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The Speaker's parade enters the Senate Chambers on Nov. 04, 2019. Former staffers of ex-senator Don Meredith say that the Senate has not done enough to prevent other staff from being harassed and kept silent in the future. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Upper Chamber staff harassment ‘more widespread,’ and could happen again, say former Don Meredith Senate employees

Sexual harassment is ‘more widespread’ in the Senate than the Don Meredith case, says one of his former staffers.

Would-be Conservative leaders wooing Quebec dairy farmers, but organizers say they won’t decide the race this time

With Maxime Bernier out of the party, dairy farmers don’t have a supply-management bogeyman to unite against this time.

‘Prudent, gradual, and phased-in’: public servant return-to-worksite plan slowly unfolding seven weeks in, but ‘no single date’ yet pinned down

News|By Mike Lapointe
Federal departments and agencies are taking numerous precautions and adapting worksites to meet physical distancing requirements, according to the Treasury Board.

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‘When you have the will, there is a way’: Canadian-Lebanese Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury’s rise to federal political power

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Liberal MP was first elected in the 2015 federal election, taking just over 25,800 votes and 47 per cent of the tally in the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles.

Job losses in July highest among racialized communities, StatsCan data shows

News|By Palak Mangat
'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.

‘The vast majority of the TFWs would rather come here and get their PR’: some MPs signal support for extending permanent residency to Canada’s migrant farm labourers

‘Beirut is bleeding’: Lebanese-Canadian MPs express horror, disbelief in wake of massive explosion

News|By Mike Lapointe
'I’m sure with the will of the Lebanese and their friends from all over the world, Beirut will shine again,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury.

‘I await your response’: inside N.S. Liberal MPs’ push for a public inquiry

News|By Neil Moss
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.

Introduction of remote voting in the House could come without unanimous support

House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.

‘No gotcha moments’: Trudeau’s gambit reflects lessons learned from past ethical entanglements

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.
The Speaker's parade enters the Senate Chambers on Nov. 04, 2019. Former staffers of ex-senator Don Meredith say that the Senate has not done enough to prevent other staff from being harassed and kept silent in the future. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Upper Chamber staff harassment ‘more widespread,’ and could happen again, say former Don Meredith Senate employees

Sexual harassment is ‘more widespread’ in the Senate than the Don Meredith case, says one of his former staffers.

Government by bureaucrats may be reality, but it cries out for reform

Opinion|By Michael Harris
Since the PM admits that cabinet practised zero due diligence before handing half a billion dollars to WE Charity, and relied totally on the advice of bureaucrats, who were those bureaucrats?

What else is happening while we worry about COVID? 

Opinion|By Susan Riley
As a political issue, the environment has definitely been downsized.

On the eve of the vote, MacKay’s front-runner status is no longer secure

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Erin O’Toole's fundraising in the second quarter was $1.24-million with Peter MacKay's raising $1.16-million. The difference is not that great, but the momentum shift definitely favours O’Toole.

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.

An October surprise almost inevitable in U.S.

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer 2:48 PM ET
Donald Trump will need a fake crisis because otherwise the coronavirus is going to kill him politically.

Recognize Palestine as a state, upgrade diplomatic status, says new representative 

Feature
Like her predecessor, Hala Abou-Hassira says she’d like to see the Canadian government upgrade her office’s diplomatic status.

Belarus: the beginning of the end?

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is not demanding to become president if she wins. She just wants the 700 opposition supporters and activists arrested since May, according to the Belarus human rights group Vyasna, to be released.

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.

‘For those of us serving in elected office, political life can be incredibly intense and it often becomes all-encompassing’: byelection speculation begins after Liberal MP Levitt announces he will resign his York Centre seat

Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, Independent Senator Murray Sinclair is happy to make his return to the legal field before his career winds down, as one advocate hails him as Canada's most respected Indigenous rights advocate.

Former UN envoy Marc‑André Blanchard has a new gig

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, former Grit MP Ted Hsu wants to run for provincial office, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to do ‘so much more’ in the fight for nuclear disarmament.

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.
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‘It’s a national security threat’: DND launches anti-Black racism initiative

News|By Neil Moss
The threat to recruiting posed by the bad press and reputational damage DND has suffered as a result of anti-Black racism amounts to a threat to national security, says Richard Sharpe.

Canada’s declining productivity: is substance abuse the root of the problem?

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The COVID-19 pandemic has sunk all boats, but when the tide comes back, we are still going to be seized with the challenge of declining productivity in comparison to our international competitors. 

A roadmap already exists to advance the rights of Black communities

Let’s have the courage in 2020 to go beyond grand words and promises. This is the time for action.

Migrant workers have paid their dues and should be given a path to permanent residency

It is a popular misconception that Canada does migrant workers a favour by allowing them to work hard, for little money, in hazardous and degrading conditions.

Canada cannot be drawn into a false choice between United States and China

Opinion|By David Crane
China is not going to disappear. Nor is it going to change its system because we think it should. But we have to have a future relationship with a country that is home to 1.4 billion people.
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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Plus, the feds pledge to match up to $2-million in donations for humanitarian assistance to Lebanon.
'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.
'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.
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Opinion|David Crane
Canada should support coherent, long-term strategy, and reject Trump’s alternative. This should be a key message from the House of Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations.
Here's a list some of the things Bill Morneau has put into place over the last five years and you can read it either as the legacy of a finance minister who is about to exit, or as a list of his achievements.
Mitigation and a return to health will require fully functioning markets. We don't need a planned, centralized economy, but we do need vision and good government policy over an uncertain next decade.
Opinion|Duncan Wilson 4:13 PM ET
If we don’t meet the increasing demand in container trade through the Port of Vancouver, there will be consequences for Canada’s economic progress.
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
As Beijing has reminded us repeatedly lately, Joe McCarthy gave McCarthyism a bad name. Problem solved!
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.

PSPC Minister Anand adds Indigenous policy and procurement director

Cheryl Cardinal has a new job in Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand's office.

Director-level changes for Justice Minister Lametti

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

MPs to return for House committee of the whole meeting Aug. 12 on the Hill

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured on July 22, 2020, leaving the West Block on Parliament Hill. 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.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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