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The All-Party Steel Caucus is meeting this week, including: Liberal MP Bob Bratina, Liberal MP Terry Sheehan, NDP MP Scott Duvall, NDP MP Tracey Ramsey, Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi, and NDP MP David Christopherson. Photographs courtesy of parl.gc.ca

Steel town MPs, industry reps, cool to idea of quota-for-tariff exemption for U.S. metal duties

News|By Jolson Lim
Algoma Steel told the House International Trade Committee that it would support certain quotas in exchange for a duty exemption, something U.S. president Donald Trump hinted as a solution to ending the trade spat.

Former Hill staffer Wernick wants MPs to sign pledge to bring about ‘a long-term culture change’ on the Hill

News|By Abbas Rana
MPs offer mixed reaction to Paul Wernick’s ideas and are expressing concerns that following some elements of the pledge would violate the privacy of their staff.

Experts, critics urge feds to ‘ratchet up’ climate change efforts, seize the political leadership, after ‘landmark’ UN report

‘Staying the course when it’s the wrong course is not leadership,’ said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May of the Liberal government’s response to a recent UN report on the impacts of climate change.

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Great expectations, and racism, but immense pride and learning: Asian-Canadian MPs share their experiences

News|By Jolson Lim
For some Asian-Canadian MPs, being elected to Ottawa comes with expectations. But they say the job brings them much pride and an opportunity to learn about their community.

Former Brampton Conservative MP Seeback not ruling out nomination run in Dufferin-Caledon, blasting two other official candidates for being ‘disrespectful’ for challenging Conservative MP Tilson

News|By Abbas Rana
Former Brampton Conservative MP Kyle Seeback says he will make a decision about running in Dufferin-Caledon after the Oct. 22 municipal election.

USMCA’s ‘China clause’ may force Canada to consider sectoral trade, but experts question if China would have any interest

News|By Neil Moss
'China has not shown a lot of enthusiasm for sectoral deals,' says Charles Burton, a former aide in Canada's embassy in Beijing.

Despite USMCA deal, the ‘sword’ of national security tariff threats still hangs over Canada’s head, say trade observers

News|By Neil Moss
‘When you break norms, those norms are very difficult to re-establish,’ says one former policy adviser to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Three-quarters of Centre Block-based MPs have moved out

Twenty-seven MPs and cabinet ministers had moved into new offices in the Wellington, Justice, and Confederation buildings by Oct. 1, according to House staff.

Liberals turn sights on social media giants in bid to boost elections bill

The government has proposed more than 60 changes to Bill C-76, which NDP critic Nathan Cullen says points to a ‘flawed’ bill. There are a whopping 340 suggested changes altogether, to be debated next week.

Bowing to pressure, feds urge Senate to change access to information bill

The government is responding to critics who want to make the information commissioner’s order-making powers immediate, and scrap a requirement that requesters detail the time period, subject, and type of document.
The All-Party Steel Caucus is meeting this week, including: Liberal MP Bob Bratina, Liberal MP Terry Sheehan, NDP MP Scott Duvall, NDP MP Tracey Ramsey, Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi, and NDP MP David Christopherson. Photographs courtesy of parl.gc.ca

Steel town MPs, industry reps, cool to idea of quota-for-tariff exemption for U.S. metal duties

News|By Jolson Lim
Algoma Steel told the House International Trade Committee that it would support certain quotas in exchange for a duty exemption, something U.S. president Donald Trump hinted as a solution to ending the trade spat.

Humanity’s turkey is cooked while politicians play hot potato with climate change

Opinion|By Tim Powers
Canadians aren’t in rapture over the notion we must immediately and forcefully address a warming planet, so it’s hard to imagine our politicians would be either.

Québec Solidaire vote may be more than a sign of youthful rebellion

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
As conservative governments take hold in other provinces, the election results in Quebec may be a harbinger of things to come elsewhere, and may prove to be a major challenge for the Trudeau Liberals in 2019.

Life as a new MP: how to create order in a chaotic office

At the end of the day, you realize there is only one true, hard metric by which you can measure your performance: on election day, will my constituents trust me to represent them?

Canada has ‘straightforward’ path to ratify USMCA, but timeline reliant on unpredictable Americans

Some trade experts think Canada will ratify the trilateral agreement before the 2019 election, while one warned against rushing through legislation, with the U.S. timeline up in the air.

Proposed Quebec ban on religious symbols isn’t freedom, it’s oppression

Opinion|By Surjit Singh Flora
If we can deprive niqab-wearing women of their choice, then I believe we can deprive our citizens of just about any choice. That’s not right.

NAFTA deal a win for Trudeau, but not a get-out-of-jail-free card

Opinion|By Tim Powers
Trudeau is now a little less vulnerable to the opposition argument that he is a poor economic manager. But he won’t have time to rest on his laurels, as many businesses gear up for a fight against Bill C-69.

Khashoggi: worse than a crime

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If the foreigners will not bring Mohammed bin Salman down, his own family probably will. It is a family business.

Is the far right extremist threat really that big in Canada?

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
The Islamist threat has far outweighed that of the right-wing threat by a long shot; at least in terms of public perception and impact. We are living, after all, in a world defined, in many ways, by 9/11.

The politics of assured destruction

News|By Jim Creskey
Advice for a prime minister on how to save the world while winning public support.

New business coalition makes late-stage play in NAFTA talks to keep trade free

News|By Beatrice Paez
The formation of the Coalition to Keep Trade Free comes as Canada is facing an Oct. 1 deadline to sign onto the agreement struck between Mexico and the U.S.

