Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McGuinty Says Fledgling Trudeau Government Still Getting Sea Legs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McGuinty Says Fledgling Trudeau Government Still Getting Sea Legs

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Government growing pains normal: McGuinty

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OTTAWA - Dalton McGuinty says the rough patch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has been going through lately is normal for a fledgling administration.

The former Ontario premier says it takes time for a new government to find its footing.

While Trudeau's Liberals remain popular, they've encountered a series of bumps in the road over the past few weeks.

Their assisted dying bill has been widely panned; the launch of their promised electoral reform initiative has been denounced as a blatant bid to stack the deck in their favour; they've infuriated opposition parties by limiting debate; and Trudeau himself was forced to apologize for grabbing a Conservative MP and accidentally elbowing a New Democrat in the Commons.

And now Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo has quit the cabinet and the Liberal caucus to deal with "addiction issues. …

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