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Blaming ethnic, religious ‘divisive forces,’ and family reasons, former Tory MP Shory quits Conservative nomination contest in Calgary Skyview

By Abbas Rana      

If Independent MP Darshan Kang were not allowed to return to the Liberal caucus, former Trudeau adviser Jessie Chahal would likely seek the Liberal nomination in Calgary Skyview.

Former two-term Conservative MP Devinder Shory, right, pictured at a St. Patrick's Day party on the Hill in 2008 with Conservative MPs Kelly Block, left, Cathy McLeod, Steven Blaney, then Quebec Conservative Senator Suzanne Duplessis, staffer Nicholas Sachot, and Conservative MP Alice Wong. Mr. Shory withdrew his nomination bid in Calgary Skyview for family reasons and because of what he said were divisive ethnic and religious politics in the riding. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Munster

A former two-term Conservative MP says he withdrew his name from the June 16 Conservative nomination contest in Calgary Skyview for family reasons, but is also blaming some ethnic and religious “divisive forces” for trying to undermine his nomination bid.

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Feds risk coveting support of autocratic nations in UN Security Council bid, says Conservative MP

News|By Neil Moss
Peter Kent says Canada's campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council is a 'possible, even, likely motivation' for a vote supporting a pro-Palestine, anti-Israel resolution last month in the UN General Assembly.

Should he stay or should he go? Defeated Tory candidates divided on Scheer’s future

‘He made too many mistakes, too often and if he can’t win in Quebec, he will never be prime minister. It’s that simple,’ says a defeated Quebec candidate.

Parties agree to NDP’s push for representation on steering committees

News|By Palak Mangat
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland says the party was hoping to strike the Procedure and House Affairs Committee last week, but opposition had not reached a consensus.

Veterans’ benefits lead in supplementary spending ask of nearly $5-billion

The estimates include $44-million for Phoenix damages, $131.9-million towards reconciliation on Indigenous rights and fisheries issues, and $9.9-million for the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization.

Feds silence on funding, transition plan for child welfare law causing ‘intense nervousness and frustration’

Bill C-92 takes effect Jan. 1, bringing in new, stricter, and culturally sensitive standards to Indigenous child welfare decisions. 

‘The tail doesn’t wag the dog’: PSAC wants a deal of its own amid ongoing negotiations

News|By Mike Lapointe
The government is ‘disappointed’ PSAC rejected an offer in line with recent agreements signed by 34 other bargaining units, according to a Treasury Board spokesperson.

Premiers’ nuclear announcement a potential boon, but issues remain: experts

Energy experts say SMRs could be an environmentally friendly baseload option compared to intermittent sources like wind and solar.

Bloc Québécois faces unwieldy task of maintaining ‘eclectic coalition,’ say pollsters

News|By Beatrice Paez
'What Blanchet has said again and again is, ‘We’ll take a position in accordance with what’s in the best interest of Quebec,’ allowing him not to have to take a left or right stance more generally': Sébastien Dallaire.

Some defeated Conservatives want to back Scheer for their own ‘survival’ as future candidates

News|By Abbas Rana
Andrew Scheer ‘needs to demonstrate very quickly that he can garner the overwhelming backing of the party to move forward, or for the good of the party, he should step down,’ a Conservative MP told The Hill Times.
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