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‘People are asking what we’re doing differently from the previous government,’ Grit MPs set up regional caucuses on immigration, ‘No. 1’ riding issue

By Abbas Rana      

Immigration constitutes 60 per cent to 80 per cent of constituency work in major urban centres, say Liberal MPs.

Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz is the chair of the Ontario Liberal Immigration Caucus, Liberal MP Steven MacKinnon is the chair of the Quebec Immigration Caucus, Liberal MP Alaina Lockhart is the chair of the Atlantic Immigration Caucus and Liberal MP Jati Sidhu is the chair of the Western and Northern Immigration Caucus. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright and Courtesy of Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz and Alaina Lockhart

PARLIAMENT HILL—Government backbench MPs say they have set up regional caucuses to deal with immigration, the “No. 1” issue in major urban centres across Canada, because constituents are asking them what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has done in the last eight months to fix the system and MPs are communicating any problems to Immigration Minister John McCallum.

Nelly Shin becomes Canada’s first-ever Korean-born MP after ‘nail-biter’ race

‘She is a source of pride for the national community,’ says Senator Yonah Martin, who became the first Korean-Canadian Parliamentarian when she was appointed in 2009.

The ‘lost’ opportunity of the PM’s India trip, and other observations from India’s exiting envoy

Exiting Indian envoy Vikas Swarup talks Kashmir, the prime minister's infamous India visit, trade, and future relations between the two countries.

Raitt’s loss sparks questions about future of women in the Conservative Party, says political expert

News|By Beatrice Paez
Beyond being a voice for Conservative women, Lisa Raitt was unifying force who could transcend bitter partisan divides, says Melanee Thomas, political science professor at the University of Calgary.

Liberals’ proposed fix to defence procurement is a ‘gamble,’ say Conservatives

News|By Neil Moss
'Anything is an improvement over what's going on right now,' says Liberal MP John McKay, who was parliamentary secretary to the defence minister from 2015 to 2017.

Military making progress on Indigenous, visible minority recruitment, lagging on attracting women

Despite Liberal policy aiming for 25 per cent female recruits by 2026, the number of women in Regular Forces and Primary Reserves is still below 16 per cent, according to latest data.

Anchorman: Evan Solomon named new host of CTV’s Power Play

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, CTV photojournalist Dave Ellis to retire after 34-year career, and an Abacus poll suggests only Stephen Harper is a more preferable Conservative leader than Andrew Scheer.

‘If we’re going to sit there and be slinging mud, it’s going to be a long three years,’ says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Taxes, environment, Indigenous rights: what could shape Liberals’ new legislative agenda

The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 

Wexit ‘absolutely a real thing’ and reaching ‘boiling point’; Parliamentarians need to ‘look for bold and innovative solutions,’ say Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Wexit was one of the ‘top of mind’ issues at the Alberta Conservative caucus’ special meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6.
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