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Conservatives, NDP vow to hammer away at Morneau’s bills, but government might not give them a chance in final weeks before Christmas

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The government has also signalled that it will try to push through most, though not all, of the legislation that has already made it past second reading before MPs leave for the holidays. The Senate is likely to sit on the pot legalization bill until the new year after Liberal MP Bill Blair’s admonishment to not delay the bill.

Conservative House leader Candice Bergen, left, and her fellow caucus members will use debates over any bills sponsored by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the next two weeks, if there are any, to continue to grill Mr. Morneau over the timing of his sale of shares in his old company. Government House leader Bardish Chagger, however, controls which bills go up for debate in the Chamber, and when. NDP House leader Peter Julian and his counterparts will lead their caucuses through the legislative crunch that almost always comes before the winter break for the House. The Hill Times photographs Andrew Meade, Rachel Aiello, and Sam Garcia

Conservative and NDP MPs will be using every chance to grill Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the House over the next two weeks, including debate on the bills Mr. Morneau has sponsored that are still in the Chamber, say House leaders for the Conservative and New Democratic parties.

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Some Conservatives say Stephen Harper is certainly entitled to his opinion, but others say he should stay out of this critical leadership race.

Reboot of Trudeau ‘from sunny to serious’ a recognition Canadians want a serious prime minister, say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
‘It's almost like we're seeing a new prime minister,’ says Jennifer Stewart, CEO Of Syntax Strategies.

Former diplomats and experts at odds over potential Canadian re-engagement with Tehran

News|By Neil Moss
Some believe that Canada needs to engage globally including with countries that it doesn't agree with, but others say restoring diplomatic relations with Iran will be viewed as a reward.

PCO, Canada’s high commissioner to U.K. likely consulted in royal couple’s plans to move here part time, say experts

News|By Mike Lapointe
Multiple government departments remain quiet on any role they’ve played in the royal couple’s plans to move to Canada part time.

Ottawa to give $25,000 in ‘immediate assistance’ per victim to Canadian families affected by downing of Ukraine International Flight 752

News|By Palak Mangat
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has enlisted Independent Senator Stan Kutcher, an expert on mental health, to provide advice on how to support the grieving families.

Canada Proud’s Jeff Ballingall joins O’Toole leadership team

The Canada Proud Facebook page, which is followed by more than 190,000 people, posted a glowing quote about Mr. O'Toole from a column by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.

Public servants still waiting to engage with public service renewal parl sec

News|By Mike Lapointe
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.

Trudeau set right tone in the days after Flight 752 downing, say foreign policy experts

News|By Neil Moss
Trudeau's comments have underpinned Canada's interests-based foreign policy, says former diplomat Colin Robertson.

One patrol ship and 118 Crown vehicles vandalized, part of $24.2-million in lost property in 2018-19

Federal court pay outs totalled roughly $28.1-million in 2018-19, including a roughly $10-million court award paid out by Global Affairs Canada under NAFTA’s Chapter 11.
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