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With little focus on foreign policy, Poilievre has ‘blank slate’ to craft platform, say experts

By Neil Moss      

Pierre Poilievre rarely spotlighted foreign policy on the campaign trail, a 'void' he will now have to fill, says Fen Osler Hampson.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre had little to say about foreign policy during his seven-month party leadership campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With little foreign policy vision offered by the new Conservative leader during his leadership campaign, experts say Pierre Poilievre now has a “blank slate” to fill the “void.”

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Vern White has resigned from the Senate

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 10:03 AM ET
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News|By Stuart Benson
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‘Every part of it has been a privilege’: Heather Bradley retiring after almost three decades as comms head to the House Speaker

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Heather Bradley will mark her last day on the Hill on Oct. 7, with former Global Affairs speechwriter Amélie Crosson already lined up to succeed her.

‘Time is past urgent’: legislation needed to help Canadian aid groups work in Afghanistan, says Sen. Omidvar

News|By Neil Moss
Canadian aid organizations' work in Afghanistan has been hampered by domestic criminal law, since providing humanitarian assistance could indirectly support the Taliban.

New NDP attack ad against Poilievre part of its ‘fight to be relevant,’ says pollster

News|By Ian Campbell
While political ads often seek to present evidence for their claims, this ad instead relies on trust in the brand, said one expert in digital strategy.

More transparency needed on Canada’s sanctions on Russia, say critics

News|By Neil Moss
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Poilievre’s executive director pick hints new data system a ‘primary focus’ for Conservatives

News|By Ian Campbell
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‘Bloody bad business’: prison reform advocate calls for Canada’s last prison labour-operated abattoir to finally close

News|By Stuart Benson
As the expiration date for CSC's partnership with Wallace Beef Inc. to operate the slaughterhouse, Conservative MP Scott Reid warns that the closure of the abattoir would have severe negative impacts on local farmers.
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