‘It’s obviously a farce,’ MPs to grill feds on broken promise to open up PMO, cabinet ministers’ offices to access act
Legislation on an arms trade treaty and oceans protection will also be debated in the House.
Potential Liberal candidates in Scarborough-Agincourt waiting to see if Chan’s widow will run for nomination
Jean Yip, widow of the late Liberal MP Arnold Chan, is expected to run for Liberal nomination in Scarborough-Agincourt, Ont., say GTA Liberals.
Harder calls for independent oversight of Senators’ expenses two years after AG’s report, says current structure ‘inherently flawed’
Government Senate Representative Peter Harder says the Senate should set up an independent oversight mechanish to scrutinize the expenses of Senators. Quebec Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chair of the Senate's Internal Economy, bristled at the suggestion. The Hill Times file photographs
The Senate's Internal Economy Committee is looking at a variety of models that the Senate could adopt to scrutinize Senators’ expenses, says Quebec Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chair of Internal Economy Committee.
Singh has small lead in NDP leadership race, but Angus tops among small sample of party members: poll
Hill Life & People
The danger and promise of frank talk in fraught times
Organized crime in Canada is a problem, says expert Nicaso
Meet Grit MP Wayne Easter: defender of the tax avoiders
Instead of busting the myths surrounding these proposals, Easter promotes them. He knows that only those earning over $150,000, the wealthiest seven per cent of Canadians, will be affected. And as for the impact on farmers, there is none: they retain their $1-million capital gains exemption so they can transfer their farms to their children.
Cultivating the grapes of political wrath
If you persuade voters that their victims, that a party in power is purposely bamboozling or persecuting them or that its unfairly helping its cronies at the expense of taxpayers, not only will angry voters get angrier, they will also develop a keen desire to get even.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Two Senators once denied Indian status fight bill so others can gain rights
Senators Lillian Dyck and Sandra Lovelace Nicholas are part of a very personal debate over Bill S-3, which has seen the House and the Senate face off over amendments that members in the Upper Chamber insist are necessary to remove sex discrimination in the Indian Act.
Senate’s back to business: pre-clearance bill under scrutiny, says McCoy
The Indigenous rights bill S-3 will be another one to watch, but the action may not play out on the Senate floor, says the Independent Senators Group's facilitator.
Parliamentarians were right to pass law against genetic discrimination
Insurance companies already discriminate based on lifestyle choices and family history, so why not genetics? A genome is not under your control, unlike a smoking habit or skydiving hobby.
Liberals weighing new language to fix sexist Indian Act, says Sen. Sinclair
Senators say they won't budge on removing all grounds for gender discrimination through Bill S-3, as they wait to see in what form it will return. A Quebec court gave the government until late December to legislate a solution.
Ontario: dope dealer extraordinaire
The provincial government has blocked the private sector out of the soon-to-be legal marijuana-selling business.
Public-sector expert recommends government technological overhauls be done in smaller increments
Phoenix, Shared Services, and Canada.ca are a few examples of federal government technology projects gone wrong.
Business groups target key MPs, committees in push against tax reforms
Liberal MPs are getting nervous and asking questions as the tax reform debate heats up, says the CFIB, but one MP says it’s more a matter of fighting misinformation.
Quebec’s lobbyist registry best in Canada, though all struggle in key transparency metrics: study
Only one federal or provincial lobbying registry, that of Quebec, requires lobbyists to disclose their compensation.
Intra-party, all-party caucuses multiplying
The Hill Times found more than 80 all-party and internal caucuses where MPs meet to discuss issues and sometimes try to influence policy.
All-party caucuses should make member lists public: animal rights group
The Animal Protection Party of Canada wants the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus to name its MP members who helped kill an animal rights bill last fall. Caucus co-chair Bob Zimmer said the group is searching for a scapegoat after a bad bill it liked was defeated.
Serious business, Cattlemen’s Association spreads its lobby days throughout year
Beef producers group says lobby days only work when there’s a ‘consistent’ presence.
Setting aside differences, Liberals and Tories strategized to pass dementia bill
Conservative MP Rob Nicholson was 'unusually gracious' in drafting a bill that 'takes the politics' out, and working with the opposite side: Liberal MP Rob Oliphant.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Wednesday, Sept. 13
- The House Health Committee will meet 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 415, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks St. in a televised meeting on Bill C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code, and other Acts.
Photo of the week
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May shake hands during her Sept. 18 visit to Parliament Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
NDP leadership showcase event in Hamilton
PUBLISHED : Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 3:19 PM
CPAC rings in 25 years with packed bash
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 12:45 AM
Diplomatic Scene: Ukraine, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago party at Lansdowne
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 12:35 AM
When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 9:39 PM
Gaining Consensus: Getting Issues Heard In The New Parliament
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 2:09 PM
Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 11:52 AM
Tuesday , September 26 , 2017
This event will highlight the next generation of African leaders, education access and equality, youth, gender equality, and social justice issues. Featuring Amos Odero (The MasterCard Foundation), Ahmed Osaa (Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute volunteer), Kim Samuel (McGill University professor), Violette Uwamutana (DOT Rwanda), and more. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, 199 Sussex Dr., Ottawa. Registration required. $12-$20. For tickets, visit eventbrite.ca/e/the-walrus-talks-africas-next-generation-ottawa-tickets-34674188431.
Wednesday , September 27 , 2017
The Canada Media Fund will host its second annual showcase event, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building (144 Wellington St., Ottawa). The event will feature the best of Canadian television and digital productions, including opportunities to experience new video games and virtual reality projects funded by the Canada Media Fund, and interact with the stars of top Canadian television shows. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Sunday , October 1 , 2017
The first ballot results announcement will take place Oct. 1 in Toronto, and subsequent ballot results each following week until a winner is determined. A new leader will be selected no later than Oct. 15.
Wednesday , October 4 , 2017
On Oct. 4 and 5, 2017, the Van Horne Institute will host the 2017 Canadian Inland Ports Conference in Calgary, Alta. This conference will focus on the theme: Canada’s Ports: Gateways to Enable Trade, which will bring together experts from around the world to discuss inland ports and their importance to their local, provincial, and national economies. It will showcase five of Canada’s inland ports located across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia; as well as major Canadian ports and stakeholders. Early-bird registration before Sept. 5: $895. Registration after Sept. 5: $995. Please contact Bryndis Whitson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-430-0292 for more information. http://www.vanhorneinstitute.com/event/2017-canadian-inland-ports-conference/.