Andrew Scheer walks a tightrope as he builds his shadow cabinet

Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, makes an announcement and holds a media availability at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Thursday, July 20, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP) Andrew Scheer’s selling proposition as leader of the Conservative Party seems to be that he can calm two groups of people who disliked Stephen Harper. On one hand, there are swing voters who might have voted Conservative once…

"Andrew Scheer walks a tightrope as he builds his shadow cabinet"

Playing the Jane Philpott card: Trudeau shuffles the deck

Health Minister Jane Philpott to testifies about the federal government’s controversial bill on assisted dyingl before the entire Senate in Ottawa, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Three guiding principles of the evolving Justin Trudeau style of cabinet shuffling: • This Prime Minister sees no point in waiting forever before delivering the sort of complete cabinet overhaul that always ends up looking like an apology for the previous ministry. Trudeau is turning into…

"Playing the Jane Philpott card: Trudeau shuffles the deck"

Chrystia Freeland plays her NAFTA hand

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland discusses modernizing NAFTA at public forum at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP) “When I use a word,” Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “It means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Chrystia Freeland has similar goals when she talks. By the time she met reporters in the House of Commons foyer on Monday the foreign minister was…

"Chrystia Freeland plays her NAFTA hand"