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Prime Minister Justin on Nov. 20 addresses the media after the unveiling of his new 36-member cabinet, which features seven new faces. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In substantive shakeup to front bench, Trudeau adds seven new faces to cabinet

Rookie MPs Anita Anand and Steven Guilbeault are among those making up the 18 women and 18 men who will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau around the cabinet table.

Nelly Shin becomes Canada’s first-ever Korean-born MP after ‘nail-biter’ race

‘She is a source of pride for the national community,’ says Senator Yonah Martin, who became the first Korean-Canadian Parliamentarian when she was appointed in 2009.

The ‘lost’ opportunity of the PM’s India trip, and other observations from India’s exiting envoy

Exiting Indian envoy Vikas Swarup talks Kashmir, the prime minister's infamous India visit, trade, and future relations between the two countries.

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Raitt’s loss sparks questions about future of women in the Conservative Party, says political expert

News|By Beatrice Paez
Beyond being a voice for Conservative women, Lisa Raitt was unifying force who could transcend bitter partisan divides, says Melanee Thomas, political science professor at the University of Calgary.

Liberals’ proposed fix to defence procurement is a ‘gamble,’ say Conservatives

News|By Neil Moss
'Anything is an improvement over what's going on right now,' says Liberal MP John McKay, who was parliamentary secretary to the defence minister from 2015 to 2017.

Military making progress on Indigenous, visible minority recruitment, lagging on attracting women

Despite Liberal policy aiming for 25 per cent female recruits by 2026, the number of women in Regular Forces and Primary Reserves is still below 16 per cent, according to latest data.

Anchorman: Evan Solomon named new host of CTV’s Power Play

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, CTV photojournalist Dave Ellis to retire after 34-year career, and an Abacus poll suggests only Stephen Harper is a more preferable Conservative leader than Andrew Scheer.

‘If we’re going to sit there and be slinging mud, it’s going to be a long three years,’ says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Taxes, environment, Indigenous rights: what could shape Liberals’ new legislative agenda

The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 

Wexit ‘absolutely a real thing’ and reaching ‘boiling point’; Parliamentarians need to ‘look for bold and innovative solutions,’ say Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Wexit was one of the ‘top of mind’ issues at the Alberta Conservative caucus’ special meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6.
Prime Minister Justin on Nov. 20 addresses the media after the unveiling of his new 36-member cabinet, which features seven new faces. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In substantive shakeup to front bench, Trudeau adds seven new faces to cabinet

Rookie MPs Anita Anand and Steven Guilbeault are among those making up the 18 women and 18 men who will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau around the cabinet table.

Because it’s 2019, let’s stop using feminism as a not-truly-equal cabinet crutch

Feminists are basically ‘OK, Boomer’-ing the Liberals when they say they’re being feminists, because they don’t really have any idea of what it means to be a feminist in 2019.

Potential ministers should have excellent cultural competence

Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Cultural competence is the skill and ability to respect others’ cultures, and limit the projection of one’s own culture on others. Reconciliation requires that potential ministers truly understand the depth and importance of cultural competence in order to build effective relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Time for Scheer to get another job 

Opinion|By Susan Riley
From now until April, Andrew Scheer’s entire focus is on saving his job when it comes up for review at the party’s convention in Toronto. His public comments are aimed only to Conservatives, especially angry ones. And he seems to think the way to win their favour is to double down on Trudeau.

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.

How Canadian foreign policy can build on synergies, address global challenges

Opinion|By Pascal Desbiens
Canada's foreign policy could further engage in at least three horizontal themes of national importance: ecological transition, democratic governance and the promotion of human rights, and social issues.

Bolivia: not a coup, just a blunder

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer

Is Don Cherry a right-wing extremist?

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
At the end of the day Don Cherry is probably just an old racist. That he has stooped to ridiculing others is a sad state of affairs for someone many of us once liked to listen to. He should have known better.

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.

From a climate change guide to a case for Indigenous justice: five new books to keep your eye on

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Maher's band Lowertown Riffraff dazzles crowd at South Block Whiskey Bar on Sparks Street, and former Hill scribe Dan Dugas to retire from public service.

Riding off into the sunset: two Tory Senators retire

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, MPs counter Don Cherry's 'you people' comments, and the PM's national security and intelligence adviser, Greta Bossenmaier, retires from public service.

‘This is different’: diplomats warned of divided Canada during parliamentary crash course

Given Canadians' self-professed preference for a minority government, 'I think we all are on probation,' Liberal MP Greg Fergus told diplomats.

Continuity key to speakership in minority Parliament, say politicos, contenders

News|By Beatrice Paez
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a relatively 'comfortable' minority Parliament, and could survive with one fewer vote if the new Speaker is a Liberal, says Samara's Paul Thomas.

