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PM Trudeau needs to ‘reset the tone,’ hire a PMO caucus liaison, and be more accessible to his Grit MPs, say Liberals

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will informally consult MPs, former parliamentarians, and experts from a wide range of backgrounds on his caucus and cabinet management style, says a PMO official.
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Meanwhile, former Liberal MP Mary Clancy says the SNC-Lavalin controversy is a ‘bump in the road’ and said Liberal MPs have full confidence in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership.
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All Liberal MPs, including Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, should air their concerns and misgivings inside the caucus, not outside, as it’s damaging the party, says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux.
The Liberal Party has sought to project itself as a big-tent party that embodies Canada and its values, but this issue, with its many layers, underscores the risks of overpromising, says political scientist Alex Marland.
Denying any wrongdoing could blow up in the prime minister's face if new allegations arise. Mr. Trudeau should admit falling short on ethics, so he can start running on his record, say insiders and observers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is torn between the options of keeping Jody Wilson-Raybould in the caucus or kicking her out, say Liberal MPs, former senior Liberals and political insiders.
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'I just want the truth to come out’ on the SNC-Lavalin controversy, says Liberal MP Wayne Long.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to offer an ‘alternative narrative’ on the SNC-Lavalin affair, backed up by fact and details, to take back control of the narrative, political watchers say.
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Jody Wilson-Raybould’s version of events will determine if this is a ‘major, minor or no issue’ for the Liberals in the next election, says pollster Nik Nanos.
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The SNC-Lavalin affair is yet another example of self-inflicted wounds for the Justin Trudeau Liberals, says pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner and PMO deny speculation that Trudeau's principal secretary, Gerald Butts, has any plans to run for the Liberals in the federal Nova Scotia riding of Cape Breton-Canso.
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The Liberals are heading into the next election with some members of the base upset that the party hasn't recognized their efforts, while it has given special treatment to a few organizers with friends in the PMO.
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Some Liberal MPs say the caucus mood is a 'B-' but Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux says his caucus colleagues are excited about this session and are working hard to win another majority government in October.
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‘If there was such a thing as a political party stock, the Green Party would be the flier, they would be the penny stock you’d invest in, in case they hit the jackpot,’ says Nik Nanos of Nanos Research.
Lawyer Andrew Kania served as a senior campaign aide to Stéphane Dion’s successful leadership campaign in 2006, and Michael Ignatieff’s in 2008.
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Pollster Nik Nanos says he expects protesters will try to disrupt Liberal campaign events during this year’s election campaign and will try to knock Prime Minister Justin Trudeau off his game.
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The Liberals could lose between ‘six to 11 seats’ of the 32 in the four Atlantic provinces: Prof. Donald Savoie.
In an election-style speech, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau steered clear of comments anticipating a nasty electoral showdown, saying he would 'offer that hopeful vision of Canada' in the face of political turmoil around the world over economic anxieties.
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Businessman Azim Rizvee says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party preferred to have Olympic champion Adam van Koeverden as their candidate, and forced him to withdraw from the nomination contest.
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But Liberal Party spokesman Braeden Caley denies election readiness is being affected because the national campaign committee has not been appointed yet.
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About 700 staffers, including PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford, attended the sexual harassment training sessions on the Hill last week.
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Women’s rights advocate Julie Lalonde is conducting a mandatory training session on sexual harassment Wednesday on the Hill.
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Conservative MP David Tilson denies that his party is playing politics by opposing the Trudeau Liberal government's decision on the UN Global Compact on Migration.
Conservative and Liberal staffers say they're overworked, underpaid, and some constituency office staffers say they don't feel their work is valued or adequately appreciated by MPs
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'Jokes in bad taste, comments about a colleague’s physical appearance, sustained looks, etc. can constitute harassment,’ reads the memo sent out Liberal MPs and staffers.
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The federal government needs to put in place a plan to help out Albertans in the fossil fuel industry to retrain themselves to find jobs in the green energy sector, says NDP MP Linda Duncan.
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According to Ind. MP Raj Grewal’s Facebook posts, the cost to attend the April 6 fundraiser was $500 per person, and 1,200 people attended the event
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Opposition MPs are not convinced that the Prime Minister's Office only learned about Liberal MP Raj Grewal's gambling addiction, and $1-million debt, only two weeks ago.
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Pollster Nik Nanos describes Conservatives second guessing Andrew Scheer's performance 10 months before an election as ‘nervous Nellies.'
The PMO is mum over the reason for the release of multiple statements explaining the resignation of Raj Grewal.

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