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Stories by Christopher Guly

Two new opposition leaders armed with multiple issues prepare for fall face-off with the PM

It's go time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have to get cracking and start showing achievements this fall on the Cannabis Act, NAFTA renegotiations, the Phoenix pay system, Canada's Environmental Protection Act, fighter jets, naval ships, Indigenous reconciliation issues, pre-budget consultations, tax reforms, and much more.
'You can’t teach leadership qualities—they come from within, and Jagmeet’s got it,' says Brad Lavigne, a Singh supporter and former principal secretary to Jack Layton.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Life at Rideau Hall will be anything but normal, where Julie Payette’s life will be more under a public microscope than it ever has been before—as she already knows. But her former astronaut colleagues say she's more than ready for the country’s top job.
'I was a bit in shock' about the promotion, says Ginette Petitpas Taylor, but it 'made sense' with her mental-health experience.
'He was a gifted broadcaster and is therefore a gifted communicator, and that’s an asset for this government,' says former PMO staffer Scott Reid.
‘We have to look at and acknowledge the systemic barriers black Canadians have faced,’ says MP Fergus.
Most Liberal MPs have regular youth-group meetings, and some opposition MPs too. Proponents say they help engage young people in policymaking, but critics say they’re more fluff than substance.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale holds the cabinet portfolio that has 'zero political gain and a huge amount of political risk,' but he 'largely gets it done without incident,' says Chad Rogers.
The Tories are presenting Andrew Scheer as the affable everyman to connect with Canadians. And his greatest weapon? His irresistible charm, they say.
From the cost of each Peace Tower flag ($150) to the current wait time to receive one from Public Services (69 years), we uncover some of the rituals, people, and symbolic meanings attached to the red and white Maple Leaf ensign.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Gov. Gen. David Johnston talks about the book he co-wrote with Tom Jenkins, Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier and Happier.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Award-winning author Charlotte Gray talks about her latest book, The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Liberal MP Scott Simms, Conservative MP Michael Chong, and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart want to fix Question Period, empower backbench MPs, reform House committees, and overhaul their own political parties, once and for all. So they wrote a book about it.
A spokesperson for the Treasury Board President argues the existing law had unintended consequences, and that previous governments just granted exemptions to it so fees could be raised anyway.
‘If there was a vote today in British Columbia, I doubt that there would be more than one or two federal Liberals that would survive’: NDP MP Peter Julian.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Just two years ago, Evan Solomon's future in the reporting industry was seen as uncertain when he lost his job. Today, he's straddling the worlds of TV, radio, and print journalism, without breaking a sweat. He's back.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Meanwhile, the Ontario Liberal government has announced an unprecedented, publicly funded drug plan for people younger than 25.
Hill veterans are wary of using their cellphones at times at home and abroad.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump about issues that are driving refugees north of the border.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau is one of the wealthiest members in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal cabinet.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Beverley McLachlin is not only the first woman to hold the position, she is also the longest-serving Chief Justice. She will continue in her role until she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75 on Sept. 7, 2018.
No bluster is needed, it 'can be done quietly and quickly,' says Amnesty International's Alex Neve.
Too many Serbs are being wrongly caught up in a visa rule intended to keep human rights abusers out of Canada, says Ivica Dačić.
Despite major differences in policy areas like environment and immigration, 'Trudeau can do this' says one foreign policy expert, who adds that the prime minister 'should be not underestimated at this level.'
Feature|By Christopher Guly
One year into the Liberal mandate, PSAC is saying the new boss is just like the old boss.
Mike De Souza says environmental-charity researcher Vivian Krause wrote 'deceptive, defamatory, and misleading information' about his work.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
The first woman and visible minority to be made Government House Leader, Chagger is the new face of a ‘Parliament of the people.’
Bill C-6, which seeks to amend sections of the Citizenship Act changed under C-24, does not amend the section dealing with cases involving alleged misrepresentation or fraud that can result in someone being stripped of their Canadian citizenship.
Still, CTF president Aaron Wudrick gives credit to Gerald Butts and Katie Telford for giving back some of their reimbursements.
'We should have replaced our fighters a long time ago, and now we’re dealing with another potential capability gap for our air force,' says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Former cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo is trying to get back into the Liberal caucus after resigning over addiction issues and later admitting to an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with a Hill staffer.

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