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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured last year on Parliament Hill. The federal party is putting a concerted effort into winning the byelection race in Burnaby South, B.C., where Mr. Singh is seeking a seat, on Feb. 25. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

NDP taking ‘nothing for granted’ in Burnaby South as top Hill staffers, B.C. MPs working to get Singh elected

The federal NDP may be having fundraising woes, but the Burnaby South riding association was the party’s best fundraiser overall in Canada in 2017.

Yellow Vest, other protesters could be wild card in next federal election, says Nanos

News|By Abbas Rana
Pollster Nik Nanos says he expects protesters will try to disrupt Liberal campaign events during this year’s election campaign and will try to knock Prime Minister Justin Trudeau off his game.

‘We’re going to be every bit as active in this federal election’: Dias says unions undeterred by new pre-election ad spending limits 

The government’s elections bill brought in new restraints on third-party advertising before elections, but there's still plenty of room for unions and other big spenders to advertise before the next federal vote.

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‘Not a chance’ Liberals will sweep Atlantic region again in October, say political insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals could lose between ‘six to 11 seats’ of the 32 in the four Atlantic provinces: Prof. Donald Savoie.

Trudeau passes on attempting a do-over on tricky files in cabinet shuffle

News|By Beatrice Paez
Shuffles also come with the risk of airing the cabinet’s dirty laundry before the public.

Chiefs of staff shuffle follows federal cabinet change-ups

For one, newly named Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has brought over her chief of staff from justice, Jessica Prince.

Grit caucus lobbied Trudeau for new rural ministerial post, Liberal MP Casey says

In an election-style speech, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau steered clear of comments anticipating a nasty electoral showdown, saying he would 'offer that hopeful vision of Canada' in the face of political turmoil around the world over economic anxieties.

Former Liberal candidate accuses Trudeau and Liberal Party of rigging nomination contest in Milton, Ont.

News|By Abbas Rana
Businessman Azim Rizvee says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party preferred to have Olympic champion Adam van Koeverden as their candidate, and forced him to withdraw from the nomination contest.

‘Unjust’ reporting on China not ‘conducive’ to development of Canada-China relationship, says Chinese ambassador in rare press conference

News|By Neil Moss
Lu Shaye says Justin Trudeau's lobbying for international support will only 'serve to escalate' the Canada-China spat.

Ambassador to China to brief MPs on detained Canadians in closed-door meeting

MPs rebuffed NDP and Conservative request that a portion of John McCallum’s address be public, arguing ‘the lives of Canadians are at stake.’
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured last year on Parliament Hill. The federal party is putting a concerted effort into winning the byelection race in Burnaby South, B.C., where Mr. Singh is seeking a seat, on Feb. 25. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

NDP taking ‘nothing for granted’ in Burnaby South as top Hill staffers, B.C. MPs working to get Singh elected

The federal NDP may be having fundraising woes, but the Burnaby South riding association was the party’s best fundraiser overall in Canada in 2017.

Dismantling of power cabinet trio sends a distressing message to Indigenous peoples

Opinion|By Ken Coates
Speculation is rife that these steps suggest a downgrading of the prominence to Indigenous affairs, perhaps because the Liberals see their strong support for Indigenous rights as an election liability.

Ending madcap planning in Ottawa  

Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Too many of the signature building projects in Ottawa amount to a poor use of valuable public space.

Conservatives lead in nominated candidates, a dozen former MPs among hopefuls

The Conservatives have 186 nominees named, the Liberals have more than 160, and the NDP are in a distant third with 21.

Liberal promises on Indigenous relationship ring hollow to activists, experts as protests continue

‘Either [Justin Trudeau] means what he says but none of his ministers have the confidence to fulfil it, or he really is just about broken promises,’ says Prof. Pam Palmater.

‘Negotiations are done,’ says Canadian official, in face of U.S. Democrats looking to reopen USMCA

News|By Neil Moss
New U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the signed deal 'a deal in progress.'

Permanent residents should pay the same price as Canadians who drive impaired

If caught, an intoxicated Canadian could have their licence suspended and pay a fine, but a permanent resident could face deportation.

Trump and Erdogan: bringers of chaos

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyib Erdogan is much better informed than the American president and probably a lot smarter too, but he is just as impulsive, just as ruthless, just as much a bringer of chaos.

Ottawa be prepared: will Canada remain collateral damage after U.S.-China meetings?

Opinion|By Anton Malkin
Unless we devise a strategy on how to navigate this evolving and dynamic economic and technological confrontation between the status quo power and rising one, we will continue to be collateral damage.

Canada must commit its fair share of climate finance to help the world’s must vulnerable

Opinion|By Naomi Johnson
The world’s poorest one billion people absorb 80 per cent of climate change impacts, despite being responsible for only three per cent of global greenhouse emissions.

Industry players call for regulatory tweaks as empty shelves harsh retailers’ buzz

News|By Jolson Lim
The federal government attributes issues with the new legal cannabis supply chain to local problems with distribution and retail.

Edible pot regulations a ‘start,’ says industry ahead of consultations

News|By Neil Moss
Proposed regulations published on Dec. 20 include a ban on products needing refrigeration and separating food and pot production.

Feds promote DMs who can stickhandle tough provincial, U.S. relations

Feature|By Emily Haws
The new deputy head of the public service, Catherine Blewett, brings fed-prov muscle to her start this week as deputy PCO clerk and associate secretary to cabinet.

