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Conservative MPs shouldn’t get their knickers in a knot over Scott Gilmore’s cross-country dinner tour

By Tim Powers      

Rather than launching black helicopters, those concerned Conservative MPs and other party advocates should go to these Scott Gilmore dinners, listen, and participate. Show a willingness to encourage conversation and a hear diversity of views.

Dynamic duo: Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her spouse Maclean's magazine columnist Scott Gilmore. 'God forbid they share different perspectives. They aren’t Ward and June Clever and this is not the 1950s,' writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright and photo courtesy of Scott Gilmore

OTTAWA—Last week in these pages, a few Conservative MPs had their knickers in a twist because Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore proposed the idea of having a conversation about the state of the Conservative Party. Gilmore, an apparent Conservative Party member and spouse of federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, was lambasted by some for his intentions.

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‘We’re flying the plane while we build it’: demolition work in Centre Block has begun

By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.

Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'

Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Some Conservatives say Stephen Harper is certainly entitled to his opinion, but others say he should stay out of this critical leadership race.
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