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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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Senator Diane Bellemare leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 2:55 PM ET

Continuity key to speakership in minority Parliament, say politicos, contenders

News|By Beatrice Paez
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a relatively 'comfortable' minority Parliament, and could survive with one fewer vote if the new Speaker is a Liberal, says Samara's Paul Thomas.

New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

PIPSC to expand fight against government outsourcing, says union president

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.

‘This is different’: diplomats warned of divided Canada during parliamentary crash course

Given Canadians' self-professed preference for a minority government, 'I think we all are on probation,' Liberal MP Greg Fergus told diplomats.

Nearly 100 new MPs waiting until after cabinet reveal to move into offices

News|By Palak Mangat
The process of new MPs learning where their Ottawa offices will be will begin after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces who will be making up his re-jigged cabinet on Nov. 20, the government whip said last week.

86 ridings in 40 days: Trudeau’s cross-country sprint may have given party an edge

News
While a whistle stop in a tight race can help tip the outcome, political experts say there are other factors at play in galvanizing the electorate.

As Conservatives squabble, governing Liberals trying to lay low for maximum political advantage, say Liberals

News|By Abbas Rana
The seven-hour Conservative caucus meeting on Nov. 6 was ‘intense,’ with ‘blunt’ criticism of the party’s campaign performance, say Conservative sources

Rodriguez could be shuffled to key government House leader’s post, say Liberal sources

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals are considering assigning responsibility for the six regional development agencies to several ministers this time around, say Liberal sources.
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