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Morneau tightens mortgage requirements, Liberal MPs concerned new rules will shut out first-time homebuyers 

By Abbas Rana      

Finance Minister Bill Morneau should have consulted the Liberal caucus before tightening rules, say Liberal MPs.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured recently in his department office in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Liberal MPs are concerned sweeping mortgage rule changes introduced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently will exclude a significant number of first-time homebuyers from entering the housing market and are wondering why he didn’t consult the national Liberal caucus or the House Finance Committee prior to making the announcement intended to cool down the overheated housing market in major urban centres.

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Feds violating AG directive in fight over First Nations’ child welfare ruling, say Indigenous law experts

Case should have been settled by now, says ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Vote on special China committee a good indication of what’s to come in this minority Parliament, say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
Cabinet ministers will have to directly lobby all MPs on House committees to get their legislation through, say government and opposition MPs.

‘He has a lot of work to do’: elusive collective agreement, Phoenix damages loom large for new Treasury Board president

News|By Mike Lapointe
Former top bureaucrat says the ‘true test’ of an economist in the role is how he will deal with fiscal issues. 'He may be a bit of a constraint on an otherwise unlimited series of spending initiatives,' says Mel Cappe.

‘It is just too important’: Conservatives will vote for new NAFTA implementation despite vocal criticism of Liberals’ renegotiations, say trade analysts

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative MP Erin O'Toole says his party hasn't decided if they will vote to implement the new NAFTA.

After relentless pressure, Scheer says he’ll resign as Conservative party leader amid private school controversy, caucus supports him as interim leader 

Scheer recognized winning April leadership review vote would take ‘a longer, more gruelling campaign than the one we just ran for the general election,’ says Tory Whip Mark Strahl.

From representing a town of 5,000 to a riding the size of Poland: NDP MP Bachrach settles into job

News|By Beatrice Paez
Much of Taylor Bachrach's career has been steeped in politics, but he hasn’t always been a card-carrying NDP member.

Parties agree to NDP’s push for representation on steering committees

News|By Palak Mangat
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland says the party was hoping to strike the Procedure and House Affairs Committee last week, but opposition had not reached a consensus.

Stand by me: a number of chiefs of staff stick with ministers

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jason Easton is staying on as chief of staff to now-International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng, plus Lesley Sherban will be her director of operations.

Feds risk coveting support of autocratic nations in UN Security Council bid, says Conservative MP

News|By Neil Moss
Peter Kent says Canada's campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council is a 'possible, even, likely motivation' for a vote supporting a pro-Palestine, anti-Israel resolution last month in the UN General Assembly.
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