Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough speaks to her deputy minister, Marie Lemay, at a House Government Operations Committee meeting on Nov. 28. During the meeting, Ms. Qualtrough said she would get back to MPs with a plan to boost supports for constituency offices dealing with Phoenix pay system complaints. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The public services minister promised a plan to boost riding-office support within a couple weeks, but six weeks later MPs say they're still waiting.
Democracy Watch has filed lawsuits in Federal Court challenging the appointments of Mario Dion as ethics commissioner and Nancy Belanger as lobbying commissioner, on the grounds that the Trudeau government did not meet the standards for proper consultations with opposition parties stipulated in federal legislation.
In efforts to revamp the healthy eating guidelines, lobbying efforts suggest competing departmental priorities.
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Ailish Campbell, Canada's chief trade commissioner, is known as one of the most influential public servants. The Hill Times sat down with her to talk trade, work-life balance, and the importance of experiencing both the public and private sectors.
In the tracking survey for the week ending Jan. 12, the Liberals remain ahead of the pack with support from 37 per cent of respondents, followed closely by the Conservatives at 33.8 per cent, and the New Democrats at 20 per cent, though pollster Nik Nanos cautions that it's just one poll and it's too early to see a clear trend.
The 43-year-old Independent Quebec Senator knows he’s been given a second chance and says he’s going to try to do the right thing over the next 32 years in the Senate. But one Indigenous source said it will 'take years and years of quiet, dedicated hard work at the grassroots level' for Sen. Patrick Brazeau to redeem himself with First Nations.