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No northerners in cabinet, no problem for veteran Yukon MP


Former PM Paul Martin says he's 'never' thought of Mr. Bagnell as a backbencher, and that he would make a 'tremendous minister.'


The Trump watchers: who advises Trudeau on the new Washington

Back from left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top advisers Gerald Butts, Katie Telford, Kate Purchase, and Jeremy Broadhurst. Mr. Butts and Ms. Telford have met with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's key advisers, and Mr. Broadhurst is expected to be the foreign minister's new chief of staff. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


Marc Garneau now leads the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations, and Ralph Goodale continues to have a big stake in the border.

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Status Of Government Business

• C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) • C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and others (consideration of amendments made by the Senate) • C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (second reading)

The Week Ahead In Parliament

The House is adjourned until Jan. 30, 2017. The House is scheduled to sit weekdays for four straight weeks until Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, before taking a constituency week. The House sits again Monday, March 6-10; it breaks for a week; returns March 20 for a week; breaks March 27-31; it resumes sitting April 3-14; breaks for two weeks, April 17-April 28; returns Monday, May 1 and sits for two weeks; breaks May 15 to May 26; returns May 29 and is scheduled to sit weekdays for four straight weeks until June 23. The Senate is scheduled to adjourn on Dec. 23, and will return on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

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Governor General David Johnston, new Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall on January 10 during the swearing-in ceremonies for the ministers involved in a significant cabinet shuffle. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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Parliamentary Calendar

Wednesday , January 18 , 2017

The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

Wednesday , January 18 , 2017

The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Wed., Jan. 18. 10 a.m. to noon. Navy Curling Club, 41 Navy Pvt.

Wednesday , January 18 , 2017

The Ottawa Economics Association is hosting a luncheon event featuring Peter Hall, vice-president and chief economist, Export Development Canada (EDC). For the global economy, 2016 was yet another post-recession disappointment, with critical upset votes in the U.K. and the U.S.—a populist pivot away from the architecture that is being blamed for secular stagnation. Where does this lead? Hear Peter Hall’s views on this, together with EDC’s outlook for 2017 and implications for Canada’s trade. Members: $50 prepaid on-line/$80 at the door; Non-members: $75/$100; Student members: $25/$30. Jan. 18, 2017, 11:45 a.m., Chateau Laurier Hotel, Canadian Room. Details and registration via cabe.ca.

Wednesday , January 18 , 2017

This event will explore the increasing dangers for travelling Canadians, and related issues of official services to support and assist distressed Canadians abroad. Rick Kohler, a foreign service veteran who has served in France, Australia, Brazil, US, Thailand, Romania, was a former Chief of Protocol of Canada, and the former President of the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA); Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada since January 2000, and co-author with Mohamed Fahmy of a 2016 proposed Charter to protect the human rights of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others with close Canadian connections, who are imprisoned abroad; and Gar Pardy, a leading expert on government services to citizens in foreign countries. For 11 years he was Canada's Director General for Consular Services. Last year he proposed a comprehensive policy and legislative agenda for the reform of services for Canadians overseas. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m. (registration and cash bar); 6 p.m. (presentation, discussion); 7:30 p.m. (optional dinner). The Sheraton Hotel, Rideau Room, 150 Albert St., Ottawa. Register: ottawa@thecic.org or 613-903-4011. More information: https://cicncbjan182017.eventbrite.ca

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