Feds funnelling another $142-million into beleaguered Phoenix payroll system
That brings the total cost of fixing the new system to higher than the original cost of implementing it. The government is aiming to hire 200 temporary staff with the new money.
Gatineau man spends 10,000 hours, five years sculpting impressive scale model of Parliament
The wooden model, complete with lights and a fan to ensure a waving flag atop the Peace Tower, is set to be finished just in time for the 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1.
Conservative leadership convention projects ‘united’ front, but some attendees admit to nervousness, uncertainty in the ranks
Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is considered by many to be the frontrunner in the Conservative Party leadership race, which will come to an end on Saturday evening in Toronto. This is the first leadership contest since former prime minister Stephen Harper took the helm in 2004. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
'What’s really going to be interesting is whoever wins is not going to be the overwhelming first choice of the party, because no one is going to win 50 plus one [per cent support] on the first ballot,' predicts Conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Summa Strategies, Tim Powers.
Government anxious to advance marijuana reform, bill changing impaired-driving law could move quicker than pot legalization
Hill Life & People
Sloan, Charlotte Cardin draw crowd to Hill, and beer, good weather keep them happy
Liberal caucus meeting cancelled so PM, MPs can attend Montreal’s 375th birthday celebrations
It’s not everyday you meet a tattooed Senator who makes Indian sweets from scratch
Conservative race dull, but new leader could capitalize—if they’re smart
Take it from me: advice to the new Conservative leader
Shark fin soup: a recipe for extinction
Bernier wants to scrap it, but poll suggests majority of Conservative voters back supply management
Government aims to pass nearly a dozen bills in Senate as summer break looms
The Senate Liberal caucus leader says he won't skip any steps to pass legislation if it's not crucial.
Gould expected to introduce political financing bill, but critics say it won’t stop cash-for-access
Conservative MP Scott Reid said the bill doesn't deal with the main problem, 'which is that you ought not to be able to get access to decision-makers in return for cash contributions.'
Employment minister’s senior staffer lost classified documents, investigation found Mitschke ‘negligent’: Mihychuk
Matthew Mitschke left classified documents in his unlocked car, says former Employment minister MaryAnn Mihychuk.
‘This is a hill I’m prepared to die on’; government aims to pass transgender rights bill before summer
The government in the Senate will use time allocation for the first time if it’s needed to keep the bill moving, says whip Sen. Mitchell.
Opposition parties signal readiness to get to business in House, saving delay tactics for rule-changes motion
Though changes to the Standing Orders are off the table for now, left in its wake is a ‘poisoned’ tone in the House, with all sides pointing fingers.
Lobbying activity dips, stakeholders have difficulty getting meetings
A lobbyist and former MP says expectations of a cabinet shuffle might be resulting in lighter meeting schedules for ministers.
MPs support opening House Board of Internal Economy, but question whether it belongs in budget bill
The government’s proposal to open up meetings of the Board of Internal Economy is part of its 308-page budget implementation bill.
‘Don’t forgive them and don’t forget,’ PSAC leader says Phoenix could be 2019 election issue
Gatineau MP Steven MacKinnon downplays the role Phoenix could play in the next election, but says it’s a common concern among constituents.
How one lobby campaign won support of mining, environment, indigenous groups and MPs from all parties
Lobbyists say the Indigenous Guardians Network proposal aligned with government priorities.
Lobbyists registry shows Irving companies keeping close contact with federal officials
It’s unclear how much Irving lobbying is related to the controversial review of a supply-ship contract to a competitor.
Trade lobbying ramps up as uncertainty over NAFTA renegotiation looms
The federal government doesn’t have ‘much substance on the table’ to prepare for upcoming trade negotiations, says a Canadian Chamber of Commerce official.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Monday, May 1
Two exit Prime Minister’s Office, with one landing in the Liberal research bureau
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:32 AM
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose announced on the morning of May 16 that she will resign her seat in the House when it breaks in June for summer recess. Ms. Ambrose will be joining Washington-based think tank the Wilson Centre as a visiting fellow. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Diplomatic parties this week: German Ambassador Werner Wnendt announces his departure
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:00 AM
Diplomatic parties this week: Poland celebrates at Lansdowne
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:00 AM
Asian Heritage Month 2017 showcases cultural performances, Senator’s homemade desserts
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 17, 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
Saturday , May 27 , 2017
The Conservatives will elect their next leader on May 27, 2017. The party is urging Conservative Party members to buy memberships or renew them in order to vote. For more information, contact Cory Hann, director of communications, Conservative Party of Canada, at 613-697-5614.
Sunday , May 28 , 2017
The party will hold a debate in Sudbury. 2-3 p.m. Cambrian College. In order to vote for the leader, you need to become a member of the NDP no later than Aug. 17. Online voting begins Sept. 18 and a leader will be announced no later than Oct. 29.
Monday , May 29 , 2017
The House resumes sitting on Monday, May 29, and will sit every weekday from May 29 to June 23, but it could adjourn earlier.
Tuesday , May 30 , 2017
Parliamentarians are invited to come hear how CFHI is turning innovation into action that is having a direct impact on the health of Canadians. Health leaders and family members will talk about a nationwide collaboration that successfully reduced the inappropriate use of anti-psychotic medications and is now being implemented in every nursing home in New Brunswick. The breakfast is by invitation only. Parliamentarians can drop in between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the Speaker’s Lounge, 216-N Centre Block, Parliament Hill. For more information, contact Graeme.Wilkes@cfhi-fcass.ca.