Dinner for Mexican president cost $134,000; well worth it, say MPs
The cost included more than $7,000 for flowers. Conservative MP Lukiwski calls out the PMO for inviting only Liberal politicians to the dinner this summer.
If Trans Mountain decision becomes ballot box question, Vancouver-area MPs Wilkinson, Beech could be vulnerable, says pollster
Despite local opposition, Vancouver-region Liberal MPs must avoiding jumping to conclusion in criticizing the government's decision to approve the pipeline as it might cast them as 'wishy-washy,' says consultant Greg Weston.
The Liberal Party goes on fundraising blitz in early anticipation of 2019 federal election
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of several Liberals encouraging donors to hand over their dollars this week, so the party can begin to prepare for the 2019 federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
'The challenge for the Liberals is complacency,' said Nik Nanos, president of Nanos Research. 'If people think the Conservatives and NDP are weak, then it is harder to raise funds and motivate the Liberal tribe.'
Bennett: Senate Committee could study meaning of ‘nation to nation’ over three years
Competition to replace Canada’s fighter jets could take five years, says Defence Minister Sajjan
Hill Life & People
St. Germain operated like a street cop, walking Hill’s the hallways and cornering MPs to smoke out any signs of unrest
Gerry St. Germain, the former Progressive Conservative MP, Senator, and first Métis cabinet minister, was a crucial behind-the-scenes fixer for prime minister Brian Mulroney and his majority governing caucus. Mr. Mulroney picked him to chair his massive national caucus.
Changing our national anthem strikes discord with Canadians
Electoral reform has become that dog turd in the park no one picks up
The time is right: will Canada be a leader in ‘open government’?
Canada’s leadership role at the Open Government Partnership is fairly limited. It is a government anchor on a working group dedicated to open data initiatives, but not involved in access to information. This is in spite of the fact that it is currently working towards amending the federal Access to Information Act in the context of open government.
Which of the world’s cities has the longest line for the washroom?
Canadian security agencies ‘consulting’ with U.S. Homeland Security to vet Syrian refugees coming to Canada
Opposition parties say they don't have any objections Canadian security agencies consulting with the U.S. Homeland Security databases to screen Syrian refugees coming into Canada.
Feds want to pass government agenda, opposition parties ‘disappointed’ by state of relations in House
The government says it’s pushing this week for the opposition to come to the table with a consensus on some bills.
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.
Liberals not ruling out using time allocation in last three weeks before House adjourns
The Senate is beginning to sit on Mondays this week in an effort to get more bills through over the next three weeks as well.
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.
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.'
‘We live in a globalized world,’ House most ethnically diverse in Canadian history, but still has long way to go: research
A record 47 visible minority and 10 indigenous MPs were elected in this House.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Pipeline decisions about getting resources to market sustainably, says Natural Resources Minister Carr
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 11:44 AM
A group of protestors rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline in front of the Parliament Buildings and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office in Ottawa on November 21. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
UAE, Albania, and Algeria throw bashes: Diplomatic parties this week, Dec. 7, 2016
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 12:00 AM
Guests flock to pre-Christmas party season affairs
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 12:00 AM
Community of Federal Visible Minorities holds shindig at D’Arcy’s
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 11:20 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
Saturday , December 10 , 2016
Sat., Dec. 10. 11 a.m. Hong Kong Memorial Wall, corner of King Edward Avenue and Sussex Drive.
Saturday , December 10 , 2016
This annual party for members’ children will be held in the Reading Room (237-C) of Centre Block on Parliament Hill, Sat., Dec.10. Email the name, age, and sex of each child to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can register your child in Room 350-N, Centre-Block or in Room 607, 150 Wellington St. Registration deadline: Nov. 25. Hot dogs, pizza, etc. will be served starting at noon.
Monday , December 12 , 2016
The House is sitting weekdays until to Dec. 16, but it could adjourn earlier. It’s scheduled for a six-week break from Ottawa and the House will resume sitting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
Monday , December 12 , 2016
Raise a glass in honour of The West Block’s Tom Clark as he’s hanging his notepad up at last. Mon., Dec. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bier Markt,156 Sparks St., Ottawa.