Feds spent $33-million on ads, axed stimulus promotion in first year under Liberals


Finance Canada slashed its ad spending dramatically, while ads for the census and Canada-150 campaigns drove costs in the top-spending departments.


Unions want feds to cough up a $75-million Phoenix contingency fund

Public Services and Procurement Canada Deputy Minister Marie Lemay told reporters on Feb. 22 that the government couldn't provide a new total cost for keeping several temporary pay centres open for the foreseeable future, but said it would be available 'soon.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia


A year into the federal government’s adoption of the problem-plagued payroll system, there’s still no ‘light at the end of the tunnel yet,' according to Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada President Debi Daviau.

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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)

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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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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

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Parliamentary Calendar

Thursday , February 23 , 2017

Feb. 23-25. In addition to the usual line-up at this annual gathering of conservatives in Canada (panel discussions, networking opportunities, and training sessions) this year the conference will host a debate featuring those who are running for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (with a unique debate format). Debate: 3-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, $20 (online or at the door; included in conference admission). Shaw Centre, Ottawa. To register for the conference, please visit

Thursday , February 23 , 2017

The Ottawa Economics Association invites you to a luncheon event featuring Michael Horgan (senior adviser, Bennett Jones), Peter van Dijk (national tax policy leader, PwC Canada), and Sahir Khan (executive vice president, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy). Against the backdrop of heightened global economic uncertainty the Trudeau government will outline in its budget its highly anticipated innovation agenda. The budget will also reveal the results of the government’s sweeping tax expenditure review. Join the OEA for a thoughtful and lively panel discussion on Budget 2017. Members: $50 prepaid online/$80 at the door; non-members: $75/$100; student members: $25/$30 (online prices are exclusive of HST). 11:45 a.m., Chateau Laurier Hotel, Drawing Room, 1 Rideau St. Details and registration via

Friday , February 24 , 2017

The Economic Club of Canada presents Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. 7:45-9 a.m. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa. Breakfast will be served. $110 +HST for individual seat (members $89 +HST). Tickets and info:

Friday , February 24 , 2017

The Parliamentary Press Gallery AGM will be held on Feb. 24 at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa, at 12:30 p.m. Gallery members will discuss the president’s report; treasurer’s report; results of officers elected; nomination of directors and voting; life and honorary memberships; new business; and results of directors elected.

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