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Responsible for shepherding bills through the House, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger’s office is defending itself against accusations that it's been moving too slowly to pass legislation. 北京赛车pk10技巧详解 photograph by Andrew Meade

Liberals relying more on ‘omnibus’ bills to fulfil promises before 2019 election, say observers, critics

With the clock ticking down to the next election, the Liberal government is increasingly being accused of tabling “omnibus” legislation, as it puts forward big bills to fulfil its ambitious agenda. With 18 months left…

Harassment stats flat, mental health middling among federal employees: survey results

As an employer, the federal government isn’t doing enough to stop harassment within the public service, says a union leader, after results of a large-scale survey of federal employees indicate that workplace harassment has stayed…

Humboldt tragedy hits home for MPs

News|By Shruti Shekar
Speaking through tears, Conservative MP Kevin Waugh recalled bumping into Brody Hinz, a statistician for the Humboldt Broncos Saskatchewan junior hockey team, last November in Ottawa. The 18-year-old was one of the 15 people killed…

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$37-million spent on veteran legal costs a ‘broken promise’: critics

The Liberals have spent at least $37-million since January 2016 on legal proceedings with veterans in a move opposition MPs and the veterans they’re fighting in court say represents a broken platform promise. The vast…

Liberal MP Nault top House spender for most of 2017, Conservative Reid one of most frugal

News|By Emily Haws
Liberal MP Bob Nault is the highest spender for the first nine months for the 2017-18 fiscal year, with $426,306 in expenses he says come down to mainly chartered flights to reach the communities in…

MPs look to support Syrian rescue workers after ‘riveting’ Ottawa appearance

News|By Jolson Lim
Moved by “riveting” stories of life and death told by members of the famed Syrian ‘White Helmets’ to the House Subcommittee on International Human Rights late last month, MPs say Canada must work to ensure…

Canadians should have right to know personal data held by parties after Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal, says privacy commissioner

Canada's privacy commissioner, who is conducting an investigation into the Cambridge-Analytica-Facebook scandal and a separate probe into whether Canadian privacy laws were violated by AggregateIQ in order to sway the Brexit vote, says Canada's federal…

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee won’t have time to fully examine how sweeping cannabis bill will affect international treaties, says Andreychuk

The Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee won't be able to examine all the ways the government's cannabis legalization bill will affect Canada's international treaties before reporting back to the Senate by May 1,…

Sitting on a list of more than 100 vetted candidates, PCO calls for more Senator applications, as advisory board sits nearly empty

The independent board set up to recommend new Senators to the prime minister has done its job and suggested more than 100 candidates, but the government is still asking more people to apply to be…

Design changes, work claims among road bumps experienced on path to moving out of Centre Block: documents

It's still unclear if Centre Block occupants will move into the West Block and the Government Conference Centre this summer, but it's clear the costs are increasing. The government will pay $42-million for three new…
Responsible for shepherding bills through the House, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger’s office is defending itself against accusations that it's been moving too slowly to pass legislation. 北京赛车pk10技巧详解 photograph by Andrew Meade

Liberals relying more on ‘omnibus’ bills to fulfil promises before 2019 election, say observers, critics

With the clock ticking down to the next election, the Liberal government is increasingly being accused of tabling “omnibus” legislation, as it puts forward big bills to fulfil its ambitious agenda. With 18 months left…

‘It’s like a dam broke,’ Liberals’ priorities aren’t jiving with public’s priorities, support bleeds: pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
The Trudeau government’s priorities aren't jiving with the public's priorities, causing the Liberals to lose support in Ontario, home to more than one-third of all 338 seats, as well as the Prairie provinces, say pollsters.…

Facebook makes it easy to run illegal and ‘Astroturf’ ads, say Canadian digital political strategists

Anonymous and illegal political ad campaigns are probably already running in Canada, thanks in part to Facebook and other online advertising platforms that make it easy to skirt laws around political advertising, say political digital…

Cannabis bill a concern for Indigenous communities and ‘ripe for amendment’: Sen. Sinclair

The effect legal marijuana will have on historically “over-policed and under-resourced” Indigenous communities is cause for concern, according to Independent Senator Murray Sinclair, who is calling on the government to address gaps in services he…

Tories dismiss new format, but will still take part in leaders’ debates

Despite the scathing Conservative objection to a recent House committee recommendation for an independent commissioner to organize leaders' debates, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will still participate in debates during the federal election. The Liberals say…

