In appointing her successor as parliamentary secretary, Celina Caesar-Chavannes says the prime minister is continuing a ‘pattern of behaviour.’
Celina Caesar-Chavannes was appointed as the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary in December 2015. When she left the role in January 2017, it remained unfilled, until the March 19 announcement that Quebec MP Greg Fergus would take on the role, a move she says ‘seems like one more window-dressing piece.’ Photograph courtesy of Celina Caesar-Chavannes
When former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes heard the news that the prime minister had a new parliamentary secretary, it was “a little bit of a gut punch.”
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Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to back the waiver as it has received support from the U.S. and more than 30 Liberal MPs are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to champion the initiative.
The partisan finger-pointing that has defined the debate around Bill C-10 over the past two weeks is rooted in an attempt by the government, and a few MPs, to make sure that influential streaming companies that rely on uploaded content, such as YouTube, are bound by rules designed to promote Canadian cultural content, and protect Canadian broadcasters.