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Liberal MPs, pictured at a national caucus meeting on the Hill. Liberal and Conservative Hill staffers told The Hill Times they were disappointed that the House leadership has not taken any concrete action to address the mental health challenges that some staffers are grappling with. The Hill Times file photograph

Liberal, Conservative Hill staffers ‘infuriated’ by ‘incredibly inadequate’ response from parties’ leadership on mental health issues

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal staffers got an email from the deputy whip outlining the help available to them. Conservative staffers didn't even get that.

Trudeau’s handling of groping allegation has ‘terribly set back’ progress on women’s issues, puts him in tricky situation too, say political players

'I've had an inbox full of messages from victims saying, 'What do I do now? Because I'm really worried that the tide is turning back,' says Kathleen Finlay, CEO of the Centre for Patient Protection.

Gun rights groups targeting Senators, MP offices with summer firearms bill campaigns

One group promises to ‘flood’ MP offices with complaints about Bill C-71, while another says it is ‘already hearing from nervous Liberals.’

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Conservatives counting on new faces in Quebec, with few obvious ridings to target in 2019

The Conservatives gained seven seats in the province in 2015, but were not competitive in most Quebec ridings.

Former Montreal Canadiens coach, Sen. Jacques Demers still recovering from strokes two years ago, has not relinquished Senate seat

The former hockey coach and literacy advocate has remained an active Senator, his office says, despite being forced into a two-year recovery from a stroke.

Feds’ fight over carbon tax with Ford could help Trudeau score points, say NDP, Liberal politicos

News|By Beatrice Paez
The biggest political challenge here is for Andrew Scheer, who is being overshadowed by Doug Ford in Ontario, says Shane Mackenzie, a former Liberal staffer.

There’s a ‘good chance’ NDP Leader Singh will run in my riding, says departing B.C. MP Kennedy Stewart

News|By Shruti Shekar
Stewart says he expects a 'packed community hall' at an event Singh will host in Burnaby South tomorrow.

Tories building on ‘large bedrock of support’ ahead of August convention: party president

‘To use the hockey analogy: we’re not rebuilding, we’re reloading,’ says Scott Lamb as the party prepares to rally troops next month in Halifax.

A dozen MPs won’t run again in 2019, starting ‘snowball effect’ with more to come, say insiders

News|By Shruti Shekar
Three MPs in a week have announced they won’t run in the next election.

Feds silent on Phoenix damages, union members are ‘out of patience’

News|By Emily Haws
Union leaders say members are ‘frustrated’ as they await a negotiation mandate that’s supposedly on the prime minister’s desk.
Liberal MPs, pictured at a national caucus meeting on the Hill. Liberal and Conservative Hill staffers told The Hill Times they were disappointed that the House leadership has not taken any concrete action to address the mental health challenges that some staffers are grappling with. The Hill Times file photograph

Liberal, Conservative Hill staffers ‘infuriated’ by ‘incredibly inadequate’ response from parties’ leadership on mental health issues

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal staffers got an email from the deputy whip outlining the help available to them. Conservative staffers didn't even get that.

Mr. Prime Minister, meet George Costanza

Opinion
What we have witnessed in recent weeks has been a tortured series of dodges, weaves and reversals on the part of the prime minister as he tried to explain recycled reports that he allegedly groped a female reporter during an outdoor summer festival in 2000.

In political hot seat, Morneau needs to send strong signal on feds’ plan to address economic uncertainty

Opinion|By David Crane
Finance Minister Bill Morneau should reward companies that actually make productive investments, for example, by boosting an investment tax credit, writes columnist David Crane.

Fickle voters keep parties on their toes, say strategists

News|By Emily Haws
'Parties have to work harder to stick with them. They’re not afraid to look at other parties if they’re not satisfied with the options you’re offering,' says ex-NDP national director Karl Bélanger.

Feds shy away from endorsing regulatory overhaul for ‘high-concern’ chemicals in CEPA reform

News|By Jolson Lim
A bill reforming Canada's foremost environment law won't be tabled until a 'later Parliament,' McKenna said.

Advocates welcome accessibility bill, but some worry regulations timeline pushes benefits too far away

News|By Emily Haws
The regulatory process for Bill C-81, which could take up to four years, will make sure there’s adequate consultation, says Persons with Disabilities Minister Kirsty Duncan.

Busiest departments blame request uptick for ongoing access to information backlog

Several agencies say they are hiring more analysts and adopting innovative approaches to address the long delays, and the complaints that come with them.

Trump has a point about NATO reliance on Russia

Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
European members of NATO call Russia a threat, while their businesses work on a pipeline to ease the flow of natural gas from Russia to Europe.

If Brexit forces a hard Irish border, the answer may be unity

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
A century after Ireland was divided, economic self-interest and modern values should speak louder than religion, ethnicity, marches, or long-ago battles.

Donald Trump doesn’t have a cold; he’s the tipping point in an epidemic

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With his love of Putin, trolling of NATO, tactical support of China’s ascendancy, and daily degradation of American soft power, Trump is not a political black swan. His presidency is a turning point in a dangerous story.

Trans Mountain, capital flight and bank law put Finance Minister Bill Morneau atop the May lobbying list

News|By Shruti Shekar
'We should never find ourselves in that situation again,' says Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, who chatted with Mr. Morneau about the Trans Mountain Pipeline purchase.