This just in: Rick Mercer added to Samara’s board

Feature|By Neil Moss

Science Minister Duncan names new director of parliamentary affairs ahead of new session

Plus, Infrastructure and Communities Minister François-Philippe Champagne has a new policy and regional affairs adviser in his office.

Policy director Berzins joins Transport Minister Garneau’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan has a new press secretary, Daniele Medlej.

Heymans exhibit the Art of Diplomacy in new book

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Pierre Trudeau-era cabinet member and longtime senator Pierre De Bané dies, and Justin Trudeau takes a trip to Dog River, Sask.

Why Mobina Jaffer left the Senate Liberals to sit solo

She says people from her province, B.C., pushed her to become more independent, leaving the Grit group with nine members.

Infrastructure Minister Champagne hires new communications director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, photographer Alex Tétreault has joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.

DND should start to plan Victoria-class submarine replacements ‘now,’ says former submariner

News|By Neil Moss
DND says its focus is on the Victoria-class modernization, and it won't be exploring replacement options until the modernization is 'well underway.'

China’s military ambitions could pressure Canada to increase naval deployments in Asia-Pacific, expert says

News|By Jolson Lim
Canada recently deployed two ships to Asia-Pacific waters to join allied American and Asian navies in a deterrence mission. More naval missions may occur as China asserts its claims on the South China Sea.

Trudeau unprepared for modern threats

Andrew Scheer and a new Conservative government will keep us safe by strengthening our Canadian Armed Forces, honouring our commitments to our NATO allies and enhancing our participation in NORAD.

Defence procurement and the need for a defence industrial strategy

Opinion|By Craig Stone
In the larger context, this is an improvement, but Canadians should be looking for their government to articulate a coherent defence industrial strategy in one document rather than a collection of documents.

Canada has the worst military procurement system in the Western World

Opinion
If Canada is serious about improving its defence procurement system, it requires a comprehensive set of reforms that addresses multiple issues simultaneously.

Politics This Morning: Singh to make housing announcement; Trudeau to attend national caucus meeting

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is slated to make a 'major housing announcement' on the streets of Burnaby, B.C.
Though he will take the stage as a change-champion, a growing list of largely symbolic policy 'gestures' will make that role harder to pull off. He may be full of good intentions, but his record i
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle was based on bad advice. Whoever recommended the demotion of Raybould-Wilson should bow out. Trudeau made the decision but, ultimately, hubris on the prime minister’s team is costing him.
At least with Stephen Harper, he was always truthful about his disinterest in their issues. Justin Trudeau, they say, cheerily says one thing to them, and then does another.
Whereas war is about using force to impose your will on others, politics is about using the gentle art of persuasion to peacefully convince.
Opinion|David Crane
There are many other elements to Canada’s foreign policy. But headline events are the ones most likely to impact voters. How important foreign policy will be in the election outcome remains to be seen. But it seems unlik
Opinion|Jason Oxman
Canada’s burgeoning digital economy competes with other jurisdictions around the world and any rush to regulate could chase away investment before it is cultivated.
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Senior staff shake-up in the Prime Minister’s Office

Leslie O’Leary has landed the role of director of issues management in the PMO, and Joseph Pickerill will be replacing her as chief of staff to Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne.

Ministers Sohi, Rodriguez hire new political aides

Plus, the Conservative leader's office has a number of staff changes, including Rudy Husny’s return to the Hill as director of stakeholders and correspondence.

Can Irwin Cotler become Canada’s second Nobel Peace Prize winner?

Plus, Paul Godfrey steps down as Postmedia president, and Charlie Angus criticizes 'bullshit extremist talk' around threats against Justin Trudeau.
Feature|Neil Moss

TV tangle: CPAC still sorting out new Senate broadcast details

Plus, lobbyists are on the move, and former Tory MP Myron Thompson has died.
Feature|Emily Haws

The Red Violin screening brings together the political and artistic realms for a night on the town

The screening featured the NAC Orchestra playing its original score in celebration of 20th anniversary of the film's release.
Feature|Emily Haws

Ninety years of Canada-France diplomatic relations celebrated with wine, oysters, and French desserts

The night also celebrated the reopening of the French embassy's Salon de Bouleaux, which had undergone renovations in September.

Nothing in migration compact tells Canada to ‘open borders,’ says UN refugee agency rep

Also, Kazakhstan celebrates its 27th anniversary of independence and deepening relations with Canada after the historic visit of a Canadian Governor General.

Launch of campaign against gender-based violence comes ahead of ‘landmark’ year, says UN official

‘There are particular moments that come in our lives that give us the opportunity to be the best part of ourselves—and such a moment will soon be upon us,' says Lopa Banerjee.

Liberals to meet Monday, Jan. 21, for national caucus meeting on the Hill

Monday, January 21st, 2019
The federal Liberals, headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will meet on Monday, Jan. 21, the National Caucus between 8:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. in Room 025B West Block, followed by a lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 035B West Block. The National Caucus will meet again from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 025B West Block; the Northern and Prairie Caucus will hold a working dinner from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and the Indigenous Caucus will hold a working dinner from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in Room 320 Wellington Building. The Hill Times file photograph

A look at the Speaker's corridor in Centre Block on Jan. 9. Previously, this hallway was lined with portraits of past Speakers.
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