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On a day of firsts and in a scaled-back installation ceremony, Mary Simon becomes Canada’s 30th and first Indigenous Governor General: ‘I’ve always viewed Canada as a metaphor for family’

By Christopher Guly       

Mary Simon promises to breathe new life into the Office of the Governor General and to help lead Canadians on the road to reconciliation.

Mary Simon with her spouse Whit Fraser, left, and Usher of the Black Rod Greg Peters, pictured July 26, 2021, arriving at the Senate Building for her installation as Canada's 30th governor general of Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

SENATE CHAMBER—In a tightly scripted ceremony, laden with tradition but limited in attendance by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Jeannie May Simon—a consequential Inuit leader born 73 years ago in the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq in the Nunavik region of northeastern Quebec—made Canadian history on a hot and sunny Monday when she was sworn in as Canada’s 30th governor general.

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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.

‘Sharper knives out earlier’ to bring down O’Toole after election defeat, say some Conservative MPs

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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Liberal MPs Randy Boissonnault and George Chahal were elected in Alberta ridings in the 2021 federal election, providing the largely Conservative province with more clout in Ottawa, according to some lobbyists.

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

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.
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