Power Play, a daily look at Canada’s political landscape. Recorded in Ottawa featuring all the political news and issues that matter most.
Hosted by CTV’s Don Martin, the program is a must for political insiders.
When crisis communicators of the future need an example of a reputation-shredding failure to enact timely damage control, they will point to the Bill Morneau debacle. By pledging today to sell his Morneau Shepell shares and put all other assets in a blind trust, a minister who had a Boy Scout reputation lost the ability to claim a principled high ground response and was forced into surrender at knife point, Don Martin says.
The updated edict from the Canada Revenue Agency clearly indicated that, while this is an extreme example, discounts and freebies were taxable benefits and must be declared as such on company and individual tax forms. In other words, the government unleashed a Big Mac tax attack, Don Martin writes.
Staff confide Bill Morneau avoids the obligatory MP glad-handing in his Toronto riding. Maybe it’s understandable. This extremely wealthy businessman didn’t enter politics to deliver small talk in church basement dinners. But the Finance Minister’s apathetic attention to his Toronto Centre turf is noticeable enough for inside whispers to suggest he might not seek re-election two years from now.
Here’s some interesting political trivia: No provincial premier has ever become prime minister of Canada. That’s what makes the phenomenon of Stephen Harper’s political children so bizarre, Don Martin writes.
It’s time for the T4 taxpayers of the nation to rise up. With professionals rolling out sob stories of proposed changes cramping their ability to hide taxes through incorporation, the most influential group remains silent on the sidelines, Don Martin says.
Over 7,000 Order of Canada decorations have been pinned on mostly-worthy recipients in the last 50 years. Over 90 Victoria Crosses have been given to Canadian soldiers for their supreme sacrifice. And 18 Stars of Military Valor have been awarded by Governors General for extreme bravery in battle.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be releasing progress reports on his cabinet ministers, leading CTV's Power Play host Don Martin to give some of his own mid-term marks. Find out at CTVNews.ca who passes with flying colours and who needs a major improvement.