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The Liberal caucus, pictured during a meeting in 2016. If the Liberals want to form government after the next election, they will have to make gains in British Columbia, on top of winning the seats they currently hold. The Hill Times file photograph

B.C. ‘incredibly competitive’ battleground in upcoming campaign, Liberals can’t afford to lose seats in province: pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s expulsion from the Liberal caucus will be an important issue in the upcoming campaign in British Columbia, says pollster Greg Lyle.

House leaders keep each other in the dark as last push on legislation begins before fall election

MPs will debate a motion to extend sitting hours until midnight for the four remaining weeks on Monday, as the government aims to pass the 20 active bills still before Parliament.

Liberal MPs want Finance Minister Morneau to revisit mortgage stress test

News|By Abbas Rana
The construction industry in the Metro Vancouver area is the equivalent of the oil and gas industry in Alberta, says Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal.

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Make it personal: lessons in political fundraising from gurus in Washington, Ottawa

A U.S. Democrat and Canadian Conservative outline the dos and donts for a modern political fundraising campaign.

Meslin’s first-ever book a condemnation of and prescription for all that ails modern Canadian politics

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
As in a forest, old trees fall down to make way for the new—and there’s ‘a bunch of old dead trees in Ottawa’ right now, says Mr. Meslin.

Bob Joseph’s new book, Indigenous Relations, a traveller’s guide for the long road to reconciliation

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Understanding the history, context, and customs of Indigenous peoples goes a long way to improving Indigenous relations and achieving reconciliation, says author Bob Joseph.

Lobbyists seek clarity after watchdog warns political statements risk contravening code

‘This may keep individuals from participating in the political process,' says Ottawa lobbyist Scott Thurlow.

All eyes on Red Chamber, as Senators push back on key government bills

Senators have proposed dozens of changes to the Liberals' impact assessment and gun bills, have concerns about its solitary confinement legislation, and recommended its tanker-ban bill not proceed.

House may need to sit in summer to pass new NAFTA deal, says Trade Committee chair

News|By Neil Moss
‘I've never seen that before, but it's doable,’ says Liberal MP Mark Eyking. But MPs still say the Americans should make the first move toward ratification.

Senate on a spending ‘slippery slope,’ says Sen. Marshall, as Senators review office-expense rules

Senators rejected staff-suggested changes to the rules governing how they spend money from their office budgets, in favour of examining the rules and coming up with their own changes.
The Liberal caucus, pictured during a meeting in 2016. If the Liberals want to form government after the next election, they will have to make gains in British Columbia, on top of winning the seats they currently hold. The Hill Times file photograph

B.C. ‘incredibly competitive’ battleground in upcoming campaign, Liberals can’t afford to lose seats in province: pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s expulsion from the Liberal caucus will be an important issue in the upcoming campaign in British Columbia, says pollster Greg Lyle.

It’s time for MPs to seize opportunity presented by democratic empowerment motion

Opinion|By Paul E.J. Thomas
Even if the Democratic Empowerment motion fails to pass, the debates on its provisions in the House and at committee will lay the groundwork for the mandatory review of the Standing Orders that will take place following the next election.

Anger in politics is neither appealing nor productive

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Politicians ought to be on their best behaviour on election night: voters will remember an angry speech longer than they will a few boring platitudes. It’s a lesson N.L.’s Ches Crosbie now knows the hard way.

Bernier’s ‘virtue-signalling’ attack on Rempel is disturbing

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Maxime Bernier is deploying the tactics of toxic masculinity to publicly harass his former female caucus-mate.

No funding makes Indigenous child welfare bill ‘weak, deficient, and broken,’ witness says, but others urge MPs to ‘get it passed’

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde pitched four changes to Bill C-92, but called it a clear ‘step forward.’

Goodale: Answering the tough questions on Bill C-83 and reforming our approach to corrections

A Senate committee has raised number of questions about the bill, and they merit serious responses.

Privacy watchdog proposing rule change that could see firms revise data-use policies

The privacy commissioner's office is considering changes that could mean getting a person's explicit okay in all cases when their data is to be transferred across the border.

Blasphemy gives Muslims a bad name

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Canadian Muslims must also go the extra kilometre and denounce the treatment of Asia Bibi.

Scheer’s fiscal policy reveals a Conservative Party stuck in the past

Opinion|By David Crane
The party leader’s recent speeches display no real understanding of the world ahead and suggest no solutions to our biggest problems.

Amid U.S.-Iran brinksmanship, Canadian troops ought to leave Iraq

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The root causes of the ongoing violent strife in Iraq will not be rectified by training thousands more young Iraqi males how to kill.

New agriculture minister Bibeau most lobbied in first month on the job

With only five sitting days, March’s 1,435 reports made for a slow month for lobbying.

‘Worrying’ transparency gap in sponsored travel, say critics after lobbying czar report

‘Of course sponsored travel is about lobbying, it’s about gaining influence,’ says NDP MP Charlie Angus, and needs more oversight.

Federal laws on toxic chemicals not serving consumers

Opinion|By Gregg Renfrew
Our ask of lawmakers mirrors the key areas addressed by the committee, including strengthening the labelling regime for cosmetics, writes Gregg Renfrew, founder and CEO of Beautycounter.

Justice Minister Lametti makes policy staff changes

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at some staff migration from the Lower to the Upper Chamber on Parliament Hill.

