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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says it's in the public's best interest to have the one-year-old National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians work properly, a sentiment echoed by security analysts and MPs alike. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Security and Intelligence Committee members should be more actively monitored in wake of Clement scandal: Green Party leader

News|By Emily Haws
'You have a choice. You don’t have to sit on that committee,' says Elizabeth May.

‘This is about people’s lives’: union president urges feds to fix security gaps AG found at embassies abroad

Security lapses make embassy staff abroad vulnerable, says the office of auditor general Michael Ferguson. Union president Pamela Isfeld says she's not surprised with the findings.

Budget bill’s Copyright Act changes undermine committee’s ongoing review, say critics

The innovation and heritage ministers have been ‘open’ since the beginning on what was coming this year, says a rep for Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.

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Procedure and House Affairs Committee proposes changes to e-petition system

Ditch MP petition ‘sponsorship,’ and allow for more flexible timelines, PROC recommends.

Pulling out of Mali in July could leave UN in ‘lurch,’ says peacekeeping expert

News|By Neil Moss
Various scenarios are being explored to ensure the UN’s Mali mission has ‘continued support’ after Canada leaves, says Global Affairs.

Here’s Taiwan’s trailblazing digital minister’s advice on how the feds can boost service to Canadians

News|By Emily Haws
Audrey Tang was part of an activist movement that occupied Taiwan's Parliament in 2014. Two years later, she was made digital minister.

CSC lacks ‘long-term plan’ to find appropriate housing for offenders, says auditor general

News|By Beatrice Paez
The AG found that the CSA had forecasted a 13 per cent increase in the number of offenders who require placement in community-based residenial facilities, it had not developed a 'long-term plan to meet the demand.'

Antennae are up for news on deficits, corporate relief plan, and pot revenue figures in fall economic update, say experts

News|By Jolson Lim
Finance Minister Bill Morneau will likely release his much-awaited plan to help Canadian businesses affected by U.S. tax cuts as part of the fall economic update, but there's plenty more that could come out of it.

Conservative consultant Mills questions why senior-ranking, female Tories are staying mum on Clement’s inappropriate sexual behaviour, but Clement denies allegation

Female MPs of all parties say that MPs should call out anyone who engages in inappropriate behaviour on the Hill.

Winnipeg Liberal MP Ouellette calls on all MPs to combat meth crisis, after being ‘solicited’ for sex by two young addicts in his riding office

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette says meth addicts have showed up at his constituency office several times in the recent past, cornered his staff behind their desks, yelled and screamed at them.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says it's in the public's best interest to have the one-year-old National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians work properly, a sentiment echoed by security analysts and MPs alike. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Security and Intelligence Committee members should be more actively monitored in wake of Clement scandal: Green Party leader

News|By Emily Haws
'You have a choice. You don’t have to sit on that committee,' says Elizabeth May.

Calgary Olympics rejection ought to be a sign to Olympic Committee to retool

Opinion|By Tim Powers
There’s an opportunity for Canadian sport leadership to use Calgary's rejection of the 2026 bid to push the IOC to change the nature and cost of the games.

PMO aide departs for Families Minister Duclos’ team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Leader Jagmeet Singh has hired ex-Manitoba cabinet minister Jennifer Howard as NDP chief of staff, starting Dec. 4.

To save a buck, Ford triggers waves of indignation

Opinion|By Chantal HÉbert
For most Quebecers, the treatment afforded by provincial governments to their francophone minorities amount to a litmus test of Canada’s commitment to the concept of linguistic duality.

Bill C-59 empowers our national security agencies by respecting our rights and freedoms

We live in a dangerous world. Our intelligence and security agencies need a range of powers to protect us from threats we face, whether from terrorism, espionage, or interference with our democratic institutions.

Liberal changes to foreign aid bill raise ‘red flag,’ say Grit MP, critics, aid groups

The proposed changes are tucked into the government’s omnibus budget implementation bill, and they may not be ‘benign,’ says Liberal MP John McKay.

Inequality in system no reason to criminalize paying for fertility services, says Grit MP Housefather

News|By Neil Moss
In surrogacy and fertility services, there’s always an exchange of money—just not to the surrogates and donors, says expert Dave Snow.

Why Sri Lanka’s chaos matters

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While the entirely avoidable chaos unfolding in Western democracies sucks up all the oxygen, something important is happening in one of China’s purchased pearls.

Sajjan says progress made to diversify Canadian military, but work must continue

News|By Jolson Lim
In the last fiscal year, eight per cent more women joined the Armed Forces, says the minister of national defence, but other targets are lagging.

Addressing minority rights in Ukraine, Latvia key to successful deterrence

Canada’s presence in NATO is an essential means of promoting and protecting minority rights in the region.

Lobbyists court Senators to kill impact assessment bill

Among the most lobbied Senators since September are C-69 sponsor Grant Mitchell and Energy Committee chair Rosa Galvez.

Business reps lobby parties to put tax reform in their 2019 platforms

The government ought to signal its plan to tackle lacklustre Canadian competitiveness in the fall economic statement, say industry reps.

Pot lobbying to remain high in wake of legalization, insiders say

There’s likely to be a lot of ‘jockeying’ from interested groups, as rules around non-smokeable products are still undecided.

Bill Morneau to talk fall economic update at the Economic Club

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, NDP tout the chance to eat with Jagmeet, while B.C. federal Liberals huddled in Kelowna and feted Hedy Fry's quarter century in politics.

