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How do you solve a problem like social conservatives?

By Sarah Schmidt      

What is the future of social conservatism in Canada going to be in the post-Harper era? Will they stay in the Conservative Party fold and become a liability for the brand? There are early signals of a party intent on modernizing and smoothing out some of its rougher edges.

Meanwhile, Patrick Brown seems to be following Harper’s playbook as leader of the Ontario PC Party. Following an admirable voting record (if you’re a social conservative) during his tenure as a backbench MP in Ottawa, Mr. Brown successfully courted this group to win the leadership by condemning the Ontario government’s update to sex-ed curriculum. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Back in 2006, after Stephen Harper won his first election as head of the Conservative Party of Canada, his minority government brought forward a motion calling for legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage.

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Public servants still waiting to engage with public service renewal parl sec

News|By Mike Lapointe
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.

Trudeau set right tone in the days after Flight 752 downing, say foreign policy experts

News|By Neil Moss
Trudeau's comments have underpinned Canada's interests-based foreign policy, says former diplomat Colin Robertson.

One patrol ship and 118 Crown vehicles vandalized, part of $24.2-million in lost property in 2018-19

Federal court pay outs totalled roughly $28.1-million in 2018-19, including a roughly $10-million court award paid out by Global Affairs Canada under NAFTA’s Chapter 11.

Canada mulling compensation for families of crash victims, says MP Alghabra

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not accept a situation where we are not being given the information we are looking for,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau of the deadly Jan. 8 plane crash in Iran that left 57 Canadians dead.

PMO spent $9.7-million in 2018-19, ministerial office spending rises 10.5 per cent: public accounts

Meanwhile, the foreign affairs ministerial team once again led travel spending in 2018-19, with a combined total of $221,111 expensed to Global Affairs Canada.

‘Still a mess, still needs a lot of work’: Shared Services Canada gets new master under digital government minister

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says her union was not involved in discussions with the PMO prior to the decision to move Shared Services Canada under the minister of digital government.

Baird’s post-mortem on campaign may not be ‘as relevant’ as party braces for election of new leader, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Palak Mangat
'They’ll probably disregard a lot, and, say, ‘Well, that was Andrew, I’m a different person, and I won’t have the same challenges that he had. My approach will be different,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Liberals still haven’t had a national caucus discussion about federal election outcome and they want one, say Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
The Trudeau Liberals are holding their winter national caucus meeting in Ottawa Jan. 22-24; however, it's unclear if the party’s electoral performance will be dissected at the meeting.

MH17 investigation a blueprint for Canada after 57 Canadians killed aboard Ukrainian flight in Iran, say former diplomats

'I want answers. That means closure, transparency, accountability and justice,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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