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Grits name ex-Liberal B.C. president, $30,000-donor to port authority board

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The Liberals say former Liberal Party lawyer Craig Munroe is 'eminently qualified' to sit on the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board and his appointment followed the government's merit-based approach.

Craig Munroe, top left beside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Christina Topp, Liberal Party senior director of fundraising and other Liberal Party insiders in May 2016. Others pictured, clockwise from right, include: Suzanne Cowan (in red), 2015 campaign advertising director; Rob Silver, husband to Mr. Trudeau's chief of staff Katie Telford and a former Liberal pundit; Ontario chapter president Tyler Banham; Sachit Mehra, Winnipeg Liberal board member; beside Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley. Photography courtesy of Facebook

A former president of the Liberal Party’s B.C. chapter who has donated $30,000 to the party since 2004 was appointed to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority this month.

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Liberals move to cut short debate on UNDRIP bill after one day

The government’s time allocation motion will cut off debate on Bill C-15 after just a few speeches.

Federal support for Canada’s oil patch surged during pandemic, says new report

News|By Beatrice Paez
What is and isn’t considered a subsidy is politically charged. The government and industry are both likely to dispute or take issue with the inclusion of some, or many, of the programs to the group's tally. 

Feds target 90,000 temporary workers, international students for permanent residency this year

News|By Palak Mangat
While gaining a change in immigration status can be ‘transformational,’ the new policy does not go far enough as it excludes those not proficient in English or French, says one expert.

Feds say too early to talk opening Canada-U.S. border, but experts push for plan

News|By Neil Moss
There are a 'whole series of very complicated questions that nobody is talking about,' says border expert Edward Alden on the lack of planning for an eventual border reopening.

Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo?

News|By Alice Chen
New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.

Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.

New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
'It’s like you walk around and you have a target on your back … there is something a bit, not sadistic, but satisfying in getting rid of the last MP standing,' says McGill Prof. Daniel Béland.

Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.
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