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Insider's Guide to Fall Session of the 42nd Parliament

Status of Women Minister Monsef hires new D. Comms straight from Public Safety Minister Goodale’s team

Justine Villeneuve arrived from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's office.

Infrastructure Minister Sohi hires new chief of staff O’Leary, who’s set to start in the new year

Sports and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr has also officially named a new chief of staff.

Pitfield exits Petitpas Taylor’s office, Moussouni enters as new policy adviser

Emilie Simard is now director of communications to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Indigenous Services Minister Philpott hires a new special adviser

Dalal Saikali, a former special assistant to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is now an events coordinator for Global Affairs Canada.

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

It's go time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have to get cracking and start showing achievements this fall on the Cannabis Act, NAFTA renegotiations, the Phoenix pay system, Canada's Environmental Protection Act, fighter jets, naval ships, Indigenous reconciliation issues, pre-budget consultations, tax reforms, and much more.

Snazzy socks, bow ties, pearls: the season’s hottest fashion trends in the House

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains gets fashion advice from his school-aged daughters, while Conservative MP Scott Reid says he's an 'evangelist for waistcoats.'

Trudeau departs from traditional cabinetmaking thinking on gender, regional representation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made good on a campaign pledge by continually boasting a gender-equal cabinet, while also forgoing the practice of naming regional ministers.

Can O’Regan avoid putting his foot in veterans’ mouths?

Patronizing veterans is the salient problem, not the solution. Sadly, new Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan appears ready to reinforce, not resolve, the VAC cultural mess.

The girls (and boys) are back in town

The upcoming fall session will be the start of the high stakes, high risk, gloves off combination of policy and politics that we junkies love.

Dinner is ready, but the guest list isn’t finalized

But the present can be the worst predictor of the future. Politics is full of shocking reversals, unforeseen calamities and personal revelations straight out of the afternoon soaps.

Payette has the right stuff to be the next GG, say fellow astronauts

Life at Rideau Hall will be anything but normal, where Julie Payette’s life will be more under a public microscope than it ever has been before—as she already knows. But her former astronaut colleagues say she's more than ready for the country’s top job.

What the lobbyists are saying: taxes, trade among top lobbying issues as Parliament resumes

As the government enters the second half of its mandate, political implications of government policies might become a bigger part of lobbying strategies.