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Liberal MP Frank Baylis, top left, announced in June he won't seek re-election. At least seven candidates are seeking re-election, including, clockwise, Kim Manning, Subhash Khanna, Justine McIntyre, Sophie Mohsen, Phil Ricard, Samer Majzoub, and Sameer Zuberi. The Hill Times file photograph, and courtesy of nomination candidates websites, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Liberal nomination in Pierrefonds-Dollard expected to be multi-ballot, nail-biter contest, say candidates

News|By Abbas Rana
At least seven candidates are seeking the Liberal nomination in the safe Liberal riding of Pierrefonds-Dollard, Que. and have signed up more than 6,000 riding association members.

‘Fundraiser-in-chief’: Trudeau tops list of big-ticket political fundraisers

Cabinet ministers with a national profile and influential portfolios are typically in demand, say political observers.

Anti-abortion group RightNow on cross-country tour to recruit volunteers for anti-abortion candidates

RightNow, an anti-abortion group formed in 2016, says it is looking to flip 50 seats to anti-abortion candidates.

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If the RCMP comes in, ‘we’re cooked’ in the upcoming election, say some worried Liberal MPs

Some Liberal MPs say they are considering not using Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name or image in their election campaign material.

Opposition MPs call on China to respect the ‘one country, two systems’ agreement

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative MP Erin O'Toole says the silence of the Trudeau government has been 'very, very disconcerting.'

Liberals, Tories in dead heat just before ethics report released: poll

It’s not yet clear how Mario Dion’s report will affect public opinion, but the Liberals and Conservatives had roughly equal support in a poll that finished the day before it was released.

Greens to pitch fiscal prudence, as it looks to widen appeal among voters

News|By Palak Mangat
The Green Party is promising a balanced budget by the end of their mandate, should they be handed one come October, in an effort to be seen as more than a single-issue party.

Media struggles to separate politics from climate story, hurting coverage, say experts

News|By Nina Russell
'We've never really been in a time where reporting the truth of an issue has made us seem biased to so many,' said journalism professor Sean Holman.

Senate ethics review ‘last act’ for retiring Senator Andreychuk

Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk reflects on her 26 years in the Upper Chamber, including her proudest moments and the unfinished business of ethical reform.

‘In-depth’ understanding of Congress, Capitol Hill outreach to be part of MacNaughton’s D.C. legacy, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
David MacNaughton 'made it a priority' to understand who the key U.S. influencers were and which Canadian would be best to deliver the message, says former PMO Canada-U.S. war room staffer Diamond Isinger.
Liberal MP Frank Baylis, top left, announced in June he won't seek re-election. At least seven candidates are seeking re-election, including, clockwise, Kim Manning, Subhash Khanna, Justine McIntyre, Sophie Mohsen, Phil Ricard, Samer Majzoub, and Sameer Zuberi. The Hill Times file photograph, and courtesy of nomination candidates websites, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Liberal nomination in Pierrefonds-Dollard expected to be multi-ballot, nail-biter contest, say candidates

News|By Abbas Rana
At least seven candidates are seeking the Liberal nomination in the safe Liberal riding of Pierrefonds-Dollard, Que. and have signed up more than 6,000 riding association members.

Ethics report puts onus on Canadians to punish abuse of power

Opinion|By Michael Harris
The fate of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott in this election will tell us whether speaking truth to power is a greater force in our public life than the abuse of power.

Beware the Twitter Sapiens

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Let's do ourselves a favour, and stay off Twitter during this election campaign.

Shorter fall campaign anticipated by many political watchers

The government has an advantage during the pre-election period, and with a volatile electorate, the longer the campaign, the more potential for unpredictable ‘hinge moments,’ says John Delacourt.

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?

Trudeau’s legislative record unlikely to motivate voters in the fall, with a few exceptions: pollsters

Many achievements and blunders enshrined in legislation are ancient history in the minds of voters, who cast their ballots based on the next thing you can do for them, say politicos and pollsters.

Will the Senate respect democracy and First Nations rights?

Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
Three important pieces of legislation sit in the Senate today, subject to the whim of a small group of Senators, which is a gross undermining of the democratic process.

Greenland’s gamble

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Greenlanders face a choice between trying to preserve what is left of the old Arctic culture, or seeking salvation in full modernization through high-speed economic growth.

Britain’s poor pay for trade negotiators hampered recruitment of Canadian trade officials

News|By Neil Moss
The British recruited Canada's current G20 sherpa and former ambassador to the WTO to be its chief trade negotiator, according to three sources.

Making CSIS ‘smarter’ at counter-terrorism easier said than done

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Don't let perfect be the enemy of the very good when it comes to Canadian counter terrorism.

Majority of Canadians may support TMX, but the project remains an electoral risk for Liberals: pollsters

It’s up to the prime minister to decide if he ‘wants to go into the next election arresting Indigenous communities and leaders,’ says the Squamish Nation council’s Dustin Rivers.

Controversial addition to Château Laurier hotel could mean a ‘jettison’ of its history, opponents say, as MPs take note

Current and former Hillites against plans for the Château Laurier Hotel include Liberal Senators Serge Joyal and Jim Munson, staffer Penny Collenette, former cabinet minister David Collenette, and Maureen McTeer.

Lobbying watchdog says glitch in system skewed volume of registrations

News|By Beatrice Paez
Lobbying commissioner Nancy Bélanger says she's considering doing 'spot checks' for political activities in an effort to advise lobbyists of how their lobbying activities might be affected in the future.

Political aides exit offices of ministers Freeland, Carr

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is down a deputy director, while Trade Minister Jim Carr is down a press secretary.

New Army Commander Wayne Eyre to be promoted in Parliament Hill ceremony

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Plus, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan is in hot water again over tweets, and APTN will launch a French-language national news program.

No national leaders at Capital Pride Parade, but 10 Liberal MPs will attend

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, the People's Party leader is ruled out of debates by commission, for now; and former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair to write for Postmedia Sun newspapers.

Health Minister’s director of communications exits for private sector

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A couple of staff departures have taken place in the Prime Minister’s Office, including the exit of special assistant for policy Mark Calderaro.

Fed’s chief information officer steps down, says new CIO should aim for ‘quick, small’ wins in government reform

News|By Mike Lapointe
Alex Benay says digital has changed everything and is going to continue changing everything—'so why wouldn’t it change the civil service role as well?'

Directors depart offices of Minister Sohi and Minister Hajdu

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marjorie Michel, who only recently took over as chief of staff to Families Minister Duclos, has taken leave to serve as the Liberal Party’s Quebec campaign director.

Canada’s child care ‘crisis’ should be ballot box issue, say advocates, economists

'It’s a crisis situation in many, many jurisdictions and provinces,' says Liberal MP Wayne Long.

Liberal lip service to peacekeeping didn’t live up to election pledge

After a four-year term, Canada under the Liberals will be back to contributing zilch to the UN, while we continue to deploy considerable forces on U.S.- or NATO-led military adventures.

Inexperience of British trade team created ‘frustration’ during early talks for a potential Canada-U.K. pact, experts say

News|By Neil Moss
Rideau Potomac Strategy Group's Eric Miller says 'a number' of Canadians have been offered positions on the British team, but turned them down due to the inadequate salary being offered.

Feds offer ‘lip-service’ on committee roadmap to improve Arctic sovereignty, Tory MP says

The government isn’t showing a ‘sense of urgency,’ on climate change or international threats to Arctic sovereignty, says Liberal MP John McKay.

