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Some MPs treat staff ‘like cattle,’ others great bosses, say Liberal and Conservative Hill staffers

By Abbas Rana, Laura Ryckewaert      

'The key thing is it all comes down to ego. All these people have some of the biggest egos in the country,' said one Conservative staffer.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer are ultimately in charge of most of the MPs on the Hill. Some Liberal and Conservative MP Hill staffers say their salaries are low, they have no job security, work 60-70 hours each week, and their MPs don't treat them with respect. They want their party leadership to ensure that they get a work environment with better salaries and more predictable work hours. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Some Liberal and Conservative MPs are on a “power trip” and treat their staff “like cattle,” say some staffers, who add that they want fair compensation for their work and standardized employment practices in MPs’ offices.

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Sen. Kutcher says transparency critical, in advising feds on assisting families of Flight 752 victims

News|By Beatrice Paez
Senator Kutcher had also advocated in favour of offering families financial assistance to alleviate the strain some may be experiencing in having to cover unexpected costs. 

Budget, foreign affairs, and fighting climate change among top cabinet priorities as Parliament returns

Liberal MPs have been asked to hold consultations about the government’s priorities in their ridings, and report back to cabinet.

Signs of political opportunism emerge as MPs on Canada-China Relations Committee urge collaboration

Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron says he thinks motions put forward by the Conservatives show signs of a 'partisan temptation.'

Gatekeepers for Innovation, Finance, and Environment top lobby target lists

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018, but some staffers kept busy.

Quebec Senator Gold named government’s new point man in the Red Chamber

Sen. Marc Gold has been working as the liaison for the biggest group in the Senate, the ISG.

Rota, first Speaker of Italian descent, encourages MPs to break the glass ceiling

News|By Palak Mangat
'I didn’t plan a speech at all, so it came from the heart,' says House Speaker Anthony Rota of his first remarks when he was elected to the post on Dec. 5.

‘We’re flying the plane while we build it’: demolition work in Centre Block has begun

By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'
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