerald Butts wasn’t meant to be sentenced for an eternity to purgatory. However, timing is everything, whether in politics or sport, and he is back on the field a tad too early.

Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured March 6, 2019, appeared as a witness before the House Justice Committee to testify about the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Mr. Butts, who resigned in February, would still be having a timeout if the PM didn’t think the electoral waters ahead weren’t choppy, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—According to numerous media reports this past week, Gerald Butts is back providing advice to the prime minister and the Liberal Party. That this happening is really a shock to no one and probably most welcomed by Justin Trudeau. Butts seems to be a major part of his mojo. How others in the organization feel and those in caucus hasn’t publicly leaked out yet, but I am sure it will in due course. For as much as the prime minister values Butts, there were many Liberals who were happy to see him go.

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