Chief of staff change-up for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen

Meanwhile, Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair recently made a number of policy staff hires.

National Security and Intelligence Committee’s report on Trudeau’s India trip to be released on Dec. 3

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Patrick Brown's got a new book, and Independent MP Tony Clement resigns his post as IDU deputy chair.

Milestone MacAulay: minister marks 30 straight years as an MP

News|By Jolson Lim
The secret to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s 30 years in the House? ‘Lawrence is a really good constituency MP,’ says caucus colleague Wayne Easter.

Former Liberal Party organizer steps in as Trade Minister Carr’s new press secretary

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Dan Lindenas has joined Treasury Board President Scott Brison’s office, where he’ll soon take over as director of policy.

Rebels for a cause: Bernier headlines Rebel Media event in Calgary

Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, CBC's Salimah Shivji is joining the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and Democracy Watch gets its day in court to challenge the appointment of the ethics and lobbying commissioners.

Open CAF to non-citizens, be flexible in personnel structure to help reach diversity goals, experts say

News|By Jolson Lim
The Liberals and senior military brass have pushed for more women, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples to join the military, an institution in the midst of a cultural reset.

Procurement update: fighter jet replacement still a problem for feds, say experts, auditor general

News|By Neil Moss
Canada's procurement projects range from the much talked about Canadian Surface Combatant to a mid-life upgrade of the CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter.

Canada making real procurement progress, but still falling short

Opinion|By , David Perry
Last year, DND actually spent most of its procurement money; hopefully the same will occur this year.

Nurse practitioners are the innovative solution to Canada’s health care woes

We should be investing in the full range of primary health-care services to increase access for all Canadians.

Universities heading towards a crisis

Opinion
Growing class sizes and fewer course offerings are increasingly become an issue at universities, despite occasional increases in narrowly 'targeted' funding.

Politics This Morning: Morneau to deliver fall economic update

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is slated to deliver the government's fall economic update at around 4 p.m.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
Canada’s decision not to join another British military mission in Turkey in 1922 was arguably a more significant formative event.
We hurt ourselves when we repeat the same old sexist shibboleths about not finding qualified women, fail to recognize pay equity, or suggest women in public life should be docile.
So perhaps Maxime Bernier can use his position as leader of the People’s Party to inspire Canadians or to popularize his libertarian philosophy. And that’s nothing to be sneezed at.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
With or without Donald Trump and Theresa May, Asia is the way of the future.
Opinion|Natan Obed
For too many years, suicide has been discussed at a level of abstraction, which has not helped focus prevention efforts. We owe it to our children to discuss the situation in all its complexity, writes Natan Obed of ITK.
Opinion|David Crane
This means investments in infrastructure, education and talent, universities and other research institutions, housing and cultural and recreational amenities, and access to high-speed broadband.
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Innovation Minister Bains hires new press secretary, Danielle Keenan

Until recently, Danielle Keenan was busy at work as an issues manager for Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould.

Gould hires new comms director, Monsef names press secretary

Plus, the Conservative official opposition has a new press secretary: Mathew Clancy.
Feature|Neil Moss

New memoir looks into the Westray coal mine disaster

Also, MP Tony Clement joins outsiders row, and Conservative Senator Claude Carignan was recently honoured for his work safeguarding journalism.
Feature|Neil Moss

MPs, Senators, including 20 who’ve served in the military, mark Remembrance Day

Also, Trudeau to apologize for Canada's refusal to admit Jewish refugees in midst of Second World War, and former MP Paul Dewar gets a new key.
Feature|Emily Haws

Nathan Cullen wins Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year, NDP caucus cheers loudly; Dewar tells parties to ‘put our swords down’

Meanwhile, 47 college students showed off their applied research projects at the annual Colleges and Institutes Canada's annual student showcase.
Feature|Emily Haws

You Are Here: A Come from Away Story premiere brings a slice of Newfoundland to the national capital region

The documentary You Are Here: A Come From Away story tells the tales of the people behind the hit Broadway musical.

E-governance a ‘mutual interest’ with Canada, says Estonian envoy

The Baltic country tries to ‘push the envelope’ in the information and communications technology sector, which Toomas Lukk says is the ‘future of humankind.’

UN official warns of ‘dehumanizing’ political rhetoric amid Canada border-crosser debate

Despite the increase in border crossers, Canada does not face a 'crisis' with asylum seekers, says Volker Turk.

Finance minister to drop fall mini-budget Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured at a House committee last month, is set to deliver the fall economic statement on Nov. 21 in the House at about 4 p.m. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Plus, Lawrence MacAulay is celebrating 30 years as an MP with a celebration Nov. 21 in the Sir John A. Macdonald Building.

National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, responding to the auditor general's report on the government's handling of the fighter-jet file, defended his department's move to buy more jets, despite a personnel shortage.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Felix Holtmann, pictured in his Hill office in April 1990, became a household name when he added fuel to the national firestorm after the National Gallery of Canada announced it had bought a $1.8-million abstract painting, Voice of Fire, by American painter Barnett Newman, as the country was slipping into a recession. Mr. Holtmann, a Progressive Conservative MP at the time, told one interviewer that the painting ‘looks like two cans of paint and two rollers and about 10 minutes would do the trick.’
The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy
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