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Sajjan must explain what’s next for Canada in Iraq

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—Earlier this month, Conservative Party defence critic James Bezan put forward a motion requesting that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appear before a House of Commons committee. It was Bezan’s hope that Sajjan could answer questions…
Opinion|By Bryon Wilfert
During my recent trip to Myanmar, I was impressed with the optimism of the people, and in particular of the state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi. After 50 years of military rule, the election of…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit this week to India seems to be part of a game plan to garner Indo-Canadian votes, for one can find no other credible reason for the weeklong visit. Canada is…
The NDP’s largest-ever policy convention comes to Ottawa this weekend as delegates grapple with the party’s response to recent harassment allegations levelled at an MP and former MP. At least one delegate-driven resolution to strengthen…
Opinion
Re: “Latvia mission a waste of money and troop deployment,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 7, p. 9) This article is yet another in a stream from Scott Taylor, who questions the wisdom of doing anything…
Opinion
Re: “Failed NDP leadership candidate Angus tweets, then deletes, criticism of party under new leader Singh,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 24, online). The headline and the article’s first sentence identified this veteran MP, Charlie Angus,…
Opinion|Joseph Caron
Canada’s engagement in Asia dates back to Confederation. Reaching Asia was one of the notable reasons we built the Canadian Pacific Railway. We didn’t use these words at the time but our “geopolitical” partners—those who…
Opinion|Matt Jeneroux
Encouraging free trade is a cornerstone of the Conservative Party’s foreign affairs strategy. Gaining access to new markets in a mutually beneficial manner facilitates the dissemination of Canadian innovation, while creating jobs and a strong…
Hill Times Columnists

OTTAWA—Earlier this month, Conservative Party defence critic James Bezan put forward a motion requesting that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appear before a House of Commons committee. It was Bezan’s hope that Sajjan could answer questions…
LONDON, ENGLAND--The time limit for a majority government in a two-party system is now usually 10 to 12 years. After that, it is living on borrowed time. Neither major party in the United States has…
State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III. Bob Woodward New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. The water-cooler take on Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein has long been that Woodward was the plodding, anal one…
OTTAWA—Thomas Mulcair got it right a few years back when, commenting on the approach of Stephen Harper’s government to the role of science in policy development, he said the Conservatives relied on “decision-based fact-making.” But,…
OTTAWA—I am not a Father of Confederation, but I am a son of Confederation. I was an interested observer, albeit young, when Newfoundland was roiled politically with the renewal of its historical debate of whether or…
Foreign Policy
Opinion|By Peter Larson
New NDP leader Jagmeet Singh would probably prefer to avoid a public debate over Israel and Palestine at the party’s policy convention in Ottawa this week, but forces both outside and inside the party will…
When it comes to how messy the legal fallout could be if U.S. President Donald Trump withdraws from NAFTA, “it’s going to be somewhere between a cluster-bleep, [and] a gongshow,” said the Canada West Foundation’s Carlo…
The politicians Robert Lighthizer [caption id="attachment_131075" align="alignright" width="254"] Robert Lighthizer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade.[/caption] As U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Lighthizer is tasked with bringing President Donald Trump’s tough talk and America First…
News|By Abbas Rana
Rural ridings will offer potential growth areas for the federal Liberals in 2019 and the PMO and cabinet are paying close attention, says Liberal MP T.J. Harvey, chair of the Liberal rural caucus, but the…
News|By Abbas Rana
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should reveal all the facts surrounding his now controversial meeting with former Afghan captive Joshua Boyle last month on the Hill because without a clear explanation the prime minister looks “foolish,”…
News|By Jolson Lim
Iranian-Canadian rookie Liberal MP Ali Ehassi says the heavy-handed response to massive street protests against the government in Iran is "heart-wrenching" to watch, though remained tight-lipped on whether he continues to support efforts by the…
Foreign Policy
Patrick Brown, who in a dramatic move re-entered the Ontario leadership late Friday afternoon, is receiving strong support from all corners of the political world since publicly re-emerging to challenge the sexual harassment allegations that…
The NDP's approach to anti-harassment was the first policy to earn mention at its convention in Ottawa on Friday—despite not being slated on the floor—with outgoing president Marit Stiles apologizing to party members who had…
New Democrats from across Canada dove into policy debate on day one of the party's convention in Ottawa on Friday, the last chance before the 2019 election for members to have a say on future platform…
Unions making up the vast majority of the federal public service presented a list of demands to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a letter released publicly Friday morning to mark the second anniversary of the…
Good Friday morning, The House is not sitting today and won’t sit again until Feb. 26. However, Ottawa will still be centre stage for the Canadian political scene, with the 2018 NDP policy convention set…
Good Thursday morning, Today marks what is surely everyone’s favourite mid-February celebration: Flag Day. The annual celebration marks the date in 1965 when the Maple Leaf flag that has become synonymous with Canada’s identity was…
A lawyer representing the family of slain Indigenous man Colten Boushie says he has had no communication with the office of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer during the family's ongoing visit to Ottawa, but the family…
As Finance Canada is in the midst of its review of the Bank Act, observers are saying the rules need to better accommodate the emerging financial technology sector—known as “fintech”—and bring banking regulations into the…

Burkina Faso is more than just gold mines, says new political envoy

The new ambassador of Burkina Faso wants to make Canada aware that it can invest in more than just gold in the landlocked country and hopes to shed light on the different trade opportunities it…

Polish envoy says Canada and Poland can double trade with the help of CETA

The new Polish ambassador says in the next few years trade revenue between Canada and Poland “should double very easily,” and one of his priorities is to focus on building relations with potential Canadian corporations…

Booming Canada-Wales trade leads to new diplomatic office opening in Montreal

With a 70 per cent increase in the past year in trade between Wales and Canada, the British High Commission is opening a new office for the territory that forms part of Great Britain in…

Canadian approach to strange health concerns in Cuba ‘respectful,’ says outgoing envoy

Cuba's outgoing ambassador says Canada’s approach to investigating the unusual health symptoms affecting some Canadian diplomats and their families in Cuba, is the “right decision.” Nearly a year after Canadian officials set out to investigate…
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