After a month trying to clean up this self-made mess, the PM appointed ex-Liberal minister Anne McLellan as a special adviser, leaving little faith the advice might be free of the appearance of political influence.
Singh and Scheer both need to matter more in the political conversation, while Trudeau is likely wishing for a smooth-sailing economy and more chances to position himself in contrast to Trump and Ford.
Sen. Mike Duffy was acquitted, but the Harper government took a hit, having an unpleasant picture of its operating culture put on display just before an election. The Liberals now await a similar fate.
Trudeau is now a little less vulnerable to the opposition argument that he is a poor economic manager. But he won’t have time to rest on his laurels, as many businesses gear up for a fight against Bill C-69.