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Cuts to Toronto city council point to ‘paternalistic’ city-province relationship, says Edmonton mayor

By Beatrice Paez       

Don Iveson doesn’t see the cuts to Toronto’s representatives as a harbinger for other cities, but he says there are wider implications for them as a legal challenge plays itself out in the courts. 

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says the 'only good thing' to come out of this issue is 'it’s got Canadians talking about the robustness and legitimacy of local democracies.' The Hill Times file photograph

The mayor of one of Canada’s biggest cities says Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to slash the size of Toronto’s city council shows an imbalanced relationship between provincial and municipal governments, but he isn’t worried that his city is next on the chopping block.

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Conservatives must take ‘soft’ pro-life stance on abortion to win back socially conservative base, say MPs and Campaign Life Coalition

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The Campaign Life Coalition called on Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole to resign, saying he lost the election by 'incessantly pushing his pro-abortion and socially liberal views.'

Liberal MPs want to know why leadership taking their ‘sweet-ass time’ to call first post-election caucus meeting, say Liberal sources

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Nine-term Liberal MP Judy Sgro says the Liberal caucus will review the party’s election performance once the caucus meetings start.

Pre-Christmas agenda: what can the Liberals do before the House breaks again?

MPs will sit for four weeks before the House breaks for another six. There will be plenty to do before the government can meaningfully advance its new legislative agenda.

Three more MPs say they’re running in House Speaker’s election

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NDP and Bloc caucuses vote not to adopt Reform Act measures

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Only the Liberal caucus has yet to hold its Reform Act votes for the new Parliament, while a veteran political scientist says that the Conservative caucus has shown 'guts' in adopting all four Reform Act measures.

As Canada faces rising inflation, economists urge caution in raising interest rates, with MPs saying federal government should share blame

News|By Matt Horwood
Accelerated money printing by central banks, labour shortages, and a change in Canadians' spending habits have all contributed to the highest inflation rate since 2003, which the Bank of Canada says is 'temporary'

In wake of British MP killing, Canadian MPs say they’ve seen a dramatic escalation in ‘overall toxicity of politics’ here at home in recent years, and want to make it stop

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From the 'echo chamber' of social media, to the isolation of individuals that has come with the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs from all sides of the political spectrum say they've noticed a deterioration of political discourse.
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