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It’s time to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, and luckily it’s not hard to do

By JIM CRESKEY

Now, with America’s own refugee policies unhinged by the Trump administration and Canada led by a government that is demonstrating it understands the true value of refugees, the fallout from the agreement is far worse than its architects could ever have imagined when it was first conceived.

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‘Yelling into an echo chamber doesn’t get you anywhere,’ Clark tells Conservatives ‘to engage’ broadly in the age of social media

Political communications: Panellists at the political communications panel, pictured Feb. 25, at the Manning Centre Conference, Global Public Affairs' Tom Clark, Global News' Vassy Kapelos, and BuzzFeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud, with moderator Paul Bunner, editor of C2C Journal, a Manning Centre publication. The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

By RACHEL AIELLO

Media and politicos offer tips to Conservatives on how to communicate powerfully in the social media age.

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C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading)

The Week Ahead In Parliament

Wednesday, Feb. 22

The House Finance Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 237-C, Centre Block to study Bill C-240, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit-first aid). It will hear from the bill’s sponsor Liberal MP Bryan May; as well as officials from Finance Canada, then consider the bill clause by clause. It will then go in camera to deal with the draft report on its study of Canadian real estate market and home ownership. The House Environment Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 228, Valour Building. It will meet in camera to consider its draft report on its study on federal protected areas and conservation objectives.

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 8:42 AM

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins tries to get the puck around Liberal net minder Marc Miller during a charity hockey match in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. The fundraiser took place on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The Conservatives won 9-3, and the event raised almost $6,000 for the charity. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Gaining Consensus: Getting Issues Heard In The New Parliament

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Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change

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Parliamentary Calendar

Monday , February 27 , 2017

The House rises for the week, returning to work on March 6 for one week before another week-long break, returning to work again March 20. The Senate sits this week and next, and is off the week of March 13 for two weeks before returning March 27.

Monday , February 27 , 2017

Catch the official launch of Simon Fraser University’s Public Square’s 2017 Community Summit, bringing together prominent foreign policy experts Roland Paris (University of Ottawa, former senior adviser on global affairs and defence to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canadian Inuit activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee), Senator Yuen Pau Woo, and former senior policy adviser to the Harper government Shuvaloy Majumdar. Panel will be moderated by CBC correspondent Laura Lynch. Feb. 27. 7-9 p.m. Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver. Summit events continue until March 8. Details: http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare.html.

Monday , February 27 , 2017

Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing. Massey College at the University of Toronto, 4 Devonshire Place, RSVP to emockler@masseycollege.ca.

Tuesday , February 28 , 2017

The fourth party-sanctioned debate will be held on Feb. 28 at Maclab Theatre in Edmonton, and will be the second bilingual debate. Tickets on sale from Jan. 24. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. Debate moderator: Conservative candidate for Calgary Midnapore Stephanie Kusie. Themes include: crime and safety, and the Conservative Party of Canada, its membership, its governance, and its future. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.

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