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Former Liberal MP LeBlanc, communications consultant Fortier expected to vie for Bélanger’s riding

By Abbas Rana      

The Ottawa-Vanier riding is currently without representation at the federal and provincial levels.

Veteran Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, pictured in 2007, died of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease last week. He represented the riding for 21 years. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

With the untimely death of veteran Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger last week, several prominent Liberals, including former Nova Scotia Liberal MP Francis LeBlanc and communications consultant Mona Fortier, are expected to enter the Liberal nomination contest in Ottawa-Vanier, Ont., one of the safest Liberal ridings in the country.

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All eyes on Red Chamber, as Senators push back on key government bills

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House may need to sit in summer to pass new NAFTA deal, says Trade Committee chair

News|By Neil Moss
‘I've never seen that before, but it's doable,’ says Liberal MP Mark Eyking. But MPs still say the Americans should make the first move toward ratification.

Senate on a spending ‘slippery slope,’ says Sen. Marshall, as Senators review office-expense rules

Senators rejected staff-suggested changes to the rules governing how they spend money from their office budgets, in favour of examining the rules and coming up with their own changes.

Lobbying czar has ‘concerns’ for her office’s budget, warns court decision could widen workload

The office’s work has ‘evolved in complexity, litigiousness, and level of scrutiny,’ says Nancy Bélanger.

Conservatives say they’re ‘confident’ Mark Norman will expose more Liberal wrongdoing

Peter MacKay says if Vice-Admiral Mark Norman speaks out about his ordeal, 'I don’t think it will mean good things for the Liberal government.'

Senate compromise on government’s signature impact assessment bill would put maligned regulators back in charge on environmental review panels

Plus, a ban on importing shark fins is now steps away from law.

‘They should be nervous’: Liberals now focusing ‘completely’ on election readiness in regional, national caucus meetings

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals will be under attack from all sides in the next election campaign, but Liberals say they have a good story to tell and some say they need to sharpen up their communications strategy before it's too late.

Ford’s cuts in social programs could be opening for federal Liberals to campaign against federal Conservatives in October, say Liberal MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservative MP David Tilson says it’s too early to jump to any conclusion about the impact of the Ford government’s policies on the next federal election outcome.

Remains of old barracks, guardhouse focus of ‘significant’ archaeological dig on Parliament Hill

MPs learned about the archaeological finds through a briefing from officials at the House Affairs Committee last week, during which new details about proposed work plans for Centre Block were shared.
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