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Kenney, Ford to spend $60-million on PR war against Trudeau’s carbon tax, and that ain’t right

By Michael Harris      

Canada’s chief electoral officer says that what Kenney and Ford are doing is okay because the activities of provincial governments, including advertising campaigns, aren’t subject to the Canada Elections Act. Democracy could disappear through this loophole.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, pictured on May 2, 2019, scrumming after the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on Bill C-69. Mr. Kenney, whose head has gone up several hat sizes since crushing Rachel Notley in the recent Alberta election, will be travelling to Ontario to woo immigrant voters back to the Tory fold on Andrew Scheer’s behalf, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

HALIFAX—So now premiers Jason Kenney and Doug Ford plan to actively campaign in the 2019 federal election.

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Former PM Turner was a ‘living legend,’ ‘a great defender of Parliament,’ say politicos

News|By Palak Mangat 7:49 PM ET
While the conditions for Liberal longevity might not have been ripe, Liberal strategist Charles Bird says late former prime minister John Turner came to the leadership when 'he was already something of a living legend.'

Foreign policy focus in new session should be on China, U.S., and human rights, say Parliamentarians

News|By Neil Moss
'The No. 1 [foreign policy] priority is our relationship with the United States,' says Independent Senator Peter Boehm as the U.S. presidential election quickly approaches.

Political parties reach last-minute deal to temporarily change House rules for hybrid Commons, electronic voting

The rule changes includes a sunset clause, with the terms expiring Dec. 11.

‘Whatever it takes’: Trudeau says austerity not an option in the face of staggering job losses, health crisis 

News|By Beatrice Paez
The speech did not promise a full-fledged budget, but said an update to the feds’ COVID-19 Economic Response plan would be coming this fall.

‘I wrote this memoir from the heart’: former Supreme Court chief justice wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for memoir, Truth Be Told, a ‘unique and tantalizing glimpse’ into top court  

News|By Palak Mangat 7:25 PM ET
'Writing this book has brought me close to Canadians and the wonder of our national diversity. This prize is the icing on the amazing cake that has been my life': former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin.

Presidential election could change course on unilateral tariff use, but Canada-U.S. trade tensions will remain: experts

News|By Neil Moss
If Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidency, he will be constrained in the use of unilateral tariffs, say experts, while Donald Trump's re-election may leave Canada once again targeted by national security tariffs.

COVID-19 containment, economic recovery expected to drive fall lobbying

Lobbyists will also be keeping an eye on progress on the government's backlog of big-ticket legislation and regulatory reforms this session.

Parties close to agreement on voting plan, Parliament return, but committees prove sticking point, says Bloc MP

The Standing Orders have to be amended to allow MPs to vote remotely, and according to Bloc deputy House leader Christine Normandin, there’s agreement among parties for those changes to be made temporary.

They’re back: 25 Members of Parliament to watch this session

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With talk of a possible snap election, a continuing pandemic, and a minority Parliament to boot, the second session of the 43rd Parliament should be an interesting one.
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