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John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, will brief the House Foreign Affairs Committee Friday morning on the state of relations with Beijing. The Hill Times file photograph

Ambassador to China to brief MPs on detained Canadians in closed-door meeting

MPs rebuffed NDP and Conservative request that a portion of John McCallum’s address be public, arguing ‘the lives of Canadians are at stake.’

Liberal promises on Indigenous relationship ring hollow to activists, experts as protests continue

‘Either [Justin Trudeau] means what he says but none of his ministers have the confidence to fulfil it, or he really is just about broken promises,’ says Prof. Pam Palmater.

‘Negotiations are done,’ says Canadian official, in face of U.S. Democrats looking to reopen USMCA

News|By Neil Moss
New U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the signed deal 'a deal in progress.'

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Conservatives lead in nominated candidates, a dozen former MPs among hopefuls

The Conservatives have 186 nominees named, the Liberals have more than 160, and the NDP are in a distant third with 21.

Critics question O’Regan pick for Indigenous Services, say ‘lame-duck’ posting could harm momentum

Promoting Seamus O’Regan and shuffling Jody Wilson-Raybould signals the Liberals are moving away from a 'progressive approach' to Indigenous relations, downgrading its importance, says expert Hayden King.

Why Mobina Jaffer left the Senate Liberals to sit solo

She says people from her province, B.C., pushed her to become more independent, leaving the Grit group with nine members.

Public service in mourning in wake of deadly Ottawa bus crash

News|By Emily Haws
Longtime ATIP officer Judy Booth was a casual worker the National Capital Commission, while Bruce Thomlinson was at the Canada Border Services Agency, and Anja Van Beek was at Treasury Board.

Liberals move on legislative tax changes to address Phoenix overpayments

News|By Emily Haws
Because the draft proposals work in the taxpayers’ favour, Canada Revenue Agency will start applying the new direction immediately.

Senate to work on shortened schedule in pre-election spring session

Construction delays in the Senate and an extra break week for both Houses will keep Senators out of their new Chamber for much of the next few months.

Scheer, Singh yet to dent Trudeau’s big Liberal lead in Quebec, polls show

‘Listening’ tour or not, Andrew Scheer’s positions on the environment are one of several vulnerabilities for him in La Belle Province, pollsters say.
John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, will brief the House Foreign Affairs Committee Friday morning on the state of relations with Beijing. The Hill Times file photograph

Ambassador to China to brief MPs on detained Canadians in closed-door meeting

MPs rebuffed NDP and Conservative request that a portion of John McCallum’s address be public, arguing ‘the lives of Canadians are at stake.’

Will the populist bandwagon roll on in Canada?

Opinion|By Les Whittington
Last year’s provincial elections showed the potency of the kind of resentment seen in the yellow vest movement in France.

Will there be a defining moment in the 2019 campaign?

Opinion|By John Chenier
A week is a long time in politics and the events that will determine the outcome of the next election haven’t happened yet. So buckle up.

Singh’s leadership haunted by the ghost of a leader past

Opinion|By Michael Harris
Though Jagmeet Singh should hold Burnaby South for the NDP, it won’t be easy, especially now that he says in the event of losing, his troubled leadership will continue.

Edible pot regulations a ‘start,’ says industry ahead of consultations

News|By Neil Moss
Proposed regulations published on Dec. 20 include a ban on products needing refrigeration and separating food and pot production.

Liberals rolled the dice on legalization, now we’re paying the price

The feds haven’t done enough to rein in the black market or mount strong public education campaigns.

Unions praise Brison, optimistic about ‘results-oriented’ Philpott heading Treasury Board

Feature|By Emily Haws
When then-Treasury Board president Scott Brison got an upset text from PSAC national president Chris Aylward late last year, he immediately picked up the phone and called.

Ukrainian hero feted in the streets a historical horror

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Ukraine’s embrace of a nationalist hero with Nazi connections doesn't show the type of Canadian values our military trainers were sent to defend.

The unprecedented unsubtlety of Trump’s Russia crush

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The infatuated president’s passion for Putin couldn’t have been more obvious if he’d humped the diminutive dictator’s leg and belted out the Russian national anthem during their Helsinki newser.

Macedonia: What’s in a name?

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras now has to hold a vote of confidence, and if he loses it, there will have to be an early election.

Feds promote DMs who can stickhandle tough provincial, U.S. relations

Feature|By Emily Haws
The new deputy head of the public service, Catherine Blewett, brings fed-prov muscle to her start this week as deputy PCO clerk and associate secretary to cabinet.

November lobbying boosted by Hill days, GM plant closure, and budget talks

Unifor was one of the most active groups, pushing government officials on the media bailout, shipbuilding, and GM’s closure of Oshawa’s auto plant.

Senate Tories block steering group of committee studying contentious environment assessment bill

They accuse the Independent Senators Group of not following meeting rules, but the ISG says the Conservatives are attempting to delay the ‘politically sensitive’ bill, C-69.

Policy director Berzins joins Transport Minister Garneau’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan has a new press secretary, Daniele Medlej.

