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Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Caroline Mulroney, pictured earlier this month at the Manning Networking Conference, is seen as a fresh face with significant private sector experience by federal Conservative caucus members endorsing her candidacy. Voting for the new leader takes place March 2 to 9 via electronic ballot.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Mulroney comes out ahead with nine Conservative caucus endorsements in Ontario PC leadership race

News|By Emily Haws
Progressive Conservative leadership candidates Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott, and Patrick Brown are grabbing the endorsements of several prominent Ontario Conservative MPs, but there seems to be less love for former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford…

Sexual harassment allegations against Calgary MP Kang ‘partially substantiated:’ final confidential investigation report

News|By Abbas Rana 12:33 AM ET
The sexual harassment allegations levelled against Alberta MP Darshan Kang by a female constituency staffer have been “partially substantiated" by a third-party investigator retained by the House of Commons, The Hill Times has learned. The ruling…

Stalled Senate harassment policy review revived

The Senate is buckling down on its review of its harassment policy as the #MeToo movement sweeps through the halls of Parliament—though the head of the group in charge of the overhaul says the timing…

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Singh will have to showcase ‘political guts,’ clear progressive message to connect with voters

New leader Jagmeet Singh will have to live up to his promise to boldly dig deeper into social democratic values or he'll risk alienating NDP grassroots as the party tries to create distance from the Liberal…

Military activities, veterans’ support, Phoenix fix big-ticket items in $4B new spending ask

News|By Emily Haws
The Department of National Defence and other departments providing services to active and retired members of the Armed Forces are taking up a sizeable chunk of the $4-billion in extra spending the Liberals have put…

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…

Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould justified in speaking out after controversial Stanley verdict, marked a turning point for Canada, say MPs

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…

What happens if an MP’s found guilty of sexual harassment? No one’s saying

News|By Abbas Rana
All the federal political parties say they take sexual harassment “seriously,” but none will say what disciplinary action they would take against an MP found guilty of it. “We take sexual harassment allegations very seriously,…

Feds’ sweeping, new environmental assessment bill keeps power in ministers’ hands, say observers

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…

NDP reviewing past, present harassment processes amid Stoffer, Weir allegations

The NDP isn’t currently investigating the specific harassment allegations against former NDP MP Peter Stoffer, but it says it's looking into how such complaints were, are now and will be handled, something strategist Robin Sears…
Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Caroline Mulroney, pictured earlier this month at the Manning Networking Conference, is seen as a fresh face with significant private sector experience by federal Conservative caucus members endorsing her candidacy. Voting for the new leader takes place March 2 to 9 via electronic ballot.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Mulroney comes out ahead with nine Conservative caucus endorsements in Ontario PC leadership race

News|By Emily Haws
Progressive Conservative leadership candidates Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott, and Patrick Brown are grabbing the endorsements of several prominent Ontario Conservative MPs, but there seems to be less love for former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford…

NDP on hold as Singh era takes shape

Opinion|By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—Nearly two years after Thomas Mulcair got caught between Alberta oil workers and anti-energy activists, costing him the NDP leadership, the party is still trying to define itself and create a narrative that connects with…

‘No money’ to bring in missing-in-action military justice reforms, four years after being made law

The office of Canada’s defence minister says bringing languishing reforms to the military justice system into effect would require a “substantial commitment of time and resources,” and says the federal cabinet is working on the…

A look ahead at cannabis legalization in 2018

News|By Jolson Lim
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set off the countdown clock when he announced last month that cannabis would be legal in Canada by the summer of 2018, however there are still plenty of issues to sort…

Trudeau should enshrine in legislation every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment

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…

On political activities, the Public Service Commission deserves to be challenged

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…

Add women, change politics by making parties pay, NDP says

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…

For Afghanistan to develop it needs security, and Canada must help

Opinion|By Sakhi Naimpoor
Insurgent attacks beginning on Jan. 21 devastated Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul. Three sophisticated attacks on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, a site near the former interior affairs ministry in central Kabul, and the National Military Academy…

DFAIT-CIDA merger has led to a foreign ministry dominated by development staff

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
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 West’s strategy Afghanistan, Iraq is insane

Opinion|By 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…

What the Aga Khan Foundation does with Canadian government money

Opinion|By Khalil Shariff
On the day the Bamyan hospital first opened its doors, 12 women arrived in various stages of labour. In Afghanistan, where pregnancy kills one of every 52 women, giving life can be a death sentence.…

Government falling behind on cannabis public education, say critics

News|By Emily Haws
Health Canada says it will launch a national public education advertising campaign on cannabis in the spring, though critics say it should have already been in place in order to educate the public ahead of…

Watchdog petitions Federal Court to kill new appointments for lobbying, ethics commissioners

An ethics watchdog is suing the Trudeau government for the way it handled appointments for the lobbying and ethics commissioners, saying the Liberals failed to honour legislative requirements mandating consultations with all parties recognized in the…

PMO scoops up Environment Minister McKenna’s press secretary

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…

Former Senator Bert ‘Determination’ Brown dies

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Conservative Alberta Senator Bert Brown died at the age of 79, the CBC reported Feb. 14. “Saddened to hear about the passing of Bert Brown, a proud Albertan and Canadian. I admired and respected…

Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland names fellow Rhodes Scholar alum as new policy director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has made a few senior staffing changes in her ministerial office of late, including naming a new director of policy following the departure of Owen Teo in December. Mr. Teo…

Public service needs better data to measure diversity, says task force

News|By Emily Haws
Planning the future of diversity in the public service is not possible with out-of-date data, leaving certain groups unintentionally sidelined, a joint task force studying equity initiatives found, after a months-long examination of inclusion and…

All hands from all parties on deck for democracy caucus debut

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The all-party democracy caucus will have a chance to make its big debut during a Feb. 6 panel discussion. The event, examining the role of Canadian legislators in democracy abroad, is organized by Carleton University’s Initiative for…

May wants to see all-party women’s caucus tackle issues of sexual harassment, misconduct on the Hill

Amid the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she’d “love” to see the all-party women’s caucus tackle the issue of sexual harassment on Parliament Hill and plans to raise the…

Wait, taxing carbon leads to economic growth? Some people actually believe this nonsense?

