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Senator Marc Gold is the government's new representative in the Senate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Quebec Senator Gold named government’s new point man in the Red Chamber

Sen. Marc Gold has been working as the liaison for the biggest group in the Senate, the ISG.

Rota, first Speaker of Italian descent, encourages MPs to break the glass ceiling

News|By Palak Mangat
'I didn’t plan a speech at all, so it came from the heart,' says House Speaker Anthony Rota of his first remarks when he was elected to the post on Dec. 5.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

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‘We’re flying the plane while we build it’: demolition work in Centre Block has begun

By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.

Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'

Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.
Senator Marc Gold is the government's new representative in the Senate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Quebec Senator Gold named government’s new point man in the Red Chamber

Sen. Marc Gold has been working as the liaison for the biggest group in the Senate, the ISG.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Snowmaggedon shows the power of community helping community

Opinion|By Tim Powers
Somewhere in heaven, John Crosbie is sipping on his rum and coke muttering to himself: 'I always said I’d leave with a bang.'

Omnibus bills could be ‘new normal,’ says Samara researcher

News|By Palak Mangat
In the last Parliament, the Senate appears to have exercised its authority more of providing 'sober second thought.'

If requirements are ‘unattainable,’ drop out of race, says Conservative Senator to leadership hopefuls

News|By Palak Mangat
'When you have a $300,000 buy-in, you’re not going to get away from having people tag you as ‘elitist,' " says Najib Jutt, who has advised both Liberal and Conservatives in the past.

Feds’ silence on funding, transition plan for child welfare law causing ‘intense nervousness and frustration’

Bill C-92 takes effect Jan. 1, bringing in new, stricter, and culturally sensitive standards to Indigenous child welfare decisions. 

Continued Liberal delays to end sexist Indian status rules ‘baffling’ to Indigenous advocates

The Liberals have promised to fully remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act by the election, but advocate Shelagh Day says with no public plan and no official date, 'it’s still only a promise.' 

Liberals passing the buck on weapons ban

If the Liberal government truly believes that the legal availability of assault weapons puts the public at risk, then why not enact measures that are available to them right now, while they are still in power?

Happy Year of the Rat! Please tip your waitress

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Beijing is celebrating the Lunar New Year by cracking down on satire. This is not a good sign in a presumptive superpower.

Demand for answers about Flight 752 can’t exclude Americans

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
How can one disassociate the American assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani with the escalated tensions and Iranian reprisals against U.S. targets in Iraq?

Trump, who built U.S. trade policy on a lie, leaves Americans hanging with China

Opinion|By Les Whittington
While U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies touted last week’s ‘Phase 1’ agreement with China as a victory, most analysts saw it as, at best, a saw-off.

CIJA, Dairy Farmers lead last lobbyist push before election call

Lobbyists filed 772 reports last month, down from 972 in July, and from the 1,478 reports filed in June.

Despite majority support for a Canadian handgun ban, the politics of doing so may remain insurmountable

Opinion|By Les Whittington
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promised in 2015 to take handguns and assault weapons ‘off our streets,’ but have made only limited progress in the face of strong opposition.

Tale as old as time: Liberal ethics breach proves politics still about comforting the comfortable

Opinion|By Amy Kishek
The SNC-Lavalin affair is about a political system that is rife for abuse, and those responsible for the recent abuses are seeking re-election on a platform of open and transparent government.

Justice Minister Lametti adds a rights implementation director to his team

Meanwhile, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez is entering the new sitting with a director of Senate affairs, Kornelia Mankowski.

Gov. Gen. Payette to visit Auschwitz and Israel to mark 75-years since death camp’s liberation

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia battles Newfoundland blizzard, and The Toronto Star's parliamentary bureau is moving to the Byward Market to join iPolitics.

Key directors hired in Labour Minister Tassi’s office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Danielle Keenan has been named director of communications to Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, among other recent hires.

Flanagan named one of two policy heads to Environment Minister Wilkinson

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Erin Flanagan is director of climate, energy, and regulatory affairs, while Jamie MacDonald is director of nature conservation in the minister’s office.

Canada-China Relations House Committee members announced, to meet to decide chair

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Marco Mendicino takes to the keys before a CBC interview, and former PMO spokesperson Justin Kingsley’s film Chaakapesh is coming to Ottawa.

‘There has never been an ethnographer-activist the likes of James Teit’

Feature|By Kate Malloy
Wendy Wickwire talks about her compelling new book, At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.

