OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is making Chrystia Freeland his new foreign affairs minister and promoting Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to Immigration as part of a cabinet shakeup aimed in part at preparing for a Donald Trump presidency.
Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, leaves the trade portfolio to replace veteran Liberal MP Stephane Dion, whose next assignment has not been made clear.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ringing in the new year with a determined effort to re-establish his connection with grassroots Canadians after closing out 2016 amid accusations of kowtowing to wealthy donors at elite Liberal fundraisers.
Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country.
OTTAWA – When it comes to keeping promises, Canadians know full well that politicians are not at all like Horton, the Dr. Seuss character who “meant what I said and I said what I meant: an elephant’s faithful, 100 per cent.”
They make many promises to win elections, but often find it impossible to deliver on them once they take office.
Think back seven short months to that October evening when Canada’s political landscape was dramatically transformed. After a decade out of power — much of it as the third party in parliament — the Liberals were back in, led by Trudeau the younger. His brilliant campaign had brought out millions of new and mostly younger voters, ending the era of the dreaded Stephen Harper.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari will take time to evaluate whether she will try to stay in the top position after losing the Fort Rouge riding to NDP candidate Wab Kinew, according to the party’s director of communications, Mike Brown. Bokhari told media it was “not a conversation to have today,” after a two-minute media scrum she held in place of a traditional concession speech, before making a round of quiet hugs with candidates and volunteers.
Bokhari’s loss comes after a five-week campaign that saw a number of missteps, including paperwork issues that led to candidates being rejected. Dozens of party faithful who gathered at the headquarters at the Alt Hotel on election night sighed deeply when it became apparent that Bokhari, the 38-year-old lawyer who has led the party since 2013, could not catch up to Kinew. In the end, the Liberals saw only three of its candidates be elected: Cindy Lamoureux (Burrows), Judy Klassen (Kewatinook), and the former Manitoba Liberal leader who held its only seat going into the election, Jon Gerrard (River Heights.)