Maclean’s on the Hill: Don Meredith, the federal budget, and more

We talk budget rumblings, a Senate crisis, Liberal divisions and the Conservative race, in our must-listen weekly briefing on politics


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. Subscribe on iTunes today or play below.

The full episode


Part 1. Sen. Vernon White on the report on Don Meredith

Don Meredith/Mitchel Raphael

Don Meredith/Mitchel Raphael

A Senate committee released a long-awaited and scathing report about the actions of Sen. Don Meredith who, according to the report, broke the Senate’s ethics code when he engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenager. Vernon White, both a senator and a former police chief, spoke about the report and whether or not Meredith should resign.


Part 2. In conversation with a minister

Image courtesy of Unu-wider on Flickr

Image courtesy of Unu-wider on Flickr

What does the federal government have in store, with its budget coming up on March 22? We went to Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development, for some more details on their plan for the middle class.


Part 3. A genetic-discrimination bill

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015.  (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

A bill over genetic discrimination has become a divisive issue after the House of Commons—including Liberal backbenchers—ignored the urgings of Prime Minister Trudeau to vote it down over concerns over its constitutionality. Sen. James Cowan discusses the genetic-testing bill in detail.


Part 4. Why hasn’t anyone dropped out of the Conservative leadership race?

Conservative Party leader candidates, from left, Lisa Raitt, member of parliament (MP), Andrew Saxton, former member of parliament (MP), Chris Alexander, former minister of immigration, Rick Peterson, venture capitalist, Brad Trost, member of parliament (MP), Andrew Scheer, member of parliament (MP), Michael Chong, member of parliament (MP), Erin O'Toole, member of parliament (MP), and Steven Blaney, former minister of public safety, participate in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership debate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Conservative Party leader candidates, from left, Lisa Raitt, member of parliament (MP), Andrew Saxton, former member of parliament (MP), Chris Alexander, former minister of immigration, Rick Peterson, venture capitalist, Brad Trost, member of parliament (MP), Andrew Scheer, member of parliament (MP), Michael Chong, member of parliament (MP), Erin O’Toole, member of parliament (MP), and Steven Blaney, former minister of public safety, participate in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership debate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Shannon Proudfoot asks why the Conservative leadership race remains so flush with candidates, and discusses her weekly power rankings.

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    Maclean’s on the Hill: Don Meredith, the federal budget, and more

    1. Don Meredith, Evangelical minister, Senator and Pervert. Likes em young don’t you pastor/senator? The man is a Pig. The senate chambers his trough. Oink!

      • The age of consent is 16, before the conservatives raised it after a hundred years from 14. is this just a racist shaming anti male current political correct witch hunt.

        • Racism? Nope. Anti-male? Nope. Evangelical bigotry? Yup. I don’t trust them.

          I really hope he stays on. I’m going to use him as my poster ad to describe what a ‘Good’ Christian is. Evangelicals will know what I’m talking about. Long story.

          The man holds positions of trust both as a Minister and Senator. Given how a lot of Canadians think the G.G. and Senate are expensive and redundant, this latest incident will fuel the anti Senate flame.

          Not against the law to screw a 16-17 year old, mental age and all that.

          Probably stands at the pulpit preaching the evils of promiscuity. Hypocrite.