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Ousted minister, parliamentary secretaries find new spots on Commons committees

By Rachel Aiello      

Demoted MPs pledge to bring knowledge gained as parliamentary secretaries to committees.

Liberal MPs ousted from the parliamentary secretary roster have found new spots on House committees, including Randy Boissonnault, Emmanuel Dubourg, Leona Alleslev, and Anju Dhillon, and former cabinet minister MaryAnn Mihychuk, who is now chairing the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

House of Commons committees welcomed some new faces to their meeting tables last week, as the eight Liberal MPs that were shuffled from the parliamentary secretary rosters found new seats on committees, and demoted cabinet minister MaryAnn Mihychuk became chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.

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Canadian released from Turkish prison recounts ‘nightmare’ of three-year ordeal

Davud Hanci was sentenced to 15 years years in a Turkish prison for his alleged involvement in the 2016 coup. Now back in Canada, he’s speaking about the ‘madness’ of his arrest and nearly three years in jail.

Parole officers still floundering from Harper budget cuts, says union head supporting Tory parole board motion

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Conservative opposition motion condemning the decision made by the Parole Board of Canada that led to Marylène Levesque’s death passed unanimously in the House on Feb. 5.

Foreign troop deployment at traditionally low levels in Africa amid Security Council campaign

News|By Neil Moss
Canada currently has 120 Canadian Force members deployed to Africa, down from 427 members that were deployed to the continent during Canada's contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Court challenges, opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remain after feds’ Appeal Court win

On Feb. 4, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down one Indigenous-led challenge of the Trans Mountain expansion project’s re-approval, but the pushback continues.

‘Government can do so much by doing less’: Desmond Cole on shedding discomfiting light on systemic injustices

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'When Black or Indigenous or other people of colour get into the political system, it always assumed it’s they who must carry this change for the rest of us,' says journalist and activist Desmond Cole.

Judge sex-assault training bill still sparking disagreement over judicial independence

‘Parliament is interfering too much with what judges do, and I don't think it’s a good trend,’ says Independent Senator Mobina Jaffer.

ISG Senators propose rule changes to prevent ‘partisan obstruction’ from blocking private members’ bills 

Senate Conservative leader Don Plett says the changes are ‘ridiculous,’ but ISG Senators Murray Sinclair and Pierre Dalphond say there needs to be a path to a vote on bills after 15 died in the last Parliament.

It’s high stakes: senior House Liberals hold ‘tactics meeting’ every morning to plot daily strategy in minority Parliament

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberal House leadership is training new MPs to prepare them to navigate the tricky situations that can arise in a minority Parliament, say Liberal sources.

Conservative Party’s national council should share Scheer’s expense audit report with party members, say some Conservative MPs and leadership candidate Gladu

News|By Abbas Rana
'I think that kind of transparency would certainly help people believe that the money is properly dispensed and properly governed,' says Conservative MP and leadership candidate Marilyn Gladu.
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