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Election 2019

Liberals going to have to make fundamental shifts in their communications and strategy

By Joe Jordan      

Complicating matters is the closeness of the race, meaning the potential prize may not be all that is seems. If we are headed toward a minority, as the polls would suggest, it opens the door to a whole new level of speculation. Will it trigger leadership reviews? Are the supporting parties in any financial position to force a subsequent early election? Who would hold the balance of power? What would a coalition agreement look like? When would Parliament sit again and how would the role of an independent Senate change? Finally, given the difficulty the Conservatives may have finding a willing dance partner, the actual winner could lose and the loser could win.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 15, 2019, campaigning for Liberal MP Kim Rudd in Northumberland-Peterborough South, Ont. In this campaign, the Liberals are both the 'pitcher of record' and the frontrunner. Simply trying to repeat what worked in 2015 will not end well for them. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

OTTAWA—The perfect analogy for how I participate in elections now: I head toward the crowd, hang around the fringes, graciously accept whatever is on offer, and speak with confidence about things I neither know, nor understand.

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Rota, first Speaker of Italian descent, encourages MPs to break the glass ceiling

News|By Palak Mangat
'I didn’t plan a speech at all, so it came from the heart,' says House Speaker Anthony Rota of his first remarks when he was elected to the post on Dec. 5.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

‘We’re flying the plane while we build it’: demolition work in Centre Block has begun

By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.

Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'

Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.
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