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MP Tony Clement, pictured with Leader Andrew Scheer last year, was forced to resign from the Conservative caucus last week after allegations of inappropriate online conduct surfaced, dating back years. Mr. Clement admitted to 'inappropriate' online exchanges and 'acts of infidelity.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Clement has a tough road to redemption, say strategists

News|By Emily Haws
It involves keeping quiet and rebuilding trust in his riding, they say, though it’s a long-shot he’ll be let back into the Conservative fold.

iPolitics lays off five after ownership change

News|By Emily Haws
Two full-time and two part-time staff and one freelancer were laid off Nov. 8 in the wake of Torstar’s $1.4-million purchase Oct. 1, though new editor Marco Vigliotti was also hired.

Feds have spent less than half of controversial $7-billion budget fund, critics question lost oversight given ‘unchanged’ spending pace

Treasury Board President Scott Brison says the government is ‘on track,’ but NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it shows the Liberals don’t have ‘their act together.’

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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.

‘Damning’ corrections report reflects Senator concerns about human rights gaps in prisons

Over the past year the Senate Human Rights Committee has visited almost 30 prisons, where members were most struck by the 'hopelessness' of inmates.

New review, old problems: Feds’ Trans Mountain redo beleaguered by criticisms

Concern has also been raised over the federal government’s signalled plan to use input from the NEB’s ‘unduly rushed’ reconsideration as part of its consultation redo with Indigenous peoples.

‘The risk is there’: marijuana legalization unpopular in ridings with high Chinese-Canadian populations, says former Ontario Liberal minister Chan

News|By Abbas Rana
Marijuana legalization could be the deciding factor in major urban centre ridings with high concentration of Chinese-Canadians in 2019.

A pink wave in Canada? Progress tends to be incremental, but ‘many young women are mobilizing’ for next election, say female politicians

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Canadian political landscape is different, compared to the U.S., says Equal Voice's Nancy Peckford, and the trends have consistently shown that progress in Canada tends to be incremental.

Clement had inappropriate interactions, ‘was pushing boundaries’ back when he was a Harper-era cabinet minister, says Parry-Sound female constituent 

Conservative MPs sat they're ‘surprised’ and ‘disappointed’ that an experienced politician like Tony Clement engaged in an inappropriate online behaviour.

Rick Mercer talks about developing his show’s ‘pure Canadian universe’

Feature|By Beatrice Paez
Few shows, even before peak TV hit, could command the attention of such a wide audience. But The Rick Mercer Report resonated with millions of Canadians, because he pulled the curtain back on the country.
MP Tony Clement, pictured with Leader Andrew Scheer last year, was forced to resign from the Conservative caucus last week after allegations of inappropriate online conduct surfaced, dating back years. Mr. Clement admitted to 'inappropriate' online exchanges and 'acts of infidelity.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Clement has a tough road to redemption, say strategists

News|By Emily Haws
It involves keeping quiet and rebuilding trust in his riding, they say, though it’s a long-shot he’ll be let back into the Conservative fold.

Another Clinton run for the presidency? Say it isn’t so

Opinion|By Tim Powers
If you know a politician, you know one of the hardest things they can do is let go of the game. There is always a next election; except this time there shouldn’t be for Hillary.

Revisiting the Florida recounts

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
This week’s midterm-results recount is déjà vu for some observers of the state’s 2000 presidential-election recount. As one political aide who was there recounts: ‘PTSD. Thank you.’

Liberals, Conservatives see fundraising bump on carbon price as Grits tighten gap

Engagement on a public policy issue can be a ‘major trigger’ for donors, says former Conservative staffer Kate Harrison.

Bill that could expand pool of organ donors receives all-party support, but risks failing to pass before election

News|By Jolson Lim
The bill is sponsored by Conservative MP Len Webber, who has championed the cause of organ donation and transplantation in his time in national and provincial legislatures.

Judge backs out of testifying in secret on access to information bill

Tax Court Chief Justice Eugene Rossiter was supposed to testify behind closed doors before a Senate committee on the morning of Nov. 8 on Bill C-58.

NDP questions why Trans Mountain buy not in spending estimates

News|By Emily Haws
Funding for the $4.5-billion pipeline purchase was handled as a transfer between Crown corporations, says the Treasury Board Secretariat.