Damage control: China pulls out all the stops in an effort to denounce international claims of human rights abuse

Feature|By Scott Taylor
The Chinese wanted to make the point that terrorists had in fact hit them hard, and thus they are justified in taking strong measures to reduce future threats, but provided few straight answers on a curated media tour.
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Plus, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be addressing Unifor delegates at their constitutional convention in Quebec City.
Opinion|Ken Grafton
Botttom-line thinking demands a bottom-line solution, ideally one that doesn't deface the Chateau's architecture.
Ethics aside, the evidence that the prime minister broke the law is weak.
Opinion|Ondina Love
The next government needs to develop oral health-care guidelines for long-term care and home-care settings, as well as oral-care supports for low-income seniors.
As we gear up for elections on both sides of the border, the new must-have campaign accessory is your very own ‘crap Rasputin.’
‘For quite a while I have been receiving a lot of encouragement from people. The decision to run is the right one; I have something to offer and I want to continue to serve,’ says the former NDP MP.
Opinion|Amy Kishek
Continued silence on environmental justice will leave space for eco-fascist views to take hold, virtually erasing any efforts made on reconciliation and equity to date.
Opinion|Gideon Forman

Thunberg presents climate emergency with freshness and force, as if we hear of it for the first time

Greta Thunberg's speeches are collected in this book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, her first in English, at age 15 and 16, and like other great leaders, she denies she’s up to the task history has set her.  
Feature|Kate Malloy

World Trade Organization should abolish fisheries subsidies, stop crisis

Daniel Pauly talks about his recently released book, Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries.

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PMO down a regional adviser for the Prairies after recent staff exit

Plus, Hill Climbers takes another look at where a number of former political staffers landed after leaving Parliament Hill.

Treasury Board President Murray’s chief of staff exits for Liberal campaign

Dan Lindenas is now acting chief of staff to Treasury Board President Joyce Murray after Adam Carroll’s recent exit.
Feature|Neil Moss

Ivison launches his Trudeau chronicle at the Métropolitain

Plus, The Globe and Mail adds two to Hill bureau, and Mark Critch gets hitched to Melissa Royle.
Feature|Neil Moss

Conservative dean Deepak Obhrai dies at 69, MPs honour his service to Canada

Plus, Veteran Liberal MP Denis Paradis won't seek re-election, and Trudeau, Singh, May walk in the Vancouver Pride Parade, while Scheer is absent.

Public servants, feds inch closer to contracts with tentative agreements before election

The Public Service Alliance of Canada remains at an impasse with the federal government however, with national president Chris Aylward saying they won’t take an ‘inferior’ deal just to get it done before the election.

SAP Canada pitches NextGen plan to standardize human resources processes

When processes are 'standardized, the collective input into a payroll system becomes a lot simpler,' says Robert Conlin, SAP Canada's vice-president of the public sector.

U.S. Embassy brings bayou to Bytown for Fourth of July

Though U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft was in Calgary, the U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party was still filled with food and fun.
Feature|Mike Lapointe

Hill media descend on 24 Sussex for annual garden party

The prime minister opened up his backyard for one last shindig before politicians and journalists gear up for what's going to be a busy summer.

Sri Lankan envoy reflects on ‘very challenging’ first year handling ‘sensitive’ files

‘This is what we can’t accept’: A unanimous House motion in June called on the UN to investigate ‘allegations of genocide’ against the country’s minority Tamils, a term the South Asian nation categorically rejects.

U.S. Ambassador Craft in ‘departure mode’ with ‘unconventional’ Fourth of July, say former diplomats

The outgoing U.S. ambassador was big on relationships and will be remembered for key Trump ties that proved useful during NAFTA renegotiations, says Liberal MP Wayne Easter.

Yoga on the Hill enters final stretch for the summer

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Hundreds of Ottawa yogis gather on the lawns in front of Parliament Hill at lunchtime each week in the summer for free classes. Only two more remain before Yoga on the Hill wraps up for the season. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the infrastructure and communities minister, make their way to the National Press Theatre on Monday to take the Conservatives to task over their promise to review the feds' revamped Canada Food Guide, arguing the party is spreading misinformation. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has argued that the guide was developed without proper consultation and that it's biased against milk.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Comedian Rick Mercer and then-Reform Party MP Deb Grey, pictured in the late 1990s on Parliament Hill doing a shoot for CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which Mr. Mercer hosted at the time. The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
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