Feds get ‘some’ credit for economic success, but cautioned on deficits, including $28.5-billion this year
The Bank of Canada’s first interest-rate hike in seven years is seen as a good indictor of the economy, and the government gets some—but limited—credit.
Steel, automotive interests central in June lobbying
The Steel Producers Association’s lobby days came just as steel trade had become a contentious international topic.
Trudeau’s 14-seat majority could ‘easily’ be reduced to minority ‘or worse’ in 2019, say opponents, but Liberals still 12 points ahead
The 14 Liberal MPs who won their ridings by 2.5 per cent or less in 2015: Nick Whalen (St. John’s East, Nfld. 1.4%); Denis Lemieux (Chicoutimi-LeFjord, Que. 1.4%); David Graham (Laurentides-Labelle, Que. 2.4%); Jean-Yves Duclos (Quebec, Que. 1.9%); Leona Alleslev (Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond, Que. 2.1%); Mike Bossio (Hastings-Lennox and Addington, Ont. 0.5%); Bob Nault (Kenora, Ont. 1.6%); Arif Virani (Parkdale-High Park, Ont. 1.8%); Julie Dabrusin (Toronto-Danforth, Ont. 2.2%); Kent Hehr (Calgary Centre, Alta. 1.2%); Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre, Alta. 2.2%); Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alta. 0.2%); Jati Sidhu (Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, B.C. 2.3%); and Dan Ruimy (Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, B.C. 2.5%).
The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright and courtesy Parliament of Canada, Liberal.ca, Parl.gc.ca, and Twitter
In 2019, the Conservatives and the NDP will target the 14 seats where the Liberals won by 2.5 per cent or less in the last election.
Hot topics on the BBQ circuit: Khadr dominates early, but pocketbook issues will carry the summer, say MPs, analysts
Khadr deal not yet hurting Trudeau’s popularity, according to new poll, but Conservatives vow to hammer away at divisive issue
Hill Life & People
Capturing the capital city: an architectural historian pens a keepsake collection
New Public Service Commission head wants people to know of varied experience possible in government career
Is CSIS a den of racism and Islamophobia? No, but…
U.S. demand for major changes to NAFTA big implications for our economy, negotiations will be difficult
Provincial ministers’ summer gabfest hands Trudeau a gift he could not refuse
Why we should recognize Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day in Ontario
Canada’s marine litter and sustainable fisheries commitments necessitate action on ghost gear
Monday, July 10, 2017
Canada has opportunity to ‘turn climate action into a competitive advantage,’ says natural resources minister
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says investments by Ottawa and bold efforts to encourage the growth of clean energy technologies will put Canada on the path to become a powerhouse in the emerging low-carbon economy.
Meet NDP MP Don Davies, the MP with the most private members’ bills introduced in the House and zero chance of passing one
He's No. 221 on the priority list to advance any of his 16 private members' bills in this Parliament, but NDP MP Don Davies knows the drill. It's the bigger purpose that counts.
Secretive House board poised to go public, remains to be seen how open it will be
Former House clerk Thomas Hall questions whether discussions at the Board of Internal Economy would be protected by parliamentary privilege.
Liberal Senator urges colleagues to stand up against government pressure on voting decisions
There are mixed opinions among Senators on whether there was anything wrong with cabinet ministers and MPs showing up at the Senate before a vote on the budget bill.
Government House Leader Chagger says she ‘misremembered’ her presence in Senate the night of key budget vote
Her office chalks it up to a busy run-up to the House's adjournment, but Conservative Senators say there’s more to it.
Nova Scotia Senator proposing published timelines, better structure for Senate debates
Independent Senator Stephen Greene says it's critical to engage Canadians in the Senate's legislative review work, and bringing better structure to the Senate debates would be a way to achieve that goal.
Lobbyists, think twice about perception of undue influence
Lobbyists and political parties should be more proactive about warding off influence scandals before they occur.
How 63 lobby groups landed meetings with the PM
Data shows Justin Trudeau, like his government, is meeting with many more groups than his predecessor Stephen Harper.
Pro-bono lobbying group grows as it fills ‘gap’ for nonprofits
The organization has almost doubled the number of its volunteers and clients in the last year, and has expanded to Toronto.
Duncan not yet committing to $1.3-billion funding called for in sweeping Naylor report
The Science minister says next year’s budget is likely where funding decisions related to scientific research will be revealed.
EBay uses NAFTA angle in lobbying for wider import-duty loophole
Canada doesn’t apply sales taxes or duties on imported purchases of $20 or less. That threshold is much higher in other countries, such as the U.S. where it’s US$800.
Commissioner’s report indicates much more lobbying last year
But data in recent months suggests the government is finding less time to meet with stakeholders.
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Former astronaut Julie Payette walks to a press conference July 13 in the Senate foyer when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced she would be the next governor general of Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Tuesday , July 25 , 2017
July 25-27 at Evraz Place, Regina, Sask., First Nations chiefs, elders, women, and youth from across the country will gather in Regina, under the theme “Our Priority: Our Children, Our Future,” to discuss First Nations priorities and set strategic direction for the coming year at the AFN’s annual national gathering. AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde will deliver his opening address, and regional leaders, cabinet ministers, and others will attend and address the assembly. More information is available on the AFN website at afn.ca.
Saturday , July 29 , 2017
The Honda Celebration of Light is one of Vancouver’s largest festivals, attracting 1.4 million people to food, music, and fireworks. The fireworks happen Saturday, July 29 (Japan), Wednesday, Aug. 2 (United Kingdom), and Saturday, Aug. 5 (Canada).
Wednesday , August 2 , 2017
On Aug. 2, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on families, households, marital status, and language, for Canada, its provinces and territories, municipalities, and many more detailed levels of geography. A media lock-up will be held 12 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EST. Reporters are asked to confirm their presence by contacting Statistics Canada’s Media Hot Line at 613-951-4636, by July 11.
Wednesday , August 2 , 2017
The party will hold a debate in Victoria, B.C. 6-8 p.m. Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. 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. ndp.ca/event-rsvp/4jwm4.