As Bill C-33 gathers dust, opposition MPs want to know why ‘critical’ election law changes haven’t moved since first reading

The Liberals' promised changes to Canada's elections laws have been gathering dust since?November 2016 when Bill C-33 was first introduced, but with the next election in October 2019, opposition MPs want to know why the…

Liberal backbenchers in safe rural ridings say they can sell Goodale’s gun bill, other Grits laying low

Liberal MPs from safe rural ridings say they can sell the government’s new gun safety bill to their constituents, while some country Grits who won by slim margins have kept quiet so far about the…

Risking her life, Montreal reporter writes alternative narrative of Rwandan genocide

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
In a new book published just before this week's 24th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide,?Montreal-based freelance broadcast and print reporter Judi Rever is challenging the dominant narrative of the genocide, despite threats…

Untapped horizons: inside the government unit that helps Canada think (way) ahead

News|By Emily Haws
Hidden on the 15th floor of an Albert Street office tower is a government branch whose workers write on the walls and telecommute by robot. It sounds more like a tech start-up, but Policy Horizons…

China to MPs: don’t blame us for dumping steel, we’re victims too

The Chinese Embassy in Canada has dismissed some MPs' comments about China dumping steel on North American markets as a “so-called” issue, saying it is also a victim of trade protectionism and is unfairly seen…

Former Liberal MP Don Boudria being treated for inflammatory disorder

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Liberal MP Don Boudria is in good spirits despite learning last week a medical condition will keep him grounded and likely limping on Ottawa's streets rather than headed to the Liberal convention in Halifax…

Supreme Court upholds Bruce Carson’s influence-peddling conviction

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the influence-peddling conviction against former prime ministerial adviser Bruce Carson, effectively ending a sprawling legal saga involving the upper echelons of the former Conservative government that played out during…

Agriculture minister most lobbied in February as trade, grain shipments topped industry interests

Lobbyists targeted Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay three times as often as his nearest cabinet colleague in February, as industry groups pushed trade interests and raised the alarm about a “crisis” in grain shipments, according to…

Perreault promoted to PMO lead speechwriter after Armstrong departs for Morneau’s office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Brittany Perreault has been promoted to be senior manager of speechwriting in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, taking charge of the team previously headed by Jeni Armstrong. Former lead speechwriter Ms. Armstrong left the Prime…

Ambrose’s ex-chief of staff lands new Queen Street job

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Garry Keller, the former chief of staff to interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose, has taken up a new job as a vice-president at government relations firm StrategyCorp. “Really pleased to be joining the excellent…

It will take more than a law to change ‘archaic’ Hill culture, says Senate sponsor of anti-harassment bill

Government legislation aimed at handling and preventing sexual harassment in federally regulated workplaces and Parliament Hill won’t be enough to stop the longstanding problem, says the bill’s Senate sponsor, but it’s a step in the…

NDP analyst Capstick leaving world of political punditry

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Longtime NDP political analyst and former NDP press secretary Ian Capstick announced in a Facebook note last week that he's signing off from the world of political punditry. The founder of Media Style public affairs…

PMO’s Maka exits to become director to Social Development Minister Duclos

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently bade farewell to one of his political aides, Mike Maka, who left his job?as senior planning manager in the office’s communications and planning unit to join Families, Children, and Social…

NDP too slow on Singh Sikh controversy, say strategists, but it’s not likely to hurt him in 2019

News|By Emily Haws
The NDP should have expected questions on leader Jagmeet Singh’s associations with Sikh nationalist or extremist groups, so it's surprising his team took so long to mount a defence when the issue blew up in…

More data regulation needed as smart cities develop, say some experts

News|By Emily Haws
As the Trudeau government continues to review its private-sector privacy act, some experts are calling for a national data strategy to set the framework of ownership rights and usage limits around collected data. The issue…

‘For me, it’s personal’: Minister Sohi reflects on passion for infrastructure portfolio

Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi doesn’t mince words when discussing the role infrastructure played in his ‘Made in Canada’ success story. An immigrant from India, Mr. Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alta.) spoke little to no English…

Infrastructure improvements could increase annual GDP of northern territories by $4.7-billion: report

Upgrading trade-enabling infrastructure in Canada's northern territories could add billions each year to the national economy, says?a new report from the University of Calgary. Goods and services in the North are costlier than elsewhere in…

