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Political leaders all talk, little action on climate change, McKenna’s no different

By Susan Riley      

•Federal governments have missed two more recent reduction targets and are likely to miss the latest one as well, which calls for a 30 per cent reduction over 2005 levels by 2030. •In her report to Parliament last week, Canada's Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand urged MPs to push the government 'from seemingly endless planning mode into action mode. That shift needs to happen and it needs to happen now because Canada is already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate.'  •The laggards include Catherine McKenna’s own department, Environment Canada and Climate Change, which was supposed to take the lead.

In Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the prime minister has a capable, indefatigable and likeable minister. She is active on social media and everywhere else—jetting off to conferences, meeting with Indigenous people in the North, highlighting green technologies and extolling the wonders of Canada’s national parks and natural heritage. All to the good, but it begins to look like a smoke-screen, at odds with the government’s other pre-occupation— getting Canadian oil to China, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Taxes, environment, Indigenous rights: what could shape Liberals’ new legislative agenda

The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 

Wexit ‘absolutely a real thing’ and reaching ‘boiling point’; Parliamentarians need to ‘look for bold and innovative solutions,’ say Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Wexit was one of the ‘top of mind’ issues at the Alberta Conservative caucus’ special meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6.

Senate groups scramble for members ahead of committee selection, ex-member calls out ISG ‘groupthink’

The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.

Updated: Progressive Senate Group folds, but leader hopes to claw back to official status

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 1:29 PM ET
'Trudeau made it clear that he wanted our group gone from the Senate'—ex-Liberal Senator Percy Downe.

‘Ordered populists’ concentrated among Conservative Party supporters, says pollster Graves

News|By Neil Moss
An authoritarian reflex has yet to make itself felt in Canada as it has south of the border and in Europe.

May calls on Trudeau to attend Madrid climate summit, increase targets

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Greens' Elizabeth May says her three-member caucus isn’t prepared to back any confidence motions unless Canada adjusts its climate targets.

Election 2019: where parties posted their worst 25 results

The Conservatives and NDP had their poorest returns in Quebec, the Liberals had biggest losses in Alberta, and the Green Party shared their lowest count between Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

NDP ready ‘any time’ for election if party goals not met, Singh says

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know that the government is going to need our support at some level if they want to pass bills,' he said. 'That’s not going to come for free.'

Updated: Senator Diane Bellemare joins Independent Senators Group after leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

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