Home Page Election 2019 News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Inside Ottawa Directory Hill Times Store Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising
Log In

Politics This Morning: B.C. byelection; Hussen to talk efforts to tighten ‘loophole’ on irregular border crossings

By Beatrice Paez       

Voters in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C., are heading to the polls today to decide who to send to Ottawa for the remaining weeks left of the session.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will face the House Immigration Committee to respond to the feds' proposed changes that would prevent irregular border crossers to file a refugee claim at unofficial ports of entry. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Share a story
The story link will be added automatically.

Good Monday morning,

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will face the House Immigration Committee to respond to the feds’ proposed changes that would prevent irregular border crossers to file a refugee claim at unofficial ports of entry. The amendments were tucked into its omnibus budget implementation bill and are widely seen as a pivot for the government that prided itself in welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees. He’s expected to appear at 3:30 p.m. in room 035-B, West Block.

Voters in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C., are heading to the polls today to decide who to send to Ottawa for the remaining weeks left of the session. The seat was previously held by the NDP under Sheila Malcolmson, who has moved on to serve in B.C.’s legislature, in the same riding. It’s expected to be a four-way contest among the four main parties, according to the Canadian Press, with each one polling at 20 per cent or more. In the last election, Ms. Malcolmson won with 33 per cent of the vote, and by a margin of 9.7 percentage points.

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening today:

  • Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is in Metz, France, for a meeting with her G7 ministerial counterparts.
  • Elsewhere in Europe, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Rovaniemi, Finland, until Tuesday for the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting.
  • In Montreal, Transport Minister Marc Garneau is slated to speak at the Strategic Forum on Transportation, which is hosted by the local chamber of commerce. That’s at 8:05 a.m. at Palais des congrès de Montréal.
  • Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to make an appearance at Party Under the Stars, the annual fundraising event in support of wellness services for Canada’s troops. That’s at 6 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall.

What the newsroom’s reading:

The Hill Times

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


Explore, analyze, understand
You Might Be From Canada If…
You Might Be From Canada If . . . is a delightful, illustrated romp through this country as it celebrates its 150th birthday.

Get the book
Inside Ottawa Directory – 2019 Edition
The handy reference guide includes: riding profiles, MPs by province, MP contact details, both Hill and constituency and more.

Get the book
Spinning History: A Witness to Harper’s Canada and 21st Century choices
An unvarnished look at the Harper years and what lies ahead for Canadians

Get the book

Politics This Morning

Get the latest news from The Hill Times

Politics This Morning


Your email has been added. An email has been sent to your address, please click the link inside of it to confirm your subscription.

McKenna wins re-election in Ottawa Centre, trumpets voters’ support for climate fight

News|By Neil Moss
'I’m so relieved,' Catherine McKenna said, about continuing with the Liberal climate change plan.

Election 2019 was a ‘campaign of fear,’ say pollsters

'There may well be a message to this to the main parties, that slagging each other will only take you so far,' says Greg Lyle.

Election 2019 campaign one of the most ‘uninspiring, disheartening, and dirtiest’ in 40 years, says Savoie

News|By Abbas Rana
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she has never seen an election where mudslinging overwhelmingly dominated the campaign, leaving little or no time for policy discussion.

Strategic voting to determine if Liberals will form government, say political players

News|By Abbas Rana
As many as nine per cent of progressive voters could vote strategically in this close election potentially affecting the outcome in more than 100 ridings, says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

Turkish offensive should pressure feds to act on repatriation of Canadian citizens in Kurdish-controlled ISIS detention camps, says expert

News|By Neil Moss
The issue of repatriation will be less politically fraught after the election, says expert.

Business tops experience among 2019 candidates, one-third have run for office before

Here’s an analysis of the record 1,700-plus candidates running for the six major parties this election.

Pod save us all: the growing role of political podcasts in election 2019

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Hill Times spoke with some podcast hosts taking a deeper dive into the political nitty-gritty, within a medium that only continues to grow in popularity.

No-shows from Conservative candidate could hurt party’s chances in tight Kanata-Carleton race, say politicos

News|By Palak Mangat
The Conservative's candidate, Justin McCaffrey, has skipped two events, including a debate on the environment, intended to feature all candidates.

For whom will the bell toll in Peterborough-Kawartha?

In a riding where voters are deeply engaged in the political process, candidates avoid the low-hanging fruit and stay out of the mud as they grapple with who to send to the House of Commons.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.