Parliamentary secretary shuffle coming before House returns, insiders predict big changes
PMO says 'there will be an update on parliamentary secretaries' before Jan. 30. Sources say as many as 10 new faces could be shuffled in.
PMO ‘so far behind on appointments,’ rigorous new hiring process, lack of qualified people cited for extensions of lobbying, ethics commissioners
‘If you call for applications and you get hundreds of applications, you owe it to those people to spend time on each and every one of those applications,’ says lobbyist.
Trudeau willing to make tough decisions to achieve his agenda, but former Grit party leader Dion treated ‘disrespectfully,’ say Dion supporters
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at last week's swearing-in ceremony, booted former Foreign Affairs minister Stéphane Dion from cabinet last week. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
'It appears that having past cabinet experience is a liability in the Trudeau government,' said one former cabinet minister.
Deputy minister Lemay predicts ‘multiple points of failure’ on Phoenix with 8,000 cases remaining
Hill Life & People
SSC’s dysfunction has become, for the programs and operations of many, perhaps even most, client departments, more disruptive than any hacker attack they have yet experienced. Billed in part as an efficiency measure and in part as a cybersecurity enhancement measure, Shared Services Canada has proven to be neither.
Climate change is not about saving the planet, it’s about saving human beings from an ugly, difficult future
By 2050, the world is projected to have some nine billion mouths to feed in a potentially much warmer world, with prolonged heat waves, drought, grave water shortages, rising sea levels threatening many of the world’s major cities, the risk of new diseases and much reduced biodiversity and damaged ecosystems.
Cabinet shuffle suggests bright futures for several female cabinet ministers
Trudeau will soon have to deal with a potentially hostile White House
There are a couple of things Trudeau needs to do to chart a path forward with Trump. He needs to reassure the Americans that we have their back on security.
He also must demonstrate that the economies of both Canada and the U.S. have been served well by constant, constructive engagement. He must demonstrate that the relationship is not a zero-sum game, that what is good for Canada in the bilateral relationship is also good for the U.S., and vice versa.
Energy East must go back to square one
Dion has always cramped Liberal style
When Justin Trudeau announced a renewed Liberal cabinet that had no place for Stéphane Dion, it was clear Dion's refusal to accept the sinecure Trudeau had offered—simultaneous appointments, it is reported, as ambassador to Germany and to the European Union—was putting a serious cramp in Trudeau's style on a big day.
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Getting more from federal transportation infrastructure investment, Canada’s opportunity to be a leader
Infrastructure investment enables economic activity well beyond infrastructure construction. State of the art infrastructure opens up job-creating opportunities, even more so when U.S. companies take advantage of Canada’s transportation systems to export and import goods and services to and from Europe and Asia.
House Electoral Reform Committee did fail us, so it’s time for government to decide
Referendums are rare in Canada and divisive and time is running out on electoral reform which should unite, not divide voters. But the Liberals also made a campaign promise. They could focus on a few less contentious reforms which would significantly strengthen our country's electoral system. Here they are.
‘It’s not just numbers,’ Chagger defends House’s low legislative productivity this session
The Liberals' record on passing bills pales in comparison to past Parliaments, leaving the opposition asking, ‘Where’s the meat?’
Merit Canada lobbying to maintain secret ballot requirement for union certification: Sen. Runciman
‘Given that individual workers now have the ability to vote by private ballot, it is a step backward to now want to remove that right in Bill C-4,’ says Merit Canada president Terrance Oakey.
Skepticism growing on promises for House reforms as Liberals consider unilateral action
'I think it would be entirely inappropriate and frankly almost tyrannical if a majority government, regardless of political stripe, decided to start changing Standing Orders arbitrarily to benefit them,' says Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski.
Police oversight in Ontario: hoping against all odds
One can only hope that the ongoing Independent Police Oversight Review that has been commissioned by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is not going to become just another shelf report like so many other government reports have in the past.
Feds hearing more from industry than environmentalists on pipelines, according to lobbyists registry
‘Take a look at the decisions that have been made,’ Environmental Defence’s Dale Marshall says when asked if he fears the energy industry is having too much sway with government.
Climate plans in focus as Ottawa gears up for December first ministers’ meeting
The government is looking to finalize a pan-Canadian climate action plan in December, but some say Canada needs to adapt following Donald Trump’s election in the U.S.
Bains, Carr, Garneau most lobbied ministers, health most lobbied topic in October
‘It’s important for industry to have their voice heard at the cabinet table, and Navdeep Bains has certainly met with business and offered that voice,’ says Summa Strategies’ Michele Austin.
Tighter political fundraising rules could push activities ‘underground,’ says Canada’s outgoing chief electoral officer
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says with recent examples of Liberal 'cash-for-access' events, he hasn’t seen 'anybody violating the elections law provisions.'
‘We live in a globalized world,’ House most ethnically diverse in Canadian history, but still has long way to go: research
A record 47 visible minority and 10 indigenous MPs were elected in this House.
Lobbyists mobilize to remind U.S.: shutting out Canada means hurting Americans
‘We’re going to hear a lot more about Buy America in the coming months,’ says one trade group rep.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
‘We’re going to be under significant pressure from the Americans,’ say experts of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s influence on Canadian defence policy
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 2:49 PM
Governor General David Johnston, new Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall on January 10 during the swearing-in ceremonies for the ministers involved in a significant cabinet shuffle. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
CP reporter Bruce Cheadle’s retirement shindig, Jan. 11, 2017: The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 12:49 PM
U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden comes to Ottawa: photographs by Jake Wright
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 10:33 AM
Politicos flock to O’Neil’s book launch: photographs by Jake Wright
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 10:30 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 , January 17 , 2017
The third party-sanctioned debate will be held on Jan. 17 in Quebec City, and will be a French debate. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.
Tuesday , January 17 , 2017
Building Capacity in the Understanding of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, January 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Theatre – a special event focused on the role of public administration in promoting and developing a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, organized by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, NCR Chapter. For tickets and more information: http://www.ipac.ca/ncr/Events
Wednesday , January 18 , 2017
The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.
Wednesday , January 18 , 2017
The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Wed., Jan. 18. 10 a.m. to noon. Navy Curling Club, 41 Navy Pvt.