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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, pictured at the federal NDP's policy convention in Ottawa in February. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Horwath campaign stocked with NDPers from Manitoba, B.C., Alberta, and Ottawa who know how to win

The Ontario NDP campaign team includes Michael Balagus, Karla Webber-Gallagher, Marla DiCandia, Erin Morrison, Oliver Paré, Jenn Barrett, Laura Ziemba, Brad Lavigne, Kathleen Monk, and more.

Brown considering run to be Peel region chair in October municipal election

News|By Abbas Rana
Patrick Brown will make a final decision about his potential candidacy after the June 7 Ontario provincial election, says Alise Mills.

Six months on, trade minister sitting on report detailing hiring, spending troubles for mining conflict counsellor

The now-departed ‘arm’s length’ corporate social responsibility counsellor for the mining sector was chronically short-staffed, had no set budget, and relied on Global Affairs Canada for spending and hiring.

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Senate committee likely to amend C-45 on home pot cultivation, says sponsor

The Senate Social Affairs Committee is wrapping up its study of the cannabis legalization bill, and the House Environment Committee has made more than 130 changes to the environmental assessment bill.

House to decide next month if Centre Block will make its massive move out this summer

Even once construction on the West Block, Government Conference Centre and the Visitors’ Welcome Centre wraps, it could take six months before they’re fully ready for use.

Ontario election rattling federal Grits’ confidence, cockiness, say some Liberals and opposition MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
But Liberal MP Raj Grewal say the outcome of the June 7 Ontario provincial election has ‘no bearing’ on next year’s federal election.

Majority of Canadians says pipeline could lift economy, but generational divide in support exists: poll

News|By Beatrice Paez
The generational split in support for the pipeline could pose problems for the federal Liberals in the election, according to Forum's Lorne Bozinoff.

Canada needs to throw off the yoke of economic complacency to play in the big leagues

Opinion|By Evan Sotiropoulos
Economic indicators suggest that Canada's performance among G7 nations is middling, says columnist Evan Sotiropoulos.

‘Last thing we need is a straitjacket’: Sen. Harder calls for flexible rules in Senate reform, as government mulls new bill

News|By Beatrice Paez
The government representative in the Senate says he wants to see the Senate Modernization Committee 'achieve a consensus' this fall on reform recommendations, which would help inform the creation of a government bill.

Fix Indigenous issues, racial discrimination, countries tell Canada in UN human rights review

Many of the recommendations were repeated from the 2013 review, say civil society groups, who want Canada to change its human rights-management approach.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, pictured at the federal NDP's policy convention in Ottawa in February. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Horwath campaign stocked with NDPers from Manitoba, B.C., Alberta, and Ottawa who know how to win

The Ontario NDP campaign team includes Michael Balagus, Karla Webber-Gallagher, Marla DiCandia, Erin Morrison, Oliver Paré, Jenn Barrett, Laura Ziemba, Brad Lavigne, Kathleen Monk, and more.

Vulnerable Ford must produce economic plan

Opinion|By Thomas Walkom
TORONTO—When Ontario’s election campaign began earlier this month, it was enough for Tory leader Doug Ford to be the anti-Wynne. A good many Ontarians were sick of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and ready to support…

Senate debate on Trans Mountain reveals reliance on myths, not facts

Opinion|By Colleen Collins
Energy demand continues to grow around the world, even as countries, including a historically oil-rich country like Norway, look to diversify and invest in renewable resources.

Opposition MPs demand minister testify to explain ‘odd’ chief electoral officer nomination switch-up

News|By Jolson Lim
The Liberals' nominee, Stéphane Perrault, didn't have many answers Tuesday as to what happened to Saskatchewan electoral officer Michael Boda's nomination, so Conservative MP Blake Richards is asking for a minister to ex

Tory Senators fed alternative facts in U.S. cannabis field trip

Their concerns about Canada’s impending legalization are bolstered by claims that U.S. jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis have seen a public health disaster. But that’s just not true.

Feds assembling Indigenous advisory team ahead of Indian Act reform

Consultations on how to remove gender discrimination following the passage of Bill S-3 have to begin by June 12.

A transparency failure conference, Facebook hijinks and dished-out government ‘info’ 

Opinion|By Ken Rubin
OTTAWA—There is no doubt that public mistrust has been heightened by a growing list of government-managed exclusions of ministerial and other records. So it was intriguing to find out that one brainstorming policy idea, found…

U.S. Department of State’s Human Rights Report focuses on labour issues, women, and Indigenous people

Opinion|By David Jones
Consequently, despite occasional warts, it would be a more humane world were there 198 other entities with Canadian attributes.

Could this year’s Charlevoix talkfest be the last of the G7 summits?

Opinion|By Les Whittington
With Donald Trump involved, the utility of the multi-million-dollar annual G7 gathering could become a very open question.

At a wedding in Windsor, a more hopeful reality soars

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After more than a year of bad actors hogging the global stage, the marriage of a good one to a prince offers joy amid chaos.

Lobbying czar calls for ‘transparency by default,’ cutting 20 per cent rule

News|By Shruti Shekar
NDP MP Charlie Angus also wants Parliamentarians to discuss regulating lobbyists who take up jobs as political staffers.

With eight sitting days before Kinder Morgan’s deadline, no word on pipeline legislation

News|By Emily Haws
Expect disabilities legislation to be tabled before summer, but the government to otherwise focus on getting through priority bills already in the House.

Who’s lobbying who on the Trans Mountain pipeline?

