‘We look like amateur hour’: ex-diplomats, opposition decry Stéphane Dion’s dual appointment


One ex-Canadian ambassador to the EU says it's 'more than a full-time job,' on its own. The government declined to respond to criticisms.


Feds set aside $545-million to finance new contracts reached with big unions

Public Service Alliance of Canada national president Robyn Benson, pictured addressing a rally last spring calling for improvements to the embattled Phoenix pay system, has seen four of her union's five bargaining units reach new deals with the government that include pay raises and no changes to the existing sick leave regime. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


The Liberals are looking to hammer out deals with remaining smaller bargaining units. Thousands of civil servants remain without contracts nearly three years after most expired in 2014.

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Wednesday, Feb. 22

The House Finance Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 237-C, Centre Block to study Bill C-240, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit-first aid). It will hear from the bill’s sponsor Liberal MP Bryan May; as well as officials from Finance Canada, then consider the bill clause by clause. It will then go in camera to deal with the draft report on its study of Canadian real estate market and home ownership. The House Environment Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 228, Valour Building. It will meet in camera to consider its draft report on its study on federal protected areas and conservation objectives.

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Parliamentary Calendar

Thursday , February 23 , 2017

The 2017 Manning Centre Conference will take place from February 23-25 in Ottawa.

Thursday , February 23 , 2017

Feb. 23-25. In addition to the usual line-up at this annual gathering of conservatives in Canada (panel discussions, networking opportunities, and training sessions) this year the conference will host a debate featuring those who are running for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (with a unique debate format). Debate: 3-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, $20 (online or at the door; included in conference admission). Shaw Centre, Ottawa. To register for the conference, please visit

Friday , February 24 , 2017

The Economic Club of Canada presents Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. 7:45-9 a.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Breakfast will be served. $110 +HST for individual seat (members $89 +HST). Tickets and info:

Friday , February 24 , 2017

The Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM will be held on Feb. 24 at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa, at 12:30 p.m. Gallery members will discuss the president’s report; treasurer’s report; results of officers elected; nomination of directors and voting; life and honorary memberships; new business; and results of directors elected.

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