Election 2019 campaign unofficially underway, expect ‘sharpened eyes’ on Liberals this fall, say opposition MPs
To get ready for the 2019 election, the Liberals, Conservatives, and the NDP will start their nomination processes, and hold party biennial policy conventions in the coming months.
House gets back to business: a legislation primer
MPs already have their plates full, with 29 government bills in the House, and more to come.
Liberals maintain double-digit lead despite Khadr payout, proposed tax reforms: poll
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals continue to nest a healthy lead over the rival Conservatives, led by Andrew Scheer, in the latest Campaign Research poll, with Mr. Trudeau himself boasting strong personal approval ratings. The Hill Times file photos
A new survey from Campaign Research shows the federal Liberals in the driver's seat as the fall session of Parliament begins, with the party holding wide leads in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec.
It's go time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have to get cracking and start showing achievements this fall on the Cannabis Act, NAFTA renegotiations, the Phoenix pay system, Canada's Environmental Protection Act, fighter jets, naval ships, Indigenous reconciliation issues, pre-budget consultations, tax reforms, and much more.
Hill Life & People
Ex-NDP MP Peter Stoffer diagnosed with prostate cancer, says he ‘has 99 per cent chance of full recovery’
Why do we have anti-terrorism laws if we are not going to use them?
INAC split about ‘manipulating’ ministerial structure to show progress
Fall preview: foreign policy and international trade
Latest plan won’t stunt marijuana black market
Unless they have been living on another planet, the provincial and federal politicians who are debating the upcoming legalization of marijuana must be familiar with the omnipresence and the reach of the underground market. And they must know that half-hearted measures tend to yield costly failures.
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
Liberals weighing new language to fix sexist Indian Act, says Sen. Sinclair
Senators say they won't budge on removing all grounds for gender discrimination through Bill S-3, as they wait to see in what form it will return. A Quebec court gave the government until late December to legislate a solution.
Ontario: dope dealer extraordinaire
The provincial government has blocked the private sector out of the soon-to-be legal marijuana-selling business.
Public-sector expert recommends government technological overhauls be done in smaller increments
Phoenix, Shared Services, and Canada.ca are a few examples of federal government technology projects gone wrong.
Inside the Indigenous Affairs split: ‘nobody is losing their job’ during transition, feds say
Health Canada could have a big stake in the split, with a huge part of its budget tied to Indigenous health care.
Tory, Liberal Senators join chorus opposing justice minister’s drunk-driving proposal
Senators point to an already backlogged court system that they see getting worse if the blood-alcohol threshold for criminal drunk-driving charges is lowered. But advocates say it would send a strong message and change drivers’ behaviours.
Canada Post study catapults Government Operations to top-spending House committee
The Government Operations and Estimates Committee posted $340,958 in expenses since the start of the current Parliament in December 2015.
Business groups target key MPs, committees in push against tax reforms
Liberal MPs are getting nervous and asking questions as the tax reform debate heats up, says the CFIB, but one MP says it’s more a matter of fighting misinformation.
Quebec’s lobbyist registry best in Canada, though all struggle in key transparency metrics: study
Only one federal or provincial lobbying registry, that of Quebec, requires lobbyists to disclose their compensation.
Intra-party, all-party caucuses multiplying
The Hill Times found more than 80 all-party and internal caucuses where MPs meet to discuss issues and sometimes try to influence policy.
All-party caucuses should make member lists public: animal rights group
The Animal Protection Party of Canada wants the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus to name its MP members who helped kill an animal rights bill last fall. Caucus co-chair Bob Zimmer said the group is searching for a scapegoat after a bad bill it liked was defeated.
Serious business, Cattlemen’s Association spreads its lobby days throughout year
Beef producers group says lobby days only work when there’s a ‘consistent’ presence.
Setting aside differences, Liberals and Tories strategized to pass dementia bill
Conservative MP Rob Nicholson was 'unusually gracious' in drafting a bill that 'takes the politics' out, and working with the opposite side: Liberal MP Rob Oliphant.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Wednesday, Sept. 13
- The House Health Committee will meet 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 415, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks St. in a televised meeting on Bill C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code, and other Acts.
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 10:06 AM
Former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and then-Senator Allan MacEachen, who passed away last week, in 1986, preparing to visit Senator Jacques Hébert, who is on a hunger strike. Photograph courtesy of Jean-Marc Carisse
Diplomatic Scene: Jamaica, Ecuador, Thailand host cultural celebrations
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 2:30 AM
Canada 150 on the Hill
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:00 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
Tuesday , September 19 , 2017
The Senate is set to resume on Sept. 19. It is scheduled to sit Tuesday to Thursday (with the option of adding Mondays and Fridays) for three consecutive weeks until Oct. 5, with a break week Oct. 9-13. It will resume sitting Oct. 17 to Nov. 9, which will be followed by another break week, Nov. 13-17. It will come back Nov. 21 to Dec. 22.
Tuesday , September 19 , 2017
This two-day conference will examine issues affecting Canadian consumers, including the cost of prescription drugs, sharing economy platforms, air passenger protections, and much more. Ottawa, Ont., Sept. 19-20. For complete information and to register, please visit consumers150.ca. The conference is being hosted by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Option consommateurs, the Consumers Council of Canada, and Union des consommateurs.
Wednesday , September 20 , 2017
The Liberals will meet in Room 237-C Centre Block on Parliament Hill. For more information, please call Liberal Party media relations at email@example.com or 613-627-2384.
Wednesday , September 20 , 2017
The Conservatives will meet for their national caucus meeting. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications with the Conservative Party of Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org.