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Debbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie, holds up a photo of her son as she speaks to reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons after a day of meetings on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Photograph by Justin Tang, courtesy of the Canadian Press

Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould justified in speaking out after controversial Stanley verdict, marked a turning point for Canada, say MPs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould were right to speak out after the verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial, say Liberal and NDP Parliamentarians, who believe the government and Parliament have to…

What happens if an MP’s found guilty of sexual harassment? No one’s saying

News|By Abbas Rana
All the federal political parties say they take sexual harassment “seriously,” but none will say what disciplinary action they would take against an MP found guilty of it. “We take sexual harassment allegations very seriously,…

NDP reviewing past, present harassment processes amid Stoffer, Weir allegations

The NDP isn’t currently investigating the specific harassment allegations against former NDP MP Peter Stoffer, but it says it's looking into how such complaints were, are now and will be handled, something strategist Robin Sears…

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Feds’ sweeping, new environmental assessment bill keeps power in ministers’ hands, say observers

The government’s new Impact Assessment Act includes hundreds of pages detailing changes to the environmental assessment process in Canada, but keeps ultimate power over approving natural resource projects in the hands of the federal environment…

Patrick Brown gaining support since re-emerging to challenge sexual harassment allegations, says adviser, though Conservative MPs largely quiet

Patrick Brown, who in a dramatic move re-entered the Ontario leadership late Friday afternoon, is receiving strong support from all corners of the political world since publicly re-emerging to challenge the sexual harassment allegations that…

Some Liberal MPs frustrated with leadership for not sharing anti-abortion political strategy on Canada Summer Jobs program

Some Liberal MPs say they're frustrated the party leadership did not share the political strategy with the caucus on why the government was so adamant on keeping the new controversial reproductive rights clause in the…

NDP elects former Hill staffer Vick as new party president

NDP members elected a new party president on the last day of the party’s 2018 policy convention, with former Hill staffer Mathieu Vick being elevated to the role after garnering roughly 83 per cent of…

NDP delegates protest ‘watered down’ Palestine policy

In the waning hours of the NDP policy convention’s second day dozens of delegates stood in silence with hands raised holding posters proclaiming “Free Palestine” as they protested what some called a “watered down” resolution…

Galvanizing members, regaining momentum key for NDP at convention to be in fighting shape for 2019: strategists

With more than 1,800 New Democrats gathered in Ottawa to debate and help shape future party policies, NDP strategist and former national director Karl Bélanger says a top priority this weekend is to “galvanize” members…

NDP ‘shaken’ by harassment allegations, promises to root out problems in own ranks

The NDP's approach to anti-harassment was the first policy to earn mention at its convention in Ottawa on Friday—despite not being slated on the floor—with outgoing president Marit Stiles apologizing to party members who had…
Debbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie, holds up a photo of her son as she speaks to reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons after a day of meetings on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Photograph by Justin Tang, courtesy of the Canadian Press

Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould justified in speaking out after controversial Stanley verdict, marked a turning point for Canada, say MPs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould were right to speak out after the verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial, say Liberal and NDP Parliamentarians, who believe the government and Parliament have to…

‘No money’ to bring in missing-in-action military justice reforms, four years after being made law

The office of Canada’s defence minister says bringing languishing reforms to the military justice system into effect would require a “substantial commitment of time and resources,” and says the federal cabinet is working on the…

A look ahead at cannabis legalization in 2018

News|By Jolson Lim
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set off the countdown clock when he announced last month that cannabis would be legal in Canada by the summer of 2018, however there are still plenty of issues to sort…

Lobbyists get ‘too much time’ in Senate committees, says ISG deputy ahead of back-to-Parliament meeting

Lobbyists have been given “too much time and too much importance” when it comes to gathering input for the Senate’s study of legislation at committee, says the second-highest ranking member of the Independent Senators Group,…

Trudeau should enshrine in legislation every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment

Opinion|By Lynda M. Collins
As scholars and advocates of environmental law, we write to call upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to recognize, protect, and fulfill every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment. Indeed, we believe there is an…