The Hill remembers: in 43rd Parliament, 19 MPs and Senators have served in the military

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Maryam Monsef and Matt DeCourcey get engaged, and Andrew Coyne joins The Globe and Mail.

Remembrance Day happens on Monday, Nov. 11


The risks and rewards of offensive cyber operations

Opinion|By David Skillicorn
There is an urgent need for international 'rules of the road,' however informal, to ensure that offensive cyber operations do not lead to an accidental disaster.

Potent threat of biochemical weapons deserves greater attention

Opinion|By Erika Simpson
Canadian taxes are better spent on countering biochemical threats than on expensive equipment for undertaking high-intensity conventional operations like the overpriced F-35.

Leveraging defence infrastructure maintenance and repair to support the economy

Opinion|By Ross Fetterly
Increasing maintenance and repair expenditures on defence infrastructure across the country would bring immediate effects to the Canadian economy in several important ways.

Active cyber measures: the latest double-edged sword

Opinion|By Tom Keenan
When it comes to cyber attacks, even when those charged with defending our computer systems have a pretty good idea of whodunnit, aggressively 'hacking back' is fraught with danger.

What Canada can do about Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region

Opinion|By Brett Byers
Canada and its allies should step up, work together, and protect the international norms and institutions that safeguard the maritime security of the Indo-Pacific.
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Politics This Morning: Freeland, McKenna to be shuffled to new posts, reports say

François-Philippe Champagne, who served as infrastructure minister, is expected to succeed Chrystia Freeland as foreign affairs minister, according to reports.
Albert Einstein said that time could not be absolutely defined. That doesn’t mean it can’t be leveraged as a political commodity.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
On the topic of Canadians wearing poppies to display respect for our men and women in uniform, I would whole-heartedly agree with Don Cherry that every Canadian should participate.
Everyone needs to fight back, by calling out racism and supporting racialized candidates for jobs, political office, and opportunities, or we’ll undermine the foundations of the Canada we're striving to build.
Opinion|Gerald Olin
To begin addressing the need for more timely and efficient access to musculoskeletal care, the requirement for a physician's referral for CAF members who seek treatment from chiropractors should be removed.
Opinion|David Crane
The reality is that the world is on a path to falling oil demand and there’s not much Canada can do about it.
Opinion|Lynn McDonald
The House should create a new tier of private members’ bills, those sponsored by MPs of two or more parties. This new tier would have its own designated time and measures to make a certain number of them votable.
Opinion|Scott Taylor

Lessons not learned: Canadian troops should get out of Iraq, now

It would seem that we have learned nothing from our 12-year fiasco in Afghanistan. We should get the hell out of Iraq now, because Canada had no stake in this conflict in the first place.

Vancouver Granville race a ‘toss-up,’ as Wilson-Raybould’s rivals urge voters not to pick someone ‘on the outside’

In Vancouver Granville, the race is heating up between Independent incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould and her Liberal challenger, who's raising the spectre of a Conservative government to draw votes.

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PMO Ontario desk among handful of recent staff exits from top office

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen has also seen a couple of staffers from his policy unit exit.

Ex-staffers to ministers Hajdu, Carr hit the campaign trail

For one, Jeff Kovalik-Plouffe recently left International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr’s Ottawa office to take over as the MP’s 2019 campaign manager.
Feature|Neil Moss

CPAC’s Andrew Thomson is a two-day Jeopardy champion, will try to continue streak Nov. 18

Plus, Don Martin has announced that he will host his last edition of CTV's Power Play on Dec. 20, after almost a decade at the show's helm.
Feature|Neil Moss

U.S. lawmaker Richard Neal to travel to Ottawa to talk new NAFTA with Trudeau, Freeland

Plus, Hillites cheer Tom Michalak's career behind the camera, and CPAC'S Thomson victorious on Jeopardy.

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.

President’s trip the ‘crown’ of Croatian envoy’s four-year post

Marica Matkovic is returning to Croatia to help the country prepare for its first-ever Council of the EU presidency.

Education, ‘food diplomacy,’ ICAO council seat among early priorities for Malaysian envoy

The 'timing is good' for more high level visits after Canada's fall federal election, says Nor'aini Binti Abd Hamid.

Cabinet unveiling, MLI panel on Indo-Pacific maritime security on Nov. 20

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
The new Liberal cabinet will be unveiled on Nov. 20, and among the incumbent ministers who could see themselves in new roles are, clockwise from top left: Catherine McKenna, Pablo Rodriguez, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ahmed Hussen, Mélanie Joly, and Navdeep Bains. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin on Nov. 20 addresses the media after the unveiling of his new 36-member cabinet, which features seven new faces.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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