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Combatting modern slavery: will Canada rise to the occasion in 2021?

By Isobel O'Connell      

Ultimately, addressing modern slavery, like any other human rights abuses, is not just a single sector issue, nor is it a problem for only one part of the world to solve. It's a collective challenge that requires coordinated leadership.

In November, steps were taken in Canada to enact a Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and amend the Customs Tariff, currently known as Bill S-216. This third attempt at the MSA was introduced in the Canadian Senate, pictured, and aims to implement Canada's international commitments to contribute to the fight against modern slavery, with a particular focus on forced labour and child labour. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada’s human rights legacy has historically allowed Canada to “punch above its weight” in the international community with previous leading roles and international achievements in formulating the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Ottawa Land Mines Treaty, to name a few.

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House Speaker election could force 338 MPs to rub shoulders in Ottawa amid COVID’s fourth wave

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 4:19 PM ET
House rules say MPs have to elect a Speaker before they can reintroduce the hybrid sitting system that allows them to participate virtually.

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News|By Abbas Rana
It would be a mistake to change the party leader after every election loss, say some Conservative MPs and political insiders.

Among 18 defeated incumbents, British Columbia, Ontario see most unseated MPs; Conservatives drop nine incumbents, Liberal lose eight

At least 18 ridings saw incumbents lose their contest this election, with the most Conservatives taking the fall, at nine, followed by eight liberals, and one Green MP.

PM snap election call faces challenge by Democracy Watch in Federal Court

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Democracy Watch is seeking a Federal Court ruling that would prohibit the prime minister from calling a snap election, unless a vote of non-confidence in the government occurs before the fixed election date.

Signs point to mid-October return for Parliament, full agenda for government

A budget bill, media reforms, and the conversion therapy crackdown could lead the Liberals’ fall agenda.

Liberals call for collaboration in minority Parliament, while O’Toole fends off challenges

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Liberals were on track to win 159 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 33, the NDP 25, and the Green Party two, as ballots from the Sept. 20 federal election were still being counted last week.

Alberta energy sector has opportunity with two Liberal MPs elected in province, say lobbyists

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With slight seat gain, NDP has potential to hold ‘balance of power’ in new Parliament

News|By Matt Horwood
The New Democrats could play a role in Parliament similar to one they played in the 1960s, when they pushed Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to enact progressive policies like Medicare and the Canada Pension Plan, say st

Increasing tally of early voters adding new dimension to campaign calculus

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