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‘Failure is not an option’: NDPers say they’re optimistic heading into 2019, despite falling political fortunes, but much rides on Singh’s byelection win

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Tanking in public opinion polls and showing a steady loss in the vote share in federal byelections since 2015, the New Democrats are pinning a lot on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh winning the upcoming Burnaby South, B.C., byelection. 'Failure is not an option,’ says former NDP staffer Farouk Karim.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured addressing NDP staffers at an annual all-staff meeting in Ottawa on Dec. 4, during which he touched on his call for a national pharmacare program, among other things. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Despite trailing in fundraising and opinion polls, and a steady loss in vote-share in federal byelections since 2015, NDPers say they’re optimistic the party can turn things around and be competitive in 2019, but much hangs on new leader Jagmeet Singh’s upcoming byelection campaign.

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Canada Proud’s Jeff Ballingall joins O’Toole leadership team

The Canada Proud Facebook page, which is followed by more than 190,000 people, posted a glowing quote about Mr. O'Toole from a column by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.

Public servants still waiting to engage with public service renewal parl sec

News|By Mike Lapointe
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.

Trudeau set right tone in the days after Flight 752 downing, say foreign policy experts

News|By Neil Moss
Trudeau's comments have underpinned Canada's interests-based foreign policy, says former diplomat Colin Robertson.

One patrol ship and 118 Crown vehicles vandalized, part of $24.2-million in lost property in 2018-19

Federal court pay outs totalled roughly $28.1-million in 2018-19, including a roughly $10-million court award paid out by Global Affairs Canada under NAFTA’s Chapter 11.

Canada mulling compensation for families of crash victims, says MP Alghabra

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not accept a situation where we are not being given the information we are looking for,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau of the deadly Jan. 8 plane crash in Iran that left 57 Canadians dead.

PMO spent $9.7-million in 2018-19, ministerial office spending rises 10.5 per cent: public accounts

Meanwhile, the foreign affairs ministerial team once again led travel spending in 2018-19, with a combined total of $221,111 expensed to Global Affairs Canada.

‘Still a mess, still needs a lot of work’: Shared Services Canada gets new master under digital government minister

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says her union was not involved in discussions with the PMO prior to the decision to move Shared Services Canada under the minister of digital government.

Baird’s post-mortem on campaign may not be ‘as relevant’ as party braces for election of new leader, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Palak Mangat
'They’ll probably disregard a lot, and, say, ‘Well, that was Andrew, I’m a different person, and I won’t have the same challenges that he had. My approach will be different,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

Liberals still haven’t had a national caucus discussion about federal election outcome and they want one, say Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
The Trudeau Liberals are holding their winter national caucus meeting in Ottawa Jan. 22-24; however, it's unclear if the party’s electoral performance will be dissected at the meeting.
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