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First-past-the-post electoral system advances ‘democratic values,’ says rookie Democratic Institutions Minister Gould a week after Libs break campaign promise

By Rachel Aiello      

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould downplayed the government’s broken promise at the House Affairs Committee, but the New Democrats say the Liberals are ‘missing the irony.’

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, left, pictured with the Privy Council Office’s Ian McCowan, deputy secretary to cabinet on governance, at the House Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, on Parliament Hill. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright

PARLIAMENT HILL—A week after the Trudeau government scrapped its promise to change Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system in time for the next federal election, the new Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould defended the current voting system before the House Affairs Committee Tuesday, saying it “advances a number of democratic values.”

Feds’ climate bill a ‘significant achievement’—and it’s full of holes: experts

‘The biggest risk is that we’re going to backload the policies and the efforts that we’re going to need,’ says Michael Bernstein.

Trump’s unprecedented failure to concede expected to have ‘very little’ impact on Canada-U.S. relations, says Heyman

News|By Abbas Rana
'It's clear that everybody's already tilting in toward the next president,' said Mr. Heyman, who served as the U.S. envoy to Canada from 2014 to 2017.

When it comes to dissenting female MPs and dissenting white male MPs, Trudeau’s got a double standard, says former Grit MP Caesar-Chavannes

News|By Abbas Rana
One-term former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks to The Hill Times about her life in federal politics and about her upcoming book, Can You Hear Me Now?, and she says she's not ruling out a return to the Hill.

‘Always a rolling target to bring about big change’: Fergus says he’s optimistic in feds’ anti-racism strategy progress, ‘but we’re not there yet’

News|By Mike Lapointe
But NDP MP Matthew Green says 'there just seems to be ongoing reluctance for this government to go beyond the aesthetics of big ticket announcements.'

‘Massive overhaul’ of privacy law leaves political parties off the hook

The bill leaves unanswered questions, including why the government wants consumer data, and how much businesses will be able to do with that data without consumers' permission, says John Lawford.

As COVID-19 runs ‘around unchecked,’ Trudeau urges renewed adherence to public health measures

News|By Beatrice Paez
Canada could be on track to hit upwards of 60,000 new infections in December, unless individuals modify their behaviour and restrictions are tightened.

Feds could receive 6 million vaccine doses by March 2021, but details around distribution in works

News|By Palak Mangat
The possibility of Canada receiving six million vaccine doses by the end of March 2021 comes with a 'big if,' says Iain Stewart, the newly named president of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

No system in place to verify if mail-in ballots counted in official tally, says Elections Canada

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Elections Canada is exploring the idea of installing secure drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.

What can Canadian pollsters learn from mistakes in American presidential polling?

News|By Neil Moss
'The methods they are using aren't capturing a certain segment of the population,' Abacus Data's David Coletto says of U.S. pollsters.
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