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Texting, sit-downs, and lots of waiting in hotel rooms: the ins and outs of NAFTA lobbying

News|By Shruti Shekar
Dozens of industry groups are dispatching executives to every round of the NAFTA renegotiation, and using texts, emails, and phone calls to try to talk to Canada's negotiating leads about what is being discussed with…
Opinion|By Lynda M. Collins
As scholars and advocates of environmental law, we write to call upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to recognize, protect, and fulfill every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment. Indeed, we believe there is an…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould were right to speak out after the verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial, say Liberal and NDP Parliamentarians, who believe the government and Parliament have to…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—Political parties have already begun recruiting candidates and campaign workers for the next federal election in 2019. Many candidates could be drawn from the federal public service, as there you find people who understand government…
It is always enjoyable to stay in touch with former foreign ministry colleagues in my "retryment.” Like “Godwin's Law” of the internet, or any discussion of United States politics that leads to Donald Trump, it…
The facts are in. And the evidence proves provinces with female premiers have the fastest-growing economies. No wait, that's not it. Bigger provinces grow faster. Or maybe it's that provinces whose names end in vowels…
Opinion|Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—The ongoing saga of our modern Phoenix, seemingly similar to mythical bird that rose from the ashes, brings much angst and no delight to those who toil for the government of Canada. The modern Phoenix…
Opinion|Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—On Feb. 15, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan emerged from a NATO conference in Brussels and hinted that Canada would be willing to support the alliance’s request for an expanded training role in Iraq. Sajjan could…
Legislation
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is saying goodbye to her press secretary, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, who is set to start in her new role as a special assistant for communications in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office…
Opinion|By Normand Lafreniere
The mutual insurance sector started with farmers in the 1800s pooling their small savings together in order to have a large pot to cover the few disasters suffered by someone in the group. This is…
Opinion|By Ian Waddell
VANCOUVER—Yes this tale involves Donald Trump but first we need a short history lesson. The Porcupine caribou herd, ranging between 100,000 and 200,000 animals, migrate annually 2,400 km between their winter range in the boreal forests…
The government’s new Impact Assessment Act includes hundreds of pages detailing changes to the environmental assessment process in Canada, but keeps ultimate power over approving natural resource projects in the hands of the federal environment…
The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing matter, and in the long…
News|By Emily Haws
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…
As Ottawa becomes more embroiled in the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement, the New Democrats are renewing their call for the federal government to codify its support for having more women involved in politics as elected…
Over the past few weeks, much of the country has been in the grip of a vicious cold snap. Simple tasks, like walking to a bus stop, become onerous. Weeks like these remind us there…
News|By Shruti Shekar
Female former MPs say the current approach the government and federal parties are taking to deal with the Hill's harassment and the sexual misconduct problem is far better than during their tenure when issues were…
Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—The new federal Liberal plan for veterans is all about saving money, yet again, at the expense of veterans. The more Canadians and veterans learn of the 2019 Liberal programs, the more the confusion and…
Opinion
With the current opioid crisis, greater emphasis than ever on mental health issues, and our country’s aging population, saying there are currently no shortage of health issues to focus on is an understatement. Health is…
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…
With federal budget season just around the corner, it’s time our government put forward a plan to fulfill its promise of a “just and fair transition” to the clean economy. The good news is Canada’s…
Opinion|By Gary Walbourne
There have been numerous occasions during my tenure as Canada’s National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman when I felt like Sisyphus: that character in Greek mythology who was forced to push a boulder up…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—I guess I am just a feminist bitch. I, for one, was delighted when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked global reaction by putting an inclusive spin on the word mankind. Too bad that a horrendous…
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…
Opinion
VANCOUVER—Yes this tale involves Donald Trump but first we need a short history lesson. The Porcupine caribou herd, ranging between 100,000 and 200,000 animals, migrate annually 2,400 km between their winter range in the boreal forests…
Opinion
Re: “Sen. Unger relies on incomplete representation to argue her case against marijuana legalization,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 8, p. 8), “Sen. Unger’s got it wrong on marijuana legalization,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 24, p.…
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says Ottawa could delay legalizing recreational marijuana for months after necessary legislation is passed into law to allow lower orders of government more time to set up new retail facilities…
With Bill C-277, “An Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada,” receiving royal assent in December 2017, there is a real opportunity to accelerate plans to fill the gap…
Whether cannabis legalization, the spiralling opioid crisis, or keeping medication prices affordable, there's no shortage of meaty policy files on the desk of Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. Serving her first term in the House,…
Opinion|By David Crane
TORONTO—There is this optimistic view that if we sign free trade agreements with other countries, exports and jobs will follow. It’s why there are frequent exhortations for Canada to sign more free trade deals, like…
Opinion|By Dan Kraus
Canada is home to 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands, which are important for the health of Canada and the health of our planet. In Ontario, we see proof all around us. From Lake…
Environment groups say 2018 presents a turning point for environment, with the opportunity for a “major spend” on protected areas to meet international targets and for government to get it right on the environmental assessment…

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