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‘Always a rolling target to bring about big change’: Fergus says he’s optimistic in feds’ anti-racism strategy progress, ‘but we’re not there yet’

By Mike Lapointe       

But NDP MP Matthew Green says 'there just seems to be ongoing reluctance for this government to go beyond the aesthetics of big ticket announcements and into the actual work of dismantling anti-Black racism and racism within their government.'

Liberal MP Greg Fergus says 'when you look back at the journey, you can say there’s some pretty big progress. But if you were to compare it to where we know we should be, we’re not there yet.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Nearly 18 months following the introduction of the federal government’s anti-racism strategy and nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger says although the government is making progress, “there’s a lot of work to do here and it’s going to take some time.”

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Wayne Easter to leave legacy of Canadian links on Capitol Hill

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative MP Randy Hoback says Wayne Easter along with former Liberal MP Andrew Leslie were the 'unsung heroes' of the NAFTA renegotiations.

Normalizing surgeries on intersex infants amounts to torture, says new legal challenge, but ministers won’t commit to change

News|By Alice Chen
Both Justice Minister David Lametti's and Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger's offices avoided giving definitive statements of support one way or another when asked about EGALE Canada's recent court challenge.

‘We have to be ready to begin and able to pivot quickly’: tourism marketing arm looks inward to keep the dream alive

News|By Alice Chen
While domestic-focused tourism marketing is the play for the short-term, Destination Canada will have to pivot back to its usual international audience, and to do that, Canada could use a rebrand, marketers say.

‘They just said we’d like to be treated like humans’: Senate report an ‘eye-opener’ on rights gaps in prisons

There is a 'clear lack of accountability on the part of Corrections for the way they manage the prisons,' says Sen. Kim Pate following Human Rights Committee’s four-and-a-half-year study.

Liberals sign up 16,000 for nail-biter Brampton Centre nomination race, coveted Grit riding

News|By Abbas Rana
Independent Brampton Centre MP Ramesh Sangha, who was kicked out of the Liberal caucus and is not running for re-election, has opened up a hotly contested seat in Brampton Centre.

Union launches pre-election ad campaign attacking O’Toole 

Unifor launched a major advertising campaign Monday going after the Conservative Party leader, while another group with labour support is running attack ads in suburbs where the Conservatives are vulnerable.

Senate leaders point back at government, House as they defend leaving conversion therapy bill stuck in limbo

With MPs gone for their summer break, Senators would not be able to amend Bill C-6 and see it pass it before the fall, said Senator Scott Tannas.

Closing gap between Liberals and Conservatives should force Trudeau to reconsider calling an election in coming weeks, say some pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
The rising numbers of Delta variants in the country could also complicate Liberal Party’s intention to go to the polls this month, says pollster Frank Graves.

Agriculture, health, and innovation ministers lead in record-breaking June for lobbying activity

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Health Minister Patty Hajdu, and Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne were the most lobbied federal ministers in June.
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