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Senator Lynn Beyak could face a pivotal moment in June, when the Senate Ethics Committee is expected to report on her progress in meeting its conditions. The Hill Times file photograph

‘Maybe she’s wearing down?’: Senators react to Beyak apology, suspension

A permanent expulsion could be in play if Sen. Lynn Beyak does not pass the Ethics Committee’s next test, says ISG Sen. Kim Pate

Central votes ‘balloon’ under Liberals, a ‘misuse’ of the spending tool, says Conservative MP

MPs are right to question the ‘trend’ towards central votes that give government’s flexibility on spending, says PBO.

Indigenous Affairs Committee votes down motion to call Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

'It’s a question of the Crown and its relations with Indigenous people and chiefs. It’s not a question of getting their views to a parliamentary committee,' says Green parliamentary leader Elizabeth May.

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Guilbeault says feds ‘absolutely prepared’ to make tweaks to feds’ media aid package

News|By Beatrice Paez
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.

Canada returns to ‘complex’ spending system, after ‘failed’ attempts at reform 

The current budget system is an ‘embarrassment’ still in need of a revamp, say critics who hope a minority Parliament will give opportunities for opposition feedback and a better system.

Feds eyeing ‘social-distancing’ measures in response to growing concerns over coronavirus outbreak, health official says

News|By Palak Mangat
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says there's no plan to repatriate those asking to be repatriated from Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Lead up to Buffalo Declaration ‘disingenuous’ to Alberta, national caucus, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Pollster Nik Nanos called the release of the declaration 'a bit of a veiled threat, especially considering no one was given a heads up and it just came right out of the blue.'

‘A fundamental reset’: pollsters, Indigenous experts call for re-examination of feds’ approach to reconciliation

'There’s no solution here that gives the hereditary chiefs what they want that doesn’t blow the underpinnings of the Canadian regulatory process for reviewing infrastructure,' says pollster Greg Lyle.

MPs still figuring out feedback, as key decisions await Centre Block renovation project

The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.

American presidential election could define new U.S. envoy Aldona Wos’ time in Ottawa, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
Aldona Wos is the second straight top Republican donor from a southern U.S. state that U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated as ambassador to Canada.
Senator Lynn Beyak could face a pivotal moment in June, when the Senate Ethics Committee is expected to report on her progress in meeting its conditions. The Hill Times file photograph

‘Maybe she’s wearing down?’: Senators react to Beyak apology, suspension

A permanent expulsion could be in play if Sen. Lynn Beyak does not pass the Ethics Committee’s next test, says ISG Sen. Kim Pate

In the midst of the current storm, we need perspective and leadership

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
In the present day, there are modifications possible within the ‘colonial’ framework. But you don't burn down the village to save it. And binary descriptions don’t help the cause of reconciliation.

Missing in action: political maturity needed to address Canada’s complex challenges

Opinion|By Tim Powers
We are at a time in Canada where we need political maturity more than ever. If we want to address so many of Canada’s opportunities and challenges, we are all going to have to up our game.

‘That’s reconciliation,’ says protest organizer, as Ottawa Wet’suwet’en rally draws crowd 

News|By David Lochead
The rally was held as Ontario Provincial Police moved in to end the blockade set up by some members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk First Nation close to the rail tracks near Belleville, Ont.

ISG Senators propose rule changes to prevent ‘partisan obstruction’ from blocking private members’ bills 

Senate Conservative leader Don Plett says the changes are ‘ridiculous,’ but ISG Senators Murray Sinclair and Pierre Dalphond say there needs to be a path to a vote on bills after 15 died in the last Parliament.

Backlogs, lengthy delays await Indian status applicants following removal of sex discrimination law

The government says each status application could take between six months and two years, which advocates call an 'appalling' delay to deal with state-sponsored discrimination. 

