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B.C. Liberal MPs Hedy Fry, top left, and Sukh Dhaliwal, and B.C. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart. B.C. Liberal MPs Ken Hardie, above left, and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The Hill Times file photographs and by Shruti Shekar

B.C. Liberal MPs tout environmental measures in Trans Mountain talks with constituents, but opposition MPs say Grits to ‘absolutely’ lose support in 2019

British Columbia Liberal MPs say they're touting environmental investments and protections brought in by the Liberal government for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with constituents, with some suggesting their voters are split roughly…

‘Crystal clear’ feds have jurisdiction on $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline: here’s how they could ‘reinforce’ it

There’s no doubt that the federal government has authority to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a pair of constitutional lawyers, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised legislation to “reinforce” that right could sweep aside…

Liberals could revert to third-party status if MPs ignore constituents’ concerns, warns rookie Grit MP

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberals jumped from the third-party status to win a majority government in the 2015 general election, but they could easily revert to their pre-election status if Grit MPs don't reach out regularly to constituents before…

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Senators still split on bringing outsiders onto new expense-audit committee, as Rules Committee study gets underway

Three years after Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s explosive investigation into Senate expenses, Senators still haven’t agreed on whether to include outsiders on a new committee to audit Senate spending. The Senate Rules Committee set to…

Federal spending up two per cent, hits $276.6-billion in main estimates for 2018-19

Federal spending is up by roughly two per cent this fiscal year, reaching an estimated $276.6-billion for 2018-19, with funding for the House of Commons and the Senate up by 6.5 per cent and five…

Senate seeks intervener status to back House BOIE in ongoing court battle with NDP

The NDP’s court challenge of the House Board of Internal Economy’s 2014 order for NDP MPs to repay almost $4-million in expenses continues, with the Senate now seeking intervener status to support the BOIE’s appeal…

New Liberal Party president says Grits have to fundraise hard to secure win in 2019

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—New Liberal Party president Suzanne Cowan says her party will have to step up its fundraising game at the local level in order to return the Liberals to a second majority government, as the Conservatives…

Liberals don’t need to change fundraising strategy, focus on ridings, says fundraising director at Halifax convention

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—The federals Liberals are currently behind the Conservatives in fundraising, but Liberal Party fundraising director Christina Topp says the party’s fundraising game plan hasn’t changed as the 2019 federal election inches closer. “The strategy has…

Sunny Trudeau convention speech turns into attack on Scheer

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—In a convention speech meant to fire up his party faithful before the 2019 federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today touted the Liberals' progressive record and a sunnier political vision, before blasting Conservative leader…

Grits’ ‘self-inflicted wounds’ serious concern for rank and file delegates, MPs, former senior Liberals at Halifax convention

News|By Abbas Rana
HALIFAX—It's a three-day happy gathering of about 3,000 Liberal Party faithful, but one serious concern still being talked about in the hallways and backrooms is the propensity for self-inflicted wounds by top strategists and Prime…
B.C. Liberal MPs Hedy Fry, top left, and Sukh Dhaliwal, and B.C. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart. B.C. Liberal MPs Ken Hardie, above left, and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The Hill Times file photographs and by Shruti Shekar

B.C. Liberal MPs tout environmental measures in Trans Mountain talks with constituents, but opposition MPs say Grits to ‘absolutely’ lose support in 2019

British Columbia Liberal MPs say they're touting environmental investments and protections brought in by the Liberal government for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with constituents, with some suggesting their voters are split roughly…

Convention designed to rev Grits up for 2019, election win or bust

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Thousands of Liberals from across the country will descend on Halifax this weekend to plan their path to a potential electoral victory. It will be the final national meeting in advance of the next election…

Can the PM move Mountains?

Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Notwithstanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to double down on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the plan faces the same hurdles today as it did before he hauled the feuding premiers of Alberta…

What Sen. Harder really wants? A one-party state

Government Senate Leader Peter Harder made some comments regarding the Conservative Senate caucus last week that I would like to address. Sen. Harder blames Conservative Senators for delaying the legislation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s…

Opposition MPs seek to add teeth to workplace harassment bill

A definition of harassment is among the changes a House committee agreed to Monday as it works its way through amending a government bill aimed at preventing and responding to sexual harassment and workplace violence,…

Liberals pledge 10 times the money to legalize pot as they do tobacco control

With important elections looming both provincially and federally, it is natural that Canada’s health-care system will a big part of electoral discussions. One in six Canadians is a senior, and that number is expected to…

Difference between a green economy and business-as-usual isn’t the economy; it’s the environment

What Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna have been saying for more than two years now is true—Canada can take action on climate change and have a strong economy.…

Russia rightly on G7 foreign ministers’ agenda this weekend in Toronto

Patience with Russia for many Western states is running out. This mood may have repercussions at the G7 foreign ministers' meeting being held on April 22 to 23 in Toronto, ahead of the G7 summit…

Canada should change course on Russian relations, say critics

Canada should reassess its approach to Russia, say opposition critics who accuse the federal government of not having a plan and taking cues from the international community rather than leading the way. On March 26, the…

Cybersecurity: the biggest threat comes from within

Opinion|By Jim Willis
In the last federal budget, the Liberal government announced that it would spend up to $500-million to shore up Canada’s cybersecurity defences. Details are still being ironed out, but the majority of the money will…

Seniors’ issues shouldn’t be in ‘silo,’ says health minister facing calls for national strategy

News|By Emily Haws
Advocates and politicians are calling on the Trudeau government to take a leadership role in improving the lives of seniors, saying more program co-ordination is needed for citizens over 65, but Health Minister Ginette Petitpas…

Agriculture minister most lobbied in February as trade, grain shipments topped industry interests

Lobbyists targeted Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay three times as often as his nearest cabinet colleague in February, as industry groups pushed trade interests and raised the alarm about a “crisis” in grain shipments, according to…

Canadian Securities Administrators prepare report on climate disclosure as advocates push for new reporting requirements for businesses

The national body of securities regulators is releasing a much-anticipated report next month on companies disclosing the financial risk they face from climate change, as calls grow from industry and advocates for more fulsome accounting…

Rachel Doran exits PMO for top job with Indigenous Services Minister Philpott

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has a new chief of staff lined up to run her office, with Rachel Doran coming in from the Prime Minister’s Office on April 16 to begin transitioning into her…

Canadian actress Sandra Oh tells Jimmy Kimmel about the time she met Justin Trudeau

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During a TV appearance on NBC’S Jimmy Kimmel Live, Canadian actress Sandra Oh called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "very down to earth" person. “When you’re preparing to see Justin Trudeau are people swooning in advance?” host…

Ex-Hill staffer and wife to Conservative minister, Donna Richardson Duncan, dies of cancer

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Hill staffer Donna Richardson Duncan died on April 11 after a battle with cancer, at the age of 55. She was married to former Conservative cabinet minister John Duncan. She also used to be…

‘Stan walked in and greeted me warmly, his brown eyes twinkled as he took a seat’

Feature|By Tanya Talaga
Arthur Street runs east to west in a long, straight ribbon through the downtown area of the Fort William region of Thunder Bay. Arthur Street is devoid of charm—it’s a stretch of drive-thru restaurants, gas…

Families Minister Duclos promotes new policy director after Mathieu Laberge departs

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has a new director of policy in his office following the recent departure of Mathieu Laberge from the role. Up until the beginning of this month, Mr.…

‘We’re not immune’ on the Hill: Sen. Bernard launches Senate debate on anti-Black racism

An Independent Senator launching a debate in the Senate on anti-Black racism nationally and on Parliament Hill says recent accusations of racism against a fellow Black Parliamentarian who called others out for denying that systemic…

Federal health agencies failing on Indigenous reconciliation, external review finds

News|By Jolson Lim
A recent external review commissioned by Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor found the government’s arm's-length pan-Canadian health organizations to be laggards when it comes to engaging with Indigenous groups and communities, something the minister says…

Pakistan celebrates national day in Ottawa as MPs, Senators prepare to see country for themselves

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Close to 300 diplomats and senior officials came to celebrate Pakistan’s national day celebration at the Chateau Laurier, just before a group of MPs and Senators set out for Pakistan to foster closer ties. On…

Garneau affirms commitment to space industry, defends Bill C-49 as critics say it’s too wide-ranging

News|By Jolson Lim
Aviation may not be the most hot-button topic in federal politics today but it's one that has repercussions for multiple files including public safety, innovation, and the environment. As a recent report by the Canadian…

