No seats flipped in the three other races held on the night, with Jean Yip keeping Scarborough-Agincourt in the Liberal fold, Conservative Rosemarie Falk winning in Tory fortress Battlefords–Lloydminster, and Liberal Churence Rogers coasting to victory in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, pictured at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee on Sept. 28 speaking to Conservative MP Scott Reid, is set to become the first federal cabinet minister to give birth while serving, and said she will be taking six weeks off once her baby is born. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Procedure and House Affairs Committee says MPs should change the Standing Orders to make it official that infants are allowed in the House, and create more family-friendly spaces on the Hill.
Opposition MPs accuse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of failing to seek their input before appointing officers of Parliament.
The government has also signalled that it will try to push through most, though not all, of the legislation that has already made it past second reading before MPs leave for the holidays.The Senate is likely to sit on the pot legalization bill until the new year after Liberal MP Bill Blair’s admonishment to not delay the bill.
Nomination contests in held ridings opened up on Nov. 1, and challengers must file their applications to the party by Dec. 15. If a challenger intends to run against an incumbent Conservative MP, the challenger needs to submit a petition supporting their candidacy with at least 50 signatures from existing riding association members by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15.
Canada should work with its allies to put a carbon tax on international transport fuels and earmark the revenue to help meet international climate financing commitments.
The deliberate starvation of government, climate change, grotesque inequality, Dickensian working conditions, environmental degradation, dwindling bio-diversity, the slow (or not so slow) death of the oceans and the creation of the security state on their behalf threaten not only the natural world but our capacity to democratically govern ourselves while maintaining some semblance of civilization.
Contrary to Gwynne Dyer and Murray Dobbin’s position, the greatest threat to the stability of the Middle East today is Iran’s belligerence, exploiting puppet groups in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza. Many in the global community—from the UN to the EU to NGOs—have raised alarm bells about Iran’s dangerous activities.