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Blair’s focus will be guns, drugs, organized crime, more than migration, suggests Parl. Sec. Vaughan

By Neil Moss      

The addition of Bill Blair as a cabinet minister tackling organized crime and border security is a ‘dilution’ of the public safety and immigration ministers’ authority, says former Tory minister Chris Alexander.

Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair, left, sits with Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, right, as they testify in front of the House Immigration Committee on July 24 on the impact of asylum seekers irregularly crossing the Canada-U.S. border. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Though his new cabinet post gives him responsibility for irregular migration, the job of newly appointed cabinet minister Bill Blair will be about so much more, including “guns, drugs, and organized crime,” says Adam Vaughan, the parliamentary secretary for housing and urban affairs.

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One hopeful Tory candidate wants the Ottawa-Beijing relationship on the ballot

News|By Neil Moss
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NDP MP Blaikie urges quick response to Elections Canada pandemic-related reform asks

Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perreault is asking for the Elections Act to be amended in three areas to help the agency better adapt the election process to ensure safety and accessibility during a pandemic.

‘We need courage’: Bloc, NDP MPs push for House to recognize Uyghur genocide in face of Beijing pressure

News|By Neil Moss
Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu told reporters on Oct. 15 a parliamentary recognition that the Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uyghurs would be met with a 'strong reaction.'

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Byelection results should give Liberals ‘pause’ after strong showing from Greens, Conservatives, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez 6:28 AM ET
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RCMP neck-hold review ‘ongoing’ four months after Lucki’s promise

RCMP headquarters began tracking the use of the 'carotid control hold' by its officers nationwide in September. It has been used once since then, says a spokesperson.

MPs pass Conservative motion to initiate expansive committee study on feds’ pandemic response, despite Liberals’ objections

News|By Palak Mangat
A number of Liberals abstained from voting on an amendment that extended the government's timeline for disclosing documents sought under the motion.

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