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Justice Minister Nicholson pushes crime bill he used to be against

By Harris MacLeod      

As a Mulroney backbencher, Rob Nicholson was against mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, who is pushing the government’s tough on crime agenda and plans to revive the bill on mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes in the next Parliamentary session, did not support the proposed law when he was a Mulroney backbencher.

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Conservatives’ survey has would-be candidates worried O’Toole will change nomination rules to reward loyalists

News|By Abbas Rana
The party is asking members if they think it’s more important to select a candidate who has the ‘greatest opportunity to win,’ or to have an open nomination process.

‘Fasten your seatbelts’: Fortier’s quick rise to oversee ‘enormous’ Treasury Board amid historic spending

Treasury Board President Mona Fortier's job will be improving public service recruitment, and strengthening oversight on spending and financial reporting in the government's multi-billion-dollar spending estimates.

‘Out of step with other nations’: Canada’s Crown copyright laws in need of an overhaul, say library associations

Experts say there is a lack of clarity around open licensing and permissions for government publications, which could be remedied by following the lead of other Commonwealth countries.

Green lobby ready to press on, following environment-focused October

After four months in the top spot, lobbying related to economic development fell behind advocacy related to the environment in October.

Former environment staffers dominate Natural Resources Minister Wilkinson’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Karl Sasseville has been made deputy chief of staff to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

Following Three Amigos summit, Canada looking for friends in U.S. Senate to curtail EV tax credit

News|By Neil Moss
With the American Senate's even-split among party lines, U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is 'a decent bet to upset the vote,' says Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association president Flavio Volpe.

Conservative Senate Leader Plett taking ‘a few weeks’ off for ‘personal health reasons,’ Sen. Housakos taking over as interim leader

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservative Sen. Don Plett declined to say why Sen. Denise Batters remains a member of the Conservative Senate caucus despite her expulsion from the national caucus.

Canada may be back at pre-pandemic employment levels, but the hard part isn’t over, say experts

News|By Alice Chen
'Once the tide rolls out on all of this rebound, we’re expecting fairly weak economic growth for Canada,' says the Conference Board of Canada's Pedro Antunes.

‘COVID is just purely an excuse’: Advocates call for auditor general review of access to information regime

News|By Neil Moss
A September report from Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard found that nine separate complaints of access to information delay were 'well founded.'
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