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Amid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s declarations that he is leading the Liberals into the next election, his office has announced that a prominent media commentator is joining his team as a senior adviser.

Supriya Dwivedi is added to the Prime Minister’s Office several weeks after Trudeau’s team also brought in a new executive director of communications.

Trudeau’s office confirmed Dwivedi will start her new job on Jan.15, and a staffing memo provided by spokesperson Ann-Clara Vaillancourt said Dwivedi will put professional experiences, including a science and legal background, to work for the PMO.

The former radio talk-show host has appeared on CBC’s Power & Politics, on CTV, and written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Toronto Star.

Most recently Dwivedi worked for McGill University’s Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy as director of policy and engagement. Dwivedi also has degrees in civil law and common law from the University of Montreal.

She wrote in a Toronto Star column today that she has held memberships in both the Conservatives and Liberals, and is not an overly partisan person but is concerned about the current “toxic hyperpartisanship” in Ottawa.

She said she has, professionally, had the opportunity to speak to Trudeau. “He asks smart questions, listens attentively and affords complex issues with the nuance it deserves,” she wrote.

In November, Trudeau’s office announced that it was bringing in Max Valiquette as an executive communications director for the PMO. Valiquette came to that assignment with years of experience in working for various brands, advertising and marketing.

Trudeau has been prime minister since 2015, and led the Liberals to a minority government in 2021. However, public-opinion research has indicated that support has shifted to the federal Conservatives under the leadership of Pierre Poilievre. The next federal election is not expected until 2025.

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Commons and Senate on a break: The House of Commons is on a break until Jan. 29. The Senate sits again on Feb. 6.

Deputy Prime Minister’s day: Chrystia Freeland was scheduled to attend the funeral service for former federal cabinet minister John Godfrey.

Ministers on the road: Health Minister Mark Holland and Housing Minister Sean Fraser announced a $355-million bilateral agreement with Nova Scotia to improve health care over three years. Filomena Tassi, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, announced $3-million for Waterloo Region Economic Development Corp.


Justin Trudeau was also to attend the funeral service, in Toronto, for former federal cabinet minister John Godfrey.


Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, in Sidney, B.C., on Vancouver Island was scheduled to attend an evening meeting of the 1st Tsartlip Beavers Troup.

No schedules released for other party leaders.


On today’s edition of The Globe and Mail podcast, James Griffiths, The Globe’s Asia correspondent, discusses the current situation with Taiwan, which is ramping up to a pivotal presidential election on Jan. 13 amid rising tensions with China. The Decibel is here.


The Globe and Mail Editorial Board on how Canada’s sexist past echoes in the courts: “At one time, it was impossible for a man to rape his wife in Canada, legally speaking. The Criminal Code stipulated that a man could only be charged with rape if he had non-consensual sexual intercourse with a woman who was not his wife. If instead he sexually assaulted the woman he had married, no crime had taken place.”

Andrew Coyne (The Globe and Mail) on how surrendering to the provinces doesn’t bring peace to the federation. It only emboldens them: “The devil made them do it. That current wave of lawless behaviour among the premiers? One claiming the right to ignore any federal law she finds inconvenient, another already defying the law on carbon pricing, still another unilaterally amending the Constitution to annex bits of federal jurisdiction? It’s not their fault. According to some of my Globe colleagues, the premiers can’t help themselves. They have been provoked beyond endurance, and cannot be held responsible for their actions. And the name of the devil that cast this spell on them? Why, Justin Trudeau, of course.”

Marsha Lederman (The Globe and Mail) on how the number of places Jewish Canadians feel unwelcome in keeps growing: “The cops delivering the coffee was the image that went ‘round the world. But long before members of the Toronto Police Department handed over the Tim Hortons goodies to pro-Palestinian protesters who have been targeting a highway overpass adjacent to a neighbourhood with a significant Jewish population, many Canadian Jews have felt unsettled, even unsafe.”

Gary Mason (The Globe and Mail) on a B.C. judge reminding us all that drug addiction is an illness: “Many towns and cities in B.C. complain about open drug use, but will not support the opening of a supervised consumption site in their area. You can’t have it both ways.”

Konrad Yakabuski (The Globe and Mail) on how Montreal’s Olympic Stadium needs $1-billion in repairs, but demolition might be a better option: “As white elephants go, the Big Owe is world class. It still shows up on lists of the worst all-time infrastructure boondoggles.”

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