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While both the issues of "cash for access" and electoral reform will continue to dog the government in 2017, it is the drip-drip of the former that could prove fatal to the credibility of the government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should embrace the constructive suggestion of the three opposition parties.
The former prime minister also shared some much kinder words for Justin Trudeau.
"In my travels around the globe, I am regularly asked: What has happened to Canada?"
Last week, the Harper Government announced that it is putting Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI), a relatively small federal Crown Corporation, up for sale. In the last early 1980s, the Trudeau government spent $250 million to build this coal terminal in the hope that coalmines would magically appear. Well, they didn't, and RTI has been a taxpayer-funded sick hole ever since.
It was on this day in 2003 that Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, the little guy from Shawinigan thrice elected to govern our great nation, announced his resignation as PM and as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Nine years after Jean Chrétien's swan song, have the federal Liberals finally fixed their structural faults? Can they mend their frail faille? Or are they doomed to repeat the same mistakes?
As a candidate, there was nothing that perplexed and infuriated me more than Liberals asking me: "Dan, what do we stand for?" Why in the world, I thought, would anyone join a political party if they had absolutely no clue what their membership even represents?