‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ Singh starts 14-city cross-country charm offensive tour
Transition plans are in the works for the new NDP leader, who is being staffed by the party.
Hill construction on track, House expenses rise, MPs hear in first public Commons Board of Internal Economy meeting
The cost to run the House of Commons rose $33-million last year to nearly $546-million.
Opposition parties call for improved support for transitioning military members in government’s new suicide prevention strategy
As part of the strategy, the Liberal government is committing $4-million over four years for a veteran emergency fund to assist veterans in 'urgent and unique situations,' and another $13.9-million, also over four years, for a new veteran and family well-being fund, which aims to promote 'innovative research and services.'
‘We’re seeing a very noticeable negative trajectory,’ polls show trouble on horizon for Liberals over Morneau’s mess, says Nanos
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured last week on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
•Controversies involving the finance minister have caused Liberal support to erode, says the pollster, though not all of his competitors agree.
•Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s move to insert himself into the communications battle is a 'risky strategy,' says Nik Nanos.
The deepest irony of the whole Bill Morneau affair is that what started as a well-intentioned attempt to recoup tax advantages from the richest Canadians has turned into hysterical accusations that the boy-scout finance minister is a devious elitist, intent on protecting his own enormous wealth while relentlessly pursuing struggling women doctors, hard-working farmers and loveable corner store owners.
‘More likely to drive change than the carbon tax,’ advocates say clean fuel standard may lead to Canadian planes flying on biofuels
Hill Life & People
We need to collectively and continually work towards common goal of giving women a voice
The Norton Rose Fulbright Famous 5 Ottawa Mentorship Program is an opportunity for young women to be heard. Famous 5 Ottawa believes that young women should be at the front of the room speaking and not at the back of the room organizing. Through the generous support of international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, women chosen for the mentorship program are offered the opportunity to play a key role in recognizing our Nation Builders at events hosted by the Famous 5 Ottawa, and will receive a bursary in recognition for their involvement. The following are Rose LaBrèche remarks she delivered on Oct. 19 at the Famous 5 Ottawa reception to honour the 2017 Governor General’s Persons Case Award recipients. Ms. LaBrèche is a Famous 5 Ottawa Norton Rose Fulbright Mentorship Program winner.
“The Energy East pipeline project has been scrapped. Is this a good or bad thing for Canada? Why?”/by Laura Ryckewaert
House subcommittee on International Human Rights has heard from local activists, community activists
Yes, we need to tax the rich
As the dust settles we are left to puzzle over why Bill Morneau and Justin Trudeau chose this particular set of tax loopholes to close when there are so many others that would have been politically popular, would have forced the wealthy to defend their indefensible privileges and would have brought in far more revenue.
Transport minister dismisses MPs’ concerns about aviation safety
For MPs worried about aviation safety oversight, these are reasonable things to recommend. For the most part, however, Transport Minister Marc Garneau paid only lip service to these recommendations, or rejected them out of hand.
As with mass murderers so with terrorists
There are researchers out there who keep telling us that they have devised the next great risk assessment tool. I am familiar with most of these and they are very good at making some points, but they remain tools and will never be predictive, regardless of the claims by their creators.
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Liberal political financing bill moves ahead, after opposition amendments voted down
Proposed opposition amendments to increase penalties under Bill C-50 and expand it to include parliamentary secretaries and staff were voted down at committee.
Two Senate committees at standstill, as membership negotiations ensue
The Red Chamber’s national security and legal committees haven’t met since June after this summer's retirement of their respective chairs.
Energy East cancellation hasn’t hurt Liberals yet, but could haunt them in 2019: pollsters
Prominent pollsters say there is a chance that the Liberals lose seats in New Brunswick and Western Canada if opposition parties are able to persuade voters that a loss of jobs and harm to their personal finances were caused by decisions in Ottawa.
Senators, Indigenous activists frustrated by feds’ silence on Bill S-3
The amendment to remove sex discrimination is still under study by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and the legislation hasn’t returned to the Senate floor.
On climate change, feds must catch up not slow down
The report is a wake-up call. Canada is not on track to meet its 2030 climate commitments, while timelines on policy implementation are getting longer and measures to address climate change continue to weaken.
Political financing bill a ‘Seinfeld episode,’ critics tell Minister Gould it’s ‘not very substantive’
It doesn't ban cash-for-access fundraisers, says Conservative critic Scott Reid. The bill would bring in some reporting requirements, but nothing will substantially change.
Trade and innovation topped September lobbying
The government's 'Supercluster' initiative is one link, and trade talks in the Pacific are also top of mind for many lobbyists now.
Canada’s most-lobbied staffers drive policy tied to federal purse
There are no surprises with the most lobbied in government, with Innovation, Finance and Infrastructure policy advisers seeing the most communications with stakeholders.
Bill to ban unhealthy food ads for kids clears Senate, House sponsor sought
An advertising lobby group vows to continue pushback against the bill.
Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul most lobbied federal bureaucrat
Steve Verheul is deemed accessible and inclusive by industry stakeholders actively watching NAFTA talks.
‘I’m a true believer in the strength of teamwork,’ Payette touts civic duty, Indigenous reconciliation in inaugural speech as GG
Although Julie Payette highlighted a number of issues such as global poverty and fighting climate change, she did not list her specific priorities like departing Governor General David Johnston had in his 2010 Installation Day speech.
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.
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.
Goal of tax changes to ‘fix’ unfair system that encourages the wealthy to incorporate just for tax savings: Morneau
Photo of the week
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A memorial for The Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie outside Centre Block on Oct. 19. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
NDP leadership showcase event in Hamilton
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CPAC rings in 25 years with packed bash
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Diplomatic Scene: Ukraine, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago party at Lansdowne
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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
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Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
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Tuesday , October 24 , 2017
Our world is rapidly changing, and Canada needs to keep up. Join The Walrus Talks and Concordia for The Walrus Talks Disruption, happening at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., on Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. Seven speakers—including CBC radio host Terry O'Reilly, writer Lisa Charleyboy, and more—will discuss changes in health care, technology, industry, media, and more. Full event details and tickets are available online at thewalrus.ca/events.
Tuesday , October 24 , 2017
Join university presidents, students, and researchers from across Canada for a fun fall gathering in the spirit of a campus homecoming celebration. Tuesday, Oct. 24. 6:30 p.m. Riviera, 62 Sparks St. By invitation only. For inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-563-3961 (226).
Wednesday , October 25 , 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 , October 25 , 2017
On Oct. 25, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on immigration and ethnocultural diversity, housing, and Aboriginal peoples.