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New House sergeant-at-arms named, but expert says delay adds to questions over new process

By Laura Ryckewaert      

'I really don’t have a reason why it would have taken that period of time to have this nailed down,' says former sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers on the naming of his successor.

Patrick McDonell, pictured carrying the mace and leading the House Speaker's parade in his role as acting sergeant-at-arms, permanently took over the post on July 1, more than four years after it was vacated in January 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Four years after the position was vacated, the House of Commons finally has a new sergeant-at-arms, with Patrick McDonell, who’d acted in the role since January 2015, stepping in permanently. However, experts question the delay, suggesting improvements are needed to the Liberal government’s appointment system.

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Increasing tally of early voters adding new dimension to campaign calculus

Advance voting jumped as much as 19.5 per cent this election, and use of special ballots, the majority of which are filled out ahead of election day, increased by roughly 59.4 per cent.

Trudeau ‘dodged the bullet’ but will now run the country and party from a ‘weakened’ position, say politicos

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'They had that big stick in their hand, which was the election call. They cannot call an election for at least the next year, without the opposition doing egregious things,' says pollster Greg Lyle.

Conservative Party national councillor launches online petition to oust O’Toole

News|By Abbas Rana
For the first time in the party’s history, a Conservative member has initiated a petition to call a referendum on the party leader. But, the Conservative Party’s president has questioned the online petition’s validity.

Political leaders need to address violence, hate seen on campaign trail, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism director Barbara Perry says there has been a 'perfect storm' that has led to the incidents of hate and violence that have been seen on the campaign trail.

Ex-Ontario House leader Naqvi will take procedural bonafides to the Commons

News|By Neil Moss
Along with his time as House leader, the Liberal MP-elect served under the Wynne government as Ontario’s attorney general, minister of community safety and correctional services, and as labour minister.

Minor House shakeup sees more than 40 new faces preparing to enter Parliament

News|By , Matt Horwood
With 34 ridings with no incumbent contesting the race and a total of 16 flipped seats, at least 44 new people are projected to join the House's class of 2021, including the first Filipina-Canadian to hold federal office.

Veteran provincial politician Yasir Naqvi’s win keeps Ottawa Centre under federal Liberal banner

News|By Neil Moss
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Trudeau Liberals return to preside over minority Parliament after mid-pandemic election

As of press deadline on Sept. 21, the Liberals had won or were leading in 156 ridings, the Conservatives 121, the Bloc Québécois 32, the NDP 27, and the Green Party in two.

‘It looks like nobody wanted an election and no one got what they wanted’: what pollsters, politicos, and reporters had to say about Election 44

News|By Matt Horwood
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