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Senate more unpredictable, as Conservatives boycott planning meetings over ‘O Canada’ bill manoeuvring

The Conservatives' deputy leader in the Senate is skipping daily planning meetings with her counterparts as a “consequence” of the way the controversial National Anthem Bill was passed in the Red Chamber, a move the…
Senators are divided over the Trudeau government’s decision to name a longtime House of Commons administrator as the interim Senate clerk, with some calling him the “prime minister’s man” in the Red Chamber. Several high-profile…
Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
The federal Liberals will have to tread carefully going into the next election if they want to try to repeat their victory in the age of anti-establishment politics, according to veteran Ottawa pollster Nik Nanos.…
Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
The new clerk of the House of Commons is making no apologies for smashing parliamentary tradition, and overhauling the power structure beneath him in his first half-year on the job. Charles Robert is a lover…
Bills on sexual harassment on the Hill, political fundraisers, and cannabis legalization top a list of the legislation the federal Liberals will prioritize when the House returns Jan. 29, according to the Office of the…
A plan to start televising debates in the Senate will force the Upper Chamber to shake up the unpredictable and often disjointed way it tackles legislation, say Senators on both sides of the aisle. Senators…
The office of Canada’s defence minister says bringing languishing reforms to the military justice system into effect would require a “substantial commitment of time and resources,” and says the federal cabinet is working on the…
Lobbyists have been given “too much time and too much importance” when it comes to gathering input for the Senate’s study of legislation at committee, says the second-highest ranking member of the Independent Senators Group,…
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The federal government is planning to announce the creation of an ombudsperson for “responsible enterprise” on Wednesday, finally checking the box on a 2015 Liberal campaign promise, and satisfying a request from Canada’s mining industry…
The Conservative Party's policy convention is still eight month away, but leader Andrew Scheer is under pressure to define himself and his revamped party for the Canadian public. Mr. Scheer's (Regina-Qu'Appelle, Sask.) leadership has come…
Independent Senators appointed by the Trudeau government say they aren’t trying to get Senator Lynn Beyak kicked out of the Senate—yet—after calling for investigations into her conduct by the Senate ethics officer and Internal Economy…
Picketing, nasty headlines, and a boycott campaign so far haven’t been enough to break up the love affair between federal politicians and Tim Hortons. Federal MPs offered their opinion on the controversy rooted in a…
The Top 25 1. Justin Trudeau, prime minister 2.Gerald Butts, principal secretary to the prime minister 3. Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister 4. Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council 5. Chrystia…
MPs with large Jewish populations in their ridings said constituents mostly agree with Canada’s stance on the question of Jerusalem despite the United States’ controversial decision to formally recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Conservative…
Canada’s new ethics commissioner says he will take up to a few months to decide what to do with the controversial ethics investigations into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and won’t be giving the Liberals…
The Liberal victory in the South Surrey-White Rock byelection and recent polls show the Liberals can still win big by wooing away NDP voters, pollsters say. However, new NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh might not be…
The Liberals have now run past the halfway mark of their first mandate, and the time to make good on the remainder of their campaign promises is slowly ticking away. The Liberals made 353 promises…
The federal government is on the verge of announcing the creation of an ombudsman for Canada’s extractive sector, and fulfilling a Liberal election promise after years of talks between government officials, extractive sector lobbyists, and…
The Conservatives continue to trail badly among women and have what one pollster is calling a “gender issue," despite pulling nearly even with the federal Liberals among male voters in polls over the last few months. …
MPs are split over whether the House's sexual harassment policy could be misused for political gains, with some dismissing the idea and others warning of the risks in play. "We're living in a political environment,…
Conservative and NDP MPs will be using every chance to grill Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the House over the next two weeks, including debate on the bills Mr. Morneau has sponsored that are still…
The federal Conservatives will keep hammering away at the ethical controversy surrounding Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the coming weeks as part of a long-term strategy, planting seeds for the next election campaign and taking…
A handful of Senators won't be serving full-time on any Senate committees that meet regularly, after Senate leaders juggled the membership of the Upper Chamber’s committees two weeks ago. Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak (Ontario) was…
Canadian officials have been working for months to lower what they have called “excessive” fees levied on the country’s aerospace exports to Europe, but have had a hard time getting cooperation from their European counterparts.…
Liberal MPs are pointing to a strong economy and more generous Canada child benefit program to explain their party’s surge in the polls since mid-October, while one pollster is pointing to a steady advantage among…
PARLIAMENT HILL—Political insiders are hinting the Trudeau government will hit the reset button in January over the holiday break and start the winter session with a new Throne Speech, though the federal Liberals are denying any…
The Senate Rules Committee could be one to watch between now and the next election as the venue where the Independent Senators Group, Conservatives, and Senate Liberals will likely negotiate over permanent changes—or not—to the…
The federal Liberals are being weighed down by a credibility problem, say pollsters and a former Liberal cabinet minister and their message of fighting for the middle class is getting undermined by a series of…
Negotiations between the Senate’s three largest groups finally ended last week, paving the way for a major rejig of Senate committee seats, and handing committee chair positions to members of the Independent Senators Group for…
A pair of Liberal MPs came to the defence of their party’s embattled fundraising chair, Stephen Bronfman, the day after news broke alleging his involvement in an offshore tax-avoidance scheme, but others sidestepped when asked…
Conservative MPs Lisa Raitt and Michael Chong were among a group of conservatives who gathered in Toronto in June to talk about the direction and policies of the Conservative Party of Canada, fresh from the…
Quebec’s federal Liberal MPs are mostly sticking to the prime minister’s script when it comes to that province’s new law on religious face-coverings, signalling opposition to Bill 62 but holding off on criticism of the…

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