Butts is back; Scheer and Singh warn Canadians the SNC-Lavalin team is 'back together'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former top adviser Gerald Butts is back in the fold as the Liberals prepare their campaign strategy for the upcoming federal election, a senior party official confirmed. Butts' new role will be as an advisor to the PM and senior leadership during the campaign period.

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It would have been unwise to believe, back in February, that Gerald Butts would not be involved in the 2019 federal re-election campaign for the Liberal Party of Canada. In a senior advisory role to the Prime Minister? No surprise here. The fact of the matter is Butts was one of the key architects of the 2015 election. His resignation in February amid the SNC-Lavalin scandal was temporary, and purely for the optics.

The major parties are already hammering the Liberals, warning Canadians this is the type of politics the Grits play. The team that brought them SNC is right back in the mix, nothing has changed. But will it matter for voters in the Fall, we'll see in 87 days.

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Maxime Bernier says People's Party would cap immigration levels at 150K

Maxime Bernier says the People's Party of Canada would limit immigration to between 100,000 and 150,000, if his party formed government after the next election.

July 25, 2019

French parliament narrowly ratifies CETA

The French National Assembly today narrowly ratified the CETA trade agreement with Canada in a 266 to 213 vote. More than 90 per cent of the deal came into force in September 2017 under what is known as provisional application but all the individual ratifications are needed for its full implementation.

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Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May, among others, authored an open letter last week calling on French politicians not to ratify CETA, arguing the trade agreement is a blueprint "that gives incredible rights to corporations". Trudeau will seek to trumpet this bipartisan trade agreement, one that gives Canadian businesses preferred access to 500 million European consumers and a $24-trillion market. In 2018, Canada's exports to the EU increased by seven per cent to more than $44 billion.


Elections Canada ordered to review October 21st election date that coincides with Orthodox Jewish holiday

The Federal Court has ordered the chief electoral officer to review his decision to not recommend a change in the scheduled federal election date — October 21 — which coincides with a Jewish holiday.

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It’s important to note the Chief Election Officer can only make a recommendation to cabinet to change the election date. So for now, the Liberals don’t have to make a decision. All eyes will be on Elections Canada’s Stéphane Perrault.

The federal judge ruled that Perrault’s decision infringed on charter rights. Ensuring early voting accessibility will be the argument Elections Canada will make for justifying leaving the original election date as is. If it chooses to recommend moving the election date, the Liberals will then be forced to make a decision. Either way, there will be criticism from within the Orthodox Jewish community if there isn't a change, or from a plethora of other groups - religious and non-religious - if the date is changed. Aug. 1st will be a very interesting day.


47 per cent say carbon tax not helpful to the economy according to new data from a Mainstreet poll

Nearly 47 per cent of Canadians think the Trudeau government’s carbon tax is not helpful to the country’s economy, suggests new results from a Mainstreet Research poll for iPolitics. However, the third release of the Mainstreet/iPolitics poll data shows Canadians find other Trudeau government initiatves like the Canada Child Benefit and the Trans Mountain pipeline beneficial to the economy.

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The very same poll also showed "60 per cent of respondents thought the Canada Child Benefit was either helpful or very helpful to the economy, while another 56 per cent thought the same about the Liberal government’s infrastructure investment package." While the Liberals will be disappointed their signature item over the course of their mandate is not polling as high as they'd like, they will be happy to see other policy initiatives resonating with Canadians.


How the Bloc’s fortunes in Quebec could impact the federal election

Could the Bloc Québécois be a game changer in the fall federal election?

Airdate: Jul 24, 2019


Canada asks companies to pitch replacements for CF-18 fighter jets

The federal government is asking four aerospace companies to submit their proposals to replace Canada's aging CF-18 fighter jets.

Airdate: Jul 23, 2019


Conservative MP slams Liberals over return of Gerald Butts after SNC-Lavalin scandal

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre slammed the Liberals after it was reported Gerald Butts would have a key role in the 2019 Canadian federal election campaign.

Airdate: Jul 22, 2019


Gerald Butts helping Liberals with election campaign

Gerald Butts is rejoining the Liberals as a senior advisor on the 2019 election campaign.

Airdate: Jul 21, 2019
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New data released by Facebook revealed the Liberals ($92,307) and Conservatives ($87,441) are spending far more money on the social media website's ads than any other party. By contrast, the NDP have spent $392. Meanwhile, a new Leger/Canadian Press poll found the Conservatives ahead with 36 per cent of support compared to 33 per cent for the Liberals. The Greens, with 12 per cent, are ahead of the NDP who are polling at 11 per cent.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna remains in Ottawa today as she visits Carleton University for a green infrastructure funding announcement, while Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is in Sherbrooke this morning at Agropol. Stay tuned for more #elxn43-related coverage and Sussex's unique insights on all the major issues.

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