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Cabinet shuffle stalled creation of mining ombudsperson, feds now moving ‘rapidly’ on file: McKay

By Peter Mazereeuw      

‘I don’t think we as a party can go to the electorate in 2019 without something up and functioning,’ says the veteran Liberal MP.

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne took over responsibility for looking into an ombudsman for the extractive sector, a Liberal campaign promise, after a January cabinet shuffle that moved Chrystia Freeland into the Foreign Affairs portfolio. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia, The Hill Times file photograph

The January cabinet shuffle that swapped Chrystia Freeland out of the trade file and François-Philippe Champagne into it stalled progress towards the creation of an ombudsperson for the mining, oil and gas sector, a campaign promise by the Trudeau government, says Liberal MP John McKay, a longtime advocate for the move.

Liberals’ Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House

News|By Aidan Chamandy 12:57 PM ET
MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.

‘Thou shalt be there,’ government whip tells MPs as high-stakes minority Parliament kicks off Thursday

News|By Palak Mangat
In a minority Parliament, co-operation between parties is now an 'imperative, as opposed to something that we would try to do,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland.

‘A servant of the House’: MPs to elect Commons Speaker in early-morning ceremony

News|By Beatrice Paez
Incumbent House Speaker Geoff Regan says he expects MPs will be largely influenced by their peers' assessments of the candidates in casting their ballots for the new Speaker.

Political ties, not diplomatic bona fides needed for next Canadian envoy in D.C., says former ambassador

News|By Neil Moss
‘From a U.S. perspective, the relationship between the ambassador and the prime minister has to be extremely close,’ says Michael Kergin.

‘Let’s get on with the contest now’: chorus of prominent Conservatives calling for Scheer’s ouster continues to grow

News|By Mike Lapointe
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.

Parliament security labour standoff nearing end of the road

Long-awaited collective agreements are finally being settled with the unions representing Parliament’s security officers, just in time for a new round of talks.

French envoy defends Macron’s NATO comments as ‘brave’

French ambassador Kareen Rispal says the 29-member alliance is in the midst of a political crisis and her president was recognizing that fact.

‘Small but mighty’: New Democrats say they’re up to the task as MPs pile on critic jobs

The 24-member team is Jagmeet Singh’s ‘first caucus,’ says MP Don Davies, and the group is ‘starting with a clean slate.’

Diversity, inclusion minister should act as ‘catalyst’ with cross-ministerial power, say advocates

'It is a weird irony that integration is being isolated this way,' says Anita Singh, while others say there’s an opportunity for the diversity, inclusion, and youth file to play a larger role in government.
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