News|By Shruti Shekar
Kinder Morgan, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and Canadian Energy Pipeline Association have been lobbying the government to gauge the timeline for getting shovels in the ground.

New speechwriter in the PMO, Minister Hajdu has a new press secretary

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Véronique Simard has exited the Prime Minister’s Office to become press secretary to Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.

A Royle wedding is in the works: Mark Critch and Melissa Royle getting hitched

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault sings at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Joe Lofaro leaves the CBC to join the Senate as a content writer, and International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne wins an award.

More than 700 were hoppin’ and poppin’ at The Hill Times’ Party on the Hill

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The Sir John A. Macdonald building was buzzing with lobbyists, Hillites, MPs, Senators, journalists, and industry folk during last Wednesday's party.

Conservative leader’s office adds new stakeholder adviser

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, an assistant to Liberal MP Gagan Sikand is set to become chief of staff to the British high commissioner.

Municipal elections a turning point in Tunisia’s democracy, says envoy

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Tunisian elections were 'unimaginable' in 2011, says Mohamed Torjemane, who hopes to build stronger relations between Tunisia and Canada.

B.C. reporter Richard Zussman in Ottawa to launch book on province’s historic 2017 election

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Plus, there's a new pool camera for ministers to dodge in the foyer outside Question Period, and the Ottawa Art Gallery has been mentioned in the New York Times.

Sajjan to unveil 20-year defence spending plan this spring; says active cybersecurity powers from Bill C-59 will be checked

News|By Jolson Lim
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said DND's plans for purchasing new military equipment will be out this spring, while also discussing Bill C-59, the CSE's new Centre for Cyber Security.

Procurement update: tracking the progress of Canada’s planned purchases of military hardware

Feature|By Emily Haws
Despite critiques from experts, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the government is working on improving the procurement process, as outlined in the government's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

CF-18 replacement options will highlight CANSEC

News|By Neil Moss
MPs say are eager to see the latest potential CF-18 replacements at Ottawa's annual defence trade show.

Winning bid for surface combatant design expected by year’s end, on-time finish remains in question

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative MP James Bezan says the Liberals have mismanaged the CSC program from the start

Retired officer pens tell-all on Operation Medusa, ‘the biggest battle that any one of us would fight’

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Major-General David Fraser said the book is a great story of fighting through adversity and will 'put on the record now what happened and why it happened' when Canada went to battle in Afghanistan.

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Opinion|Sheila Copps
Kathleen Wynne’s unpopularity is palpable, deserved or not. In reality, she's done a pretty decent job as a leader. But her enemies have been very successful in casting her as the source of all that is evil in Ontario.
Even though he’s heading up Canada’s main opposition party, and even though he’s potentially our next prime minister, Andrew Scheer seems to be getting less media coverage than his predecessor, Stephen Harper.
Opinion|David Crane
We can make big gains in healthy aging and in the use of technology to improve the lives of older Canadians. But we cannot gloss over the huge challenges ahead.
TORONTO—What will Justin Trudeau do? When Kathleen Wynne loses, that is. Because she is going to lose the Ontario election. Badly. The reasons are myriad. She leads a wildly unpopular government. She’s been the most unpopular…
The Quebec Liberals have one card up their sleeve that their Ontario cousins do not.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
As Canadians, we expect the authorities tasked with keeping us safe to do as they are mandated. We spend a lot of taxpayers’ hard-earned money on law enforcement and national-security agencies, and we demand an efficient…
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Politics This Morning: Gould to talk electoral reform before committee; Trudeau to welcome Estonian leader; Garneau to discuss passenger rights at Ottawa International Airport

Good Monday morning, After testing his comedic chops on Saturday night at the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner, where he had a few good lines about the India trip at his own expense and joked that…

PMO hires new issues adviser straight out of Finance Minister Morneau’s office

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office has recruited a new issues adviser to its fold straight out of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office. Chloé Luciani-Girouard marked her first day in the issues management branch of the…

New staffers for ministers Freeland, Morneau, Sajjan

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been busy lately with North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington, D.C., but back home in Ottawa a new assistant has joined her ministerial staff team. Brett Aylward…

Friends and former political foes turn out to see Bob Rae get lifetime achievement award

Ex-cabinet ministers and former provincial premiers of various political stripes gathered in downtown Toronto last week to fête Bob Rae as he received the lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians for his long…

Library of Parliament Committee meeting three years overdue

On May 3, members of the joint House-Senate Committee on the Library of Parliament were finally able to get down to business for the first time since 2015, albeit briefly, to plan out the committee's…

Parliamentary Centre celebrates 50 years with 300-person gala

The Parliamentary Centre started out to support the Canadian Parliament. Fifty years later, it's expanded to help 120 legislatures in 45 countries better serve the people they represent. On the evening of April 23, the…

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…

G7 can’t exclude U.S., despite disagreements, say envoys

Diplomats representing G7 countries in Canada say the group can't exclude the United States even if most members disagree with it on a growing number of issues, including most recently its decision to pull out…

ASEAN trade deal ‘will happen, it is very strong,’ says new Thai envoy

Thailand's new ambassador, Maris Sangiampongsa, says his country’s military-run government will “not stall” ongoing talks toward a possible trade deal between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Canada. In 2015, Mr. Sangiampongsa's predecessor said the Conservative government…

Blair to testify before Senate’s Social Affairs Committee on Monday

Monday, May 28th, 2018
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, pictured on May 25, is back to facing reporters before Question Period after taking taking a leave of absence to welcome her first baby, Oliver. Ms. Gould is the first federal minister to have a baby while in office.
The Hill Time photograph by Andrew Meade
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