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SNC-Lavalin affair capturing Canadians’ attention, but no sign of shifting votes, pollsters suggest

News|By Emily Haws
MPs and pollsters say the issue could contribute to greater voter cynicism, which could lead to lower turnout at the polls in October.
Nearly a third of the NDP caucus elected in 2015 have opted not to return to Parliament, part of the reason the party has only named 12 per cent of the candidates expected to run in 2019.
‘If it is slanderous or defamatory, then we will be held accountable for that, and we will be held accountable by our electorate, in whether they vote for us again,’ says Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
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.
Canadians need to be much more vigilant about anti-immigrant and racist dog-whistling in the public sphere.
Donald Trump’s obliteration of political norms has made plausible the anointment of an erstwhile hacker, punk rocker, and manny as his potential successor. Try not to be judgy.
High-yielding vertical farms and robotics are among the ways ag is using tech to improve.
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News|By Neil Moss
In a wide-ranging interview, Canada's new agriculture minister talks trade deals, supply management, carbon pricing, China's canola import limits, and being the first woman in the post.
Plus, Libby Davies has penned a political memoir, former Mulroney PMO staffer Bill Fox is recovering from a health scare, and Globe and Mail assistant editor Chris Hannay is taking on a new assignment.
Canada has also recognized a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, who says the ‘complicated’ situation shouldn’t be ‘rushed.’
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The Quebec engineering company’s desire to gain lucrative contracts in Gaddafi’s Libya led to the fraud and corruption charges it sought to have dealt with through a deferred prosecution agreement.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, NDP staffer James Smith has said goodbye to Ottawa for a new job with the B.C. government.
Grit members of the House International Trade Committee recently blocked the foreign minister from appearing to talk about restoring Chinese market access for canola.
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
The dirt Francis Drouin and his pals shovelled onto democracy last week isn’t right, at all. And we won’t forget it.
Opinion|By Duff Conacher
How much longer do we have to wait for a law enforcement system that upholds the rule of law for everybody?
News|By Abbas Rana
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.
Opinion|By David Crane
Is the extradition request simply a cynical card that the Trump administration is playing as part of its negotiation of a new trade deal with China?
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The idea that Justin Trudeau would raise his voice in anger at one of his MPs, especially a female MP, is totally at odds with his sensitive public persona, writes Gerry Nicholls.
News|By Abbas Rana
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.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
On this file, Justin Trudeau has gotten the national character wrong. Canadians don't want to endorse the 'velveteen' treatment of a DPA for businesses just because they are 'too big to jail.'
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Jody Wilson-Raybould could call a press conference immediately to respond to all questions related to her time in cabinet after she was transferred out of the justice portfolio.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The House Justice Committee will reconvene behind closed doors on March 19, budget day, to debate whether to invite Jody Wilson-Raybould back.
News|By Emily Haws
Amid allegations of partisanship against Michael Wernick, Prof. Donald Savoie says he could stay as DM to the PM and secretary to cabinet, but another bureaucrat may be better suited as the public service head.
News|By Emily Haws
The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.
Opinion|By Donald Savoie
If the SNC-Lavalin political crisis is able to inform Canadians that our national institutions are ill-prepared to deal with Canada’s growing regional alienation, then it will have served an important purpose.
While Justin Trudeau's poll numbers have sunk amid the controversy, Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh have not seen a boost to their own polling numbers as opposition leaders. But it's still early days, say strategists.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh has arguably outperformed Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer in the wake of revelations from the former attorney general.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Many of Canada’s hemispheric neighbours, from Mexico to Brazil, are coping with disillusioned citizens, entrenched economic uncertainty, and radical populists.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Both cases begin with information being leaked to the media and stem from allegations that major corporations tried to use political clout to find favour with the Trudeau government.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, a look at media moves on the Hill, and Grit MP Marc Miller and a Montreal reporter come to blows.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is in need of a new director of policy after Daniel Pujdak’s recent exit.

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