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Two new opposition leaders armed with multiple issues prepare for fall face-off with the PM

From the ongoing renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the continuing debate over the proposed legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana, politicians of all stripes will be busy during the fall…
By the numbers, Jagmeet Singh is the front-runner in the current federal NDP leadership race. The 38-year-old Ontario MPP, who recently served as deputy leader of the provincial New Democrats, has reportedly signed up more…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Robert Thirsk first met Julie Payette 25 years ago. Dr. Thirsk, a physician who holds master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration and served as backup payload specialist to now-Transport Minister Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount,…
Canada's new health minister has a personal connection to one of the first items on her to-do list: implementing a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as called for in a bill passed…
Veterans-rights advocates hope the appointment last week of Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan (St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, N.L.) as Veterans Affairs minister will breathe new life into a department accused of insensitivity toward its clients, and…
Liberal MPs who are part of the federal black caucus of Parliamentarians say there has been talk about pushing the government to issue an apology for systematic racism committed against black Canadians over the country’s…
Nearly 90 per cent of Liberal MPs have established youth councils in their ridings. They say they’re a way to get young people involved the political decision-making process, though critics say they’re just talk-shops that…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Handling politically sensitive and emotionally charged issues requires a steady hand and Ralph Goodale appears to be that guy in the Trudeau cabinet. The 67-year-old, Regina-born federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness minister holds the…
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Now that he has his senior official opposition team in place for the House, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s next and more formidable task will be getting his party election-ready for 2019. “There is a lot…
Andrej Litvinjenko is a bright and ambitious lawyer-in-training who will be articling with a major global law firm in Ottawa later this summer. He’s a recipient of a law degree from the University of Ottawa;…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
OTTAWA—During his installation speech on Oct. 1, 2010, Governor General David Johnston, a Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen's graduate, said he would make promoting innovation a priority as the Queen’s 28th representative in Canada, and has…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
OTTAWA—For Charlotte Gray, Canada was shaped by ideas from individuals that led to an ongoing national conversation about what it means to be Canadian. In The Promise of Canada, Ms. Gray’s latest and 10th book…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
PARLIAMENT HILL—Conservative Member of Parliament Michael Chong has been independent-minded for most of the 13 years he has spent in the House. Nine months after his appointment as the Conservative government’s intergovernmental affairs minister in…
As the Liberal Member of Parliament for the federal Ontario riding of Etobicoke North from 1996 to 2008, Roy Cullen had the relatively rare accomplishment of having a private member’s bill pass with strong support…
While the newly formed alliance between British Columbia’s NDP and Green Party has made Christy Clark’s days as premier likely numbered, Liberal opponents warn that the two main issues at play there also threaten the…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
OTTAWA—Multitasking has become a nerve-racking reality for many journalists who must deliver the news, on deadline, across different platforms. Yet, Evan Solomon appears to embrace the challenge of ably straddling the worlds of TV, radio,…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Liberal MP John Oliver hopes that one of the goals behind his decision to enter politics—establishing a national pharmacare program—will become reality before the next federal election. Mr. Oliver, who previously served as assistant deputy…
The Conservative Party’s commanding lead in fundraising in the first quarter of this year should set off alarm bells in the Liberal Party, say some political players. “If the Conservatives raised more money than us in…
[caption id="attachment_102914" align="alignleft" width="300"] Radio-Canada investigative reporter Brigitte Bureau broke the story about cellphones being tracked around Parliament Hill last week, alongside her CBC colleague Catherine Cullen, not pictured. Photograph courtesy of Brigitte Bureau[/caption] The…
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in New York City where he addressed the audience of and took in a Broadway performance of Come From Away, the musical about Newfoundlanders accommodating thousands of American…
With this Liberal government’s second federal budget expected any week now, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will again become one of the main faces of this regime that has made growing and defending the middle class…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
To obtain perspective on Beverley McLachlin’s extraordinary judicial career, one can first measure it by quantity. From March 30, 1989, when she was named to the Supreme Court of Canada, to Nov. 28, 2016, McLachlin heard 2,094…
Justin Trudeau’s invitation on Twitter to “those fleeing persecution, terror & war” attracted global attention as a subtle response to President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, but now…
By backing Canada’s bid to secure a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council, and finalizing a bilateral travel agreement to establish a direct air link between Toronto and Belgrade, Serbia views itself as…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should approach Donald Trump as “the bully in the playground” and ensure his Liberal government “plays it smooth” and avoids confrontation as the U.S. president-elect identifies his top priorities and officials…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
At least one academic and former journalist says the wrath being directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau right now by Canada's biggest public-service union could force him to improve his performance as Canada's chief decision-maker.…
Parliament Hill journalist Mike De Souza spent about eight years writing on energy issues for the Postmedia Network Inc. newspaper chain. But after the National Post, a Postmedia property, published an opinion piece in its Financial Post…
Feature|By Christopher Guly
Having made Canadian political history this summer, Bardish Chagger plans to bring change to the capital’s primary institution this fall. Only two weeks into her job as Government House Leader, the first woman and first…
The hypothetical possibility that Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef could lose her Canadian citizenship without a hearing has prompted some within the House of Commons and the Senate to call for the strengthening of a…
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the federal government to clamp down on the kind and amount of expenses senior public servants can claim when they relocate to Ottawa following revelations that the prime…
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he's moving as fast as a he can on finalizing a plan to replace Canada's fighter jets but that the previous Conservative government "messed up" the process and that's why things…
As the House resumes sitting this week, Independent MP Hunter Tootoo hopes to one day be back on the Liberal government bench. “We know we have to earn our way back in, but it’s up…

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