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Canada’s animal cruelty laws outdates, full of loopholes

Canada is widely considered to have the most ineffective animal cruelty legislation in the Western World, and the result is that countless animal abusers escape criminal prosecution every year.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould should be a champion for animal cruelty legislation, but instead her office issued a briefing paper opposing it just moments before second reading and debate, writes Camille Labchuk. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In 1997, two Edmonton men tied a border collie and a husky to a tree and smashed in their heads with aluminum baseball bats. The sickening killings sparked nation-wide outrage, but the judge in the case was forced to acquit the men, stating, “It certainly is not acceptable to me and many other people in this country 
to 
kill a dog like [that]… but there is no law.” That’s right—this brutal and vicious beating wasn’t a crime because the dogs died quickly.

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As ratings continue to drop, MPs, former journos still split on CBC The National’s four-host format

News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MP Peter Kent calls the The National's four host configuration 'a messy format', while NDP MP Peter Julian says the four hosts have been effective in 'putting forward often very courageous positions.'

Contradictory polls ‘perfectly predictable,’ reflect volatility among voters, say pollsters

While most pollsters say it ‘makes sense’ that recent polls conflict over a Liberal or Conservative lead, some call for better transparency and stronger editorial rules on reporting on the horse race.

Enforce the Veterans Hiring Act, says MP McCauley as committee finds former soldiers still underhired

News|By Mike Lapointe
A House Government Operations and Estimates Committee report highlights a lack of tools and services available to military members and veterans to help them navigate the federal public service hiring process.

Last chance to lobby MPs sees June numbers shrink, with influencers eyeing the campaign season

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business led in groups lobbying MPs as June’s 1,446 reported communications halved the total reported in May.

Bennett touts feds’ move to split INAC in speech at AFN gathering

News|By Palak Mangat
'It’s important for me to let you know that this is an election year, but the work won’t stop. The work continues until the writ drops for 35 days,' Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said.

Conservative premiers on campaign trail give Scheer little boost, say pollsters

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Premiers' attack on carbon tax help entrench the Tory base support, but has yet to wield large support from swing voters.

NDP hits pause on ads, Grits and Tories suspend TV campaigns as pre-election spending cap, summer doldrums kick in

The NDP says it's temporarily pausing its advertising campaign and will be back before the end of the month, but the Liberals and Conservatives are continuing to run dozens of social media ads.

Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts and ‘ordered’ populism, says Graves

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.

With Canada’s election looming, sense of urgency growing over passage of new NAFTA, say Republican aides

On Tuesday, they head to Winnipeg to discuss Indigenous issues, and later this week, will be in Calgary for energy and trade talks. 
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