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Employment and Social Development Canada, whose political masters include Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, pictured right arriving at a Feb. 19 cabinet meeting in West Block, reported the most instances of unsecured protected and classified documents going back to 2016, according to new numbers from the government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Nearly 20,000 sensitive documents mishandled under Trudeau government

Only one government employee has had their security clearance revoked, despite thousands of instances of improperly secured protected and classified documents in the last three years.

Senators work to change Ambrose’s judicial training bill, get it passed before summer break

Some Senators say proposed changes to the bill requiring sexual assault training for judges have broad support, but ‘games’ may delay the study.

Public service grew again in 2018, rebounding from Harper-era cuts

News|By Emily Haws
Since the Liberals took power in 2015, the public service has grown from 257,034 to 273,571 people in 2018, with the biggest boost coming between 2017 and 2018.

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Budget bill completes INAC split, but union says transition still ‘in flux’

The AFN says it should have been consulted on the legislation finalizing the split, while the government says the bill is bringing ‘more certainty and clarity to our Indigenous partners.’

Canadian businesses not seizing on CETA as much as Europeans, need a culture shift, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
The feds hope small- and medium-sized businesses take advantage of new export opportunities, but transportation costs may deter many.

Feds shift to non-traditional workspaces, but not everyone’s happy about it

News|By Emily Haws
Some employees have no designated desks, leaving little space for personal belongings or accessibility accommodations, say critics. But the government says the change is meant to design workspaces around client departmen

Crowded field of candidates expected for Liberal nomination in GTA swing riding of Oakville

News|By Abbas Rana
Former Ontario Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn and University of Toronto law professor Anita Anand are seeking the Liberal nomination in Oakville, Ont.

Anxious Liberals want Grits to fill all-important national campaign director position soon

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal Party headquarters is still undecided on whether former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, a key architect of the 2015 election win, will have any role in the October federal election.

Pollsters point to rising public racism, Quebec seats to explain Liberals’ U-turn on refugees

Getting tough on refugee claimants could help the Grits to block out the Bloc Québécois in Quebec in the next election, says Greg Lyle.

Federal government ad spending rises after PM’s department bumps up limit 45 per cent in election year

The CRA used its newly beefed-up budget to run ads touting the Canada Child Benefit and two other tax benefits on buses and in prime-time TV commercials.
Employment and Social Development Canada, whose political masters include Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, pictured right arriving at a Feb. 19 cabinet meeting in West Block, reported the most instances of unsecured protected and classified documents going back to 2016, according to new numbers from the government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Nearly 20,000 sensitive documents mishandled under Trudeau government

Only one government employee has had their security clearance revoked, despite thousands of instances of improperly secured protected and classified documents in the last three years.

Mueller pulls his punches, handing Trump more power than ever

Opinion|By Les Whittington
Robert Mueller has mostly provided fresh evidence that the U.S. president is able in large measure to operate outside the intended system of checks and balances central to U.S. governance.

Democrats should fight Trump in the trenches, not in Congress

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Instead of enabling yet another circus in an era of circuses by impeaching Donald Trump, Democrats should defeat the symptom and clean up the system.

Care Bear Trudeau is out; Terminator Trudeau is in

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Yes, our one-time super-sensitive, super-empathetic, touchy feely prime minister is officially now a tough guy. We see evidence of this transformation all over the place.

ISG Senators say poll shores up Red Chamber reforms, but feds running out of time to make them law

‘We are committed to making legislative changes’ to continue with Senate modernization, says the office of Government House Leader Bardish Chagger.

Senate amends access-to-info bill to forbid using code names to block documents

The Senate committee studying Bill C-58 is proposing changes to close a ‘loophole’ around terms that may be used to avoid release of documents and that will protect the power of the Senate.

Senate committee blows holes in Liberal gun bill

The National Security and Defence Committee stripped away key elements of Bill C-71, which sponsor Sen. André Pratte says he hopes will be restored before the Chamber’s final vote.

Sudan’s revolution

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
And a year or two from now, when everybody is throughly disillusioned by continuing economic hardship and political chaos, the military will try to take back control, just as they did in Egypt.

Call religious extremism what it is: terrorism

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
I know the Canadian government has an on-again, off-again relationship with intelligence. But can it not at least take what its protectors give it at face value and use it to craft policies that make sense?

French Embassy’s Ambassador for a Day program aims to shatter glass ceiling

It helps to have women like French Ambassador Kareen Rispal ‘open the door,’ says the program’s first student Juliana Trapolino.

SNC-Lavalin nuclear contracts at risk if it’s convicted

Opinion|By Erika Simpson
Whether SNC is allowed to meet and make billions of dollars of new contractual obligations over the next decade will be crucial to the global nuclear industry and Canada’s future development.

Pre-budget focus, Hill days sustain steady February lobbying

February produced 2,487 lobby records, doubling the slow holiday months as groups organized Hill days and focused on asks ahead of the March budget.

‘Civil wars’ are ‘incredibly damaging’: Trudeau boots Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from caucus

News|By Beatrice Paez
Ex-minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she has 'no regrets' for speaking out. 'I spoke the truth as I will continue to do.'

A nice day for a Green wedding: Elizabeth May ties the knot on Earth Day

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Trudeau turns The Simpsons down, and Jagmeet Singh's new book details sexual assault he faced as child.

Comms aide Célia Canon exits Justice Minister Lametti’s office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Canon marked her last day as communications adviser and de facto press secretary to Justice Minister David Lametti on April 22.

