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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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‘Critical situation’ in prisons as health-care workers threaten to walk over lack of protective equipment

News|By Mike Lapointe
'The Correctional Service of Canada continues to take a number of preventative measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in federal institutions,' according to the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

‘We’re all under the gun’: MPs work 24-7 in the midst of a pandemic

MPs say COVID-19 case work is consuming their days, and they're turning to ‘imaginative’ ways of reaching out to make sure constituents' needs are met and their voices heard.

‘The deeper the wound, the longer it takes to heal’: Trump’s threats undermine Canada-U.S. relationship, says former envoy

News|By Neil Moss
'We are dealing with an administration that is both very unpredictable, very much America first, [and] not long-term thinking in terms of its relationship with its allies,' says former diplomat Michael Kergin.

Patients in psychiatric care at great risk to COVID-19 outbreak, warns Sen. Kutcher

‘We are very worried,’ echoes one psychiatrist whose association is preparing a ‘call to action’ to governments.

Feds order 30,000 ‘made-in-Canada’ ventilators

News|By Palak Mangat
'We were able to achieve a win-win outcome, that will be the argument we continue to make and advance in our relationship with the U.S.,' says Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Feds partly responsible for treatment of asylum seekers turned back at Canadian-U.S. border, say refugee advocates

News|By Neil Moss
'We should be weary of using a crisis like this to turn our back on our human rights obligations,' says University of Ottawa law professor Jamie Chai Yun Liew.

‘Is it even big enough?’: Morneau shells out unprecedented billions, economists applaud move as COVID-19 crisis deepens

'The ability to carry debt, and keep those carrying costs of debt down low, is a game-changer in terms of how we manage the deficit,' says former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page.

‘Canadians are placing all their hopes and fears in the hands of government’ and successful political leaders should be honest, unscripted, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
The evolution and the ultimate outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually decide if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's and the premiers' rising approval ratings will last, say pollsters.

Trudeau says feds ‘expect’ shipment of medical supplies from U.S. amid concerns from Ontario over delays

News|By Beatrice Paez
So far, the prime minister said some 240,000 people have successfully applied to Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
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