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Tale as old as time: Liberal ethics breach proves politics still about comforting the comfortable

By Amy Kishek      

The SNC-Lavalin affair is about a political system that is rife for abuse, and those responsible for the recent abuses are seeking re-election on a platform of open and transparent government.

In the wake of the ethics commissioner’s report on the SNC-Lavalin affair, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured speaking to reporters in West Block on June 19, 2019, has lost the trust of Canadians when he says he is running on a platform of ‘real change’ and ‘fair and open government,’ writes Amy Kishek. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—This past April, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke to the Daughters of the Vote delegation, which included Indigenous women protesting his treatment of former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould following her expulsion from the Liberal party over the SNC-Lavalin debacle. He pontificated in response that “diversity only works if there’s trust.” Now, after having been found to have broken the law—the first sitting prime minister in Canadian history—he is insisting that he does not have to apologize because “you [only] apologize when you did something wrong.”

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Rodriguez could be shuffled to key government House leader’s post, say Liberal sources

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals are considering assigning responsibility for the six regional development agencies to several ministers this time around, say Liberal sources.

86 ridings in 40 days: Trudeau’s cross-country sprint may have given party an edge

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While a whistle stop in a tight race can help tip the outcome, political experts say there are other factors at play in galvanizing the electorate.

Shuffling Freeland would be a ‘mistake,’ says former Liberal justice minister Cotler

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Media reports have suggested Chrystia Freeland may end up as the new intergovernmental affairs minister or the finance minister.

Conservative MPs swept most seats by widest margins, and won 32 ridings by 50 per cent of vote

Of the 147 seats where MPs earned more than 20 per cent lead over their closest competitor, the Conservatives 

Senate ditches plans for new payroll provider after finding Phoenix ‘work-arounds’

News|By Mike Lapointe
According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.

Trudeau’s re-election should bolster his international stature, says former diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'This is a moment where Canada could potentially get ambitious in its international affairs,' says Canadian International Council president Ben Rowswell.

Leadership contest could see 2020 Greens surpass NDP in fundraising, says contender

David Merner, a failed Green candidate from B.C., says there are encouraging signs the party could come close to surpassing the NDP in its fundraising numbers next year. He is vying to take the reins from Elizabeth May.

PSAC still pushing government to address ongoing health, safety concerns in federal buildings

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Terrasses de la Chaudière is prone to occasional bat intrusions due to cracks on the exterior surface of the complex and its proximity to the Ottawa River, according to the PSPC.

The last Dipper standing: Boulerice on the job he faces and the NDP’s plans to rebuild, ‘it’s going to be a challenge’

The NDP's only Quebec MP left, Alexandre Boulerice, reflects on what went wrong and how to resurrect the party in La Belle province next time around.
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