Canadian security agencies ‘consulting’ with U.S. Homeland Security to vet Syrian refugees coming to Canada
Opposition parties say they don't have any objections Canadian security agencies consulting with the U.S. Homeland Security databases to screen Syrian refugees coming into Canada.
Liberal MPs want per-vote subsidies for political parties back
Taxpayer-funded subsidies for parties would eliminate the perception that money can influence public policy, says Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès.
Feds’ electoral reform in doubt, pollsters say one broken promise won’t sink Liberals, but more could spell trouble
Electoral Reform Committee chair and Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, third from left, Bloc MP Luc Thériault, far left, Conservative MP Scott Reid, and NDP MP Nathan Cullen, right, pictured Dec. 1 at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa presenting the majority committee report on electoral reform. The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade
After six months of work and a $700,000 price tag, Democratic Minister Maryam Monsef said she was ‘disappointed’ in the House Electoral Reform Committee. She later apologized, but also said the will of Canadians is still unclear. Meanwhile, the government sent out more than 13 million postcards asking Canadians to participate in an online survey on electoral reform.
House Public Accounts Committee ‘stretched’ in playing ‘crucial role’ of holding departments accountable: AG
Feds want to pass government agenda, opposition parties ‘disappointed’ by state of relations in House
Hill Life & People
St. Germain operated like a street cop, walking Hill’s the hallways and cornering MPs to smoke out any signs of unrest
Gerry St. Germain, the former Progressive Conservative MP, Senator, and first Métis cabinet minister, was a crucial behind-the-scenes fixer for prime minister Brian Mulroney and his majority governing caucus. Mr. Mulroney picked him to chair his massive national caucus.
There’s no real evidence natural resource partnerships are actually benefiting aboriginal peoples
Canada’s affection for Trudeau has just begun
Trudeau conjures up Cold War nostalgia
Pipeline decisions about getting resources to market sustainably, says Natural Resources Minister Carr
'In the context of any particular decision, there will be people who like it and people who like it less well, but governing is the business of making choices for which we will be held accountable,' says Carr.
Creation of a mining ombudsman on horizon, says Liberal MP championing the cause
MiningWatch Canada says the industry is operating on an outdated, weak corporate social responsibility strategy and needs an ombudsman paired with government commitment to enforce sanctions against offending extractive companies.
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
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.
Liberals not ruling out using time allocation in last three weeks before House adjourns
The Senate is beginning to sit on Mondays this week in an effort to get more bills through over the next three weeks as well.
Infrastructure: municipalities are key to second phase
Nearly 100 municipal leaders will be on Parliament Hill this week and will hold more than 150 meetings with parliamentarians to talk about infrastructure funding.
Genetic discrimination private member’s bill pits Grit backbenchers against cabinet
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould wants the Senate private member's bill amended, but hasn’t convinced independent Liberal Justice Committee members.
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.
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.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 11:44 AM
A group of protestors rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline in front of the Parliament Buildings and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office in Ottawa on November 21. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Guests flock to pre-Christmas party season affairs
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 12:00 AM
Community of Federal Visible Minorities holds shindig at D’Arcy’s
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 11:20 AM
Canadian American Business Council hosts state of relations shindig
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 10:56 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
Monday , December 5 , 2016
The House is sitting weekdays until to Dec. 16, but it could adjourn earlier. It’s scheduled for a six-week break from Ottawa and the House will resume sitting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
Tuesday , December 6 , 2016
The second debate will be held on Dec. 6 in Moncton, N.B., and will be a bilingual 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 , December 6 , 2016
Vancouver Sun Parliament Hill reporter Peter O’Neil will launch his book, I Am A Métis, The Story of Gerry St. Germain, published by Harbour Publishing, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.
Tuesday , December 6 , 2016
The Assembly of First Nations convenes its annual December Assembly, one of two major national gatherings the AFN holds each year, in Gatineau, Que. Hilton Lac Leamy, 3, boulevard du Casino, Gatineau. Until Dec. 8. First Nations chiefs and delegates from across the country will gather to discuss key priorities and set strategy for the coming year. Several federal cabinet ministers are expected to address the assembly. Parliamentary reception for Parliamentarians, Tues., Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Annual AFN Winter Celebration Gala Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. More information at afn.ca/en/2016sca