No northerners in cabinet, no problem for veteran Yukon MP
Former PM Paul Martin says he's 'never' thought of Mr. Bagnell as a backbencher, and that he would make a 'tremendous minister.'
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.
‘With all the talk of Canada being back,’ aid groups ‘alarmed,’ told to expect little from budget
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said it's her top priority 'to ensure that Canadian aid dollars make the greatest difference on the ground.' Leaders in the sector are worried this means moving money around, rather than a budget increase.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
NGOs expecting to get something out of the months-long policy review are worried the time and money they spent will be all for naught.
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.
Prime Minister Trudeau tours grassroots Canada while the world rushes ahead
Of politicians, vacations, and helicopters
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.
Trump shows globalization’s logic can be challenged
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.
For Canada, Trump inauguration about making contacts, being a ‘good neighbour’
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will attend inauguration events, as will Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton. Stockwell Day's going too.
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.
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.'
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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
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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
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U.K., Kenya, Sweden’s December parties feature festive fare
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U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden comes to Ottawa: photographs by Jake Wright
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When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better
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Gaining Consensus: Getting Issues Heard In The New Parliament
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Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
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Thursday , January 19 , 2017
The Economic Club of Canada presents Sir Peter Gluckman, chief science adviser to the prime minister of New Zealand. Thurs., Jan. 19, 7:45-9 a.m. Chateau Laurier hotel, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Tickets: $89-$110 each. economicclub.ca.
Friday , January 20 , 2017
Time is the most precious resource within the parliamentary system. This seminar will bring together current and former Parliamentarians, academics, parliamentary staff, and journalists who will explore the management of parliamentary time and share their thoughts on the strategic use of time by the government and the opposition. This half-day seminar is presented by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. Breakfast and buffet lunch included. $150 for members, $25 students/retirees, $200 non-members. For more information, visit cspg-gcep.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or email@example.com.
Monday , January 23 , 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a cabinet retreat in Calgary, Alta., from Jan. 23-24. The PMO says the cabinet will discuss how to build on his government’s accomplishments in 2016 and how to continue creating good, middle-class jobs. For more information, call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555.
Tuesday , January 24 , 2017
The Trump Presidency and What It Means for Canada-U.S. Relations and Global Affairs, The Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., 15th floor, Jan. 24, 12 noon-2 p.m. Policy editor L. Ian MacDonald in conversation with Policy columnist Don Newman; Meredith Lilly, Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs, Carleton University; Earnscliffe Strategy Group principal Yaroslav Baran; and Michael Coates, Global vice chair and former CEO for the Americas, H+K Strategies. Table of 8 are $1,000, ½ tables are $500. Information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-943-3868.