Phoenix could be a big problem for the Liberals in 2019, say critics, union reps
Auditor general Michael Ferguson says the pay system will take years to fix, and observers say frustrated public servants will make it a 2019 election issue if it's still a problem.
Swing ridings with high visible minority populations will tilt 2019 federal election, says politicos
The 41 ethnically diverse ridings are the ‘face of Canada’ and ‘the most representative communities in the country,' says NDP MP Don Davies.
Solving Phoenix will take years to resolve and more money than government estimates: AG
In his latest report, Auditor General Michael Ferguson, pictured last year, concluded that Public Services and Procurement Canada took four months to recognize there were serious problems with the Phoenix pay system, and another year to understand them. The Hill Times file photograph
The Auditor General’s fall report on the Phoenix pay system, tabled Tuesday, says the cost of outstanding overpayments and underpayments is over $500-million.
Hill Life & People
Former veteran Liberal staffer McClinchey reflects on his quarter-century on the Hill
Sen. Enverga ‘embodied the Canadian dream’: ex-PM, colleagues remember country’s first Filipino-Canadian Senator
A lament for O’Leary
Note to Zimbabwe: hold the champagne
Former prime minister Brain Mulroney commemorates 30th anniversary of Montreal Protocol
In this, party or partisan lines should be minimized as much as humanly possible. We are all on the same side, determined to leave a better world and a more pristine environment to our children and grandchildren. It is the least we can do. In the spirit of the Montreal Protocol, let’s get to work. Right here. Right now.
Applied research: time to move beyond pilot projects
Post-secondary advocacy groups praise Global Skills Strategy’s work permit exemptions
NDP MP and science critic Kennedy Stewart and Universities Canada's Paul Davidson say the visa fast-tracking increases Canada's ability to participate in international collaborations, but increased research funding must also play a role.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Pot bill sponsor wants to shake up Senate schedule, but Tories push for status quo
Ontario Sen. Tony Dean has proposed modelling the debate over cannabis legalization after the process used for the medical assistance in dying legislation of 2016.
NDP planning historic, secret vote in House to keep private member’s bill from sinking
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson plans to appeal an expected decision to deem her PMB non-voteable through a secret ballot vote in the House, an option never-before exercised by an MP.
Cannabis Act, finance minister’s ethics controversy to be front-and-centre for last sitting stretch of 2017
The House is back and set to sit until Dec. 15 before rising for the six-week winter break. It will return on Jan. 29.
Better to be done right than on time: Senate, opposition concerned about marijuana legalization deadline
The Liberals plan to legalize cannabis on or before July 1, 2018, but Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu, NDP health critic Don Davies, and Independent Senator André Pratte are concerned about public education, pardons, and whether police forces will be ready in time.
Fight obesity in kids, tax sugary drinks
Parliamentarians should also pass Bill S-228 to limit unhealthy food and drink marketing to kids.
Pop bad, pot good? Liberals are confused on health
They’ve indicated support for a bill to limit advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food and drink to kids, yet they have no problem rushing through marijuana legalization for recreational use, including for youth.
Ethical issues dogging Morneau could become a major credibility problem for Liberals by 2019 election, say some Grits
‘If these are our friends, we don’t need enemies. It’s a killer,' said one Liberal MP
Senate swap gives powerful Internal Economy Committee chair to Independents, sets stage for new negotiations next session
Members of the Independent Senators Group now have a chance to take some top committee seats, but the ISG didn’t get everything it wanted.
Ethics commissioner’s confusing remarks on asset loophole stems from scarce communications resources, say lobbyists
These are the 'kind of things that happen when you haven't devoted any time or resources to the narrative,' says Joe Jordan.
Too much of a good thing: Canada’s consultation crisis
It’s nice to be asked your opinion, but the sheer volume of hearings, notices, and consultations can be overwhelming.
Trade and innovation topped September lobbying
The government's 'Supercluster' initiative is one link, and trade talks in the Pacific are also top of mind for many lobbyists now.
Canada’s most-lobbied staffers drive policy tied to federal purse
There are no surprises with the most lobbied in government, with Innovation, Finance and Infrastructure policy advisers seeing the most communications with stakeholders.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Wednesday, Sept. 13
- The House Health Committee will meet 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 415, Wellington Building, 197 Sparks St. in a televised meeting on Bill C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code, and other Acts.
The secret to Marilyn Gladu’s bang-on delivery in the House? She used to be a comic
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED :Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 10:45 AM
Lucy Ho, co-founder and managing director of Hackergal, participates in the announcement of the largest all-girl hackathon in Canada’s history in the Charles Lynch Room in Centre Block on Nov. 15, 2017. More than 2,000 girls in Grades 6 to 9 from public and private schools are expected to participate in Hackergal’s next Hackathon on Dec. 13, 2017. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
On the diplomatic scene: Saudi, Aga Khan Development Network, Diplomatic Hospitality Group bashes
PUBLISHED :Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 12:00 AM
NDP leadership showcase event in Hamilton
PUBLISHED :Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 3:19 PM
CPAC rings in 25 years with packed bash
PUBLISHED :Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 12:45 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 , November 28 , 2017
The Walrus Talks returns to Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 28 for The Walrus Talks Health at the Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St.) from 7-10 p.m. Six speakers—including Deep Genomics CEO Brendan Frey, Women’s College Research Institute senior scientist Dr. Steve Narod, and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement president Maureen O’Neil—will discuss innovation in medicine and the health-care system of the future. Full event details and tickets are available online at thewalrus.ca/events.
Wednesday , November 29 , 2017
On Nov. 29, Statistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on education, labour, the journey to work, language of work, and mobility and migration of Canadians.
Wednesday , December 6 , 2017
The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.
Thursday , April 19 , 2018
The Liberals will hold a national convention April 19-21, 2018 in Halifax, N.S.