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Julie Payette, pictured on July 13, 2017, the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced she would be Canada's 29th governor general. Ms. Payette's five-year term is scheduled to run until at least 2022, but she is now facing calls to resign after multiple former Rideau Hall employees told the CBC that she had allegedly harassed them. The Hill Times file photograph by Jake Wright

‘There has never been anything like this before’: experts split on GG’s fate as PCO launches Rideau Hall workplace probe over harassment, bullying claims

‘It’s got to the point, I think, with this particular story, that the governor general should resign,’ says Emmett Macfarlane, professor of constitutional law at the University of Waterloo.

PM’s ‘Tiger Team’ meant to address diversity, inclusion in Canada’s national intelligence and security community hasn’t met since 2018

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Building diverse and inclusive workforces is essential to the effectiveness of the security and intelligence community,' according to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians' annual report.

Trudeau should hire a ‘director of ethics and oversight’ to vet potential conflicts and break ‘serial pattern’ of ethics lapses, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau's Liberals should ensure they don’t end up in anymore ethical controversies, as these scandals lead people to think that it is ‘time for change,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

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Lewis courts dairy farmers, Sloan attacks WHO as Conservative leadership underdogs burn through cash in late advertising push

Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan spent roughly $20,000 in a week on a last-minute bid to shore up support, while Erin O'Toole's campaign slowed its online ad spending to a trickle.

Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and wife, Vicki, ‘working hard’ to make Donald Trump ‘a footnote in history’

News|By Abbas Rana
Bruce Heyman and other former Democratic ambassadors to Canada want the voter turnout of Americans living in Canada to at least double from six to 12 per cent in the November election.

Potential privacy threat to Android owners using COVID exposure notification app won’t be fixed until ‘later in the third quarter’

The exposure notification app launched July 31 in Ontario and will be available to residents of other provinces later.

‘No preferential treatment’: Trudeau says government did its ‘due diligence’ in assessing WE

News|By Beatrice Paez
'My primary concern was to make sure that the public service could fully support its recommendation, that without a doubt, WE Charity was the right, and indeed, the only partner to deliver the program,' says Mr. Trudeau.

Chinese envoy says Canada can ‘make up its mind’ in face of U.S. calls to counter China

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Canada is proud of being an independent country, or a country with its own independent foreign policy, so I hope that Canada is wise enough to make its own decision,' says Cong Peiwu, China's ambassador to Canada.

Parliament should label Uyghur persecution as genocide to foster global support against China’s human rights abuses, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
'There's pretty strong proof and testimony that there have been acts of genocide perpetrated against the Uyghur people,' says NDP MP Heather McPherson.

Deem Indigenous policing essential, boost support for Northern communities to help scrap racism in policing, committee hears

Police are 'being unfairly spotlighted' in a bigger conversation about systemic racism that happens in all arrays of society, says National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé.
Julie Payette, pictured on July 13, 2017, the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced she would be Canada's 29th governor general. Ms. Payette's five-year term is scheduled to run until at least 2022, but she is now facing calls to resign after multiple former Rideau Hall employees told the CBC that she had allegedly harassed them. The Hill Times file photograph by Jake Wright

‘There has never been anything like this before’: experts split on GG’s fate as PCO launches Rideau Hall workplace probe over harassment, bullying claims

‘It’s got to the point, I think, with this particular story, that the governor general should resign,’ says Emmett Macfarlane, professor of constitutional law at the University of Waterloo.

Trudeau needs to learn a valuable lesson from WE scandal

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Canadians are miffed by the WE mess, but they are still willing to give the prime minister the benefit of the doubt. Their patience is wearing thin.

WE ‘scandal’ doesn’t have the firepower to take down the PM

Opinion|By Michael Harris
Right or not, polling shows that ethics in government simply isn't a top issue of concern for Canadians.

Trudeau’s Sunny Ways scandals 

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Liberals always spin Trudeau's scandals into something positive: SNC-Lavalin was about saving jobs, the blackface embarrassment was a 'learning opportunity,' the WE Charity scandal was about helping young people.

Liberals preparing legislation to extend deadlines for courts, security reviews and more amid pandemic

The law could give Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains more time to give notice of a national security review to a foreign company trying to take over a Canadian business.

Senate oversight committees aim to start meeting this week

The Senate’s Finance and Social Affairs committees are preparing to start their studies of the government’s COVID-19 relief effort.