‘We’ve got things moving,’ AFN national chief Bellegarde touts new federal money in re-election pitch

News|By Jolson Lim
Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde, who's running for re-election in July 2018, says he's the best person to continue the unprecedented momentum right now in Crown-First Nations relations, despite some criticism that's…

Transport bill sent back to House with air passenger rights amendments

News|By Emily Haws
As observers anxiously await the passage of Bill C-49, the Senate sent the omnibus piece of legislation back to the House for approval in March, noting the proposed amendments will improve passengers’ rights and increase…

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Opinion|Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Politics can be a four-letter word. Last week that word was ugly. Political disputes between Alberta and British Columbia and the opening salvos of the Ontario election left most spectators wondering how low politics could…
Opinion|David Crane
TORONTO—It is the latest wake-up call for Canadians, another effort to shake our complacency about our economic future and the misguided belief that we can count on our natural resources to shield us from the…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—One of today’s stark political realities is that any politician in the world who espouses a “centre-left” brand of socialism is a potential victim of a populist backlash. Indeed, in the last few years…
Opinion|Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—On Saturday, April 7, I awoke to catch a breaking story on CTV’s news channel. It was being reported that a chemical weapons attack had been perpetrated in a rebel-held town in Syria. A veteran…
Opinion|Tim Powers
OTTAWA—Right now, Justin Trudeau has a deal problem. Specifically, the prime minister hasn’t really closed a significant major trade or pipeline project of his making thus far in his mandate. Even his climate change plan…
OTTAWA—On the evening of July 25, 2010, an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall, Mich. During the 17 hours it took for the company to turn off the flow, more than three…
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Politics This Morning: Bains to take the stage; LeBlanc to appear before Fisheries Committee; Senators to hold pipeline forum

Good Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is back to his routine on the Hill after several engagements with world leaders abroad. Mr. Trudeau's agenda includes a cabinet meeting at 9:30 a.m., a media availability at…

Indigenous Services Minister Philpott’s chief of staff poised to depart

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott’s chief of staff, John Brodhead, is set to exit the minister’s team at the end of April. Mr. Brodhead addressed his impending departure in a Facebook post on April 11,…

Perreault promoted to PMO lead speechwriter after Armstrong departs for Morneau’s office

Brittany Perreault has been promoted to be senior manager of speechwriting in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, taking charge of the team previously headed by Jeni Armstrong. Former lead speechwriter Ms. Armstrong left the Prime…

Donner Prize announces finalists for best public policy books

Five finalists have been shortlisted for this year’s 20th anniversary Donner Prize award, which recognizes the best public policy book by a Canadian author. This year’s shortlist was selected from 78 submissions and the winner…

Ambrose’s ex-chief of staff lands new Queen Street job

Garry Keller, the former chief of staff to interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose, has taken up a new job as a vice-president at government relations firm StrategyCorp. “Really pleased to be joining the excellent…

Inaugural Women on the Hill shindig draws 500, and MPs from all parties

The inaugural Women on the Hill event, hosted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Velma McColl at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building last Monday night, attracted nearly 500 guests who mingled, networked, and celebrated a belated International…

MPs hit the red carpet at Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto

TORONTO—Eight Members of Parliament and ministers donned their best tuxedo or gown on March 11 to walk the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards. Toronto-area MPs were out in full force at the star-studded…

Argentine envoy ‘confident’ Canada-Mercosur deal will wrap quickly

The second round of trade negotiations between Canada and Mercosur countries will be held in June in Brazil, says the new Argentine ambassador, adding that despite a few areas of concern, the four-country South American…

Australia’s new top envoy says her ‘focus is firmly on the future’ of CPTPP

Australia’s new high commissioner says officials from her country signalling they would block Canada’s admission to Asia’s top security forum, the East Asia Summit, had nothing to do with tensions that bubbled up when Canada…

Wynne speaks at Canada Club of Toronto on Monday; insurance industry Hill lobby day on Tuesday

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
This hockey stick rested against the doors of the House of Commons in Centre Block during Question Period on April 17, in memory of the 16 Humboldt Broncos players and personnel who died when the junior hockey team's bus collided with a semi-trailer in northeastern Saskatchewan on April 6. Canadians have taken to putting a hockey stick outside their front door in remembrance, and posting photos of it on social media. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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