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Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured at the Liberals' policy convention in Halifax. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Munster

Liberals don’t need to change fundraising strategy, focus on ridings, says fundraising director at Halifax convention

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—The federals Liberals are currently behind the Conservatives in fundraising, but Liberal Party fundraising director Christina Topp says the party’s fundraising game plan hasn’t changed as the 2019 federal election inches closer. “The strategy has…

Sunny Trudeau convention speech turns into attack on Scheer

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—In a convention speech meant to fire up his party faithful before the 2019 federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today touted the Liberals' progressive record and a sunnier political vision, before blasting Conservative leader…

Grits’ ‘self-inflicted wounds’ serious concern for rank and file delegates, MPs, former senior Liberals at Halifax convention

News|By Abbas Rana
HALIFAX—It's a three-day happy gathering of about 3,000 Liberal Party faithful, but one serious concern still being talked about in the hallways and backrooms is the propensity for self-inflicted wounds by top strategists and Prime…

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‘Challenging’ for Liberals to win all 32 Atlantic seats again in 2019, says N.S. MP Samson, party’s revving for a fight

News|By Abbas Rana
HALIFAX—As nearly 3,000 Liberals descended on this city yesterday to attend the party’s last policy convention before the 2019 election, some Atlantic Liberal Parliamentarians said it would be tough to win all 32 seats in…

At Grits’ convention, Conservative deputy leader Raitt says Tories targeting seats Liberals won by five per cent or less in 2015

News|By Abbas Rana
HALIFAX—In their bid to form government in 2019, the federal Conservatives are going after ridings the governing Liberals won in close races in the last election, among other targets. [caption id="attachment_141560" align="alignleft" width="300"] Conservative deputy…

Young Liberals look to improve influence on party’s progressive policies as numbers grow

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—Outgoing Liberal Youth Party president Mira Ahmad and those running to replace her say the youth wing of the party has increased its share of influence on the Liberal Party under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,…

Liberals’ policy convention a ‘litmus test’ of Grit membership, a time for leadership to listen, say Libs

When more than 2,500 Liberals sweep into Halifax for their last national policy convention before the 2019 election, Grits say the party's senior leadership should look to the gathering to gauge, engage, and mobilize the base…

UN refugee agency appeals to Canada for funding amid ‘record level of difficulty’

News|By Kristen Shane
The UN refugee agency is appealing to Canada for funding help in a year it says has been especially tough because of the record number of displaced people worldwide and obstacles in receiving money from…

Kinder Morgan project a test of Trudeau’s competency, puts his 18 B.C. seats at risk, say pollsters

Whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets the Kinder Morgan pipeline project built, as he says he will, voters will judge as a test of his competency, say pollsters. And the stakes are high, with the Liberals' 18…

‘We’re not immune’ on the Hill: Sen. Bernard launches Senate debate on anti-Black racism

An Independent Senator launching a debate in the Senate on anti-Black racism nationally and on Parliament Hill says recent accusations of racism against a fellow Black Parliamentarian who called others out for denying that systemic…
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured at the Liberals' policy convention in Halifax. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Munster

Liberals don’t need to change fundraising strategy, focus on ridings, says fundraising director at Halifax convention

News|By Jolson Lim
HALIFAX—The federals Liberals are currently behind the Conservatives in fundraising, but Liberal Party fundraising director Christina Topp says the party’s fundraising game plan hasn’t changed as the 2019 federal election inches closer. “The strategy has…

Can the PM move Mountains?

Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
Notwithstanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to double down on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the plan faces the same hurdles today as it did before he hauled the feuding premiers of Alberta…

Convention designed to rev Grits up for 2019, election win or bust

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Thousands of Liberals from across the country will descend on Halifax this weekend to plan their path to a potential electoral victory. It will be the final national meeting in advance of the next election…

Trudeau’s problem is he can’t cut a deal

Opinion|By Tim Powers
OTTAWA—Right now, Justin Trudeau has a deal problem. Specifically, the prime minister hasn’t really closed a significant major trade or pipeline project of his making thus far in his mandate. Even his climate change plan…

Opposition MPs seek to add teeth to workplace harassment bill

A definition of harassment is among the changes a House committee agreed to Monday as it works its way through amending a government bill aimed at preventing and responding to sexual harassment and workplace violence,…

