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.

Latest from Aaron Wherry

Does the Trudeau government have a plan to end the pandemic economy?

When the Trudeau government releases its fiscal 'snapshot' today, all the attention will be on the eye-watering deficit and debt projections. But will we see any indication that Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a plan to rebuild a crippled economy?

Walking a 'tightrope': Bill Morneau and the path out of the pandemic economy

Bill Morneau has, in the space of a few months, approved the spending of nearly $200 billion in federal aid to shut down huge swaths of Canadian society so that a contagious disease could be contained. What comes next — rebuilding what was lost — promises to be a far more daunting challenge.

Reopening the Canada-U.S. border will be a long, piecemeal process

The Donald Trump era began in 2015 with a promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Five years later, the Trump era may end with citizens in much of the rest of the world — Canadians, in particular — insisting on a virtual wall between themselves and the United States.

Those arguing for Meng's release still have to acknowledge what it might cost

The list of prominent people who think Justin Trudeau should do something more to address China's detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor continues to grow. The question for the prime minister — and for all those who have attached their names to one proposed course of action or another — is how much worse any alternative would be.

Conservative front-runners talk vision and ideas, but leadership contest more a clash of styles

One thing the Conservative leadership race has shown so far is that there is not a lot that the top two candidates disagree about. The race to be Justin Trudeau's next challenger has instead settled into a contest of style and pointed attacks.

2010 all over again: what the UN vote says about Canada's place in the world

Justin Trudeau got Canada on the cover of Rolling Stone, but he could not get Canada a temporary seat on the United Nations security council.

Why Canada might need a climate law — and how it might work

Canada is expected to blow past its remaining climate change emissions targets for 2020. If we don't want to miss subsequent targets, it might be time to talk about writing them into law.

One country, two pandemics: what COVID-19 reveals about inequality in Canada

We're all in this together. That's what we've told ourselves. But it's becoming increasingly clear that the pandemic's effects are not being borne equally by all Canadians — and the working poor are taking the brunt.

Partisan sniping and sabre-rattling: the House of Commons gets back to normal

If you've been missing the world as it was before COVID-19, you might take some comfort from the sounds of discord and discontent now emanating from Parliament Hill.

Liberal MP takes stock of government's action on anti-black racism and says there's more to do

Liberal MP Greg Fergus spent much of last week speaking to black Canadians and community leaders after events left many in the community feeling traumatized. "Now we're seeing why it's important to do more," he says. "Racism kills."

Trump or no Trump, Canada's relationship with the U.S. isn't going back to 'normal' soon

It took Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 21 seconds this morning to come up with something to say about the latest outrage in U.S. politics. It's going to take much, much longer for Canadian leaders to come up with a way to coexist with a superpower and trading partner in deep trouble.

The pandemic could be an opening to build a better Parliament

There's been a lot of heated argument lately in and around the Commons about getting Parliament back to pre-pandemic normality. What a lot of the people arguing seem to forget is that the old "normal" wasn't all that great.

Leaving out long-term care was medicare's original sin — and we're paying for it now

We should be appalled by the reports coming from the Canadian Forces about the wretched conditions in some long-term care homes — appalled, but not surprised.

If the deficit makes you nervous, what about our other problems?

Sooner or later, the federal government is going to have to come to terms with the large amount of debt it's collecting during the pandemic crisis. It should be later rather than sooner.

New advocacy group joins push for green recovery from COVID-19's economic shock

There is likely to come a time when governments will use stimulus spending to boost their wounded economies. But nearly all of the federal government’s attention is still consumed by the profound challenges of containing COVID-19 and reopening communities amid an ongoing health threat.