U.S. midterms offer hope for Democrats, but the outlook is anything but certain

Opinion|By Les Whittington
While not the sweeping renunciation of Trump many had hoped for, the midterms showed that, despite the advantage of incumbency two years from now, the Republican leader could be vulnerable.

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.

What went wrong in Eastern Europe?

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Demographic panic in countries like Hungary finds its political expression in a paranoid fear that the country's dwindling population will be overrun by immigrants with a radically different culture, particularly refugee

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.

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.

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.

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

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

New memoir looks into the Westray coal mine disaster

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

Gould hires new comms director, Monsef names press secretary

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Conservative official opposition has a new press secretary: Mathew Clancy.

How cities are tackling some of Canada’s toughest challenges

Opinion|By Don Iveson
Whether it’s immigration or affordable housing, municipal governments often feel the impact and need to respond first. A new project is helping them solve these big issues.

Supreme Court case to decide on fundamental rights for migrant detainees

The public safety minister’s current challenge to the right for migrants to use habeas corpus emphasizes the government’s continued assault on the rights of migrants in Canada.

Is there a conservative case against the carbon tax? Not really

Opinion|By Jim Farney
It is inescapable that the 'what should be done,' if it were to be done by conservatives, would have to look remarkably like a carbon tax.

Strong Canadian agri-food sector more important than ever before

Opinion|By Chris Davison
We are at a critical juncture for the agri-food sector in this country. Let’s not squander the chance we have to take full advantage of the potential for growth that it can deliver.

We need a new kind of weather forecast

Opinion|By Michael Wolfson
More regular reporting on extreme weather patterns would help Canadians understand the real threat of climate change

Politics This Morning: Trudeau to meet with execs in Singapore; Champagne in Calgary for transit event

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is still in Singapore for a series of high-profile meetings with executives.
Opinion|Chantal HÉbert 1:50 PM ET
His call to remove Radio-Canada from its central place in the province’s cultural universe, and his contention that Canada has no place in the coalition to fight climate change, isolate him from the mainstream.
The colonial guardian-and-ward theory continues to permeate Canadian health policy when it comes to Indigenous peoples’ access.
They need to close the book on the Churchill Falls saga, then sit down and carve out a new hydro deal that is in both their interests.
Never touch a woman in the workplace. Never comment on a woman’s appearance in the workplace. Never place a woman in the workplace in a position that could embarrass her, or make her feel uncomfortable. 
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Washington’s mid-course correction will make politics uglier. It's hard to believe it could get any worse.
Opinion|
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New policy adviser, Ontario desk among recent staff hires in the Prime Minister’s Office

Plus, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has hired on Kevin Deagle as a policy adviser, and Simon Robertson has left Employment Minister Patty Hajdu’s office.

Ministers Duclos, Joly hire; McKenna loses senior aide

Plus, the NDP leader has a new interim chief of staff and the Conservative leader lost a media manager.
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|Neil Moss

Imprisoned Saudi blogger’s family visits Parliament Hill

Also, Jacques Poitras' new book looks into the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline; and pols get in the Halloween spirit.
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.
Feature|Emily Haws

Liberals celebrate 25th anniversary of Chrétien’s 1993 win at former PM’s book launch, and later at a party

The book, My Stories, My Times, was mostly written by hand, former PM Jean Chrétien told the crowd at his book launch event Oct. 25.

Work with Southeast Asia to help stem fentanyl flow, says UN rep

This year fentanyl was a hot topic for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime annual visit Canada to make sure its work is part of Global Affairs’ planning.

Angola to close embassy in Canada

Diplomats representing the resource-rich African nation are packing up their heritage building and heading home after 21 years and three ambassadors to Canada.

Defence leaders set to take part in Halifax International Security Forum this weekend

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
The 10th Annual Halifax International Security Forum will take place Nov. 16-18. Hosted by Canada’s defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, pictured earlier this year, it features defence ministers from across the world and a bipartisan congressional delegation from the United States. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Plus, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is holding a policy convention Nov. 16-18 in Etobicoke, Ont.

With the House on break for the week, Hill media had the rare opportunity to photograph the Red Chamber without any disruptions.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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