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The irony of the federal election candidates controversy

By Evan Sotiropoulos      

The next time a candidate is in the news for something inappropriate they did and said in the past, keep it in political context and ask yourself if the candidate actually represents the positions of their party. If it’s the leader themselves caught up in the inappropriateness, well, that’s a whole other story.

The Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa. reasonable case can be made that there is actually a need for and necessity of centralizing power and especially controlling—or at least trying to manage—the communications process and narrative if the prime minister and their party hope to be successful in the application of politics and implementation of policy, writes Evan Sotiropoulos. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—My article has nothing to do with the Justin Trudeau blackface scandal. While it is relevant to my subject, the genesis of this article preceded the recent bombshell revelation, so I decided to take no notice of it here. With this disclosure let us begin.

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From representing a town of 5,000 to a riding the size of Poland: NDP MP Bachrach settles into job

News|By Beatrice Paez 3:56 PM ET
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Parties agree to NDP’s push for representation on steering committees

News|By Palak Mangat 3:18 PM ET
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Stand by me: a number of chiefs of staff stick with ministers

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jason Easton is staying on as chief of staff to now-International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng, plus Lesley Sherban will be her director of operations.

Feds risk coveting support of autocratic nations in UN Security Council bid, says Conservative MP

News|By Neil Moss
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Should he stay or should he go? Defeated Tory candidates divided on Scheer’s future

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Veterans’ benefits lead in supplementary spending ask of nearly $5-billion

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Feds’ silence on funding, transition plan for child welfare law causing ‘intense nervousness and frustration’

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‘The tail doesn’t wag the dog’: PSAC wants a deal of its own amid ongoing negotiations

News|By Mike Lapointe
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