Don’t go down ‘rabbit hole’ in Trade Committee’s study of new NAFTA implementation bill, warn trade experts

News|By Neil Moss
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it's worth taking 'a little extra time' to understand the 'full implications' of the new NAFTA, as well as to look at how Canada can improve its internal international trade process.

Opening economic immigration track to refugees a ‘win-win,’ says UNHCR rep

Canada should 'take on more of a leadership role' and scale up its support to help resolve the crisis in Venezuela, says Rema Jamous Imseis.

America’s latest plot twist: Sanders as socialist Cinderella

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The man who lost to the woman who lost to Donald Trump is now the one delivering all the previously unthinkables.

The next Russo-Turkish war?

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
This could end up as a major war, and since Turkey can easily block Russian ships heading for the Mediterranean, Russian victory would not be quick or easy. But they would win in the end, as they always do.

Gatekeepers for Innovation, Finance, and Environment top lobby target lists

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018, but some staffers kept busy.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

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

Opposition critics, House committees to be key lobbying targets in minority Parliament, say lobbyists

News|By Beatrice Paez
'If you want to advance a file, it’s no longer enough for the governing party to be onside,' says Yaroslav Baran of Earnscliffe Strategy Group.

Cheadle, Hunter part of Infrastructure Minister McKenna’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Geneviève Hinse is now chief of staff to Quebec lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez, whose team also now includes former Quebec MP Ramez Ayoub.

‘We needed something and someone to cheer for’: MPs honour David Ayres’ unthinkable win

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, CP's Jordan Press will be the new president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and Conservative MP John Williamson is set to welcome a baby.

A rundown of Transport Minister Garneau’s 12-member team, so far

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan’s new team.

Immigration Minister Mendicino’s team includes three new directors

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers dives into the team working in Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office.

Energy, reconciliation, and Canada-China relationship in the spotlight at Pearson Conference

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Flavio Volpe takes shot at the World Series-cheating Astros at the House Trade Committee, and Maxime Bernier launches a YouTube show.

Interpreters built bridges between First Nations and newcomers

Feature|By Jean Delisle
Les interprètes au pays du Castor relates the gripping and thought-provoking stories of the people who were among Canada’s first interpreters. This collection of portraits casts new light on some 15 interpreters.

We need to be proud and loud for our seafood production

Opinion|By Paul Lansbergen
If done right, we can realize true sustainable outcomes and drive the revitalization of coastal communities across Canada promised by a dynamic and innovative seafood sector.

It’s Garneau’s second tour atop Transport Canada

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Transport Minister Marc Garneau is facing criticism over how he's handled the recent blockades, but behind the scenes in political Ottawa, he's considered 'a great brief' and 'exceptionally well-informed about his files.

Climate right for accelerating cycling in Canada, but political leadership is needed

Maximizing cycling rates and achieving the benefits that will accrue for all levels of government requires federal leadership.

Better quality of life flows from trade competitiveness, combination of trade policy and transport infrastructure

The Canadian Transportation Act Review of 2016 contains many important recommendations for upgrading our transport system and can be the basis on reaching agreement for legislation change and significant investments.

Rail blockades showing markers for genesis of domestic armed conflict

Opinion|By Pascal Desbiens
It is becoming increasingly urgent to find a way to limit the disruptive power of interest groups by economic means and ensure that social protests remain within acceptable democratic boundaries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 17, 2020, with David Morrison, his defence policy adviser, shortly before holding a press conference and an update at the National Press Theatre on the downing of Flight PS752 tragedy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Minority rules: 2020’s most influential figures to watch in federal politics

