Department leaves veterans in ‘financial limbo,’ behind on half its targets
Veterans Affairs missed 54 per cent of its targets last year, which opposition MPs called both 'breathtaking' and 'horrible.' More resources are needed, critics agreed, but the culture also has to change.
Internal Economy Board approves ‘new standard’ of House spending above $500M
The committee also okayed a $925K budget for new deputy clerk and changes to the MPs' spending guide.
Bring Senate expense-claim disputes out of ‘arbitrary,’ ‘secretive’ meetings: Sen. McPhedran
Independent Senator Marilou McPhedran appeared before the Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration on Dec. 7 to contest a rejected travel-expense claim and the process by which the claim was denied. She will appear before the committee again on Dec. 14 as part of a separate expense-claim appeal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Senator wants all consideration of travel claims to be done in the open, but critics say appealing rejected claims casts a shadow over the Upper Chamber’s already tarnished expense-related reputation.
Ethics czar working ‘diligently’ to complete Trudeau investigation, promises to report ‘in the near future’
Hill Life & People
House harassment policy has ‘weaknesses,’ ‘potential for abuse,’ say MPs, after Bezan-Romanado controversy
On the road to 2019: Singh, Scheer needs to steal Trudeau’s sunshine
For Liberals, it was a year of spinning their wheels
The other Myanmar
‘It’s frustrating to be fighting this again’: softwood lumber agreement long way off, say observers
The low Canadian dollar, the high price of lumber, and a strong United States economy mean the impact on the industry is not as severe as the early 2000s, despite a ruling against Canada last week. However, this could change if the dispute continues.
Liberals to roll out legislative package with reforms to National Energy Board in early 2018: Carr
'Our government is committed to restoring the confidence of Canadians in how major resource projects are evaluated,' says the natural resources minister.
Taxing medical cannabis hurts vulnerable patients
The government recently announced that not only will the sales tax on medical cannabis continue, but that it will also be subject to the same excise tax as recreational cannabis.
Ex-StatsCan chiefs make last-ditch appeal to fix ‘egregious flaw’ in stats agency governance bill
Statistics Act changes would give the chief statistician more power, which means there should be more scrutiny in the appointment process, say former Statistics Canada heads.
Liberal Senator tables legislation to force CRA to reveal tax gap, after ongoing ‘mystery’ of reticence
Sen. Percy Downe is frustrated by what he says is a lack of information and charges, after more Canadian links to offshore tax havens were revealed in the news. But the CRA says it's acting on measuring the tax gap and fighting tax evasion.
Getting rid of sexism in Indian Act to cost taxpayers $407-million annually: PBO
Under the latest version of the bill, the PBO estimates 670,000 additional First Nations persons are eligible to register for Indian status and that 40 per cent of that total could be expected to register.
Plenty of challenges for Ottawa to sort through with carbon pricing in 2018, say critics and observers
Regional opposition are at the centre of concerns, but Trump's endorsement of high-polluting industries may throw a wrench at Ottawa's plans, says one pollster.
MPs, Senators expect better communication from new lobbying watchdog
'It’s really important that officers of Parliament get a grip on what we do and how we do it,’ says Liberal Senator Terry Mercer.
Canada needs to adopt Blockchain technology to meet ambitious agriculture and food goals
In essence, Blockchain gives us the tools to track and verify almost anything we can imagine in complicated global food supply chains. And this means consumers will know exactly what they’re eating, and how it is produced, and where it has come from, writes Evan Fraser.
New lobbying watchdog could help bridge gap between her office and ethics commissioner’s, lobbyists say
Lawyer Nancy Bélanger brings six years' experience working in the ethics commissioner's office.
Deep bench bolsters NAFTA trade team facing ‘unworkable’ U.S. demands
Union head Jerry Dias says labour negotiator Pierre Bouchard is 'like a pitbull terrier with an abscessed tooth.' Here's a look at him and others overseeing key files in the talks for Canada.
Electricity sector pushes for better access to infrastructure funding
The sector cautioned that the country's existing electricity infrastructure, which was largely built before the 1970s, is now reaching its expiry date and is in need of upgrades.
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.
Envoys party the night away at diplomatic ball, U.A.E. ambassador bids farewell at national day celebration
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED :Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 10:01 AM
Supreme Court nominee Sheilah Martin exchanges pleasantries before the start of her question-and-answer session with members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and representatives from the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party, in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
On the diplomatic scene: Saudi, Aga Khan Development Network, Diplomatic Hospitality Group bashes
PUBLISHED :Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 12:00 AM
NDP leadership showcase event in Hamilton
PUBLISHED :Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 3:19 PM
CPAC rings in 25 years with packed bash
PUBLISHED :Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 12:45 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
Thursday , April 19 , 2018
The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.
Monday , June 11 , 2018
The International Economic Forum of the Americas hosts this annual event featuring speakers typically including heads of state, central bank governors, ministers, and global economic decision-makers. June 11-14, 2018.
Thursday , August 23 , 2018
To be held in Halifax, N.S. Until Aug. 25, 2018.