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Speaker says precedent-setting $7-billion budget vote can go ahead

By Samantha Wright Allen      

If the $7-billion central vote passes with the main estimates on Thursday, former PBO Kevin Page says it represents ‘a new low’ for Parliament's financial oversight system.

Running out of time and options, NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says he's still exploring ways to combat the $7-billion allocation included in the main estimates vote scheduled for Thursday. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says he’s exhausted almost every procedure in the book to stop a controversial $7-billion budget vote, but after a Monday night House Speaker’s ruling, he’s not sure what else to do.

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Trudeau Liberals’ final budget features measures for skills training, rural broadband, border security

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Whereas last year’s budget was largely pitched at women, this year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s final budget is focused on skills training to help older workers and youth adapt to a rapidly changing workforce.

Feds pledge more than $4-billion in pre-election budget for Indigenous file

News|By Emily Haws 6:59 PM ET
Advancing reconciliation was a key theme of the budget, which included money to forgive loans on comprehensive claim negotiations, to implement Jordan's Principle, and revitalize Indigenous languages.

PM Trudeau needs to ‘reset the tone,’ hire a PMO caucus liaison, and be more accessible to his Grit MPs, say Liberals

News|By Abbas Rana
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will informally consult MPs, former parliamentarians, and experts from a wide range of backgrounds on his caucus and cabinet management style, says a PMO official.

Chagger warns of more time allocation, but Conservatives say House cooperation conditional on Liberal ‘transparency’ over SNC-Lavalin

The government has 10 sitting weeks left to pass legislation to bolster its resume for voters before the next election, and 21 government bills still progressing through the House and Senate.

Observers eager to see bills on Indigenous languages, child services passed, but legislative time-crunch a cause for concern

Changes to address Indigenous language loss and child welfare are seen as ‘high priority,’ but with calls for broad amendments, the short timeframe left to pass bills C-91 and C-92 is a source of frustration for some.

Wilson-Raybould says SNC-Lavalin scandal a ‘wake-up call’ and May says two former cabinet ministers to change ‘old boys club’ from the inside 

News|By Abbas Rana
Meanwhile, former Liberal MP Mary Clancy says the SNC-Lavalin controversy is a ‘bump in the road’ and said Liberal MPs have full confidence in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership.

Amid SNC-Lavalin lobbying, legalizing deferred prosecution agreements in budget bill raises questions about ‘timing’ and ‘undue influence,’ says ethics lawyer

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s explanation for the move—helping the economy—puts him in a direct contradiction with his own law, says ex-Conservative finance minister Joe Oliver.

Time to debate separating top civil servant’s roles, says leading expert Savoie

News|By Emily Haws
Amid allegations of partisanship against Michael Wernick, Prof. Donald Savoie says he could stay as DM to the PM and secretary to cabinet, but another bureaucrat may be better suited as the public service head.

How Robert ‘Fife the knife’ broke the SNC-Lavalin story and 40 years of other scoops

News|By Emily Haws
The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.
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