Digital campaigns say they’ve convinced thousands to try to swing Conservative leadership contest to the centre


Five engineers and two Toronto men say they have helped to sign up thousands of new members to oppose Leitch, O'Leary, and others.

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Parliament has a power problem: why few staffers report sexual harassment

After-hours receptions and other informal events with alcohol flowing blur lines between work and personal, which 'leaves more room for bad things to happen,' says one former staffer. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


One contributing factor is staffers are often seen as ‘dispensable and lucky to be there,’ says one ex-aide.

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  • S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (second reading)
  • C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading)
  • C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and others (RCMP union bill) (consideration of amendments made by the Senate)
  • C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (second reading)
  • C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (second reading)
  • C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act (second reading)
  • C-23, Preclearance Act (committee)
  • C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and the Financial Administration Act (second reading)
  • C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, Canada Cooperatives Act, Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and Competition Act (report stage)
  • C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (second reading)
  • C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge) (second reading)
  • C-32, An Act related to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code (second reading)
  • C-33, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (second reading)
  • C-34, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts (second reading)
  • The Week Ahead In Parliament

    Both the House of Commons and Senate are not sitting for the next two weeks. Both chambers are scheduled to resume sitting on Monday, May 1 (though the Senate's first firm sitting day is Tuesday, May 2).

    Monday, May 1 

    The House will start second reading debate of Bill C-44, the budget implementation legislation, for the week.

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    A line of young women smile and take photos of Nobel Peace Prize winner and girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they pass in Centre Block's Hall of Honour before her April 12 speech to a joint session Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Wednesday , May 10 , 2017

    Politics and the Pen, the annual fundraiser that brings together federal politicians, writers, diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders to support the Writers’ Trust’s mandate to advance and celebrate Canadian writers and writing will happen Wednesday, May 10, at the Chateau Laurier hotel. The evening will end with the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winner for the best political book of the year. Nominees: Kamal Al-Solaylee for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone); Christie Blatchford for Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting – Or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges); Ian McKay and Jamie Swift for The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War; James McLeod for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election; and Noah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

    Monday , May 15 , 2017

    The award for the best public policy book by a Canadian will be announced in Toronto at the Donner Prize’s Gala evening. The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians and the winner receives $50,000 while the other nominated authors receive $7,500. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner on Monday, May 15. Last year’s winner was Donald Savoie’s What Is Government Good At? A Canadian Answer. For more information, contact the Donner Prize manager Sherry Naylor at 416-368-8253 or

    Wednesday , May 24 , 2017

    The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

    Saturday , May 27 , 2017

    The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.

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