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Power play: ISG Senators now equal to Conservatives, but unclear if Independents will get top committee positions

By Abbas Rana      

New Brunswick Sen. David Richards joined the Independents Senators Group last week, and Nova Scotia Sen. Stephen Greene is also considering joining the ISG.

Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, top, chair of the Senate Internal Economy Committee, one of the most powerful committees on the Hill. Conservative Sen. Scott Tannas, above left, Liberal Senators Jane Cordy and Mobina Jaffer, and Conservative Sen. Elizabeth Marshall, all pictured Sept. 28. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

PARLIAMENT HILL—The 36-member Independent Senators Group is now the same size as the Conservative Senate caucus, and will soon be the largest in the 105-member Red Chamber, but the ISG Senators still may not get the senior committee positions proportionate to their numbers this fall if the Conservatives and Liberals strike a deal and keep their hold on the 21 committees and subcommittees.

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Parties close to agreement on voting plan, Parliament return, but committees prove sticking point, says Bloc MP

The Standing Orders have to be amended to allow MPs to vote remotely, and according to Bloc deputy House leader Christine Normandin, there’s agreement among parties for those changes to be made temporary.

Foreign policy focus in new session should be on China, U.S., and human rights, say Parliamentarians

News|By Neil Moss
'The No. 1 [foreign policy] priority is our relationship with the United States,' says Independent Senator Peter Boehm as the U.S. presidential election quickly approaches.

Presidential election could change course on unilateral tariff use, but Canada-U.S. trade tensions will remain: experts

News|By Neil Moss
If Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidency, he will be constrained in the use of unilateral tariffs, say experts, while Donald Trump's re-election may leave Canada once again targeted by national security tariffs.

COVID-19 containment, economic recovery expected to drive fall lobbying

Lobbyists will also be keeping an eye on progress on the government's backlog of big-ticket legislation and regulatory reforms this session.

They’re back: 25 Members of Parliament to watch this session

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With talk of a possible snap election, a continuing pandemic, and a minority Parliament to boot, the second session of the 43rd Parliament should be an interesting one.

‘The time is now’: limit gatherings to avoid future lockdowns, says Tam, as federal data projects more spikes in cases

News|By Palak Mangat
'All of us have the future in our hands in terms of the decisions we are making today,' says Health Minister Patty Hajdu.

No consensus on adoption of remote House voting, but parties agree legislative scrutiny necessary, says Samara report

News|By Beatrice Paez
As parties attempt to hash out a workable sitting plan, House administration has been working behind the scenes to test the voting app for potential glitches. 

PM should create permanent emergency preparedness cabinet committee, say experts, political players: be ‘prepared for the next natural disaster, terrorist act or health crisis is the objective’

News|By Mike Lapointe
A former national security adviser to the prime minister says 'if this country wants the national security agencies to worry about a pandemic, then they need to raise it on the list of priorities set by cabinet.'

‘These jobs are not coming back’: economists pour cold water on O’Toole‘s Canada First policy

‘Some people are going to win from a Canada-first policy. Most people are going to lose,’ says Queen’s professor Ian Keay.
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