Leitch’s campaign says mass email to supporters while pictured firing a handgun intended to communicate directly to gun owners, ‘very important’ community
Kellie Leitch's spokesperson Michael Diamond says federal jurisdiction over guns is of great importance to many Conservative Party members and prospective members.
Canadian envoys lack security training: internal report
The report floats the idea of diplomats' spouses getting secret security clearance for safety reasons. It comes at a time when departmental spending is set to be reduced in part from mission security funding.
Liberals won’t commit to meeting platform promises on transparency by next election
The 'objectivity' of the federal public service is top of mind for the government as it draws up its plan to make government information more accessible to the public, says Treasury Board President Scott Brison. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs called for the Treasury Board president to explain the delay on access to information reform to the House Ethics Committee, but were voted down by the committee's Liberal majority.
Leitch pictured firing Walther P1 in fundraising email to her Conservative Party supporters, not a Nazi-era handgun, says gun owner
Hill Life & People
Bill Rompkey and me: How a young PC staffer and a Liberal MP sparked a 20-year friendship
Poor journalism proved costly to Andrew Potter
Why are we still talking about Trudeau’s Christmas vacation this close to Easter?
How to make NAFTA great again
Opposition parties say their ongoing filibuster a protest against Liberals’ ‘political thuggery’
'It’s so important that you’ve got the NDP and the Conservatives arm in arm, singing Kumbaya, and nothing right now is going to phase us from continuing this fight,' says the NDP's David Christopherson.
Opposition MPs filibuster House Affairs Committee over Trudeau government’s ‘despicable attempt’ to change way House works
Members of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee are in the in midst of a filibuster spurred by the opposition and prolonged by the government over voting on the Liberal motion to expedite the study on changes to the House rules.
Amid death threats and hate over her anti-Islamophobia motion, Liberal MP Khalid takes the high road
A month after M-103 was first debated in the House setting off a storm of reaction across the country, police are still patrolling her Mississauga-Erin Mills riding office, but Liberal MP Iqra Khalid is trying to focus on the positive responses she's received too. The motion is scheduled for a second hour of debate on March 21 and will likely pass shortly after.
A guide for Canadian business: five keys to navigating Trump’s agenda
In a sense, Trump is an independent candidate who won the presidency through the vehicle of the Republican Party. His 'independent' base starts with his 25 million Twitter followers.
New bill to slay ‘zombie laws,’ but critics say marijuana, judge appointments should be top priority
‘They should start focusing on the issues that are before Parliament now that will better protect innocent people and victims and make the judicial system work,’ says Conservative justice critic Nicholson.
Health Accord, opioids, assisted dying, and more keep lobbyists focused on Philpott
‘The first thing you realize is that she actually understands the issues,’ says HealthCareCAN’s Bill Tholl on Health Minister Jane Philpott, who is a physician.
Bill S-201 and the power of the values question
Lobbyists take note: when a passionate case for public interest gains momentum, if this is not a strong consideration in your talks with Parliamentarians, no amount of diligence and strategizing can counter it.
Lobbying the money man: Morneau draws interest from wide range of government-relations practitioners
Banks, universities, airports, and energy companies are among the groups that have had lobbied Bill Morneau since he became Finance minister.
Thinking outside the lab
It’s time for Canada to think outside the lab—and invest more in public health and the research that supports it.
Trudeau lobbied by universities during his cross-country tour
‘Let’s not forget, the guy is a teacher,’ says Don Boudria.
Hate and terrorism, one and the same?
To somehow claim that all incidences of hate speech are tied to potential acts of serious violence is inaccurate. I am not suggesting that we do nothing about hate speech, just that we take action that both respects our freedoms and challenges the combination of prejudice, 'alternative facts' and specious arguments made by the haters.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Wednesday, March 29
The Senate Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 356-S, Centre Block, to consider an inquiry report of the Senate Ethics Officer. The meeting will be held in camera.
The Senate Human Rights Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. in Room 9, Victoria Building. The meeting will be televised.
The Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs will meet at 12:00 p.m. in Room 2, Victoria Building, to work on creating a defined professional and consistent system for veterans as they leave the Canadian Armed Forces. The committee will hear from Guy Parent, the veterans ombudsman.
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Monday, March 27, 2017 2:59 PM
Behind the scenes of budget day 2017: A sound technician prepares Finance Minister Bill Morneau to speak about the release of the 2017 federal budget on March 22. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade.
Posh versus popcorn: unwinding at two post-budget parties on March 22, 2017
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:00 PM
Diplomatic parties this week: MPs turn out to Vimy, Greek events
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00 AM
Inside the media’s budget lock-up 2017, in pictures
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, March 22, 2017 5:06 PM
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
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 2:09 PM
Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 11:52 AM
Thursday , March 30 , 2017
Ikebana International Ottawa Centennial Chapter 120 will present its annual Ikebana Exhibition from March 30 to April 2 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., Ottawa. Entry to the exhibition included in regular museum admission.
Friday , March 31 , 2017
Agents of Parliament are meant to be independent from the government, but it is the government that gives and sometimes diminishes their power, their independence, and their funding. Some say that we have too many agents of Parliament, and others say that we need more. This seminar will bring together current and former agents of Parliament, Parliamentarians, and academics who will share their views on that mysterious relationship between Parliament and agents of Parliament. This half-day seminar is presented by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St., room 100. Buffet lunch included. $150 for members, $200 non-members. For more information, visit studyparliament.ca, or contact the CSPG Secretariat at 613-995-2937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday , March 31 , 2017
Friday, March 31, 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. The not-to-be missed event on every Hill staffers’ social calendar celebrates the Junos this month. On the theme of Picture Perfect, the evening includes a mix of eclectic activities, photo booths, selfie stations and more, with a bit of natural science mixed in. Plus, last chance to experience the Reptiles: Beautiful and Deadly, special exhibition and sneak preview of ikebana, a fascinating display of traditional Japanese flower arrangement. Tickets and information available at: nature.ca.
Monday , April 3 , 2017
The House is sitting April 3-13. It breaks April 14-28 and resumes sitting May 1-19. The Senate sits until April 13 and is then off until May 1, at which point it will sit until May 19.