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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Green parliamentary leader Elizabeth May on Nov. 15 to discuss areas of common ground. Ms. May says she's 'very pleased' to hear that Mr. Trudeau has committed to reviving legislation that would enshrine the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

May calls on Trudeau to attend Madrid climate summit, increase targets

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Greens' Elizabeth May says her three-member caucus isn’t prepared to back any confidence motions unless Canada adjusts its climate targets.

Election 2019: where parties posted their worst 25 results

The Conservatives and NDP had their poorest returns in Quebec, the Liberals had biggest losses in Alberta, and the Green Party shared their lowest count between Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

NDP ready ‘any time’ for election if party goals not met, Singh says

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know that the government is going to need our support at some level if they want to pass bills,' he said. 'That’s not going to come for free.'

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Updated: Senator Diane Bellemare joins Independent Senators Group after leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

Implementation of new NAFTA will be ‘important priority’ for Liberal government as U.S. negotiations progress

News|By Neil Moss
The U.S. chair of the House Agricultural Committee says he thinks the USMCA will be brought to the floor for a vote by the end of year.

Conservatives name Seidman new Senate whip, replacing Plett who’s now Tory Senate leader

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.

New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

PIPSC to expand fight against government outsourcing, says union president

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.

‘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.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Green parliamentary leader Elizabeth May on Nov. 15 to discuss areas of common ground. Ms. May says she's 'very pleased' to hear that Mr. Trudeau has committed to reviving legislation that would enshrine the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

May calls on Trudeau to attend Madrid climate summit, increase targets

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Greens' Elizabeth May says her three-member caucus isn’t prepared to back any confidence motions unless Canada adjusts its climate targets.

Election 2019: The 25 ridings where each party did its best

All of the Liberal and Conservative parties' top 25 candidates were elected on Oct. 21, while three NDP and one Bloc candidate lost despite being among their party’s strongest performers.

Senate hierarchy has been hiding serious allegations of sexual harassment of Senate staffers behind casuistical interpretations of parliamentary privilege

Opinion|By Michael Harris
The Senate hierarchy has been hiding serious allegations of sexual harassment of Senate staffers behind casuistical interpretations of parliamentary privilege.

Singh’s not-so-great expectations

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The NDP ended up finishing in fourth place behind the Bloc Québécois. And in an odd sort of ironic way, the low expectations for Jagmeet Singh actually might have saved his job as NDP leader.

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.

The tribalization of politics

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Labour sought to redistribute the wealth, the Conservatives tried to defend the existing order, and most people made their choices according to their position in the economic pyramid.

China’s development brings opportunities to the world

Opinion|By Cong Peiwu
Both China and Canada firmly support multilateralism, free trade, and the construction of an open world. It is my hope that our voices in this regard can be heard more in the future.

Diplomacy strikes back: ‘State’ versus the shallow state

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like so many narratives catalyzed by Donald Trump, the targeting of America’s career diplomats is likely about more than just Donald Trump.

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.

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.

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.

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

Feature|By Neil Moss
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.

In the family: two new MPs follow parents’ path to politics

With Lyndsey Mathyssen’s election on Oct. 21, she and Irene Mathyssen have become the first-ever case of mother-daughter succession in House of Commons history.

Senate ditches plans for new payroll provider after finding Phoenix ‘work-arounds’

News|By Mike Lapointe
According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.

Four years in, ISED gets mixed reviews

'It's important because of the regulatory side, but politically, it's becoming more important because it can be used as a tool for political gain,' said Jake Enwright.

Better innovation policy means investing in the public administration

Opinion|By Mark Robbins
With a wider recognition that a more permeable public administration is a tangible way to get better innovation policies and programs to Canadians, a public service that can be a true partner for innovators.

Real innovation required

Opinion|By Richard C. Owens
We need a whole new direction. Let’s wind up all the innovation corporate welfare programs and return their budget allocations to deficit reduction or basic research funding.

Innovation policy: the adaptation challenge

We are not suggesting grand strategizing—rather we first encourage governments to recognize and embrace disruption as an emergent-phenomena and make adaptation an important part of the conversation.

There are steps Canadians can take to ensure we put our best foot forward

Opinion|By Norah McRae
If we take these steps together, we will not only prosper, we will continue to be respected as a place that is smart, responsible, and forward-looking.
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Plus, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says agreement on the new NAFTA is 'imminent,' raising the prospect that ratification could come before the end of the year.
Applying a disability lens doesn’t mean the obliteration of the existing safeguards of the medical assistance in dying legislation.
Opinion
The province’s adult-learning system isn’t equipped to address growing needs.
Opinion
The changing of the original meaning of the poppy has been accompanied by a not-so-subtle policing of bodies. Wearing a poppy seems to represent the ultimate proof of one being a 'true and proper Canadian.'
I am not sure if Premier Legault knows how bad a week he had, but if he and his ministers keep this up, eventually they will be a laughingstock in the international media.
Opinion|Tim Powers
This isn’t about limiting the free speech of Donald S. Cherry. Instead it is about calling out a wrong. One last chance: practice what you preach, Don, 'be a man.'
Opinion|Matt McManus
Conservatives should be willing to look at their own intellectual history, the good and especially the bad.
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

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.
Feature|Neil Moss

Scribes on the move: Andy Blatchford, Ryan Tumilty join new Hill bureaus; Katie Simpson heads to D.C., and Marie-Danielle Smith joins Maclean’s

Plus, Trudeau meets with Governor General Payette, intends to continue governing, and the Royal Canadian Mint releases a Centennial Flame coin.

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.

Canadian Association of Professional Employees gathers for AGM on Nov. 13

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
Larry Rousseau, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, pictured addressing public servants gathered for an event to highlight Phoenix payroll issue outside the Treasury Board's offices in February 2018, will be a guest speaker at the Canadian Association of Professional Employees' annual general meeting in Ottawa on Nov. 13. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shares a laugh with the Green Party's Elizabeth May during their one-on-one meeting on Nov. 15. Ms. May says she urged the PM to attend the upcoming Madrid climate summit, where countries will be hammering out the details for the implementation of the Paris accord’s climate targets.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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