Opinion|By Peter Shawn Taylor
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…

Food policies should support small-scale producers

Opinion|By Jennifer Clapp
Ten years ago, a spike in food prices ignited a global food crisis that compromised the ability of the world’s poorest people to access an adequate diet. Governments around the world responded by supporting the…

Lobbyists get ‘too much time’ in Senate committees, says ISG deputy ahead of back-to-Parliament meeting

Lobbyists have been given “too much time and too much importance” when it comes to gathering input for the Senate’s study of legislation at committee, says the second-highest ranking member of the Independent Senators Group,…

Health Canada adding staff, launches new branch, in preparation for legal pot

News|By Jolson Lim
Health Canada is taking the lead on the marijuana file in Ottawa in advance of the summer deadline for legalization, overseeing product licensing and regulations, quality monitoring, health research, and public education.  In preparation, the department…

‘Tight’ timeline for Lobbying Act review, all rules on the table: new lobbying czar 

News|By Shruti Shekar
Canada's new lobbying commissioner says the timeframe to begin a five-year review of the Lobbying Act this spring is “tight,” but doable, and that everything will be studied including restricting the political activities of lobbyists, making the…

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In his address to the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 16, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reminded attendees that in front of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels are two memorials. “One is a section of the…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—Today’s topic is political intelligence. And let me quickly note, when I say “intelligence” I don’t mean “James Bond” spying kind of intelligence. (Though come to think of it, examining the way political campaigns…
Feb. 11 marked 28 years since the moment Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison near Cape Town a free man. For the previous decade of Mandela’s 27 years in prison, the image of his…
Opinion|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…
Opinion|Elio Antunes
Each year, physical inactivity costs the Canadian health-care system $6.8-billion, kills 3.2 million people worldwide, and negatively afflicts eight in 10 Canadians. Surprised? Don’t be. Over the last few decades, major worldwide trends including urbanization,…
“As a scientist, I could not understand how at the end of the 20th century disabled people have no other option than a wheelchair,” said Israeli Amit Goffer. Goffer made international headlines by inventing ReWalk,…
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Politics This Morning: Trudeau to meet chief minister of Punjab state in Amritsar; Scheer to speak in London, Ont.; McKenna concludes New York City visit

Good Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending day five of his official state visit to India in Amritsar, a city in the country's northwest that is home to the Golden Temple, the spiritual…

Finance Minister Morneau’s deputy chief of staff Harvey departs

Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently said goodbye to one of his senior-most staffers, Maryse Harvey, who exited her role as deputy chief of staff and director of strategy and planning to the minister in early February.…

One in, one out for the PMO

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said goodbye to special assistant Julie Savard-Shaw last week, and her replacement is already in place. Until recently, Ms. Savard-Shaw had been a special assistant for policy in the…

Press gallery’s Marc Fortier to retire after 30 years 

The press gallery’s Marc Fortier announced last week that he would be retiring. After 30 years, the Parliamentary Press Gallery's acting manager of multimedia events will spend his last day on the job on Friday,…

Trudeau’s female cabinet ministers host baby shower for Democratic Institutions Minister Gould

A handful of ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet hosted what was the first ever baby shower for a cabinet minister, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, on Feb. 5. “Canadian history in the making. Tonight…

Famous Five bids farewell to dynamo Isabel Metcalfe at Rideau Club shindig, after 20 years of service

OTTAWA—It was a farewell shindig Famous Five Ottawa’s Isabel Metcalfe will never forget. Nearly 150 of her closest friends, political players, co-workers, and her family members gathered at the historic Rideau Club in Ottawa on…

Beverley McLachlin celebrates her retirement from the Supreme Court with a star-packed gala

Beverley McLachlin celebrated her retirement as chief justice of the Supreme Court in style on Dec. 14 with a gala at the Shaw Centre ballroom in Ottawa. Judges, litigators, justices, lawyers, lobbyists, MPs, and diplomats were…

Burkina Faso is more than just gold mines, says new political envoy

The new ambassador of Burkina Faso wants to make Canada aware that it can invest in more than just gold in the landlocked country and hopes to shed light on the different trade opportunities it…

Polish envoy says Canada and Poland can double trade with the help of CETA

The new Polish ambassador says in the next few years trade revenue between Canada and Poland “should double very easily,” and one of his priorities is to focus on building relations with potential Canadian corporations…

Defence conference to start in Ottawa on Feb. 22, federal budget to be released Feb. 27

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
The annual Ottawa Conference on Security Defence, the self-described largest public conference in Canada on security and defence policy, and military capability and planning, is coming to the Chateau Laurier this week.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks at the federal party's 2018 policy convention in Ottawa on Feb. 17, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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