Liberals pledge 10 times the money to legalize pot as they do tobacco control

With important elections looming both provincially and federally, it is natural that Canada’s health-care system will a big part of electoral discussions. One in six Canadians is a senior, and that number is expected to…

Difference between a green economy and business-as-usual isn’t the economy; it’s the environment

What Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna have been saying for more than two years now is true—Canada can take action on climate change and have a strong economy.…

Russia rightly on G7 foreign ministers’ agenda this weekend in Toronto

Patience with Russia for many Western states is running out. This mood may have repercussions at the G7 foreign ministers' meeting being held on April 22 to 23 in Toronto, ahead of the G7 summit…

Canada should change course on Russian relations, say critics

Canada should reassess its approach to Russia, say opposition critics who accuse the federal government of not having a plan and taking cues from the international community rather than leading the way. On March 26, the…

How to better help Canadians in trouble abroad

Opinion|By William Crosbie
We read about accidents, deaths, kidnappings, child abductions, and arrests overseas. For the Canadians involved, these are real-life tragedies. In Ottawa, the Emergency Watch and Response Centre at Global Affairs Canada works 24/7 to respond…

Seniors’ issues shouldn’t be in ‘silo,’ says health minister facing calls for national strategy

News|By Emily Haws
Advocates and politicians are calling on the Trudeau government to take a leadership role in improving the lives of seniors, saying more program co-ordination is needed for citizens over 65, but Health Minister Ginette Petitpas…

Agriculture minister most lobbied in February as trade, grain shipments topped industry interests

Lobbyists targeted Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay three times as often as his nearest cabinet colleague in February, as industry groups pushed trade interests and raised the alarm about a “crisis” in grain shipments, according to…

Canadian Securities Administrators prepare report on climate disclosure as advocates push for new reporting requirements for businesses

The national body of securities regulators is releasing a much-anticipated report next month on companies disclosing the financial risk they face from climate change, as calls grow from industry and advocates for more fulsome accounting…

Ex-Hill staffer and wife to Conservative minister, Donna Richardson Duncan, dies of cancer

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Hill staffer Donna Richardson Duncan died on April 11 after a battle with cancer, at the age of 55. She was married to former Conservative cabinet minister John Duncan. She also used to be…

Families Minister Duclos promotes new policy director after Mathieu Laberge departs

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has a new director of policy in his office following the recent departure of Mathieu Laberge from the role. Up until the beginning of this month, Mr.…

Liberals relying more on ‘omnibus’ bills to fulfil promises before 2019 election, say observers, critics

With the clock ticking down to the next election, the Liberal government is increasingly being accused of tabling “omnibus” legislation, as it puts forward big bills to fulfil its ambitious agenda. With 18 months left…

It will take more than a law to change ‘archaic’ Hill culture, says Senate sponsor of anti-harassment bill

Government legislation aimed at handling and preventing sexual harassment in federally regulated workplaces and Parliament Hill won’t be enough to stop the longstanding problem, says the bill’s Senate sponsor, but it’s a step in the…

Training needed to fill staff, MPs’ blindspots on lobbying rules, say insiders

News|By Shruti Shekar
Parliamentarians and their staff need basic training on lobbying rules to avoid scandals and unpleasant post-employment surprises, according to former politicos and insiders, who say many people are left woefully unprepared for the realities of…

NDP analyst Capstick leaving world of political punditry

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Longtime NDP political analyst and former NDP press secretary Ian Capstick announced in a Facebook note last week that he's signing off from the world of political punditry. The founder of Media Style public affairs…

Federal health agencies failing on Indigenous reconciliation, external review finds

News|By Jolson Lim
A recent external review commissioned by Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor found the government’s arm's-length pan-Canadian health organizations to be laggards when it comes to engaging with Indigenous groups and communities, something the minister says…

Pakistan celebrates national day in Ottawa as MPs, Senators prepare to see country for themselves

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Close to 300 diplomats and senior officials came to celebrate Pakistan’s national day celebration at the Chateau Laurier, just before a group of MPs and Senators set out for Pakistan to foster closer ties. On…

‘We’ve got things moving,’ AFN national chief Bellegarde touts new federal money in re-election pitch

News|By Jolson Lim
Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde, who's running for re-election in July 2018, says he's the best person to continue the unprecedented momentum right now in Crown-First Nations relations, despite some criticism that's…