Meslin’s Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up calls ‘for a revolution against our own cynicism’

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Liberal candidate Allan Thompson releases book on Rwandan genocide, and MLI names Charles Burton and J. Michael Cole as new fellows.

One in, two out for Treasury Board President Murray’s staff team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jonathan Robinson has joined Treasury Board President Joyce Murray’s office as a special assistant.

Pierre Trudeau-era Liberals gather to celebrate 37th anniversary of the Constitution

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Familiar faces included former prime minister Jean Chrétien, Tom Axworthy, Monique Bégin, Judy Erola, and Marlene Catterall, among others.

‘I always knew that my public policy research had, at some point, to address the First Peoples’: Courchene

The following is an excerpt from Indigenous Nationals Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond, by Thomas J. Courchene, which has been shortlisted for this year's Donner Prize.

Budget misses the mark on international development

Opinion|By Prateek Awasthi
Poll results tell us there is widespread public support for foreign aid. But this budget doesn’t reflect that priority.

Diving into uncertainty: Canada’s submarine crisis

Opinion|By Sakhi Naimpoor
Canada’s aging sub fleet needs to be replaced, but from a political standpoint, it’s more convenient to fix the existing fleet than start a costly procurement process in an election year.

Beards and bare legs: This is no longer your grandfather’s military

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I dare say that it is a slippery slope once you start making allowances to accommodate individual tastes in an institution whose core value is disciplined conformity.

Growing global population: burden or boon to the environment?

The following is an excerpt from Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.

New NAFTA deal gets it right on digital trade

Opinion|By Susan Uthayakumar
The agreement balances Canada’s national and business interests with regional economic progress and creates a stable foundation for long-term growth of the digital economy.
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The PBO also plans to release the estimated cost for implementing's Bill C-83 provision for so-called 'structured intervention units.'
The following are author-selected excerpts from University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate & Dissent on Campus, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, to be awarded May 1.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Journalists are now working their way through all the box sets of Servant of the People, trying to glean some clues about what the new president has in mind.
Both sides have a choice: politicize and drive wedges, or lower the temperature and bring people together. Weaponize the debate or bring more people on to the side of combating division, supremacy, and phobias.
Bill C-48 proposes a ban against oil tankers off most of Canada’s West Coast. The bill threatens national unity severely and significantly by pitting one region against another and communities against communities.
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Former NDP MP Libby Davies talks about what made her a good MP and about her book, Outside In: Political Memoir.
By working together, Canada and Indigenous nations can sustain these important lands for future generations. We can offer a model for the world of conservation rooted in respect, responsibility and reconciliation.

Freedom of expression is under attack on campus

The following are author-selected excerpts from University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate & Dissent on Campus, short-listed along with four other books for this year’s Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.

‘I always knew that my public policy research had, at some point, to address the First Peoples’: Courchene

The following is an excerpt from Indigenous Nationals Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond, by Thomas J. Courchene, which has been shortlisted along with four other books for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.
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Policy, parliamentary affairs directors named in Minister Bibeau’s office

Plus, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu has a new senior communications aide, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has a new issues manager.

Indigenous Services Minister O’Regan needs a new comms team after two recent exits

Andrew MacKendrick says he decided to step away from the Hill, in part, for his own mental health, after recent events took a toll.
Feature|Neil Moss

‘Passionate, outspoken’ Ghislain Maltais bids adieu to the Red Chamber

Plus, Tory MP Mark Warawa is hoping for a 'miracle' as he battles cancer, and Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon is set to retire from the top court in the fall.
Feature|Neil Moss

Kenney readies for Tuesday’s election with a little help from his friend, Stephen Harper

Plus, veteran Conservative MP Rob Nicholson adds his name to growing list of MPs saying farewell to the House of Commons, and John Ivison pens book on Justin Trudeau.
Feature|Emily Haws

Women on the Hill reception elegant, empowering, and filled with politicos

NDP MP Niki Ashton and her partner, Bruce Moncur, had their arms full with their one-year-old twins, Leonidas and Stephanos, winning over the hearts of anyone around them.
Feature|Emily Haws

Daughters of the Vote, Camp Day on the Hill festivities include selfies, s’mores, and a lot of Parliamentarians

Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was expelled from the Liberal caucus April 11, had a line-up of supporters at the Daughters of the Vote welcome reception that day, although other Parliamentarians were also popular.

Taiwan-Canada relations ‘on the rise,’ says rep at annual bash

Taiwan Night was the hot ticket in town last week, with dozens of Parliamentarians in attendance.

Peaceful transfer of power key to keeping international standing, says Kazakh envoy

After nearly 30 years in power, Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigned last month, but his ambassador in Ottawa says his priorities remain the same.

Pearson Centre to honour Toronto mayor, Labour Congress leader at Toronto gala

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Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff is set to be honoured with a Progressive Leadership Award April 25 in Toronto at the Annual Pearson Centre Gala. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Plus, the House returns from a two-week break on April 29. That day, the Famous 5 Speaker Series will hold a panel discussion in celebration of Equal Voice founder and political journalist Rosemary Speirs.

Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie shares a laugh with Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee on April 11. Ms. Kusie told The Hill Times' photographer to make sure to capture this collegial exchange.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Comedian Rick Mercer and then-Reform Party MP Deb Grey, pictured in the late 1990s on Parliament Hill doing a shoot for CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which Mr. Mercer hosted at the time. The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
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