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New budget, cabinet would help Trudeau ‘reset’ the agenda, say Liberal insiders, pollster

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The WE scandal has had a 'corrosive impact' on the public’s trust of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government, but 'it has not been catastrophic, and there’s some evidence that it has plateaued,' says pollster Frank Graves. Meanwhile, Grit MP Wayne Easter says his own government has to find a way to message to the public that, 'for heaven's sake,' lessons were learned 'by some of our senior ministers.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 16, 2020. Mr. Trudeau is leading a government that has racked up record debt to keep Canada's economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls for financial assistance continue to come from all corners of the country, and Ontario officially fell into a recession last week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Liberal government should take action to show Canadians it has learned something from the WE Charity controversy, then “reset” the political agenda with a new budget and a shuffle of cabinet ministers and top staff, Liberal insiders say.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


Pace of virtual inspections on migrant worker conditions a concern, say critics, with half completed this summer

'This [program] should be a win-win-win situation, and it’s turned out to be a lose-lose-lose situation and it has to be rectified,' says Independent Sen. Ratna Omidvar.

One hopeful Tory candidate wants the Ottawa-Beijing relationship on the ballot

News|By Neil Moss
'In the riding and everywhere in Canada today, there are questions about the rise of China,' says Matthew Fisher, who is hoping to be the Conservative candidate in Kanata-Carleton, Ont.

Senators say publishing details of powerful committee’s internal work part of ‘evolution’ to greater transparency

‘The more we can, the more we want to be open,’ says ISG Sen. Saint-Germain of move to make public details of the the Senate Internal Economy Committee's seven subgroups.

‘We need courage’: Bloc, NDP MPs push for House to recognize Uyghur genocide in face of Beijing pressure

News|By Neil Moss
Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu told reporters on Oct. 15 a parliamentary recognition that the Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uyghurs would be met with a 'strong reaction.'

Industry looks to hash out new regulations on cannabis beverages

A year after edibles hit the Canadian market, some outstanding issues remain.

Byelection results should give Liberals ‘pause’ after strong showing from Greens, Conservatives, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'While the Liberal fortress held... based on these results, I’m not certain an early election would produce a majority government,' says professor Tracey Raney.

RCMP neck-hold review ‘ongoing’ four months after Lucki’s promise

RCMP headquarters began tracking the use of the 'carotid control hold' by its officers nationwide in September. It has been used once since then, says a spokesperson.

MPs pass Conservative motion to initiate expansive committee study on feds’ pandemic response, despite Liberals’ objections

News|By Palak Mangat
A number of Liberals abstained from voting on an amendment that extended the government's timeline for disclosing documents sought under the motion.

Liberals fend off challenges in pair of byelections, but shed support in Grit stronghold in process

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