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Democracy or dynasty? It’s getting hard to tell the difference 

By Susan Riley      

As for Caroline Mulroney, money and friends in high places can get you to the top of the ladder. But they can’t help you fly. That takes a rare combination of discipline, humility, and conviction. Politics can’t just be a hobby, or the next interesting life challenge.

Caroline Mulroney, right, pictured with Conservative House leader Candice Bergen on May 27, 2017, at the Conservative leadership convention in Toronto. The Hill Times file photograph

CHELSEA, QUE.—It’s a relief to know the one per cent will be well represented in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race. Wealthy populist gadfly Doug Ford has already launched his campaign—from his mother’s basement—vowing war on the “elites.” And, well-connected Ontario political veteran Christine Elliott, widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, is chasing the leadership for a third time.

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Amid three million unemployed, digital minister extols benefits of departmental cooperation, rapid rollout of online benefit-finder tool

News|By Mike Lapointe
'I think the government did a very good job of thinking through what kind of programs would support people in different circumstances,' said Minister Murray.

House suspension deal offers ‘insufficient’ scrutiny of feds’ spending amid COVID, say politicos

Four hours to study $87-billion in government spending is inadequate, says Liberal MP John McKay, calling it ‘short-term gain for a long-term pain.’

Pandemic makes delayed MMIWG action plan more urgent, say Senators, advocates

Consultations are ‘dragging on,’ say some who argue COVID-19 shouldn’t be used as an excuse for slow work and bad communication from the Liberals.

‘We’re past talk’: MPs call on feds to re-examine policies underpinning systemic racial inequities

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Breaking a Starbucks window is vandalism; getting tear gas in the face is violence. We must never confuse the two,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.

Don’t piss on our shoes and tell us Black lives matter

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.

Parliamentary association chair defends Canada-China group as critics call for its suspension

News|By Neil Moss
'I think we do need to review the activities of the legislative association,' says Conservative MP and vice-chair Michael Cooper.

Feds extend mandatory face-covering rule to flight workers, weeks after requiring passengers

News|By Palak Mangat
'I do agree that things need to be implemented as quickly as possible. We could've done this a lot sooner. The good news is that we’re doing it now and announcing it today,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

Some MPs express concern over looming changes to disclosure of travel expenses

News|By Palak Mangat
'We saw this during the last election, where members and their designated travellers were singled out, targeted, and exploited for partisan gain,' says Conservative Whip Mark Strahl.

Canada should re-examine U.S. relations, ‘pursue its own future’ in face of Trump’s pandemic response, say foreign policy and trade experts

‘America is putting itself first, which is natural. Why shouldn’t we behave in the same way?’ says Carleton U’s David Carment. 
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