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RCMP neither requested nor planned for Emergencies Act powers, commissioner tells MPs, Senators

By Stuart Benson      

Parliamentarians questioned whether invocation of the Emergencies Act constituted 'a failure of police,' pointing to a double standard between police handling of trucker protestors compared to the treatment of pipeline protestors.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki appeared May 10 before the joint committee reviewing the government's invocation of the Emergencies Act, where she told MPs and Senators that while her agency was consulted, it never requested or recommended the act's use to break up the winter convoy protests. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC

The Emergencies Act helped reduce the size of the so-called Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa before the police action that finally cleared the blockade, but those powers were not requested, nor needed, to clear out other protests around the country, according to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.

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Ethics committee chair slams RCMP’s ‘point-blank refusal’ to provide information on spyware tools

New federal Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne tells the House Ethics Committee his office learned about the RCMP’s use of spyware on phones and other devices through the media.

Electric vehicle industry transition among top issues brought to innovation minister in first half of 2022

Canada's auto industry was engaging the federal government in the first six months of 2022 to discuss the opportunities and hurdles of electrification.

Conservative MPs unsure ‘which Poilievre they will get’ as party leader if he wins leadership

News|By Abbas Rana
'Everyone's kind of waiting to see ... if Pierre wins, what Pierre we get as leader, and where they fit into it,' said one Conservative MP who spoke to The Hill Times on a not-for-attribution-basis.

New manager of advertising hired for Trudeau’s office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers checks in on Tourism and Associate Finance Minister Randy Boissonnault’s office, where there’s a new Quebec regional affairs adviser on board.

‘Who’s who’ on the Conservative leadership campaign teams

Heading into the final stretch of the campaign, The Hill Times takes a look at the teams that will be taking the Conservative leadership hopefuls across the finish line on Sept. 10.

Pope’s apology disappointing, but opens a never-imagined conversation, like ‘when the Berlin Wall came down,’ say Indigenous Parliamentarians

News|By Ian Campbell
Senator Mary Jane McCallum and MP Blake Desjarlais talk about victories, disappointments, and new motions in the House and Senate, following the visit to Canada by Pope Francis.

While Poilievre, Lewis each pay $50,000 to snub last leadership debate, Charest shows up, but optics weren’t great ‘with the tier-two leadership aspirants,’ says Nanos

News|By Ian Campbell
Absent candidates Pierre Poilievre and Leslyn Lewis made their appeals to voters in-person and on social media, opting to take a $50,000 fine instead of being on stage with Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, and Roman Baber.

For campaigns looking to turn support into seats in Parliament, not all ‘ethnic communities’ are created equal

'These are groups that are very politically savvy, and they understand their power and they understand the influence that they can have,' says Erin Tolley, Canada Research Chair in gender, race, and inclusive politics.

CTV’s McGregor gets into shoving match after cameraman pushed by Lich supporters outside Ottawa courthouse

Feature|By Mike Lapointe
Plus, Michael Serapio has been named CPAC’s new English anchor and Neil Macdonald cheekily responds to Poilievre campaign's depiction of Tom Clark.
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