GRIC announces new school ties at colourful back-to-Parliament bash

Feature|By Emily Haws
Government relations pros turned out to Tavern on the Hill on Sept. 13 for heat, hot dogs, and hops.

NAFTA players top Canada’s 40 most-influential foreign-policy minds

Insiders and observers weigh in on who impacts Canada’s decisions on diplomacy, trade, defence, development, and immigration.

The Washington Post comes north of the border

Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, new Canadians become citizens in the company of clouds, and call for submissions announced for the Donner Prize.

Fresh off the campaign trail in New Brunswick, Guy Gallant now comms director to heritage minister

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are a flurry of staff changes in the LRB, including former Ontario Liberal staffer Kevin Den Heijer’s addition as special assistant for Ontario regional affairs.

Thanksgiving turkey with a side of partisan rancour?

Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, a new 'controversial' book offers a blueprint to radically change Canadian health care, and an interprovincial trade conference will be hosted in Ottawa.

Daughters of the Vote to return to Parliament Hill in 2019

Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, a new book on the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster reveals it could happen again, and the Supreme Court enters the 1990s.

Canada needs IP incentives to be globally competitive

Opinion|By Adam Kingsley
Incentives for companies to protect intellectual property, and bring innovations to market, are critical to helping Canada realize its competitive potential.

How the rail industry’s culture of innovation benefits Canada

Opinion|By Marc Brazeau
All Canadians benefit from a rail network that is efficient, sustainable and, most importantly, safe.

Senate to decide if environmental protection is legitimate in the Anthropocene

Opinion|By Natalija Vojno
Times are changing and our laws need to change. It's more important than ever to strengthen the ability of our institutions to respond to present and future threats to the very ecosystems that sustain our economy.

Electricity lineworkers: modern day ‘heroes’

Opinion|By Sergio Marchi
The federal government should legislate an annual National Lineworker Appreciation Day, says Sergio Marchi.

To sustain the growth of organics, Canada must take ownership of its ownership

Opinion|By Tia Loftsgard
If we want to continue to see the positive benefits of organic production on our environment, health and economic well-being, the Government of Canada has a responsibility as the owner of this logo to show its support for the benefits the sector is delivering.

Politics This Morning: five new Senators to be sworn-in; 21-gun salute and two flypasts happening at 1 p.m. on the Hill; cabinet meets; GG to help mark 50th anniversary of Royal Canadian Logistics Service

As I watched my wife’s life slowly fade away, it seemed so odd to me the way people were working themselves up into an emotional frenzy over things that more than likely wouldn’t impact their personal lives.
Opinion|Susan Riley
The federal Liberals, self-described champions of climate action, are approving giant fossil fuel projects at breakneck pace, even compared to their predecessors, the oil-friendly Harper Conservatives.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
When future generations hold exclusive ownership of ancestral cultural symbols, dissemination becomes limited and survival is threatened. The opportunity to grow a culture is dependent on cross-pollination and evolution.
Stephen Harper is a traditional conservative, standing on a shrinking patch of political real estate, and he’s responding to the crisis like traditional conservatives too often do: by suggesting that the likes of Trump can somehow be accommodated.
Opinion|David Crane
If we recognized as a country that the only way we can meet our future needs is through innovation-led productivity growth, then we would be on the right track. But we are not there yet.
Parliament needs to embark upon a review of the Canadian military justice system which will lead to its evaluation and rejuvenation to ensure its harmony with the ordinary laws of Canada and the open courts concept.
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Policy director changes for Wilkinson, Wilson-Raybould

Two new political aides recently joined Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office.

Minister Champagne nabs press secretary from Minister Carr

Plus, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers has left the Prime Minister’s Office to take over as communications director to Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
Feature|Neil Moss

A Liberal and a Tory join swelling list of MPs sitting out next election

Also, a former GG and a Hill Times columnist have new books out this month, and the expelled Canadian Saudi ambassador will speak about the Middle East at an Ottawa event.
Feature|Neil Moss

Putin in ‘most dangerous’ mid-life crisis in history, says Tom Nichols

'This is the goal of the Russian effort, to completely annihilate the civic engagement of a coming generation of young people in democracies,' says U.S. Naval College professor Tom Nichols.
Feature|Emily Haws

Diana Ross helps raise more than $780,000 at this year’s glitzy NAC Gala

Sparkles and satin were on display as guests dressed in their best to see the Motown Queen perform Oct. 3.
Feature|Emily Haws

Hillites say farewell to The Globe’s Laura Stone

About 30 people stopped by Brixton's pub on Sept. 26 to wish Laura Stone well as she heads to Toronto to cover Ontario's provincial legislature.

Increased air travel key to closer relations between Qatar, Canada: envoy

No progress has been made since a January announcement of a rejigged air transport agreement between Qatar and Canada, says Saoud Abdulla Zaid Al-Mahmoud.

Greater need for Canada, Denmark to lead on world stage, new envoy says

Thomas Winkler says now more than ever there's a need for smaller countries with strong democratic values to 'punch above' their weight and 'hold the beacon high' on the international stage.

Global Automakers of Canada to host reception Oct. 15 in Wellington Building

Monday, October 15th, 2018
Members of the House Board of Internal Economy, pictured on Oct. 4, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Beauce MP Maxime Bernier files the papers registering the People's Party of Canada at Elections Canada's headquarters Wednesday morning. If his party is granted status, Mr. Bernier said he plans to field candidates in all 338 ridings in the next election.
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