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The crowd, pictured May 9, 2018, at the Writers' Trust of Canada's Politics & the Pen gala at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, attracts loads of lobbyists. Photograph courtesy of Matthew Usherwood, Writers' Trust of Canada

The Top 100 Lobbyists: influential players hit the right notes

Feature|Beatrice Paez
Of the more than 5,000 lobbyists on the federal registry, the names listed, for the most part, occupy an enviable position as having the ear of the government.
Suzanne Taylor has been hired as International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s new director of policy.
Feature|Neil Moss
Plus, Andrew Scheer hosts a Christmas reception for Hill scribes, and four new Senators were recently appointed.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has overall seen two of his political staffers depart in recent weeks.
Feature|Neil Moss
Plus, Ian Waddell's memoir hits shelves, urging for increased bipartisanship in politics, and politicos mark the passing of Harry Leslie Smith.
Opinion|David Lametti
The coming months will be an exciting time for Canada’s Space Program. As these two important industries—space and aerospace—continue to compete and win on the world stage, our government will be right there, shoulder to shoulder.
Feature|Neil Moss
Plus, Patrick Brown's got a new book, and Independent MP Tony Clement resigns his post as IDU deputy chair.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau will likely release his much-awaited plan to help Canadian businesses affected by U.S. tax cuts as part of this week's fall economic update, but there's plenty more that could come out of it.
'If you don’t have intelligence there, you might as well not bother meeting,' says Phil Gurski, director of security and intelligence for the SecDev Group.
The PMO’s Canada-U.S. relations team headed by Brian Clow is on the hunt for new blood: a new special assistant, that is.
Feature|Neil Moss
Also, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre and his wife recently welcomed their first child, and Conservative leader and former House Speaker Andrew Scheer unveiled his official portrait.
‘Staying the course when it’s the wrong course is not leadership,’ said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May of the Liberal government’s response to a recent UN report on the impacts of climate change.
‘The clock could well be running out for certain species, such as the West coast’s southern resident killer whale,’ says federal commissioner Julie Gelfand.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's 302-page justice reform package is aimed at reducing court delays by 'streamlining' the bail system, restricting the option of preliminary inquiries to offences, and improving the jury selection process, among other things.
Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef has hired Rosalyn Stevens as a special assistant for digital media and outreach.
Between Bob Woodward’s forensic reconstruction of meetings that read like a cross between Dr. Strangelove, Being There and Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the recent anonymous op-ed in The New York Times that, evidently, aimed to reassure the world that there are patriotic embeds in the White House running interference between the president and potentially apocalyptic executive functions, a portrait isn’t really emerging.
Feature|Alex Marland
With the next federal election campaign fast approaching, Alex Marland offers some tips for anyone thinking of running for office, gleaned from Noah Richler’s bestselling book, The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.
Feature|Emily Haws
On this fall's to-attend list: the Political Party, the NAC Gala, Canada's Great Kitchen Party, and the return of Harvest Noir.
Opinion|Joe Jordan
Over the next few months, the parties will test and refine their communications strategies, all the while adjusting to what the other parties are, or are not, doing. Calm and reasoned discourse will be in short supply and any correlation between impact and anger has already left town.
Feature|Neil Moss
The NDP's Nathan Cullen, and Conservatives Pierre Poilievre, Andrew Scheer, and Michelle Rempel also took top honours.
Canada is in transition and the opportunity is there to get it right, making Canada stronger by ensuring that it works for everyone—or to continue down a path that has proven only to produce profound inequities. That’s our choice. And this is the time to get it right.
Feature|Neil Moss
Also, a communications aide to the federal justice minister recently became a Canadian, and the Supreme Court has a new executive legal officer.
Almost 50 per cent of Canadians don't think Ottawa is managing refugee claimants coming from the U.S. effectively, with two-thirds saying it's the feds' responsibility to provide funding supports, an August poll from Forum Research suggests.
It is bewildering that Canada is keen to move on to new military missions, which is supported by politicians and military commanders, rather than revisiting the mistakes of the past to make genuine amends in terms of military strategy, writes Sakhi Naimpoor, a PhD candidate who specializes in international security policy.
After 10 in camera meetings and testimony from six witnesses, the Procedure and House Affairs Committee has wrapped its review of the MP code of conduct.
'There needs to be a greater alignment in terms of authority, responsibility, and accountability across the research councils,' says HealthCareCAN president and CEO Paul-Émile Cloutier.
New advance aide joins Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Office.

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