There’s an app for that: Conservative MP Rempel gets an app

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Michelle Rempel gets an app, and Sukh Dhaliwal says Sikh Heritage Month will inspire education of the 120-year history of Sikh Canadians.

New regional advisers for ministers Sajjan, Duncan

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is set to get two new staffers straight out of Doug Ford's office, and a new caucus liaison and regional adviser for the Prairies.

Booted NDP MP Erin Weir not seeking re-election

Plus, Celina Caesar-Chavannes named Viola Desmond Award winner, and Jagmeet Singh takes seat on Iron Throne.

Changes in PMO, including a promotion and Ben Chin joins the team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The Prime Minister’s Office also has a new correspondence writer on board, among other recent political staffing moves.

Book on toxic masculinity takes top prize at 2019 Politics and the Pen

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Rachel Giese's book, Boys: What it Means to Become a Man, won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen prize at the 2019 Politics and the Pen event in Ottawa.

Sajjan touts female recruitment numbers, says Norman’s reinstatement in Vance’s hands

News|By Neil Moss
'General Vance is meeting with Vice-Admiral Norman to discuss next steps with him. I am going to give General Vance, as Vice-Admiral Norman’s immediate superior, time to have this discussion,' says the defence minister.

Canada must not abandon Mali

The government policy and the National Defence Committee’s report on Canada’s Task Force in Mali fail to properly understand that the early departure of Canadian Forces will severely restrict UN operations in Mali.

Trudeau puts partisan politics ahead of national security

Canadians are rightly concerned with Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government who continue to erode the morale of our military.

Building a national consensus on defence

Canada is facing increasing and multifaceted national security challenges in today’s international security environment.

What does defence policy look like in the 21st century?

We need to work to end nuclear proliferation. We must join the nations in the Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and press NATO to do the same.
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Politics This Morning: Wilson-Raybould, Philpott to reveal political fates as House returns for final stretch

All eyes on the Hill will be on the House Ethics Committee this week, as it hosts the grand international committee of policymakers to talk data privacy and disinformation.
Canada’s chief electoral officer says what Kenney and Ford are doing is okay because the activities of provincial governments, including advertising campaigns, aren’t subject to the Canada Elections Act. It's not right.
Current approaches won’t be sufficient to ensure that humans and wildlife can thrive on a shared planet.
The Liberal Party is fighting for its political life, the Conservatives appear to be riding the crest of a 'Blue Wave,' the Green Party is on the rise, and the NDP is still basically irrelevant.
'The actions of the prime minister and the government have been of great concern—to say the least—for Indigenous peoples,' says the former justice minister.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Overexposure probably explains why no other media outlet even bothered to cover the Sun front-page story. There was no exposé.
Opinion|Sean Wilson

Is democracy possible?

It’s not easy to feel optimistic about democracy these days. In his important new book, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up, activist and author Dave Meslin tackles our democratic deficit and proposes meaningful solutions that would encourage more connectivity between citizens and their governments.

Meslin’s first-ever book a condemnation of and prescription for all that ails modern Canadian politics

As in a forest, old trees fall down to make way for the new—and there’s ‘a bunch of old dead trees in Ottawa’ right now, says Canadian activist Dave Meslin.
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New Quebec desk in the PMO, as more join Liberal Party headquarters ahead of election

Former PMO Quebec regional affairs adviser Marie-Laurence Lapointe has joined Liberal Party headquarters as chief Quebec organizer.

Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland promotes Vincent Garneau as her new chief of staff, Broadhurst exits for top job at Liberal HQ

Plus, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is in need of a new director of policy, and former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts has a new gig.
Feature|Neil Moss

‘There is no greater guy in this place’: MPs celebrate outgoing Liberal MP Eyking

Plus, ITK's Taste of the Arctic takes to the NAC, and the Grits are fundraising after 12 Tory MPs attended an anti-abortion rally.
Feature|Neil Moss

Scribes, politicos to rub elbows at Politics and the Pen

Plus, newsroom cuts expected at CTV, and the Globe and Mail, and Mulroney whip and Harper mentor Jim Hawkes dies at 84.
Feature|Emily Haws

Teresa Wright’s vocals steal the show, while Pablo Rodriguez is a dancing king at gallery dinner

One of the more sentimental moments of the night was Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert's acceptance of the Charles Lynch award, saying couldn’t have done it without help from other gallery members.
Feature|Emily Haws

‘We miss you so much’: celebration of life for Gord Brown brings together politicos from all sides

Conservative MP Gord Brown had a heart attack in his office on May 2, 2018, dying shortly thereafter. He was 57.

Former Swedish Speaker switches gears to become ambassador

Canada and Sweden can ‘push the agenda’ on the world stage in the fight to protect democracy, Sweden's new envoy says.

Canada’s corporate ethics watchdog a ‘positive tool,’ says incoming Mexican ambassador

Mexico is ‘on the same page,’ says Juan José Gómez Camacho, with Canadian mining companies, which make up 70 per cent of foreign investment in the sector.

U.S. Vice-President Pence comes to Ottawa on May 30

Monday, May 27th, 2019
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa on Thursday, May 30, to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advance the U.S.-Mexica-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For more information, call the PMO Press Office at 613-957-5555. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

A couple enjoys lunch on the west lawn of Parliament Hill.
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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