Canada-U.S. relations

Butts reached out first to Mulroney, Garneau asks former PM to come brief Canada-U.S. Cabinet Committee on Trump


When U.S. President Donald Trump got elected on Nov. 8, Gerald Butts reached out to Brian Mulroney who helped arrange Stephen Schwarzman’s briefing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet last month. And Mr. Mulroney played a key role in making Mr. Trudeau's trip to Washington, D.C. a success. The two talk frequently about Canada-U.S. relations.


Blind cabinet minister promises Canada’s first national accessibility legislation will have teeth, could be retroactive

Sport and Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough, who is blind, is helping to draft a new bill to address accessibility for people with disabilities. The legislation will apply to all companies that operate under federal jurisdiction, and she hopes it's a game changer. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright


Sport and Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough, a former Paralympian and human rights lawyer, will be introducing Canada's first national accessibility legislation next spring which she hopes will be a game-changer for federal employers and people with disabilities.

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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)
  • C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and others (RCMP union bill) (consideration of amendments made by the Senate)
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    The House of Commons is not sitting this week, therefore there are no committee meetings scheduled. MPs return from their constituencies on March 6. The Senate is sitting. Monday, Feb. 27

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    The Manning Centre Conference hosted a Conservative leadership debate on Friday, Feb. 24 in Ottawa. The 14 candidates were split into four groups to debate four separate topics. Here, Andrew Scheer (right), the MP for Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask., speaks while his debate opponents—(from right) businessman Kevin O’Leary; MP for Wellington-Halton Hills, Ont. Michael Chong; and MP for Calgary Forest Lawn, Alta., Deepak Obhrai—listen and prepare to respond. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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    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.

    Tuesday , February 28 , 2017

    National Access Cannabis with PhytoSciences Consultants and the Peace Naturals Project invite you on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for a discussion about their recently launched harm reduction study on the potential use of cannabis as a substitute for prescription opiates. Guest speakers include Dr. Pritesh Kumar, Ph.D. and Dr. Shelley Turner. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Macdonald Room, Mezzanine Level, 6 p.m. All Parliamentarians and departmental officials are invited. Industry representatives and physicians will also be in attendance. Please RSVP to

    Wednesday , March 1 , 2017

    The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

    Wednesday , March 1 , 2017

    The Senate of Canada in partnership with Twitter Canada presents a Senate Social. Parliamentary Press Gallery members are invited on March 1 to the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington St. for this “meet and tweet.” Featuring a panel discussion on Politics via Social Media with journalists Bob Fife, Marie Vastel, and Waubgeshig Rice. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. RSVP required:

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