Heymans exhibit the Art of Diplomacy in new book

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Pierre Trudeau-era cabinet member and longtime senator Pierre De Bané dies, and Justin Trudeau takes a trip to Dog River, Sask.

Infrastructure Minister Champagne hires new communications director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, photographer Alex Tétreault has joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.

Can Irwin Cotler become Canada’s second Nobel Peace Prize winner?

Plus, Paul Godfrey steps down as Postmedia president, and Charlie Angus criticizes 'bullshit extremist talk' around threats against Justin Trudeau.

TV tangle: CPAC still sorting out new Senate broadcast details

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, lobbyists are on the move, and former Tory MP Myron Thompson has died.

Kitchen discord: Senators stew over how to commemorate room key to constitutional debate

Talk of marking the Government Conference Centre kitchen where three attorneys general hashed out a constitutional compromise doesn't 'bring back good memories,’ says Quebec Sen. Dennis Dawson.

Black market, supply chain issues will improve as legal weed market matures, says Blair

News|By Jolson Lim
Minister Bill Blair talks about the federal government's goals for cannabis policy in 2019, draft regulations on edibles, privacy concerns, and expungement.

Protecting the health and safety of Canadians remains our top priority

By legalizing, strictly regulating, and restricting access to cannabis, we are better protecting the health and safety of Canadians and seeking to displace the illegal market.

Legalizing pot will not weed out organized crime

Like any other business venture, criminal groups, far from being eradicated, learn and adapt.

Feds should snuff out excise tax on medical cannabis

Opinion|By Trina Fraser
They’re violating the personal dignity of patients by imposing a ‘sin tax’ on their medicine.

Ford should do the right thing, show people he cares

Opinion|By Jean T. Fournier
Doug Ford should reconsider cuts to French-language services affecting Ontario’s 600,000 francophones, including the cancellation of plans to create Ontario’s first French-language university in Toronto.

Politics This Morning: Ambassador to China heads to Hill for briefing on detained Canadians

Opposition efforts to hold part of the meeting in public were shot down by Liberal MPs, who outnumber their Conservative and NDP counterparts on the committee.
Opinion|Simon Somogyi
Legalization’s impact on our food system should be troubling to us all.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Scott Brison has always had a great political antenna and, while he said his decision was family-based, his reflection had to include a review of the party’s political popularity meter in Nova Scotia.
Justin Trudeau’s nearly four years in power will be remembered for Chewbacca socks, baby-balancing, and the Griswolds go to India, writes Warren Kinsella.
Opinion|David Crane
Donald Trump is undermining Canada’s bid to establish closer economic ties with China, pushing Canada to take the U.S. side in his aggressive economic and trade war against China.
Unless Trudeau’s team turns centrist, Blue Liberals will sit on their hands and wallets as this year’s election approaches.
Opinion|Lu Shaye
It seems that, to some people, only Canadian citizens should be treated in a humanitarian manner and their freedom deemed valuable, while Chinese people do not deserve that.
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Senior staff shake-up in the Prime Minister’s Office

Leslie O’Leary has landed the role of director of issues management in the PMO, and Joseph Pickerill will be replacing her as chief of staff to Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne.

Ministers Sohi, Rodriguez hire new political aides

Plus, the Conservative leader's office has a number of staff changes, including Rudy Husny’s return to the Hill as director of stakeholders and correspondence.
Feature|Neil Moss

A PMO staffer and a former Chagger aide seek to flip ridings in 2019 votes

Plus, Sheila Malcolmson bids the House adieu, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hits the post-adjournment media circuit.
Feature|Neil Moss

Liberal MP Cuzner’s annual Christmas roast gets lots of laughs from MPs this year

Plus, Andrew Scheer hosts a Christmas reception for Hill scribes, and four new Senators were recently appointed.
Feature|Emily Haws

The Red Violin screening brings together the political and artistic realms for a night on the town

The screening featured the NAC Orchestra playing its original score in celebration of 20th anniversary of the film's release.
Feature|Emily Haws

Ninety years of Canada-France diplomatic relations celebrated with wine, oysters, and French desserts

The night also celebrated the reopening of the French embassy's Salon de Bouleaux, which had undergone renovations in September.

Nothing in migration compact tells Canada to ‘open borders,’ says UN refugee agency rep

Also, Kazakhstan celebrates its 27th anniversary of independence and deepening relations with Canada after the historic visit of a Canadian Governor General.

Launch of campaign against gender-based violence comes ahead of ‘landmark’ year, says UN official

‘There are particular moments that come in our lives that give us the opportunity to be the best part of ourselves—and such a moment will soon be upon us,' says Lopa Banerjee.

PM’s new cabinet to plot return to Parliament at Sherbrooke retreat

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Governor General Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau look on as David Lametti is sworn in as justice minister during a cabinet shuffle on Jan 14. He and the rest of cabinet are set to meet in Sherbrooke, Que., Jan. 16 to 18 for a retreat before the House returns on Jan. 28. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Plus, the federal Liberals will meet for a winter caucus retreat on the Hill from Jan. 19 to 21.

A look at the Speaker's corridor in Centre Block on Jan. 9. Previously, this hallway was lined with portraits of past Speakers.
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