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Bill Blair is a solid cabinet choice

By Tim Powers      

He is winning fans in all spheres across Ottawa. If he is an uber partisan and small minded, it isn’t obvious.

Giving former Toronto police chief Bill Blair the portfolio of border security and organized crime reduction is meant to give the Liberals some bona fides on safety and security issues, an area in which they’re is seen as vulnerable by his opponents, says Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Apparently serving as Toronto’s chief of police is a good training ground for federal politics and ultimately the federal cabinet. In last 10 years, two former chiefs have gone from locking up the bad guys to making the laws that mete out the punishment. First it was Julian Fantino who served in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. Now it is Bill Blair who serves Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Speaker Rota unveils suggestion box, calls on MPs to pitch improvements to House

By Beatrice Paez 5:59 PM ET
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Signs of political opportunism emerge as MPs on Canada-China Relations Committee urge collaboration

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Conservative Party a ‘rudderless mess’ and there’s bad blood between its fund and national council, say some Conservatives

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

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

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

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

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

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