Government attempting to ‘gut’ genetic discrimination bill once again
The Bill's House sponsor, Rob Oliphant, called the amendments ‘draconian,' while opposition parties and Liberal backbenchers are imploring their colleagues to have the ‘courage’ to go against the government’s will.
NDP leadership candidates waiting for Conservative leadership furor to die down before entering race
There is also a provincial election in British Columbia in May that party members will be preoccupied with until then.
Look who’s going to Washington: MPs planning blitz to meet and greet new Congress
Conservative MP Dean Allison, left, serves as a vice-chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Liberal MP Michael Levitt chairs the Subcommittee on International Human Rights; NDP MP Tracey Ramsey is a vice-chair on the House Trade Committee. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright and Sam Garcia
A handful of House committees are planning trips down south, and some U.S. committees will be invited back to Ottawa.
‘Better is always possible’ for feds’ relationship with Quebec, says new Liberal Quebec caucus chair Massé
Ottawa seeking to sell Coast Guard Ship Tracy for $250,000, despite spending $9-million repairing it in 2009, docked in Prescott
Hill Life & People
Saxton Conservative leadership campaign to unveil economic policies later this month
The time is now to position Canada as a global leader in Agri-Food
The perils of political hypocrisy
Canadian exports at risk when America is first to free trade agreements
Canadian expats shouldn’t have unlimited voting rights
NAFTA renegotiation gives Canada chance to improve deal, say politicos and business reps
Preliminary meetings on NAFTA between Canadian and U.S. officials, as well as with Canadian business reps, have already begun.
Wilson-Raybould aims to Charter-proof human trafficking law
The new legislation, Bill C-38, amends a private member’s bill on exploitation and trafficking from the last Parliament. Meanwhile, the CETA bill and legislation addressing the opioid crisis is back atop the House agenda this week.
A novel infrastructure story: moving Canadian grain to global markets
All of the essential pieces for investing in a new fleet of grain cars and meeting the Government of Canada’s infrastructure, innovation and economic growth objectives are coming together nicely in 2017. It is time to come aboard.
Liberals to table legislation this winter to apply access-to-information regime to ministers’ offices
The changes could just push partisan work 'underground' onto personal phones and email accounts, says a former Conservative PMO staffer.
Ousted minister, parliamentary secretaries find new spots on Commons committees
Demoted MPs pledge to bring knowledge gained as parliamentary secretaries to committees.
New cash-for-access rules improve optics, but won’t chase away donors: lobbyists
'I think journalists will quickly tire of going to these things when they find out how friggin’ boring they are,' says lobbyist Tim Powers.
Can a lobbyist ever become Canada’s commissioner of lobbying?
An internal hire from within government such as a current assistant deputy minister or promoting from within the current office could be the safest bet, but if the political courage can be found, a former lobbyist may excel at the role, especially with a bureaucracy now firmly established.
Lobbyists not interested in registering how much they’re paid to lobby
With a statutory five-year review of the Lobbying Act due in 2017, who should be considered a lobbyist and whether lobbying spending should be disclosed, are among the issues that could come up.
No medals for you! Minister takes away pat on the back for 60,000 Canadians
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has decided that there will be no medal struck to celebrate our 150th year as a nation. But it’s not too late for the minister to reverse course.
Rookie Liberal MP Ouellette walking, skiing 1,000 kilometres from Saskatchewan to Manitoba to send message of ‘greater unity’
Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette is carrying a message of unity and hope to indigenous communities.
‘With all the talk of Canada being back,’ aid groups ‘alarmed,’ told to expect little from budget
NGOs expecting to get something out of the months-long policy review are worried the time and money they spent will be all for naught.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Wednesday, Feb. 15The House Environment Committee will meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room 228, Valour Building, 151 Sparks St., in private, to consider a draft report on federal protected areas and conservation objectives. The House Finance Committee will meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room 237-C, Centre Block, in a televised discussion on the second report of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, hearing from council members Ilse Treurnicht and Michael Sabia.
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 10:55 AM
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be losing some of his edge in public opinion polls at home, but in Pakistan he’s so popular that some freight truckers have painted his picture on their vehicles, an honour usually reserved for Pakistani or Muslim war heroes, respected politicians, religious figures, poets, athletes, some royalty, and movie stars. To read more: http://bit.ly/2lGC6Jc (Photographs courtesy of Twitter)
Cuba celebrates national day, EU unveils Winterlude ice sculpture: diplomatic parties this week
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 12:00 AM
Lame ducks and roosters: diplomatic events this week
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 12:00 AM
Thousands protest Trump outside U.S. Embassy
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 10:38 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
Tuesday , February 21 , 2017
The next Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Big Thinking on the Hill lecture features Matthew Hayday speaking on “‘Canadian-ness,’ citizen engagement, and Canada 150: Using history to inform policy.” Hayday is an associate professor of history at the University of Guelph and will be joined for a Q&A moderated by Guy Laforest, president-elect of the federation. He will discuss how national celebrations and commemorations, both official and citizen-led processes, have shaped our country’s sense of itself and offer suggestions to policy-makers of lessons that can be learned from these past efforts about what works, what does not, and how to foster citizen engagement in theses events. A hot breakfast will be served. Tuesday, Feb. 21. 7:30-8:45 a.m. Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block. Free for Parliamentarians and the media, $25 for all others. For more information and to RSVP, go to ideas-idees.ca/big-thinking or call 613-238-6112 ext. 310.
Tuesday , February 21 , 2017
The Canadian Council for the Americas presents a morning conference featuring former prime minister Brian Mulroney and other business leaders including former Business Council of Canada VP Eric Miller, and COO of the International Republican Institute Dan Fisk. 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 21. Location to be determined, downtown Toronto. Members: $225, non-members: $295. Breakfast will be served. ccacanada.com.
Tuesday , February 21 , 2017
Award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray will discuss her latest book, The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country, at the Rideau Club, 99 Bank St., 15th floor, on Feb. 21, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Gray will share her observations on the gradual evolution of Canadian identity. Books will be available for sale and Ms. Gray would be pleased to sign them. Individual ticket: $20 (plus HST). To purchase a ticket, please visit: famous5ottawa.ca.
Wednesday , February 22 , 2017
The Canadian Federation of University of Women’s Diplomatic Hospitality Group in Ottawa invites diplomats, their spouses/partners, and their families to this event. Wed., Feb. 22. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Museum of History + IMAX, 100 rue Laurier, Gatineau, Que. A nominal fee will be charged to help cover costs.