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Behind the scenes: the government reveals details for national inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

By Rachel Aiello      

A look at the details revealed in the stirring, long-awaited announcement, and the people in attendance, emotions evoked, and interactions that took place during the historic event.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould speaking to the newly-named commissioners tasked with taking on the two-year National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Ms. Wilson-Raybould visibly teared up, feather in-hand, when she took the stage to speak. The Hill Times Photography by Andrew Meade

Early this morning, as the smell of sage from a woman’s smudge stick lingered outside of the Museum of History in Gatineau, the federal government announced that the long-awaited National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will get underway on Sept. 1, 2016. The three ministers who have led the Liberal government on this file publicly and emotionally passed the torch of responsibility to the five newly-named commissioners of the National Inquiry. It is an enormous task that will last two years.

Election 2019: where parties posted their worst 25 results

News|By Samantha Wright Allen 2:01 PM ET
The Conservatives and NDP had their poorest returns in Quebec, the Liberals had biggest losses in Alberta, and the Green Party shared their lowest count between Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

NDP ready ‘any time’ for election if party goals not met, Singh says

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know that the government is going to need our support at some level if they want to pass bills,' he said. 'That’s not going to come for free.'

Updated: Senator Diane Bellemare joins Independent Senators Group after leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

Implementation of new NAFTA will be ‘important priority’ for Liberal government as U.S. negotiations progress

News|By Neil Moss
The U.S. chair of the House Agricultural Committee says he thinks the USMCA will be brought to the floor for a vote by the end of year.

Conservatives name Seidman new Senate whip, replacing Plett who’s now Tory Senate leader

Continuity key to speakership in minority Parliament, say politicos, contenders

News|By Beatrice Paez
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a relatively 'comfortable' minority Parliament, and could survive with one fewer vote if the new Speaker is a Liberal, says Samara's Paul Thomas.

New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

PIPSC to expand fight against government outsourcing, says union president

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.

‘This is different’: diplomats warned of divided Canada during parliamentary crash course

Given Canadians' self-professed preference for a minority government, 'I think we all are on probation,' Liberal MP Greg Fergus told diplomats.
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