McCallum doesn’t want to let fraudsters ‘off the hook’ through moratorium on citizenship revocation
An increase in cancelled citizenships during the Liberal tenure is the result of ‘large-scale fraud investigations,’ says Canada’s immigration minister.
Public Services bracing for Phoenix pay delay backlog to remain past promised deadline
With just over a week left before the government’s self-imposed Oct. 31 deadline to have all pay issues resolved, Deputy Minister Marie Lemay says department is ‘a bit behind’
Maxime Bernier ahead in leadership poll of Conservative party members
Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier and interim leader Rona Ambrose in February 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Although the poll results are good news for Mr. Bernier—especially considering Mr. Clement, his biggest competition for support at this point in the race, has since dropped out—42 per cent of the respondents chose "someone else" when they were asked to select their choice for best leader.
Crown calls for substantial fine for Carson as illegal lobbying case enters sentencing phase
Hill Life & People
Wilson-Raybould hires policy adviser who represented Ontario’s first person granted doctor-assisted death
Water, sanitation, and hygiene should be essential elements of Canada’s international development framework
The sixth Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation is the catalyst for the successful realization of many of the other 16 goals. The truth is, they all go hand in hand. Failing on water and sanitation also means failing on gender equality, quality education, good health, resilient infrastructure, economic growth, and the list goes on.
Cyber security in Canada overdue for an update, experts tell Senate open caucus
In a time of transition, is Canada’s financial system falling behind?
While key issues divide other societies, Canada has consensus
Justice Committee calls on Wilson-Raybould to clean up ‘hodgepodge’ Criminal Code
In a letter sent to the Justice minister, committee members signalled interest in helping her remove outdated, unconstitutional clauses in the law, parallel to a newly underway justice system review.
Whistleblower who helped U.S. recover $5-billion in taxes wants to help Canada too
Bradley Birkenfeld told The Hill Times that he'd be happy to provide valuable information with documents that could help Canadian authorities recover unpaid federal taxes in offshore accounts. It's estimated that Revenue Canada is losing about $8-billion in lost taxes from offshore bank accounts each year.
Climate change ‘issue of the century,’ ministers should be demanding environmental assessments from their departments, says environment commish
Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Julie Gelfand says ministers and cabinet should reject departments' project proposals until they can show the environmental impacts.
How to make lobby days more effective
Old-fashioned lobbying uses the number of meetings or number of MPs attending a reception as the measurement of success. That won’t cut it in 2016.
Newspapers seek federal help, major lobbying push made in recent months
More federal advertising, better access to the Canada Periodical Fund, and stronger copyright laws are among the things the newspaper industry wants.
Plain packaging lobbying persists as Liberals promise new tobacco rules
Mandatory plain packaging is 'definitely going to happen,' says the parliamentary secretary for health.
Ag Minister MacAulay ‘not one bit concerned’ by international trade challenge threat
‘I never was very big on threats,’ says MacAulay, responding to dairy lobby groups in the U.S. and elsewhere criticizing Canada for a proposed Canadian dairy industry pact they say would flout global trade rules.
Status Of Government Business
- C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading)
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Wednesday, Oct. 19
- The House will discuss Bills C-4 on labour relations (third reading) and C-24 on Salaries Act changes to reflect the composition of cabinet (second reading) with the hope of finishing with the union bill that day and having it sent to the Senate.
- The House will vote on a motion to concur in the sixth report of the Public Safety and National Security Committee (extension of time, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, to consider Bill C-226, Impaired Driving Act, a private member’s bill sponsored by Conservative MP Steven Blaney (Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Lévis, Que.)).
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 2:14 PM
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Spain hosts lavish lunch, Chile shows off colourful flair: Diplomatic parties, Oct. 19, 2016
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 12:00 AM
Remembering Jim Prentice (1956-2016): in pictures
PUBLISHED : Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 12:47 PM
Terry Milewski’s farewell shindig: Oct. 5, 2016
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 1:11 PM
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
Friday , October 21 , 2016
The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this Oktoberfest luncheon (and snowshoe sale). Fri., Oct. 21. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Maple Leaf Almrausch Club, 3928 Farmers Way, Carlsbad Springs. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.
Saturday , October 22 , 2016
It’s been 150 years since journalists arrived on Parliament Hill, covering Canada’s budding confederation. Sharp Wits & Busy Pens, written by current and former Parliamentary Press Gallery reporters, tracks the evolution. The Ottawa Writers Festival presents contributors Manon Cornellier (Le Devoir), Hélène Buzzetti (Le Devoir), and Josh Wingrove (Bloomberg) for a conversation with Jim Creskey (The Hill Times) on the evolution and current state of parliamentary press coverage. 2 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. Free for members, $10-$20 for others. Buy tickets via writersfestival.org.
Sunday , October 23 , 2016
In his new book, Campaign Confessions, John Laschinger, a professional campaign manager with 50 leadership and general election campaigns, opens the doors to the backrooms and war rooms of the political campaigns he has run, providing lessons for aspiring campaign managers, and exposing what really happens behind the scenes. During the 2015 federal election, approximately 1,200 political campaigns were held across Canada. One of those campaigns belonged to author, journalist, and political neophyte Noah Richler. In The Candidate, Richler lays bare what goes on behind the slogans, canvassing and talking points, told from the perspective of a political outsider. The Ottawa Writers Festival presents these writers. 4 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St. Free for members, $10-$20 for others. Buy tickets via writersfestival.org.
Monday , October 24 , 2016
The House is sitting Monday to Friday until Nov. 4. It breaks again Nov. 7-Nov.11 and returns on Nov. 14 to sit for five weeks until it breaks for Christmas on Dec. 16, but it could break earlier.