On political activities, the Public Service Commission deserves to be challenged

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—Political parties have already begun recruiting candidates and campaign workers for the next federal election in 2019. Many candidates could be drawn from the federal public service, as there you find people who understand government…

Add women, change politics by making parties pay, NDP says

As Ottawa becomes more embroiled in the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement, the New Democrats are renewing their call for the federal government to codify its support for having more women involved in politics as elected…

The Canada-Trinidad terrorism link

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
OTTAWA—Every year, many Canadians flock to Trinidad and Tobago to escape the harsh winter climate. In addition, there are some 70,000 Canadians of Trinidadian stock. The ties between the two nations run deep. Alas, these…

Canadian approach to strange health concerns in Cuba ‘respectful,’ says outgoing envoy

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Cuba's outgoing ambassador says Canada’s approach to investigating the unusual health symptoms affecting some Canadian diplomats and their families in Cuba, is the “right decision.” Nearly a year after Canadian officials set out to investigate…

Champagne to announce new ombudsman for corporate responsibility Wednesday, after years-long campaign by human rights groups

The federal government is planning to announce the creation of an ombudsperson for “responsible enterprise” on Wednesday, finally checking the box on a 2015 Liberal campaign promise, and satisfying a request from Canada’s mining industry…

Embracing new technology for a new cannabis industry

With Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization bill, moving through the Senate, politicians and pundits have furiously debated our best path forward. Reduction of youth consumption, decriminalization of adult possession, and the eradication of black-market profits…

What the Aga Khan Foundation does with Canadian government money

Opinion|By Khalil Shariff
On the day the Bamyan hospital first opened its doors, 12 women arrived in various stages of labour. In Afghanistan, where pregnancy kills one of every 52 women, giving life can be a death sentence.…

Government falling behind on cannabis public education, say critics

News|By Emily Haws
Health Canada says it will launch a national public education advertising campaign on cannabis in the spring, though critics say it should have already been in place in order to educate the public ahead of…

Finance Minister Morneau’s deputy chief of staff Harvey departs

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently said goodbye to one of his senior-most staffers, Maryse Harvey, who exited her role as deputy chief of staff and director of strategy and planning to the minister in early February.…

Latest Nanos poll shows federal Liberals with an eight-point lead over Conservatives

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The latest Nanos Research poll indicated the Liberals have an eight-point lead over the Conservatives, with the support of 38.1 respondents to the Tories' 30.4. The poll, which is tracked weekly and combined into a…

Close to 500 politicos schmooze, feast, and celebrate Canadian Agriculture Day

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
It was Canadian Agriculture Day on Feb. 13 and that meant close to 500 people attended one of the best industry parties of the season. It’s hard to compete against an event where almost all…

#MeToo: trailblazing female ex-MPs weigh in on what needs to change on the Hill

News|By Shruti Shekar
Female former MPs say the current approach the government and federal parties are taking to deal with the Hill's harassment and the sexual misconduct problem is far better than during their tenure when issues were…

‘Sickened and disheartened’: federal Conservatives react to sexual misconduct allegations against Patrick Brown

News|By Jolson Lim
Conservative MPs are expressing shock and disappointment after learning about sexual misconduct allegations levelled against former caucus colleague Patrick Brown, who resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party early Thursday morning after two young…

Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland names fellow Rhodes Scholar alum as new policy director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has made a few senior staffing changes in her ministerial office of late, including naming a new director of policy following the departure of Owen Teo in December. Mr. Teo…

Stopping online piracy is not censorship

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is considering a proposal to block Canadians from accessing websites that “blatantly, overwhelming, or structurally engage in piracy.” The proposal expands on successful efforts in other countries to address the…

Expect Liberal budget to focus on science, women’s role in economy

Opinion|By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—Thomas Mulcair got it right a few years back when, commenting on the approach of Stephen Harper’s government to the role of science in policy development, he said the Conservatives relied on “decision-based fact-making.” But,…

Sajjan must explain what’s next for Canada in Iraq

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—Earlier this month, Conservative Party defence critic James Bezan put forward a motion requesting that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appear before a House of Commons committee. It was Bezan’s hope that Sajjan could answer questions…

