'If you show up five minutes late at a meeting at work, you’ll probably get a stern look,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland. 'Whereas in our line of work, if you’re five minutes late, you could cost the government.'
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland, pictured with Liberal Party president Suzanne Cowan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says 'the allowance to be away from Parliament or allowance for your attention to waver in committees or House proceedings isn’t there.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
With a minority Parliament set to begin on Thursday, the chief government whip is hopeful there will be limited backdoor maneuvering by parties when it comes down to casting votes.
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'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.