‘Extraordinary’ Canada-U.S. trade spat brings lobbyists ‘out of the woodwork’

Fearing more Canadian tariffs against other countries, some steel users are hiring lobbyists for the first time.

GRIC exec stay on to see through review of Lobbying Act

Two former Harper-era staffers have landed consultancy gigs and New Brunswick CBC News reporter Jacques Poitras has a new book coming out.

Canada’s lobbying office turns 10, ex-Conservative MP running for mayor

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Conservative MP Joe Preston throws his hat into the St. Thomas, Ont., mayoral race, and David McCarthy, former PCO staffer, joins government relations firm Sussex Strategy Group.

Natural Resources Minister Carr names new press secretary

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mackenzie Radan has been working for Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr since March 2016, most recently as a policy adviser and issues manager.

Ex-MP Mike Wallace snags Japanese honour

Nunavut artist Bart Hanna was selected to create a sculpture for Centre Block and Anna Desmarais joins iPolitics to cover immigration, Indigenous Affairs, the environment, and foreign affairs.

Heritage Minister Joly borrows PMO adviser Dea to serve as her interim chief of staff

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
While Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recently tapped Alexander Steinhouse to fill in as her acting director of parliamentary affairs.

Leslie Church, chief of staff to Joly, gives birth on Canada Day, baby decked out in red and white

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Conservative cabinet minister Gerry Ritz has been nominated to be inducted into Canada's Agricultural Hall of Fame and Nik Nanos has been appointed chair of Carleton University’s Board of Governors. 

U.S. embassy draws about 1,000 party-goers to Fourth of July bash

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
'We should come here. We don’t have control over what the U.S. does or does not do; we only have control of how we present ourselves,' said Senator Michael MacDonald.

Canada has a lot to do to fight climate change as we swelter in rising temperatures.

Opinion|By David Crane
The answer is to make the transition to a low-carbon world, one where we replace fossil fuels with other sources of energy, such as hydropower, nuclear power, and the new technologies of solar, wind, and hydrogen.

Why we should be pulling out all the stops to expand renewable energy

Opinion|By Elizabeth May
Why is there no federal program to help business, homeowners and institutions— basically anyone with a roof—install solar panels? Where are the innovations to develop stored water systems for renewable energy storage?

Will Canada meet its 2030 clean energy goals? Look to natural gas, electric cars, and carbon pricing for clues

News|By Jolson Lim
The federal government wants to move to a low-carbon economy, and electricity generation will be a critical part.

Canada’s future is clean: Grit MP Rudd

The Generation Energy Council’s new report is less of a blueprint than a North Star for Canada’s clean-energy future—pointing us to where Canadians want to go, and how to achieve that transformation.

Energy transition may result in job losses, says renewable energy expert

News|By Neil Moss
Renewable energy is so efficient that it can be sustained without a large workforce, says the expert.

Politics This Morning: House Immigration Committee to meet on the Hill; Bains, Qualtrough, Garneau in U.K. for aerospace summit; Trudeau expected to shuffle cabinet Wednesday

Opinion|Susan Riley
It is something to think about the next time you enjoy some shady park, or quiet beach, or lakeside boardwalk—or even breath in surprisingly fresh summer air. It takes politicians, and bureaucrats, with vision, shrewdness, and community support to beat back the greedy, self-interested, banal armies of the status quo.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Donald Trump's slash-and-burn geopolitics stokes the sort of chaos that drives the defence spending he has called for.
He has dominated the politics of this era like no other, standing bestride it like a Cheeto-coloured colossus.
Keep in mind the ‘ballot question’ a NAFTA election would inevitably create lots of new possible political outcomes that are anything but easy or simple to predict.
Lawmakers need to act to reverse Canada’s declining international stature and eliminate its reputation as a safe-haven for white collar crime.
Canada should follow the European model and establish a youth-elected, institutionalized body responsible for ensuring youth issues are at the forefront of policy making.
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Natural Resources Minister Carr promotes new comms director

Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a new interim communications director in her office, as her permanent D. Comms takes maternity leave.

Morneau plucks new press secretary straight from the Trade Minister’s Office

Veteran staffer Lucio Durante is now senior director, national field at the federal Liberal Party’s headquarters in Ottawa, helping to get the party ready for 2019.

Ex-MPs join mayoral races in Vancouver, Burlington

Plus, Global News' The West Block has a new host, and an iPolitics reporter is moving to Canada 2020.

Press gallery members schmooze, bhangra, and laugh at annual dinner

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer didn't hold back on jokes about the media or from making fun of each other.

More than 700 were hoppin’ and poppin’ at The Hill Times’ Party on the Hill

The Sir John A. Macdonald building was buzzing with lobbyists, Hillites, MPs, Senators, journalists, and industry folk during last Wednesday's party.

Departing Slovak envoy foresees ‘smooth’ CETA ratification

‘I do not foresee any challenges,' says Andrej Droba of the Canada-EU deal, despite Italian opposition.

Canada, Tunisia must build ties beyond aid, says visiting foreign minister

Khemaies Jhinaoui says an investment protection deal is in the works and could be signed by the end of the year.

Prime Minister Trudeau to host fundraiser on July 20 in Aurora

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Young tourists take a break during their field trip to Parliament Hill on Thursday, July 12.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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