This year’s Top 100 Most Influential List reflects the power brokers who will help shape the terms of how this minority Parliament will shake out.
The return of Parliament is more than an event in the news cycle. It’s a time to look ahead, and to thoughtfully consider the important role each branch of government will play in that future, and in the life of each individual Canadian.
Opinion|David Coletto
Our worldview, our desire for control, and the way we get information are just three things that new MPs should consider as they orient themselves to life in Ottawa and as elected representatives. But the implications of these three forces matter to everyone who seeks to engage and connect with Canadians.
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Plus, the WHO said countries should be wary of not taking the coronavirus seriously, saying it would be a 'fatal mistake' if they assumed it wouldn't touch their borders.
Opinion|Linda Silas
The Public Health Agency of Canada is failing to properly prepare front-line workers in acute-care settings and overlooking the clear lessons learned from our previous experience with pandemics.
The rule of law applies equally to everyone; no one is above the law. Yet the rule of law has never been well-defined or equally applied for Indigenous peoples.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
The whistleblowers are among our last remaining checks on the contemptuous ease with which those who control the information seek to manipulate the rest of us.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
Maybe an exposé would spark the call for a full parliamentary inquiry into just who was responsible for leading us into such a quagmire in Afghanistan.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
Within a week, the prime minister had gone from seeking patience to speaking to Indigenous people like the father you disappointed by cutting class.
The post-election report has been delivered to Andrew Scheer, but the Conservative caucus will never see it as long as he remains the leader of the party.

‘Government can do so much by doing less’: Desmond Cole on shedding discomfiting light on systemic injustices

'When Black or Indigenous or other people of colour get into the political system, it always assumed it’s they who must carry this change for the rest of us,' says journalist and activist Desmond Cole.
Feature|Kate Malloy

Bourrie brings New France explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson’s story to life in Bush Runner

Mark Bourrie talks about his book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.

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Read all about it: Digital Government Minister Murray’s team so far

Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at International Development Minister Karina Gould’s office, where Hanna Button has stayed on as director of policy.

Same staff, new office: a look at federal Public Safety Minister Blair’s team

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough has similarly brought a number of staff from her old office as public services minister to her new post, including now-policy director Nicholas Kang.
Feature|Neil Moss

Former Harper adviser Benjamin Perrin pens book on opioid crisis

Plus, Charlie Angus joins Wet'suwet'en solidarity protests, former MP Gord Brown is getting a posthumous lifetime achievement award, and Canada is hosting a Lima Group ministerial meeting this week.
Feature|Neil Moss

It’s Louis Riel Day today in Manitoba, Salhany offers a fresh book on Canada’s ‘most famous trial in court history’

Plus, Hillites honour Christie Blatchford, and scribes gather to talk shop and drink beer at Feb. 13 CAJ shindig.

Parole officers still floundering from Harper budget cuts, says union head supporting Tory parole board motion

The Conservative opposition motion condemning the decision made by the Parole Board of Canada that led to Marylène Lévesque death passed unanimously in the House on Feb. 5.

‘Job action only way to get this government to move,’ says union president, as CRA members head to strike votes

‘If we have a strike mandate in early April and we’re in tax season and they don’t wake up and smell the coffee … guess what’s going to happen,’ says Union of Taxation Employees president Marc Brière.

Ebay Canada celebrates 2019 entrepreneurs of the year

It was the 15th anniversary of the event, and the seventh year eBay partnered with Proof.

Senator Rob Black celebrates Canadian farmers and whisky

The snow was blowing outside, but the whisky was flowing inside.

Canada can look to Japan as ‘bridge-builder’ in the Asia Pacific, envoy says

Canada and Japan ‘need each other very much,’ says Yasuhisa Kawamura.

Taiwan president’s re-election could signal diplomatic shift in China: analysts

A China expert says he’s concerned Taiwan's January election could prompt a shift in approach from China, with some pointing to tensions in Hong Kong as an example.

Immigration Minister Mendicino to talk about immigration as an economic driver in Toronto on Feb. 28

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino will deliver remarks on ‘Immigration: A Driver of Economic Growth in Canada’ at a Canadian Club of Toronto luncheon presentation on Friday, Feb. 28. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

June Winger, national president of the Union of National Defence Employees, joins a rally held by Public Service Alliance of Canada demonstration outside the Prime Minster's Office in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2020, to mark four years of Phoenix Pay System issues.

The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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