Pandemic crisis tests durability of MPs’ parliamentary privileges, say MPs, experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu says MPs have little recourse, other than to file a complaint with the House Speaker, for raising concerns about breaches of privilege.

Canada handed its bad guy role in Trump’s ‘America First’ election hype

Opinion|By Les Whittington
On pharmaceuticals, Canada appears to be the most salient miscreant in Trump’s contrived attempt to finally do something about the drug price outrage in the U.S.

There couldn’t be a better time than now to cancel the Safe Third Country Agreement

Opinion|By Jim Creskey
What this clear and powerful decision does is give everyone concerned, and especially the Liberals and Conservatives, an out.

On 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, today’s debate should be about continued illegal, immoral possession of nuclear weapons

Opinion|By Douglas Roche
If wants Canada to make nuclear disarmament 'among the highest priorities for Canada,' get NATO to work for a world free of nuclear weapons, and sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Lobby groups push feds to pivot to recovery phase, say more cash needed for key sectors

In May organizations logged 1,998 lobbying reports, with economic development, health, and industry among the most discussed matters.

‘We’re all hurting’: culture and sports groups say they need added funds, emergency support extended

The government says it’s developing a new portal in ‘record time’ to help fund arts, culture, and sport organizations, while opposition MPs say a plan for the sector has been too slow.

Environment, resource development agenda among April’s top-lobbied files

‘Deep change is possible and it can happen fast,’ says the CEO of Ocean Wise Conservation Association, which helped push the Environment Minister among the most-lobbied in cabinet in the last two months.

Writers’ Trust finalists probe Indigenous injustice, Canada-China relations, Ottawa on international stage

Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, politicians learn raccoons might just be a uniquely Canadian creature, and we apparently fold, never cut, our lettuce.

Dea exits as PMO issues, parliamentary affairs director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Liberal research bureau has a new communications director, and there are a couple of staff departures from the Conservative OLO to note.

Federal Diversity Minister Chagger makes some staffing changes

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair is in need of a new director of communications after Brittany Perreault’s exit.

Red Chamber posts $16.3-million surplus

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, past Tory MP Jim Abbott dies at 77, and Global News lays off many, citing commitment to ‘fact-based’ journalism.

Director-level changes for Justice Minister Lametti

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
After more than a year in the role, Jim Kapches recently exited his post as director of litigation to the justice minister.

PSPC Minister Anand adds Indigenous policy and procurement director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Cheryl Cardinal has a new job in Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand's office.
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With Gen. Vance on his way out, the door is open for successor speculation

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The sweepstakes have begun and pundits are already laying odds on who will be Canada’s next chief of the defence staff, but there is no clear-cut frontrunner from the pack of Canada’s senior officers.

Acceleration of digital economy is central to Canada’s future

Opinion|By Robert Ghiz
The reality is that Canada does not need to make drastic changes to its wireless industry, which remains a bright spot and national success story, even during these challenging times.

Race-based reporting for crime data could become mandatory for police, says cop, as group eyes boosting efforts by 2021

News|By Palak Mangat
'What’s at stake here is human life, and in a systemic sense, the treatment of vulnerable groups and actually being able to embed equity in our society,' says York University professor Lorne Foster.

Geopolitics, not national security, to be guiding factor in Huawei decision, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'Whatever CSE thought or continues to think about Huawei as a security risk no longer matters,' says national security expert Wesley Wark.

Feds have yet to make agreed-upon changes giving Parliament greater oversight over trade deals

News|By Neil Moss
Though still not made official, the government says it will comply with new trade policy provisions, including in trade talks with the United Kingdom, which began before the guidelines were agreed to in February.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 17, 2020, with David Morrison, his defence policy adviser, shortly before holding a press conference and an update at the National Press Theatre on the downing of Flight PS752 tragedy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Minority rules: 2020’s most influential figures to watch in federal politics

Feature
This year’s Top 100 Most Influential List reflects the power brokers who will help shape the terms of how this minority Parliament will shake out.
The return of Parliament is more than an event in the news cycle. It’s a time to look ahead, and to thoughtfully consider the important role each branch of government will play in that future, and in the life of each individual Canadian.
Opinion|David Coletto
Our worldview, our desire for control, and the way we get information are just three things that new MPs should consider as they orient themselves to life in Ottawa and as elected representatives. But the implications of these three forces matter to everyone who seeks to engage and connect with Canadians.
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Politics This Morning: House Finance Committee to continue probe into WE Charity deal

