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In wake of Orlando gay nightclub attack, openly gay Grit MP says there’s still prejudice in Liberal caucus

By Rachel Aiello      

Oliphant says there are still ‘love the sinner but hate the sin’ attitudes among Liberals, though many colleagues support him. He adds the government needs to do more at home and abroad on LGBTQ rights and gun access.

Parliamentarians from all parties at the first ever LGBTQ flag raising ceremony on Parliament Hill on June 1, 2016. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raising the pride flag with help of his colleagues, top left. Liberal MPs Scott Brison, Rob Oliphant, and Randy Boissonnault, top right. Above, NDP MP Nathan Cullen, left, Liberal MPs Randy Boissonnault, Scott Brison, Hedy Fry, Seamus O'Regan, and Rob Oliphant, NDP MP Sheri Benson, Conservative Senator Janis Johnson, and NDP MP Randall Garrison. The Hill Times photos by Rachel Aiello

Openly gay Liberal MP Rob Oliphant says, despite having many allies in his caucus, there are still people there with a “love the sinner but hate the sin” attitude when it comes to LGBTQ rights.

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Trudeau’s handling of Wet’suwet’en blockades critical to his political credibility, say pollsters and former Liberal cabinet minister Nault

News|By Abbas Rana
'It clearly is becoming a moment in Canada where everyone's paying attention,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

Immigration Minister Mendicino’s team includes three new directors

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers dives into the team working in Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office.

Senators put spotlight back on harassment, ‘loophole’ blocked bullying complaint, says one

‘It’s gotten worse as the Senate has diversified,’ says Lillian Dyck.

Public service hiring up, but report finds manager, employee concerns around feds’ new staffing process

News|By Mike Lapointe
A recent government survey found that although just under 92 per cent of public service managers believe that appointees can do the job they were hired for, just under 54 per cent of employees agreed.

UNDRIP provides ‘guide’ to resolving tensions among Indigenous communities over questions of authority, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We have to move beyond public platitudes and eloquent statements; we need a reality whereby Indigenous law and institutions are placed on the same level as common law,' says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

UN nuclear disarmament rep ‘counting on Canada’ to help bridge tricky international divides

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Disarmament is not something idealistic or a utopian ideology,' says UN high rep for disarmament affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, and that it's 'part of security.'

Black Canadian groups call on feds to address economic inequities facing community

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The work they’re doing is going to need to speak for itself,' says Liberal strategist Tiffany Gooch, about the party's recovery from the prime minister's blackface scandal.

‘Just live your life,’ women’s rights advocate tells survivors of violence

News|By Palak Mangat
'Focusing on resilience ignores the systemic problem that forces people to fight so hard in the first place,' says Julie Lalonde.

‘A real lack of leadership’: critics call for better response from feds as Wet’suwet’en blockades continue

‘Negotiations should take as long as they need to,’ says Ellen Gabriel, a former Mohawk spokesperson during the Oka Crisis.
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