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PM Harper keeps Fantino in Cabinet because Tories can’t afford to lose seats in GTA, say critics

By Tim Naumetz      

In mini shuffle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints Erin O'Toole as new Veterans Affairs minister and demotes Julian Fantino to associate minister of National Defence.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Julian Fantino lost his job as Veterans Affairs minister on Monday, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled the retired police officer into his fifth Cabinet post in four years because he owes him a large political debt from the 2011 election and can’t afford to lose his electoral weight in the Toronto region, critics say.

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Ontario’s top court signals support for Liberals’ justice reform bill

The Liberals have pledged to re-introduce a bill to reform criminal sentencing within 100 days of Parliament’s return.

Liberal MP Mendès challenging Rota for House Speaker’s position

News|By Abbas Rana
An assistant deputy speaker and four-term MP, Alexandra Mendèz—like Anthony Rota—has begun contacting fellow MPs to ask for their support in the Speaker's election.

‘Put your own health at risk, but my health? No’: MPs, Senators calling on all colleagues to be fully vaxxed for Parliament’s return next month

News|By Mike Lapointe
Liberal MP-elect John McKay says he should have the 'absolute right' to expect that his colleagues in Parliament have done everything they can possibly do to make sure that they are not transmitting COVID-19.

‘It’s like getting thrown into the deep end of the pool’: rookie MPs navigate new House waters

News|By Matt Horwood
Former and current MPs advise rookies to listen more than they speak, reach out to MPs in their caucus 'proactively,' and be principled in their core beliefs.

First two-spirit MP aims to be architect of change, speak up for Indigenous, LGBTQ2+ voices

News|By Matt Horwood
The 27-year-old New Democrat says reconciliation needs to begin with Indigenous youth, because 'we can't afford to have another generation go by with this pain in their hearts, minds, and spirit.'

Conservative Party’s national council suspends Ontario councillor Chen for launching petition to oust O’Toole

News|By Abbas Rana 10:20 AM ET
In a vote of 10-7, the 21-member national council has suspended Bert Chen for two months.

‘Civilianization’ of military justice system a ‘slippery slope,’ warns former judge advocate general Cathcart

But removing military judges from the chain of command, among other reforms, would help shift culture, says the lawyer who assisted in the former justice’s review of the system.

‘Tough questions’ ahead in deciding future of Canada’s submarine fleet

News|By Neil Moss
After Australia reversed course and decided to acquire nuclear-powered submarines instead of conventionally-powered ones, could Canada make the same decision?

Analysts question whether China can meet ‘high standard’ to join CPTPP, as Taiwan bid encouraged

News|By Neil Moss
Some trade analysts say bringing China onboard the CPTPP could foster higher trading standards in the Ottawa-Beijing relationship.
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