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‘In my experience, few things are less predictable in a minority Parliament than what might trigger an elxn’: election speculation revved up after Blanchet delivers ultimatum, Liberals approach one-year mark

By Palak Mangat      

Plus, rookie NDP MP Matthew Green and rookie Grit MP Patricia Lattanzio lean into their city councillor chops during a brief showdown at a House Official Languages Committee meeting, and diplomatic shifts continue over in the Big Apple.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, pictured on Feb. 19, 2020, is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his chief of staff, and his finance minister to resign amid Ottawa's ongoing WE Charity controversy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Politicos starting jacking up election speculation last week, less than six weeks shy of hitting the one-year mark since the Liberals were reduced to a minority government in last October’s fall election. A lot has changed since then: a global pandemic has gripped the country, the Liberals are still dealing with the WE Charity controversy, and the Bloc Québécois has regained party status. Perhaps tapping into that new-found leverage, Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet renewed his calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his top aide Katie Telford, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, to resign, or risk facing an election. On paper, Mr. Blanchet doesn’t have the other political parties’ support to force an election, but Liberal insider Scott Reid, who has advised the likes of former prime minister Paul Martin, cautioned from immediately declaring Mr. Blanchet’s remarks are empty threats. “In my experience, few things are less predictable in a minority Parliament than what might trigger” an election, tweeted Mr. Reid, also a regular on the popular podcast The Herle Burly, in an Aug. 12 thread.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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