ROTHENBURGER – A visit from Trudeau, a fired candidate, a not-so-bold council

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AN INTERESTING WEEK IN POLITICS in the Loops. A federal election call, a fired NDP candidate and a not-so-bold move by City council.

Taking first things first, Justin Trudeau paid a visit to make a three-minute speech before heading off across the country. He was here and in Victoria and Edmonton instead of in Toronto at a national debate with the other party leaders.

The prime minister has engaged in a fascinating dance with reporters since the moment the writ was dropped. Reporters ask him questions; he doesn’t answer. Instead, he offers a few words he clearly figures will make a more suitable video clip than if he gave a real answer.


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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – A visit from Trudeau, a fired candidate, a not-so-bold council

  1. “One has the impression that councilors didn’t want to turn it down but didn’t have the courage to go against a staff recommendation, either.” Seen that one previously and as commented already it bags the question of who is really in charge at City hall.

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