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Time for party leaders to step up, show who’s going to be the best for public servants

By Amy Kishek      

Federal and public sector workers need a government that is on their side, and one that will not hesitate to push back against employers who are trying to keep workers rights in the 1800s.

Members of the Union of Taxation Employees march to the Prime Minister’s Office to deliver thousands of petitions from workers at the Canada Revenue Agency urging the government to replace the Phoenix pay system with the Corporate Administrative System on Sept. 28, 2018. The agonizing toll a disastrous pay system has had on public service workers, writes Amy Kishek. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Many historians trace Labour Day celebrations back to the Nine Hour Movement, an international mobilization effort begun in 1872 to bring about standardized nine-hour working days. From this flowed the early legal rights that made unionization and organizing possible.

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Continuity key to speakership in minority Parliament, say politicos, contenders

News|By Beatrice Paez
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a relatively 'comfortable' minority Parliament, and could survive with one fewer vote if the new Speaker is a Liberal, says Samara's Paul Thomas.

New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

PIPSC to expand fight against government outsourcing, says union president

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.

‘This is different’: diplomats warned of divided Canada during parliamentary crash course

Given Canadians' self-professed preference for a minority government, 'I think we all are on probation,' Liberal MP Greg Fergus told diplomats.

Nearly 100 new MPs waiting until after cabinet reveal to move into offices

News|By Palak Mangat
The process of new MPs learning where their Ottawa offices will be will begin after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces who will be making up his re-jigged cabinet on Nov. 20, the government whip said last week.

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.
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