Lobbying Act review overdue, but court case could delay it further

The Lobby Act is two years past a mandated review by Parliament.

Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct establishes principles, rules of ethical behaviour expected from lobbyists

Opinion|By Nancy Belanger
'I believe that transparency is a pillar of a healthy democracy. The federal lobbying regime, with its public Registry of Lobbyists, is a key tool for transparency,' says Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger.

Public officials are expected to always act in the public interest

Opinion|By Mario Dion
'One of the best tools our Office currently uses to demonstrate transparency is our public registry,' says Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion.

Stewardship of public trust a foundational block of our duties as Parliamentarians

In the 43rd Parliament, we have an opportunity for collaboration across party lines to strengthen national institutions and to return the ethical pendulum to equilibrium, a position of adherence and restraint.

Lobbying and democratic governance in Canada

Opinion|By Maxime Boucher
We have the duty to initiate a reflection on developing forms of political control and public scrutiny that have the potential to induce more accountability in the relations between the PMO and its corporate courtiers.
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Politics This Morning: Poilievre cuts leadership bid short

Mr. Poilievre is among the latest high-profile candidates to drop out of the contest this week.
It’s too early to know for sure what Vladimir Putin is hatching, but it looks like he is aiming for a three-pronged system.
Opinion|Peter MacLeod
More than a decade spent working in the borderlands between formal and informal politics has taught me that for democracy to endure, we need to redouble our commitment to citizens representing citizens.
By exclusively focusing on the dissemination of some of our values, Canada is merely amplifying its domestic priorities outwards while other pressing geostrategic issues are flouted.
Opinion|Ken Rubin
A Public Safety draft June 2019 memo noted that climate change losses to the economy could be as high as $5-billion in 2020 and could escalate to between $20-billion to $40-billion a year by the 2050s.
Opinion|Joseph Ingram
Canada’s interests will probably therefore coincide increasingly with western Europe and those economies seeking to strengthen the core values that underpin liberal democracy globally.
Can we, Conservatives, really be all that surprised that the left has quite successfully been able to persuade voters to believe this stereotype that we're a party of old, white men?
Feature|Kate Malloy

‘There has never been an ethnographer-activist the likes of James Teit’

Wendy Wickwire talks about her compelling and historically important book, At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.

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Big changes in the PMO: former MP Lapointe joins as new caucus liaison

Plus, Andrée-Lyne Hallé has moved over to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office as deputy chief of staff and director of operations.

Ministers Anand, Fortier make headway in firming up their staff teams

Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier has hired two of her now-former MP assistants to work in her new ministerial office.
Feature|Neil Moss

‘One of the best drummers in the world’: politicos remember the life of Neil Peart

Plus, Lisa Raitt, Jane Philpott, and Megan Leslie to discuss modern leadership In Toronto on Jan. 20, and Jean Chrétien celebrates 86th birthday in the air.
Feature|Neil Moss

Mark Bourrie, Robyn Doolittle among authors shortlisted for Taylor Prize

Plus, former PC minister John Crosbie dies at 88, and Trudeau honours fallen Canadians at Parliament Hill vigil.

‘The tail doesn’t wag the dog’: PSAC wants a deal of its own amid ongoing negotiations

The government is ‘disappointed’ PSAC rejected an offer in line with recent agreements signed by 34 other bargaining units, according to a Treasury Board spokesperson.
Feature|Mike Lapointe

New deputy ministers at helm of immigration, innovation, health, environment 

Former public service commissioner says preparatory work needed in government before an election 'best led by a deputy minister,' and that governments tend to avoid major appointments once writ is dropped.

From ‘failed state’ to stability: Rwanda has made ‘impressive’ strides, says envoy

High Commissioner Prosper Higiro speaks of his at times risky path to politics and how far the country has come 25 years after the genocide.

Ecuador’s future is in mining, and Canada can play a big role, envoy says

Ambassador Diego Stacey says there’s 'political will' in oil-exporting Ecuador to improve its trade relationship with Canada.

Liberal caucus huddling in Ottawa for winter retreat, Jan. 22 to 24

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
Liberal caucus chair Francis Scarpaleggia is pictured at a post-caucus reception in January 2019. The party's winter caucus retreat will be held in Ottawa from Jan. 22 to 24. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster

Ottawa-area residents gather on Parliament Hill for a candlelight vigil on Jan. 9, 2020, in memory of those killed in the plane crash in Iran. More than a hundred victims were on their way to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ottawa MPs and ministers Catherine McKenna and Mona Fortier were among those who paid their respects.
The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

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