Senators question Internal Economy Committee’s $108,000, ‘sole-source’ media relations contract
Internal Economy Committee Chair Leo Housakos says the Senate communications directorate's task is to do outreach to Canadians about the legislative work of the Senate, not media relations.
Trump controversies could affect how Canada shares info, says ex-CSIS official
Most current and present officials connected with Canadian intelligence say fundamental relationships with U.S. agencies remain strong.
House leaders brace for jam-packed, late-night legislative push in final ‘high-octane’ weeks of spring sitting
NDP House leader Murray Rankin, parliamentary secretary to the government House leader Kevin Lamoureux, and Conservative House leader Candice Bergen say they are expecting a busy four weeks of late-night sittings, as the government endeavours to have a productive end to an otherwise slow-moving legislative session. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
The House is back for four final weeks before it adjourns for the summer and the government is expected to try again rolling out changes to the House rules and table bills on political financing and national security.
As ballots are counted, some Conservatives criticize complicated ranked-ballot voting system, party to review leadership election rules in post-mortem
Conservative leadership convention projects ‘united’ front, but some attendees admit to nervousness, uncertainty in the ranks
Hill Life & People
Conservative leadership frontrunners’ hospitality suites boast biggest crowds, run late into the night
Gatineau man spends 10,000 hours, five years sculpting impressive scale model of Parliament
Sloan, Charlotte Cardin draw crowd to Hill, and beer, good weather keep them happy
Two bombs, two reactions
There were two bombs on Monday. The one in Britain killed at least 22 people and injured 120 as they came out of a concert at Manchester Arena. It was carried out by a suicide bomber named Salman Abedi and claimed by ISIS. The other was in Thailand, and injured 22 people at a military-linked hospital in Bangkok; nobody has claimed responsibility yet. But what happened afterwards was very different.
Is Trudeau’s climate plan up in smoke?
Stephen Harper’s approach to climate change, while not stated so bluntly, was 'let the market fix it.' Justin Trudeau was more ambitious, more socially responsible, more ready to act—or so he promised. But his meek actions don’t match his bold rhetoric. Like Harper, it looks as if he, too, will be letting the market fix it.
Whoever is leader, Conservatives need better communications to challenge Trudeau
Upcoming defence policy review won’t reshape long-standing security priorities: experts
A modest blueprint for attacking precarious work
Kathleen Wynne says she'll base her actions on a wide-ranging report released May 23. That Changing Workplaces Review is hardly radical. It makes 173 largely common-sense recommendations to update Ontario's workplace laws.
Monday, May 29, 2017
An opportunity to rethink federal support for official language communities
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act in 2019, our message is this. To the government: settle the funding, then lead the public conversation needed to come to a modern, comprehensive public policy statement for official languages.
Senator pushing to resurrect sit-downs with House over controversial bill changes
The government House leader is noncommittal to the Independent Senator's proposal.
Government anxious to advance marijuana reform, bill changing impaired-driving law could move quicker than pot legalization
Conservative MP Chris Warkentin, his party's deputy House leader, said the Conservatives are prepared to debate both marijuana legalization and impaired driving bills, and will be airing the 'major concerns' they’ve been hearing from people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Monday, May 29, 2017 9:12 AM
Conservative Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer won the Conservative leadership on Saturday, narrowly beating-out the expected front-runner, Quebec Conservative MP Maxime Bernier. 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
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.
Tuesday , May 30 , 2017
Members of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) including leaders from business, First Nations, and academia invite all Parliamentarians to join them at a reception on Tuesday, May 30, 5-8 p.m., Renaissance Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Please RSVP to Hunter Doubt at email@example.com or 613-783-3452.
Wednesday , May 31 , 2017
This is an annual showcase of technology, products, and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Organizers say this two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. Until June 1. EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., Ottawa, Ont. defenceandsecurity.ca/CANSEC2016/cansec/Overview.