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.

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Here's what everyone seems to be missing in the PBO's climate policy math

The simple math of climate policy rarely makes for straightforward politics. Consider this week's analysis by the parliamentary budget officer, and the respective responses of the Liberals and Conservatives.

Why is Pierre Poilievre going after Elections Canada?

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre has been taking shots at what he calls the "Liberal lapdogs" at Elections Canada. It's a risky tactic.

Is Trudeau a 'tax-and-spend' Liberal? The numbers say no

Opposition attack lines notwithstanding, the Trudeau Liberals have largely held the line on taxation as a share of GDP. The Conservatives should regard this as a win.

Chinese ambassador to Canada to depart as diplomatic dispute rages on

Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador to Canada who has been a combative presence throughout a serious and ongoing dispute between the two countries, is expected to depart soon for a new posting, CBC News has confirmed.

With Singh's environment plan, the left-centre climate change bidding war begins

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has rolled out a climate change strategy that is both ambitious and carefully vague — and seems designed, in part, to keep the Greens from eating the New Democrats' lunch.

On immigration, Scheer is trying to please two different audiences at once

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's speech this week on immigration suggested a man trying to walk a tightrope between two constituencies: Conservative supporters and Canadians at large.

Rachel Notley helped strike a grand bargain on oil and the climate. Can Trudeau save it?

If not for Alberta's first NDP premier, Justin Trudeau likely would have had an even harder time crafting a national climate plan. If not for Rachel Notley, Ottawa also might not own a pipeline right now. At the very least, the prime minister would have had a much harder time justifying his support for that pipeline's expansion.

If they win, Wilson-Raybould and Philpott can thank the party system they now loathe

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott launched their re-election campaigns Monday by attacking the party system that, arguably, made it possible for them to contemplate successful runs as independents in the first place.

Scheer steps back from his deficit promise — and denies Trudeau a weapon

It's far too soon to measure Justin Trudeau's political legacy, but he's managed at least one truly remarkable achievement: he has persuaded the Conservative Party to admit that balancing the federal budget in a hurry is not absolutely necessary.

Andrew Scheer really doesn't want to talk about abortion. Neither did Stephen Harper

Andrew Scheer would very like to squelch talk of how abortion rights would fare under a Scheer government. He might consider asking his old boss how easy it is to keep a lid on the abortion debate while in office.

Why Jason Kenney needs Justin Trudeau... as a punching bag

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was in Ottawa this week to attack the federal Liberals' environmental assessment bill, accuse the federal government of driving a national unity crisis - and give Justin Trudeau a concession he badly needed.

The carbon tax survived Saskatchewan. That was the easy part.

The fact that the federal government's carbon pricing policy outlived a Saskatchewan court hearing is a major win for both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government's approach to climate change. But the carbon tax still has a long, rocky road ahead of it.

Climate change is on the move — but the political debate is standing still

All else being equal, recent flooding in parts of eastern Canada could lend urgency to the debate about climate change. But our political conversation seems to be stuck in a polarized left-right rut.

By claiming Ontario's done its 'fair share,' Doug Ford pushes the climate burden west

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's latest line on carbon pricing is to claim that Ontarians have done their "fair share" already. He might want to run that strategy past his anti-carbon tax allies in the West.

Doug Ford and Jason Kenney could be the enemies Justin Trudeau badly needs

In lieu of allies and like-minded leaders, Jason Kenney and Doug Ford could offer Justin Trudeau something he has lacked since he dispatched Stephen Harper in 2015: the right kind of opponent.