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‘Deeply disturbing’ report raises questions about federal interventions supporting Canadian mining companies overseas despite human rights concerns

By Kevin Philipupillai      

Critics say Global Affairs Canada continues to improperly prioritize ‘economic diplomacy’ over its human rights and environmental obligations.

NDP MP Heather McPherson says the Liberal government has continued the previous Conservative government's emphasis on promoting trade at the expense of human rights and environmental concerns. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A new report provides a window into the Harper government’s aggressive support for a Canadian mining company in Guatemala, but MPs and human rights advocates say the current government still improperly prioritizes “economic diplomacy” over its human rights and environmental obligations.

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Centre Block demolition work reaches a pinnacle (four, to be exact)

News|By Laura Ryckewaert 6:00 PM ET
Project planners are currently running tests and doing mock-ups to ensure Centre Block is stabilized before excavations begin underneath the 100-year-old building.

Byrne expected to lead Conservative Party’s campaign in next federal election, say Tory sources

News|By Abbas Rana
Depending on their roles, senior OLO staffers earn between $120,000 to $200,000 which, in most cases, are on par with private sector salaries, say former Hill staffers.

Poilievre’s ‘adversarial’ media strategy ‘concerning’ for democracy, but unlikely to change as long as it keeps working: Hill observers

News|By Chelsea Nash
Journalists have to watch out for Pierre Poilievre's 'mouse traps,' lest they become a target and give the Conservative leader another opportunity to fundraise off a growing distrust of legacy media.

Hill reporter Smith says Conservatives ‘have gone to war with the media’ following his tumultuous tweet

News|By Mike Lapointe
Freelance journalist Justin Ling says the Conservatives are using the Dale Smith run-in as a game and an opportunity to disrupt the narrative. 'They are leveraging that far-right fury in order to win the next election.'

‘I’m the interim leader of a federal political party and I’m still thinking about killing myself’: Amita Kuttner

Amita Kuttner, the first transgender person to lead a national Canadian political party, lost his mother, Eliza, in 2005 when a crashed into their North Vancouver family home. 

Official languages bill reveals ‘shift in the sands’ on Liberals’ approach to modernizing the act, say C-13 critics

News|By Ian Campbell
A group representing anglophone Quebecers says it plans to keep up its fight against the legislation, while a group representing Franco-Manitobans says it’s time to pass the bill despite its limitations.

‘We need to hold people to account, not allow them to scare us off,’ says departing Senator Vern White

Senator Vern White is leaving the Red Chamber and moving to Finland to be with his family. He discussed the rise of the far right, the Senate reforms, national security and more in an interview with The Hill Times.

‘This is testing us’: local MPs praise resilience of Atlantic Canadians, describe ‘shock and awe’ of Hurricane Fiona

Liberal MP Heath MacDonald says the storm ‘touched almost every industry and sector that we have’ in his Prince Edward Island riding.

‘Iconic’ Bill Blaikie: ‘a giant of a man’ among the ‘most distinguished social democrats of our age,’ says Ed Broadbent

Feature|By Christopher Guly
Former NDP MP Bill Blaikie, who died on Sept. 24 of kidney cancer at the age of 71, will be remembered as a powerful and effective opposition MP.
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