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After nearly a decade of encouraging other women to run for office, I did it myself

By Nancy Peckford      

As more women of all backgrounds step up to run, politics will be increasingly regarded by talented, dynamic, and diverse women as an arena worthy of their time and experience.

Women pictured on March 7, 2017, as part of Equal Voice's Daughter of the Vote initiative, which brought 338 young women from across Canada to the Hill for a three-day orientation session. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m., Equal Voice will be launching at the National Arts Centre, a series of tools to encourage and equip more women to become effective candidates. The Hill Times file photograph

Elections are in the air. Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories just wrapped up municipal ones. Provincially, voters in New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec have just elected new governments—on Nov. 2, Liberal Brian Gallant’s incumbent New Brunswick government was defeated by a vote of confidence. Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador are in high gear with scheduled elections next spring and fall, respectively. British Columbia’s New Democratic government teeters precariously with a razor-thin minority.

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Federal silence on Wet’suwet’en tensions a ‘worrisome’ sign of faltering Liberal push on reconciliation, say advocates

Green Party MP Paul Manly says tensions in Wet'suwet'en territory reveal ‘political failure’ on the part of the federal government.

Newfoundlanders struggling from historic storm in need of federal funds, MPs say

From heating pea soup by candlelight to snowboards on the streets, Parliamentarians reflect on ‘random acts of kindness’ and community that came with the massive clean-up effort.

Don’t go down ‘rabbit hole’ in Trade Committee’s study of new NAFTA implementation bill, warn trade experts

News|By Neil Moss
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it's worth taking 'a little extra time' to understand the 'full implications' of the new NAFTA, as well as to look at how Canada can improve its internal international trade process.

PM convenes Incident Response Group, as feds, provinces ramp-up co-ordinated response to coronavirus

News|By Mike Lapointe
'The situation is changing almost hourly and our public health system needs to be ready to adapt to any sudden change in the current situation,' says SFU's Kelley Lee.

Conservative MP hopes committee’s briefing on coronavirus offers measure of comfort amid fears of outbreak in Canada

News|By Palak Mangat
'We don’t want to raise the political fire on this. We want to make sure that we’re all working together to show Canadians that this is being addressed,' says Conservative health critic Matt Jeneroux.

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

'It sends a positive message. It's very much akin to a manger leaving the door open,' says Conservative MP Dan Albas.

Feds underestimate revenue loss from tax cuts, PBO says

News|By Beatrice Paez
Whereas the government projected that 1.1 millions Canadians will no longer be paying federal taxes, the PBO puts that figure at 900,000. 

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.'

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

News|By Abbas Rana
The 'huge overstep by the Conservative Fund’ to fire executive director Dustin van Vugt has created ‘bad blood’ between the national council and the fund, says Yaroslav Baran, a former senior Conservative Hill staffer.
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