Aaron Wherry

Parliament Hill Bureau

Aaron Wherry has covered Parliament Hill since 2007 and has written for Maclean's, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. He is the author of Promise & Peril, a book about Justin Trudeau's years in power.

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In 2019, Justin Trudeau has baggage - and faces a very different political landscape

For Justin Trudeau, winning re-election was never going to be easy. But along with the baggage that comes with government - and Trudeau's own public pratfalls - the Liberals have had to cope with a markedly diminished margin of error.

No, the party with the most seats doesn't always govern

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is incorrect when he says that "whichever party wins the most seats gets to form the government." His party's messaging has cast a core fact about how the parliamentary system works as a subversion of democracy.

Why Obama might look north and feel empathy for Trudeau

It is not wholly surprising to learn that Barack Obama hopes Justin Trudeau does well in next week's federal election. But the former leader of the free world went beyond wishing a friend well on Wednesday when he decided to endorse the leader of the Liberal party of Canada. 

Barack Obama tweets endorsement of Justin Trudeau

The endorsement of a former American president is a rare event in Canadian politics. But this is the second time Obama has spoken up to endorse an international leader since he left office in January 2017.

How minority governments work — and what happens when they don't

With the polls still saying the Liberals and Conservatives are mired in a virtual tie, we're probably looking at a minority government after Monday. And that's about all we know.

People are anxious — and this election campaign isn't helping

Many election campaigns revolve around what we fear more than what we want. The 2019 campaign is giving us all the fear — with none of the reassurance.

Singh doesn't rule out supporting a pipeline-owning Liberal minority government

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh declined on Thursday night to categorically state that the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would be part of any post-election negotiations between NDP MPs and a potential Liberal minority government.

Fear and the border: why Andrew Scheer is talking about gangs and migrants now

With less than two weeks left to go in the federal election campaign, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is talking about border security and foreign criminal gangs. He chose an interesting moment to do so.

Trudeau's challenge to Singh on Quebec's Bill 21 has risks

Trudeau's debate gambit stirred echoes of a pivotal break between the Liberals and NDP in 2015 — and put new pressure on Singh to defend his own stance. But the exchange on Monday night also underlined how much more complicated things are for Trudeau in 2019.

Leaders' debate a political tag-team match of six-way cross-talk

The leaders' debate, perhaps the most-watched event of the 2019 federal campaign, was a six-way melee that repeatedly wandered off topic as the participants sought to land that elusive knockout shot.

Andrew Scheer's mid-campaign identity crisis

When a politician enters the top tier of federal politics without being a particularly well-known public figure, he's obliged to define himself before his opponents do it for him. Did Andrew Scheer miss his moment?

Liberals' 2 campaign planes and their carbon offsets draw Scheer's ire

Maybe it's questionable optics for Justin Trudeau's campaign to be using two planes during this federal campaign when other campaigns are making do with one (or none). But it's also true that better optics aren't going to save the planet.

Scheer says British Columbia's carbon tax hasn't worked. Expert studies say it has

A significant piece of the federal election debate in 2019 rests on what the government of British Columbia did on July 1, 2008 — and how you understand what happened after that.

Promising back-to-back deficits isn't political suicide in Canada anymore

There was a time, not too long ago, when any federal party leader promising back-to-back deficits could expect scorn and mockery. But Canadian federal politics has changed since the Chrétien-Martin years.

Liberals to boost spending and extend deficits while taxing luxury goods and internet giants

Justin Trudeau's Liberals launched their full campaign platform on Sunday with promises of new support for post-secondary students and graduates, paid for, in part, by new taxes on internet giants and luxury goods.