Phoenix problems compounded by Tories scrapping key back-pay feature, PSPC minister says

News|By Emily Haws
Public servants frustrated over delays in receiving retroactive pay should direct their ire to the previous Conservative government, which scrapped crucial related parts of the Phoenix pay system project to save money, the procurement minister…

PSPC launches new ‘ambassador’ program to help employees navigate Phoenix fixes

News|By Emily Haws
Nearly 250 public servants within Public Services and Procurement Canada are volunteering to help their colleagues find fixes for Phoenix-related pay problems. “Across government, departments are putting in place measures to support employees facing pay…

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OTTAWA—Of all the indignities and blows the European unity project has suffered in recent years, the most galling has to be the decisive re-election of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán this week. Orbán, whose populist…
OTTAWA—Far from Parliament Hill, partisan debates, and briefing notes, the real Canada works, plays, and lives in small cities, towns, villages, and neighbourhoods; and, for many, hockey is an integral part of their life as…
Opinion|Kevin Goheen
Commonwealth Scholarships are a prestigious international brand, well known and respected throughout the world. They help students with the cost of obtaining an advanced degree in a Commonwealth country other than their own. The Commonwealth…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—It seems the plague of partisan party politics (try saying that three times fast) is taking a toll on Canada’s TV punditry class. Or at least, it has claimed one notable casualty—Ian Capstick. If…
Opinion|Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Toronto Pride should be ashamed. Last week’s misguided decision to deny the Toronto Police Service official participation in the country’s largest gay pride celebration is a blot on Canada’s reputation as an open and inclusive…
Opinion|Phil Gurski
OTTAWA—Is it just me or is it strange that an independent, secular democracy cannot make simple decisions on who it wants to allow to stay in the country? We are speaking here of immigrants, of…
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Politics This Morning: Trudeau kicks off Summit of Americas in Peru, Philpott talks reconciliation at Economic Club

Happy Friday the 13th! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Lima, Peru, where it’s forecast to be a balmy 22 C. He’ll kick off the day with a 9:30 a.m. meeting with new Peruvian President…

Immigration, Refugees Minister Hussen names press secretary at last

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen recently tapped Mathieu Genest to serve as his press secretary, while promoting former communications manager Hursh Jaswal to the title of director of communications. Mr. Hussen hasn’t had…

Status of Women Minister Monsef hires a new chief of staff

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef recently promoted her director of policy Rebecca Caldwell to be her new chief of staff to lead her ministerial office. Ms. Caldwell officially took on the new title of…

Former Dion adviser pens new book, could create a bit of drama

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former foreign affairs minister?Stéphane Dion didn't always see eye to eye, and a former adviser to Mr. Dion,?Jocelyn Coulon, will launch a book on April 11 that reveals some…

Catherine Tait named to ‘dream job’ as next CBC president

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly unveiled the public broadcaster’s newest leader Tuesday morning, announcing producer Catherine Tait as the incoming president and CEO of CBC. Ms. Tait, 60, has a career spanning more than 25 years…

Inaugural Women on the Hill shindig draws 500, and MPs from all parties

The inaugural Women on the Hill event, hosted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Velma McColl?at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building last Monday night, attracted nearly 500 guests who mingled, networked, and celebrated a belated International…

MPs hit the red carpet at Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto

TORONTO—Eight Members of Parliament and ministers donned their best tuxedo or gown on March 11 to walk the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards. Toronto-area MPs were out in full force at the star-studded…

Pakistan celebrates national day in Ottawa as MPs, Senators prepare to see country for themselves

Close to 300 diplomats and senior officials came to celebrate Pakistan’s national day celebration at the Chateau Laurier, just before a group of MPs and Senators set out for Pakistan to foster closer ties. On…

Australia’s new top envoy says her ‘focus is firmly on the future’ of CPTPP

Australia’s new high commissioner says officials from her country signalling they would block Canada’s admission to Asia’s top security forum, the East Asia Summit, had nothing to do with tensions that bubbled up when Canada…

PM off to Peru, U.K. for summits, official visit to France

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
After Parliament returns from back-to-back break weeks, the Liberals will also be gearing up for their policy convention in Halifax starting April 19.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Ottawa on Apr. 4, 2018. 北京赛车pk10技巧详解 photograph by Andrew Meade
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