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


Enjoy this new normal in Canada-U.S. relations while it lasts

The question coming out of Justin Trudeau's first meeting with the new U.S. president is, what might he be able to accomplish during this new normal? But then it's also necessary to wonder how long this normal might last.

Why the genocide question about China is hard for the Trudeau government to answer

The Conservative motion that will come to a vote in the House of Commons on Monday evening is not simply about whether or not China is committing genocide against Uighur Muslims. It's also about whether the government of Canada — or perhaps any country outside the U.S. — can or should say so.

Why the Liberals took the long road to sentencing reform

Mandatory minimum sentences may be hard to defend as policy — politically, they have broad appeal. That explains in part why the Liberals took five and a half years to start taking steps to eliminate them.

'We did the best we could' — a conversation with the co-chair of Canada's vaccine task force

In recent weeks, the federal government has come in for heavy criticism over delays to vaccine deliveries and public anxiety over Canada's progress toward COVID-19 herd immunity. The co-chair of Canada's vaccine task force says many don't have a complete understanding of the complexities involved in making and distributing vaccines.

Maybe boycotts don't work, but that doesn't quite end the debate about the 2022 Olympics in China

The debate about whether Canadian athletes should boycott the winter Olympics, scheduled to take place in China in 2022, ultimately rests on a series of questions about the efficacy of such action, the morality of proceeding with the games and even who should get to decide whether or not to launch a boycott.

Canada might have too much party discipline, but that's at least better than too little

It is difficult to feel good about the overwhelming power and discipline that political parties exert over the democratic process in Canada. But it could be worse — they could, in the alternative, exert too little power and discipline.

Justin Trudeau has too many vaccines and not enough — the question is how we got here

Justin Trudeau’s government now finds itself accused of procuring both too few doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and too many. On Friday, the prime minister tried to focus the attention of Canadians on the idea that within the next seven months Canada will at least have enough doses.

Justin Trudeau contends with the uncertainty of Canada's vaccine supply

In his last two appearances before reporters, Justin Trudeau has asserted that the unpredictable messiness of vaccinating the globe against a novel coronavirus should have been expected.

Canadian politicians struggle to come to grips with the global vaccine race

The global scramble to vaccinate the human race against COVID-19 is bigger than Canadian politics. But every Canadian politician no doubt understands the political and human importance of this country seeming to do well in this multinational competition

How political symbolism brought down Keystone XL

Those calling on Ottawa to impose punitive sanctions on the United States for killing the Keystone XL pipeline project still have a question to answer: what are they hoping to achieve?