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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The RCMP's chat with Jody Wilson-Raybould stirs echoes of painful Liberal past

The news on Friday that the former minister of justice and attorney general spoke with someone from the national police force in the spring punctuates another difficult moment for Justin Trudeau's government.

Elizabeth May says she has been in talks with ejected NDP MP for 'some considerable time'

The New Democrats had earlier announced it was removing Quebec MP Pierre Nantel as an NDP candidate following reports that he was in discussions to run for a different party.

Forgive and forget? That's Trudeau's hope now for the SNC-Lavalin affair

There is what the ethics commissioner's report into the SNC-Lavalin affair says, and then there is the task of deciding what, if anything, the report says about Justin Trudeau — about a prime minister, his government and how it has carried out the responsibility of governing and leading.

Where the federal leaders have been travelling this summer — and why it matters

Notwithstanding the niceties of the governor general dissolving Parliament, the business of pursuing power never really ends, it only becomes more intense the nearer an election gets. This summer has, as a result, been rather busy.

Why Trudeau's broken electoral reform promise could rebound on him

Justin Trudeau may have had his reasons for breaking his vow that the 2015 election would be the last under first-past-the-post. That doesn't mean electoral reform is finished with him yet.

Butts returns - and Trudeau's putting the band back together for October

Almost everything about the federal political landscape has changed since 2015 - except the people the Liberals are counting on to put them over the top in October.

Justin Trudeau says he's made mistakes. Is that a mistake?

Justin Trudeau's recent acknowledgement that he's made "mistakes" in office only drew attention to how rare it is to hear a politician admit error.

Conservatives' climate plan would do less, cost more, study argues

A new analysis of the Conservative Party's proposed climate plan concludes that its policies would lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions than under current federal policies and leave Canada further away from meeting its international target for 2030.

Premiers say they want a 'co-operative' approach to climate policy. Are they serious?

Premiers opposed to the federal government's climate change strategy have decried what they call Ottawa's reliance on 'threats' over 'co-operation.' But the math shows the provinces might struggle to come up with a credible climate strategy on their own.

2015 redux: Scheer's Conservatives are sticking with the Harper policy book

Andrew Scheer once said that the Harper Conservatives did not lose in 2015 because of their policies. Everything he's done on the policy front since then shows him doubling down on that belief.

Steven Guilbeault opposes pipelines. So why is he running for the Liberals?

This was a particularly interesting week for Steven Guilbeault — one of Canada's most prominent environmentalists — to announce that he hopes to be a candidate for the Liberal Party in this fall's general election.

Andrew Scheer's climate plan leaves a lot to voters' imaginations

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer released a plan to tackle climate change this week that talks a lot about technology and home renos - and offers a lot of hand-waving on the details.

Like it or not, Trans Mountain is what a pipeline 'compromise' looks like

The decision to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was never going to make a lot of people happy. It's hard to see where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had much of a choice.

This isn't Thomas Mulcair's NDP anymore

If Justin Trudeau and the Liberals hadn't trounced the NDP in 2015, the New Democrats would surely not have released the sort of platform they did on Sunday — a platform that practically boasts of the billions in new revenue an NDP government would raise.

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.