No northerners in cabinet, no problem for veteran Yukon MP
Former PM Paul Martin says he's 'never' thought of Mr. Bagnell as a backbencher, and that he would make a 'tremendous minister.'
‘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.
The Trump watchers: who advises Trudeau on the new Washington
Back from left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top advisers Gerald Butts, Katie Telford, Kate Purchase, and Jeremy Broadhurst. Mr. Butts and Ms. Telford have met with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's key advisers, and Mr. Broadhurst is expected to be the foreign minister's new chief of staff. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Marc Garneau now leads the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations, and Ralph Goodale continues to have a big stake in the border.
Hill Life & People
SSC’s dysfunction has become, for the programs and operations of many, perhaps even most, client departments, more disruptive than any hacker attack they have yet experienced. Billed in part as an efficiency measure and in part as a cybersecurity enhancement measure, Shared Services Canada has proven to be neither.
Prime Minister Trudeau tours grassroots Canada while the world rushes ahead
Of politicians, vacations, and helicopters
Climate change is not about saving the planet, it’s about saving human beings from an ugly, difficult future
By 2050, the world is projected to have some nine billion mouths to feed in a potentially much warmer world, with prolonged heat waves, drought, grave water shortages, rising sea levels threatening many of the world’s major cities, the risk of new diseases and much reduced biodiversity and damaged ecosystems.
Trump shows globalization’s logic can be challenged
Getting more from federal transportation infrastructure investment, Canada’s opportunity to be a leader
Infrastructure investment enables economic activity well beyond infrastructure construction. State of the art infrastructure opens up job-creating opportunities, even more so when U.S. companies take advantage of Canada’s transportation systems to export and import goods and services to and from Europe and Asia.
House Electoral Reform Committee did fail us, so it’s time for government to decide
Referendums are rare in Canada and divisive and time is running out on electoral reform which should unite, not divide voters. But the Liberals also made a campaign promise. They could focus on a few less contentious reforms which would significantly strengthen our country's electoral system. Here they are.
‘It’s not just numbers,’ Chagger defends House’s low legislative productivity this session
The Liberals' record on passing bills pales in comparison to past Parliaments, leaving the opposition asking, ‘Where’s the meat?’
Merit Canada lobbying to maintain secret ballot requirement for union certification: Sen. Runciman
‘Given that individual workers now have the ability to vote by private ballot, it is a step backward to now want to remove that right in Bill C-4,’ says Merit Canada president Terrance Oakey.
Skepticism growing on promises for House reforms as Liberals consider unilateral action
'I think it would be entirely inappropriate and frankly almost tyrannical if a majority government, regardless of political stripe, decided to start changing Standing Orders arbitrarily to benefit them,' says Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski.
Police oversight in Ontario: hoping against all odds
One can only hope that the ongoing Independent Police Oversight Review that has been commissioned by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is not going to become just another shelf report like so many other government reports have in the past.
For Canada, Trump inauguration about making contacts, being a ‘good neighbour’
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will attend inauguration events, as will Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton. Stockwell Day's going too.
PMO ‘so far behind on appointments,’ rigorous new hiring process, lack of qualified people cited for extensions of lobbying, ethics commissioners
‘If you call for applications and you get hundreds of applications, you owe it to those people to spend time on each and every one of those applications,’ says lobbyist.
Feds hearing more from industry than environmentalists on pipelines, according to lobbyists registry
‘Take a look at the decisions that have been made,’ Environmental Defence’s Dale Marshall says when asked if he fears the energy industry is having too much sway with government.
Climate plans in focus as Ottawa gears up for December first ministers’ meeting
The government is looking to finalize a pan-Canadian climate action plan in December, but some say Canada needs to adapt following Donald Trump’s election in the U.S.
Bains, Carr, Garneau most lobbied ministers, health most lobbied topic in October
‘It’s important for industry to have their voice heard at the cabinet table, and Navdeep Bains has certainly met with business and offered that voice,’ says Summa Strategies’ Michele Austin.
Tighter political fundraising rules could push activities ‘underground,’ says Canada’s outgoing chief electoral officer
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says with recent examples of Liberal 'cash-for-access' events, he hasn’t seen 'anybody violating the elections law provisions.'
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
‘We’re going to be under significant pressure from the Americans,’ say experts of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s influence on Canadian defence policy
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 2:49 PM
Governor General David Johnston, new Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall on January 10 during the swearing-in ceremonies for the ministers involved in a significant cabinet shuffle. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
CP reporter Bruce Cheadle’s retirement shindig, Jan. 11, 2017: The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
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U.K., Kenya, Sweden’s December parties feature festive fare
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 12:00 AM
U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden comes to Ottawa: photographs by Jake Wright
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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
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Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
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Wednesday , January 18 , 2017
The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.
Wednesday , January 18 , 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., Jan. 18. 10 a.m. to noon. Navy Curling Club, 41 Navy Pvt.
Wednesday , January 18 , 2017
The Ottawa Economics Association is hosting a luncheon event featuring Peter Hall, vice-president and chief economist, Export Development Canada (EDC). For the global economy, 2016 was yet another post-recession disappointment, with critical upset votes in the U.K. and the U.S.—a populist pivot away from the architecture that is being blamed for secular stagnation. Where does this lead? Hear Peter Hall’s views on this, together with EDC’s outlook for 2017 and implications for Canada’s trade. Members: $50 prepaid on-line/$80 at the door; Non-members: $75/$100; Student members: $25/$30. Jan. 18, 2017, 11:45 a.m., Chateau Laurier Hotel, Canadian Room. Details and registration via cabe.ca.
Wednesday , January 18 , 2017
This event will explore the increasing dangers for travelling Canadians, and related issues of official services to support and assist distressed Canadians abroad. Rick Kohler, a foreign service veteran who has served in France, Australia, Brazil, US, Thailand, Romania, was a former Chief of Protocol of Canada, and the former President of the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA); Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada since January 2000, and co-author with Mohamed Fahmy of a 2016 proposed Charter to protect the human rights of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others with close Canadian connections, who are imprisoned abroad; and Gar Pardy, a leading expert on government services to citizens in foreign countries. For 11 years he was Canada's Director General for Consular Services. Last year he proposed a comprehensive policy and legislative agenda for the reform of services for Canadians overseas. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m. (registration and cash bar); 6 p.m. (presentation, discussion); 7:30 p.m. (optional dinner). The Sheraton Hotel, Rideau Room, 150 Albert St., Ottawa. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-903-4011. More information: https://cicncbjan182017.eventbrite.ca