Feds have an opportunity to fund health performance measurement, reporting across Canada

In the 1990s, then-health minister Allan Rock proposed a report card for the Canadian health-care system that would track indicators such as utilization and re-admission rates, average lengths of stay, health outcomes, and quality assurance.…

A new prescription for cancer treatments

Opinion|By Nadia Bhuiyan
Back in August of 2012, I received the devastating news that my mother had an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was quickly admitted to the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) in our hometown of Montreal,…

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OTTAWA—On the evening of July 25, 2010, an oil pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. ruptured near Marshall, Mich. During the 17 hours it took for the company to turn off the flow, more than three…
Opinion|Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—On Saturday, April 7, I awoke to catch a breaking story on CTV’s news channel. It was being reported that a chemical weapons attack had been perpetrated in a rebel-held town in Syria. A veteran…
In 1984, when the movie Revenge of the Nerds hit theatres, the concept of a nerd uprising was entirely aspirational and constrained to a single fictional college campus. Back then, nerddom was defined by a propensity for…
Fatima Abba Bukar is nine months pregnant. It is her first pregnancy since she miscarried while fleeing Boko Haram late one night more than a year ago in northern Nigeria. She’s safe now and recently…
Canada is the world's second-biggest consumer of pharmaceutical opioids—second only to the United States. To put that in perspective, retail pharmacies across Canada dispensed 19 million prescriptions for opioids in 2016, up slightly from 18.9…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—It seems the plague of partisan party politics (try saying that three times fast) is taking a toll on Canada’s TV punditry class. Or at least, it has claimed one notable casualty—Ian Capstick. If…
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Politics This Morning: Liberals in Halifax for convention, high times on the Hill

Good Friday morning, It’s a quieter day than usual for a Friday in the halls of Centre Block, as MPs opted to rise yesterday afternoon for the week to accommodate Liberals heading to Halifax for…

Indigenous Services Minister Philpott’s chief of staff poised to depart

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott’s chief of staff, John Brodhead, is set to exit the minister’s team at the end of April. Mr. Brodhead addressed his impending departure in a Facebook post on April 11,…

Perreault promoted to PMO lead speechwriter after Armstrong departs for Morneau’s office

Brittany Perreault has been promoted to be senior manager of speechwriting in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, taking charge of the team previously headed by Jeni Armstrong. Former lead speechwriter Ms. Armstrong left the Prime…

Donner Prize announces finalists for best public policy books

Five finalists have been shortlisted for this year’s 20th anniversary Donner Prize award, which recognizes the best public policy book by a Canadian author. This year’s shortlist was selected from 78 submissions and the winner…

Ambrose’s ex-chief of staff lands new Queen Street job

Garry Keller, the former chief of staff to interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose, has taken up a new job as a vice-president at government relations firm StrategyCorp. “Really pleased to be joining the excellent…

Inaugural Women on the Hill shindig draws 500, and MPs from all parties

The inaugural Women on the Hill event, hosted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Velma McColl at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building last Monday night, attracted nearly 500 guests who mingled, networked, and celebrated a belated International…

MPs hit the red carpet at Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto

TORONTO—Eight Members of Parliament and ministers donned their best tuxedo or gown on March 11 to walk the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards. Toronto-area MPs were out in full force at the star-studded…

Argentine envoy ‘confident’ Canada-Mercosur deal will wrap quickly

The second round of trade negotiations between Canada and Mercosur countries will be held in June in Brazil, says the new Argentine ambassador, adding that despite a few areas of concern, the four-country South American…

Australia’s new top envoy says her ‘focus is firmly on the future’ of CPTPP

Australia’s new high commissioner says officials from her country signalling they would block Canada’s admission to Asia’s top security forum, the East Asia Summit, had nothing to do with tensions that bubbled up when Canada…

Liberals flock to Halifax for national convention this weekend

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Plus: Ottawa-Gatineau hosts the Youth 7 Summit and a conference on the Internet of Things.
This hockey stick rested against the doors of the House of Commons in Centre Block during Question Period on April 17, in memory of the 16 Humboldt Broncos players and personnel who died when the junior hockey team's bus collided with a semi-trailer in northeastern Saskatchewan on April 6. Canadians have taken to putting a hockey stick outside their front door in remembrance, and posting photos of it on social media. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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