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United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney scored a decisive victory on Tuesday, bringing an end to Alberta's four-year flirtation with the NDP. The Hill Times file photograph by Samantha Wright Allen

Kenney’s Alberta win both good, bad for Trudeau, Scheer, say strategists

News|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative MPs Michael Cooper and Matt Jeneroux, both from Alberta, are sympathetic to Jason Kenney’s threat to 'turn off the taps' of gas to B.C.

‘We’re finding our way’: MP Gord Brown’s widow reflects on year that changed her whole life

Claudine Courtois is planning a May 2 reception to mark the first anniversary of his death, saying she’s touched by Hill community support.

Bring in quotas, financial incentives to get more women to run, says House committee

After studying barriers facing women in politics, the Status of Women Committee also suggests calling for a crackdown on gender-based heckling.

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ISG Senators say poll shores up Red Chamber reforms, but feds running out of time to make them law

‘We are committed to making legislative changes’ to continue with Senate modernization, says the office of Government House Leader Bardish Chagger.

Defeated MPs to get access to more support services to navigate life after the Hill

‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.

Senators blame bad bill, justice minister’s absence for long C-58 study

The access-to-information bill needed close scrutiny to turn it into ‘workable legislation,’ says committee chair Sen. Serge Joyal.

In face of uncertainty, Kashechewan’s frustration at feds brews, says MP Angus

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though being temporarily relocated is a recurring feature of their lives each year, residents expected this year to be different.

Senators weighing limits on Liberal tanker ban; government ‘amenable’ to changes to C-69, says Sen. Simons

Bill C-48 would ‘basically trap Alberta oil,’ says Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons.

MPs, political insiders question ‘endgame’ of former cabinet ministers Philpott and Wilson-Raybould

News|By Abbas Rana
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say they have no endgame, but some observers say they risk their reputations by continuing to find points of disagreement with Justin Trudeau, the government, and the Liberal Party.

Re-election calculus, base politics key reasons for Liberals to seek DPA for SNC-Lavalin: political analysts

News|By Abbas Rana
But the Trudeau government’s motivation to help out SNC-Lavalin is to protect jobs, not any strategy for the federal election, says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux.
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney scored a decisive victory on Tuesday, bringing an end to Alberta's four-year flirtation with the NDP. The Hill Times file photograph by Samantha Wright Allen

Kenney’s Alberta win both good, bad for Trudeau, Scheer, say strategists

News|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative MPs Michael Cooper and Matt Jeneroux, both from Alberta, are sympathetic to Jason Kenney’s threat to 'turn off the taps' of gas to B.C.

PM Trudeau ought to go back to government by cabinet

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Were I advising him, I would suggest he keep a low profile for now, mend fences, and delegate effectively.

Trudeau and Scheer reduce Canada’s national politics to a game of legal chicken

Opinion|By Michael Harris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is right about not wanting to put up with lying in politics. But the words are hard to take, coming from a leader who has done more twisting than Chubby Checker.

Time for May to get tough with the Liberals

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Elizabeth May now has an opportunity to finally put the interests of the Green Party first. But to do it, she needs to end both her friendship with the Liberals and her war with the Conservatives.

Senate committee blows holes in Liberal gun bill

The National Security and Defence Committee stripped away key elements of Bill C-71, which sponsor Sen. André Pratte says he hopes will be restored before the Chamber’s final vote.

‘This is cultural genocide’: activists call on Liberals to act now to fix Indian Act sex discrimination

The Trudeau cabinet could make the decision ‘on any given Tuesday’ to make the necessary changes, says Sharon McIvor, who brought the most recent complaint to a UN human rights body.

Senate committee changes tack, adds Alberta, Saskatchewan to C-48 study travel

There was ‘quite a backlash’ over the original plan to only go to B.C. for the oil tanker ban study, says Transport Committee chair Sen. David Tkachuk.

Beards and bare legs: This is no longer your grandfather’s military

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I dare say that it is a slippery slope once you start making allowances to accommodate individual tastes in an institution whose core value is disciplined conformity.

Budget misses the mark on international development

Opinion|By Prateek Awasthi
Poll results tell us there is widespread public support for foreign aid. But this budget doesn’t reflect that priority.

The Sahel Spring: who will own the future in Sudan, Algeria?

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Things have changed since the pro-democracy revolutions of post-Soviet eastern Europe, in part because of another revolution altogether—the Fourth Industrial one.

SNC-Lavalin nuclear contracts at risk if it’s convicted

Opinion|By Erika Simpson
Whether SNC is allowed to meet and make billions of dollars of new contractual obligations over the next decade will be crucial to the global nuclear industry and Canada’s future development.

Pre-budget focus, Hill days sustain steady February lobbying

February produced 2,487 lobby records, doubling the slow holiday months as groups organized Hill days and focused on asks ahead of the March budget.

‘Civil wars’ are ‘incredibly damaging’: Trudeau boots Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from caucus

News|By Beatrice Paez
Ex-minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she has 'no regrets' for speaking out. 'I spoke the truth as I will continue to do.'

‘Passionate, outspoken’ Ghislain Maltais bids adieu to the Red Chamber

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Tory MP Mark Warawa is hoping for a 'miracle' as he battles cancer, and Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon is set to retire from the top court in the fall.