For Cuba, it’s the calm before (and after) the storm

CAYO COCO, Cuba—Uprooted mangrove thickets are still piled up behind the beaches along Cuba’s north coast, interspersed with shards of concrete and steel and other flotsam left over from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma.…

Health Canada adding staff, launches new branch, in preparation for legal pot

News|By Jolson Lim
Health Canada is taking the lead on the marijuana file in Ottawa in advance of the summer deadline for legalization, overseeing product licensing and regulations, quality monitoring, health research, and public education.  In preparation, the department…

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TORONTO—There are lots of rules to remember about politics and public relations and the law. Here are 10. Don’t brag about hiring private investigators. For example, in the middle of a #MeToo-type full-blown crisis, don’t have…
Opinion|Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Long live the right to bare arms, NOT. Conservative Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel felt the need to cross hairs with her party’s former leader last week by contradicting Canada’s first woman prime minister on…
Opinion|David Crane
TORONTO—At first glance, it may sound like a crazy idea. But are the Big Tech companies—Amazon, Apple, Alphabet-Google, Facebook, and others—the reason for the declining rate of entrepreneurship and the related loss of dynamism in…
Opinion|Susan Riley
CHELSEA, QUE.—When it comes to pipeline politics, the unproven claims flow much faster than Alberta bitumen. Diverting as the ongoing interprovincial punch-up has been—Rachel Notley, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, and most of Canadian punditry championing…
Opinion
OTTAWA—There used to be a consensus in Parliament about combatting racism and hate. That doesn’t exist anymore. The Liberal government and its MPs want to embark on some new or renewed initiatives, the NDP want…
Feb. 11 marked 28 years since the moment Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison near Cape Town a free man. For the previous decade of Mandela’s 27 years in prison, the image of his…
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Politics This Morning: Trudeau departs for official state visit to India; NDP convention hits Ottawa this weekend; Carr to announce funding to reduce diesel reliance

Good Friday morning, The House is not sitting today and won’t sit again until Feb. 26. However, Ottawa will still be centre stage for the Canadian political scene, with the 2018 NDP policy convention set…

One in, one out for the PMO

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said goodbye to special assistant Julie Savard-Shaw last week, and her replacement is already in place. Until recently, Ms. Savard-Shaw had been a special assistant for policy in the…

Status of Women Minister Monsef hires new D. Comms straight from Public Safety Minister Goodale’s team

Federal Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef last week hired a new director of communications, Justine Villeneuve, to her ministerial office, arriving from the office of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale. Ms.…

Press gallery’s Marc Fortier to retire after 30 years 

The press gallery’s Marc Fortier announced last week that he would be retiring. After 30 years, the Parliamentary Press Gallery's acting manager of multimedia events will spend his last day on the job on Friday,…

Trudeau’s female cabinet ministers host baby shower for Democratic Institutions Minister Gould

A handful of ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet hosted what was the first ever baby shower for a cabinet minister, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, on Feb. 5. “Canadian history in the making. Tonight…

Famous Five bids farewell to dynamo Isabel Metcalfe at Rideau Club shindig, after 20 years of service

OTTAWA—It was a farewell shindig Famous Five Ottawa’s Isabel Metcalfe will never forget. Nearly 150 of her closest friends, political players, co-workers, and her family members gathered at the historic Rideau Club in Ottawa on…

Beverley McLachlin celebrates her retirement from the Supreme Court with a star-packed gala

Beverley McLachlin celebrated her retirement as chief justice of the Supreme Court in style on Dec. 14 with a gala at the Shaw Centre ballroom in Ottawa. Judges, litigators, justices, lawyers, lobbyists, MPs, and diplomats were…

Burkina Faso is more than just gold mines, says new political envoy

The new ambassador of Burkina Faso wants to make Canada aware that it can invest in more than just gold in the landlocked country and hopes to shed light on the different trade opportunities it…

Polish envoy says Canada and Poland can double trade with the help of CETA

The new Polish ambassador says in the next few years trade revenue between Canada and Poland “should double very easily,” and one of his priorities is to focus on building relations with potential Canadian corporations…

Trudeau in India for week-long state visit

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a state visit to India from Feb. 17-23. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Doug Ford speaks with Sun columnist Anthony Furey at the 2018 Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on Feb. 10, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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