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We know what the oil patch and its powerful friends want, but what about the rest of us? 

By Susan Riley       

But what about the planet? There has been too little room in this debate for a thoughtful, passionate defence of stringent environmental protections, unfettered by short-term economic considerations—before it is too late to reverse course.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna does herself no favours by answering every criticism with an attack on the negligence of the Harper government, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CHELSEA, QUE.—If you’ve been following coverage of two important federal environmental bills, you can be forgiven for assuming that absolutely no one supports them. Six oil-friendly provincial and territorial leaders have recently suggested the measures could be a threat to national unity. Oil lobbyists claim the bills will deliver a fatal one-two punch to their struggling sector. Even Green Party Leader Elizabeth May isn’t totally on board, although for different reasons.

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The ‘lost’ opportunity of the PM’s India trip, and other observations from India’s exiting envoy

Exiting Indian envoy Vikas Swarup talks Kashmir, the prime minister's infamous India visit, trade, and future relations between the two countries.

Raitt’s loss sparks questions about future of women in the Conservative Party, says political expert

News|By Beatrice Paez
Beyond being a voice for Conservative women, Lisa Raitt was unifying force who could transcend bitter partisan divides, says Melanee Thomas, political science professor at the University of Calgary.

Liberals’ proposed fix to defence procurement is a ‘gamble,’ say Conservatives

News|By Neil Moss
'Anything is an improvement over what's going on right now,' says Liberal MP John McKay, who was parliamentary secretary to the defence minister from 2015 to 2017.

Military making progress on Indigenous, visible minority recruitment, lagging on attracting women

Despite Liberal policy aiming for 25 per cent female recruits by 2026, the number of women in Regular Forces and Primary Reserves is still below 16 per cent, according to latest data.

Anchorman: Evan Solomon named new host of CTV’s Power Play

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, CTV photojournalist Dave Ellis to retire after 34-year career, and an Abacus poll suggests only Stephen Harper is a more preferable Conservative leader than Andrew Scheer.

‘If we’re going to sit there and be slinging mud, it’s going to be a long three years,’ says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MPs and strategists agree that appointing former Harper cabinet minister John Baird to lead the election post-mortem is the right call. 'He does not hold any punches,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.

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