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Kevin O’Leary calls out his own party: Ottawa Power Rankings

Who’s up? The reality star-turned-politician, for once. Who’s down? A pair of key Liberal ministers.


 

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The ministers of foreign affairs and heritage had memorable weeks; their front-bench colleagues at industry and public safety, not so much. See who’s up and who’s down in and around Parliament Hill’s corridors of power. And check out the rest of our weekly power rankings.

WHO’S UP:

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KEVIN O’LEARY

Say what you will about the Shark Tank star’s grasp of, oh, let’s say, the constitutional notwithstanding clause, he does know the difference between a minor misdemeanour and serious skulduggery. The Conservative leadership contender rightly noted that the party has fined him for skipping a sanctioned debate, but hasn’t found its way to identifying and sanctioning whatever campaign was behind paying for the memberships of individuals who are supposed to ante up their own $15 to join.

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CHRYSTIA FREELAND

Her promotion to foreign minister early this year was part of Justin Trudeau’s shuffling of top talent to the Canada-U.S. file. But Freeland’s real obsession is formerly communist Europe. She reportedly used a Washington meeting with Hungary’s foreign minister to bring up the right-wing Hungarian government’s bid to undermine Budapest’s liberal Central European University—headed by Michael Ignatieff, the former Canadian Liberal leader. Expertise well deployed.

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MÉLANIE JOLY

Remember the goofiness surrounding the 2012 Diamond Jubilee medals, given out seemingly at random to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s crowning? (Justin Bieber got one!) It was the heritage minister who wisely cancelled the former Harper government’s plan to give out Canada 150 medals, too. This week, some senators tried to reverse Joly’s decision before cooler heads in the upper chamber prevailed. Good moment to thank Joly for sparing us another spree of meaningless honours.

WHO’S DOWN:

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BRAD TROST

In the Tory leadership race, the Saskatchewan MP is generally regarded as an extreme long-shot—and extreme is the word. Still, Trost had a chance of staking out a role as pillar of the party’s social-conservative wing, sort of in the Stockwell Day mold. Then he said he wouldn’t march in any gay pride parades, and his campaign spokesman explained that Trost isn’t “entirely comfortable with the whole gay thing.” The next leader will now find it awkward to give Trost any prominence.

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NAVDEEP BAINS

It should have been an upbeat day for the innovation minister: He was in Windsor, Ont., at Trudeau’s side, to announce a $100-million-plus contribution to a Ford engine plant. Unfortunately, the event came hard on the heels of news that Bombardier’s senior execs gave themselves nearly a 50 per cent pay hike last year—while they were securing hundreds of millions in new federal support. Not a good week to be highlighting Ottawa’s corporate largesse.

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RALPH GOODALE

Yes, the public safety minister has stuff to do. He’s a key minister on the border-crossing file; the RCMP is his to worry about. But Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton wasn’t buying the argument, made by federal lawyers in a sensitive immigration case, that Goodale was simply too busy to make a timely decision. Crampton ruled no minister “can take as many years as they see fit to respond to requests made pursuant to validly enacted legislation.” Get to it, minister.


 

Kevin O’Leary calls out his own party: Ottawa Power Rankings

  1. kevin O’Leary is a reality star, we already have a reality star. Just because he is a good actor does not mean he is a good politician. On the show he is the star and the script writers must make him look good.Presumably the conservative members are intelligent and understand how a con man works. His qualifications are what? He made a lot of money, he knows how to use loop holes, he is a convincer of how tto get his way?
    The US got trump we got justin, do we need to have another disaster?

  2. WHY does Ms. Freeland get a “thumbs-up” for shilling for her former (and ineffective) Fiberal leader Ignatieff? … to a foreign government? How can that be ‘deemed’ to be “in the best interests of Canada”?
    If her advocacy (to keep Iggy’s Hungarian job) isn’t questionable ethically, then what is?
    Could MacLean’s be more transparent in explaining how&why it makes these up-or-down judgements? — and who exactly is accountable for them?

    • I think you need to learn about what’s going on in Hungary. It’s not an attack on Ignatieff, it’s an attack on the University which is a part of a larger assault on the Hungarian opposition and democracy.

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