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Bull in a china shop: Richard Holbrooke, belligerent peacemaker

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The supremely gifted and fatefully flawed diplomat died in 2010 after collapsing in the office he never got to occupy. A new biography unfurls the backstory.

Then-U.S. assistant secretary of state Richard Holbrooke, left, and Carl Bildt, right, speak before heading to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, for peace talks in 1995. Charlie Parshley photograph via Wikimedia Commons

During the years I worked in the United States, I only ever participated in one tactical operation involving the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It was stealthy and highly sensitive; a mission of such a top-secret nature that even Holbrooke himself wasn’t aware of it.

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

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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.

Shuffling Freeland would be a ‘mistake,’ says former Liberal justice minister Cotler

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Media reports have suggested Chrystia Freeland may end up as the new intergovernmental affairs minister or the finance minister.

Conservative MPs swept most seats by widest margins, and won 32 ridings by 50 per cent of vote

Of the 147 seats where MPs earned more than 20 per cent lead over their closest competitor, the Conservatives 

Senate ditches plans for new payroll provider after finding Phoenix ‘work-arounds’

News|By Mike Lapointe
According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.

Trudeau’s re-election should bolster his international stature, says former diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'This is a moment where Canada could potentially get ambitious in its international affairs,' says Canadian International Council president Ben Rowswell.

Leadership contest could see 2020 Greens surpass NDP in fundraising, says contender

David Merner, a failed Green candidate from B.C., says there are encouraging signs the party could come close to surpassing the NDP in its fundraising numbers next year. He is vying to take the reins from Elizabeth May.

PSAC still pushing government to address ongoing health, safety concerns in federal buildings

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Terrasses de la Chaudière is prone to occasional bat intrusions due to cracks on the exterior surface of the complex and its proximity to the Ottawa River, according to the PSPC.
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