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Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos must table the main spending estimates by March 1. In the past two years, a pilot project meant they could be tabled later, by April 16, so the government could table its budget first and align the two documents. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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.

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.

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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.

Prison watchdog calls for independent inquiry into death of sex worker

An independent investigation is necessary to avoid the risk of a ‘self-serving’ report from CSC and the Parole Board, says Ivan Zinger.

MPs to hold emergency debate on Teck’s decision to kill oilsands project

'The decision that was taken was a decision taken by Teck for its reasons,' says Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Chinese ambassador touts Beijing’s coronavirus response in panel on Canada-China relations

Beijing's envoy to Canada also suggests that if Ottawa were to release Meng Wanzhou, the bilateral relationship would not only return to status quo, but would be brought to new heights.

Trudeau’s handling of Wet’suwet’en blockades critical to his political credibility, say pollsters and former Liberal cabinet minister Nault

News|By Abbas Rana
'It clearly is becoming a moment in Canada where everyone's paying attention,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

Downe wants Parliament to have power to amend new NAFTA, Liberals pledge to share objectives of future trade talks with House

News|By Neil Moss
'The precedent has been set,' says Senator Percy Downe of Parliamentarians being able to modify trade agreements, following changes made to the new NAFTA by U.S. House Democrats.
Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos must table the main spending estimates by March 1. In the past two years, a pilot project meant they could be tabled later, by April 16, so the government could table its budget first and align the two documents. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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.

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.

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.

When will Canada stand up to states that engage in terrorism against their own citizens?

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
But what is the role of principle? What is the place for standing up for what is morally right? In the end, what do we, as Canadians, represent? How do we want to show ourselves to the rest of the world?

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.

‘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.

Ebay Canada celebrates 2019 entrepreneurs of the year

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
It was the 15th anniversary of the event, and the seventh year eBay partnered with Proof.

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

Feature
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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Politics This Morning: chief public health officer to brief Health Committee amid growing concerns over COVID-19

Plus, Senator Lynn Beyak, who faces another suspension from the Senate, says she apologizes 'unreservedly' for posting racist letters about Indigenous people on her website.
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.
With a plan and appropriate funding, Parliament has the opportunity to make history and completely realign the way prescription medication is delivered and paid for in Canada.
Opinion|Adam Kingsley
If we truly believe climate change to be the fight of our time, and the government believes Canadian companies can be significant players in the global clean-tech market, we need to support them through good IP policies.

‘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.

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

More than 400 protesters gathered in the parliamentary precinct to demonstrate in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership, who oppose Coastal GasLink's handling of its consultation and approval process over the $6.6-billion pipeline that would transport fracked natural gas from northeastern B.C. to a planned LNG export facility in Kitimat.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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