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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2019

THE GERALD BUTTS RESIGNATION

It’s a resignation that stunned politicians and political observers alike. Gerald Butts announced yesterday he was leaving his post as Prime Minister’s Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary. In a statement the long-time personal friend of Trudeau acknowledged the accusation that staff in the Prime Minister’s office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould to go easier on SNC-Lavalin in their corruption case. Butts insisted that nobody in the PMO pressured Wilson Raybould to offer any type of deal to the Montreal Engineering giant as was suggested by unnamed sources in a Globe and Mail report on February 7th. The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with his cabinet this morning, as MPs return to Parliament Hill after a week long break. This afternoon, members of the Commons justice committee will hold a closed-door meeting to discuss how far its probe into the affair should go. Opposition members want to call at least nine witnesses but Liberals have so far used their majority to keep the witness list to three. Fill-in host Jane Brown will be speaking with a variety of strategists including Patrick Gossage, Mike Van Soelen, Kim Wright and Ali Salam.

Bernie Sanders has announced he’s running for U.S. President again. The Vermont Senator announced this morning he will take a second run for the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Sanders enters the 2020 race as one of the front runners, a much different turn for the democratic left winger who three years ago was viewed as a protest candidate from the political fringe. Today, Sanders is one of the most popular politicians among Democratic voters. He also has a strong following here in Canada. Fill in host Jane Brown speaks with US journalist and conservative pundit Paul Pacelli.

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