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Intra-party, all-party caucuses multiplying

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The Hill Times found more than 80 all-party and internal caucuses where MPs meet to discuss issues and sometimes try to influence policy.

Liberal MP Sonia Sidhu, NDP MP Christine Moore, and Conservative MP Dean Allison at an All-Party Diabetes Caucus event on the Hill last fall. The caucus represents one of 30 or more issues-based active groups formed across party lines. Photograph courtesy of the Canadian Diabetes Association
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Liberal MPs maintain more than two dozen active internal issues-based caucuses, on everything from automobiles to mental health, a number that has ballooned since the party formed government in 2015. Internal and all-party policy-focused groups are multiplying, according to Carleton University instructor Paul Thomas, who researches caucuses in Canada. [caption id="attachment_116922" align="alignright" width="275"] Paul Thomas, a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University, researches all-party groups in Canada and the U.K. The Hill Times

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