Plus, feds' COVID-19 alert app launches with some technical difficulties.
'Without a solid, impressive relationship between the prime minister of Canada and the United States, there is little consequence that Canada can achieve on the world stage,' says former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
‘The pressure is that much higher on whoever is selected the new leader to really hit the road as fast as possible and go out on tour and start introducing themselves to Canadians,’ says Andrew Brander.
As countries across the globe spend billions in green recovery efforts, dozens of Canadian experts and corporate leaders are urging the government to follow suit.
The next UN ambassador says part of his job will be to convince Canadians it’s in the country’s 'self-interest' to 'step up' and support global efforts to mitigate the pandemic.
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Opinion|Denise Hearn
If lawmakers and regulators care about protecting the health of competitive markets and future innovation in Canada, they will enforce the decision of the CRTC concerning wholesale internet pricing.
Opinion
Engaging Indigenous leaders in the policy-making process is crucial for addressing othering practices that exacerbate these economic, social, and physical vulnerabilities.
Opinion|Darren Touch
Unfortunately for Canada, the 'sleeping elephant' is awake. Every 'twitch and grunt' made will be felt by Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The ideological spiral between the two rivals will continue.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
We are amazed, but not amused by all the things you say that you'll do. Though much concerned but not involved with decisions that are made by you.
Feature|Alex Marland

Five political scientists offer fresh insights into election campaigning in three provinces

Provincial Battles, National Prize? Elections in a Federal State is a study of the 2015 Canadian federal election, with a twist: it examines campaign dynamics in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Great defining event of 21st century expected to occur in three decades

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline is a finalist for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, one of the five best Canadian public policy books of the year. Here, the two authors offer an essay about their bestselling book and why they wrote it.

Oversight for ministers’ regional offices changes hands from PSPC to PCO

Plus, Michael McNair has rejoined the Prime Minister’s office on a temporary basis, serving as a special adviser on the economic response to COVID-19.

Christopher Evelyn takes over as chief of staff to Women and Gender Equality Minister Monsef

Meanwhile, Government House Leader and Quebec Lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez has hired a new director of operations and outreach for his latter office.
Feature|Palak Mangat

Liberals to remain in hot seat over WE Charity controversy as Trudeau, Telford prepare for House committee probe

Plus, Toronto Coun. Mike Layton celebrates what would have been his late father,Jack Layton's, 70th birthday with a selfie in front of the Jack Layton statue.
Feature|Neil Moss

Stephen Harper, Candice Bergen, James Bezan, Judy Sgro, Leo Housakos, and John Baird participate in controversial ‘Free Iran’ virtual summit

Plus, Canadaland's Jesse Brown to appear at the Finance Committee, and former Green Party and NDP staffer Angela Rickman dies at 56.

As union members face COVID-19 pandemic ‘head on,’ PSAC calls for feds to return to bargaining table

Treasury Board spokesperson Martin Potvin says the government's goal is to take 'constructive steps to keep meeting and to prepare for negotiations when they resume.'

‘Critical situation’ in prisons as health-care workers threaten to walk over lack of protective equipment

'The Correctional Service of Canada continues to take a number of preventative measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in federal institutions,' according to the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

No more Hill parties, after coronavirus pandemic forces Parliament Hill to shut down

'Politics and the Pen is probably the exact opposite of social distancing. We cram so many people into the ballroom that you can barely keep one to two inches away,' says Jim Armour.  

Sorbara makes ’em howl at the Métropolitain

Pat Sorbara's new book, Let 'em Howl, offers lessons learned over a more than four-decade career in federal and provincial politics as a high-ranking Liberal backroomer.

New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.

No ‘magic’ response: diplomats discuss international lessons learned from COVID-19

'We’re living a gigantic world-wide experiment of geology, economy, and psychology, and we will only know later what happened,' says German Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser.

Mendicino to discuss how immigration will help rebuild Canadian economy at Pearson Centre webinar on Aug. 11

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Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, pictured on July 20, 2020, will participate in a Pearson Centre webinar on Aug. 11, discussing the role immigration will play in rebuilding the Canadian economy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, pictured July 20, on his way to West Block for the debate on his government's latest pandemic legislation, C-20, which calls for changes to the wage-subsidy program and an extension until December. Mr. Mendicino announced over the weekend that the Toronto Blue Jays won't be able to host home games, citing the health risks posed by the pandemic.
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