Policy, parliamentary affairs directors named in Minister Bibeau’s office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu has a new senior communications aide, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has a new issues manager.

Indigenous Services Minister O’Regan needs a new comms team after two recent exits

Andrew MacKendrick says he decided to step away from the Hill, in part, for his own mental health, after recent events took a toll.

Women on the Hill reception elegant, empowering, and filled with politicos

Feature|By Emily Haws
NDP MP Niki Ashton and her partner Bruce Moncur had their arms full with their one-year-old twins, Leonidas and Stephanos, winning over the hearts of anyone around them.

Kenney readies for Tuesday’s election with a little help from his friend, Stephen Harper

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, veteran Tory Rob Nicholson adds his name to growing list of MPs saying farewell to the House of Commons, and John Ivison pens book on Justin Trudeau.

Basic income’s about more than welfare reform, it benefits all Canadians

Feature|By Evelyn L. Forget
The following is an excerpt from Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life For All, by Evelyn L. Forget, short-listed for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book.

Growing global population: burden or boon to the environment?

The following is an excerpt from Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.

New NAFTA deal gets it right on digital trade

Opinion|By Susan Uthayakumar
The agreement balances Canada’s national and business interests with regional economic progress and creates a stable foundation for long-term growth of the digital economy.

The North needs more infrastructure to unlock its wealth potential

Opinion|By Brendan Marshall
The future of Canada’s mining industry lies increasingly in remote and northern regions, but the infrastructure deficit challenges project economics in this part of the country.

‘I’m a pretty impatient minister’: Champagne says he’d like infrastructure money doled out faster, but feds are improving

News|By Neil Moss
In a wide-ranging interview, Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about the Liberals' $190-billion infrastructure plan, investment in Canada's North, and the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Northern MPs call climate change report an ‘eye opener,’ say it should ‘sound the alarm’ for change

‘It’s just disrupting everything’: MPs representing regions reporting the worst climate change effects speak about the impacts they see in their communities.
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Plus, the parliamentary budget officer is releasing a new report at 10 a.m. on the cost of the feds' 'middle-class tax cut.'
Canada’s aging sub fleet needs to be replaced, but from a political standpoint, it’s more convenient to fix the existing fleet than start a costly procurement process in an election year.
While I teach the values of equality and diversity, I oppose forcing all lawyers to promote these or any other government-prescribed values.
As one member of the audience said, we need to 'stop treating addiction like a moral failing,' and treat it like a serious medical condition. It’s time to care more.
We urge the Senate to support rebuilding provisions in Bill C-68, and quickly make it the law of the land, and the sea.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Julian Assange should have gone to Sweden, because the Swedes would have been less likely to grant an extradition request than the British government under David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister at the time.
Now is the time to put the interests of children first and take much needed action to advance Canada’s international standing with respect to child health and well-being.

Growing global population: burden or boon to the environment?

The following is an excerpt from Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.

Basic income’s about more than welfare reform, it benefits all Canadians

The following is an excerpt from Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life For All, by Evelyn L. Forget, which has been short-listed along with four other books for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.
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Foreign minister shuffles policy shop

Plus, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has hired a new Quebec regional adviser.

Trudeau PMO scoops up new policy aide from Minister Bains’ team

Plus, Alexis Richard has been hired on as a new NDP caucus press secretary.

Inuit carver’s new West Block sculpture ‘part of the healing,’ reconciliation

Plus, the Canadian Press and National Post are losing their top editors, CPAC launches its Democracy Project, and the Donner Canadian Foundation shortlists your next read.
Feature|Neil Moss

‘I spoke almost 100,000 words over four days,’ Poilievre sets a record for longest speech in the House

Plus, the LAC Foundation is launched with a bash, and Nick Kouvalis to team up with Lisa Raitt, others in the upcoming election.
Feature|Emily Haws

Daughters of the Vote, Camp Day on the Hill festivities include selfies, s’mores, and a lot of Parliamentarians

Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was expelled from the Liberal caucus April 11, had a line-up of supporters at the Daughters of the Vote welcome reception that day, although other Parliamentarians were also popular.
Feature|Emily Haws

No snow pants allowed: here’s your guide to the hottest winter and spring shindigs

From a post-budget shindig to the exclusive Politics and the Pen gala, there are lots of opportunities to get out your fanciest suit or dress.

Taiwan-Canada relations ‘on the rise,’ says rep at annual bash

Taiwan Night was the hot ticket in town last week, with dozens of Parliamentarians in attendance.

Peaceful transfer of power key to keeping international standing, says Kazakh envoy

After nearly 30 years in power, Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigned last month, but his ambassador in Ottawa says his priorities remain the same.

Liberals to celebrate the Constitution April 17

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Queen Elizabeth signs the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982 on April 17 of that year. Some of the original members of the staff that were involved in the Constitution Act of 1982 will be gathering for a reunion on April 17 at the foyer of the Senate of Canada Building. Library and Archives Canada photograph by Robert Cooper
Plus, former Quebec premier and MP Jean Charest will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians at a gala dinner event on April 23.

Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie shares a laugh with Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee on April 11. Ms. Kusie told The Hill Times' photographer to make sure to capture this collegial exchange.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Comedian Rick Mercer and then-Reform Party MP Deb Grey, pictured in the late 1990s on Parliament Hill doing a shoot for CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which Mr. Mercer hosted at the time. The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
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