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Carson sentence prompts critic to urge steeper fines, but lobbyists say the system works

By Marco Vigliotti      

Ethics watchdog pushes for larger fines, warning small, insignificant penalties undermine credibility of the Lobbying Act.

Bruce Carson, an aide in former prime minister Stephen Harper's office, leaves court after he was fined $50,000 for illegal lobbying on Nov. 4, with his lawyer Patrick McCann, right. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

An ethics critic is calling for a review of the penalties in the federal Lobbying Act after former prime ministerial aide Bruce Carson was slapped with a $50,000 fine last week for lobbying while under the five-year cooling-off period, an amount significantly less than the six-figure salary he earned for his work.

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Four years on, past critics are silent on whether fears around transgender human rights bill were founded

News|By Alice Chen
Then, furor erupted around the bill, with media attention centring on University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson’s concerns of free speech and being compelled to employ certain words and gender-neutral terms.

CRA audits disproportionately targeted Muslim charities for years, says civil liberties group

News|By Mike Lapointe 1:37 PM ET
According to the CRA, it does not select registered charities for audit based on any particular faith or denomination, nor does it maintain statistics tracking audits based on denominations.

Poilievre sweeps a suite of categories in the 27th annual Politically Savvy Survey

News|By Alice Chen
Meanwhile, the prize for who did the best work in their constituency went to Liberal MP Lloyd Longfield, while Liberal Kirsty Duncan was picked as the best MP to work for on the Hill.

Jenica Atwin voted with Liberals 60 per cent of the time as a Green MP

Jenica Atwin's decision to join the Liberals should make the NDP re-examine its policy against allowing floor crossers to join the caucus, says former staffer Cameron Holmstrom.

Trudeau appoints former labour leader, mayor, and port authority CEO to Senate

Hassan Yussuff and Bernadette Clement have been tapped to fill Ontario vacancies in the Red Chamber, while James Quinn will represent New Brunswick.

‘Open defiance’: Opposition slams feds for failure to produce Winnipeg lab documents amid formal rebuke of PHAC head

After delivering the admonishment, House Speaker Anthony Rota said he would consider MPs’ comments on the failure to release confidential documents, again, as he deliberates on on the ‘unprecedented situation.’

Public Service Employee Survey results show increase in job satisfaction, awareness of mental health supports amid COVID-19 pandemic

News|By Mike Lapointe
Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos says he believes the government will emerge from the pandemic with a 'stronger and even more diversified' public service that will be better able to reach out to Canadians.

So far, 18 incumbent MPs not running again could make difference between minority, majority, or ‘the government flipping,’ says pollster Nanos

News|By Abbas Rana
Another reason political observers expect the election to happen this fall is the wide-ranging Bill C-30, the Budget Implementation Act, and a clause which calls on Parliament to extend the COVID-19 stimulus.

Skylights and a Charter display: diving into plans for the Centre Block project

Among the newly unveiled plans is a permanent display of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to be located in the underground Parliament Welcome Centre complex.
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