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Liberals to hold ‘open and frank’ closed-door meetings with MPs, staffers to discuss sexual harassment on the Hill, #MeToo movement

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Chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez and deputy whip Filomena Tassi are meeting with MPs on Feb. 28 on Parliament Hill.
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Supporters of Saskatchewan Conservative MP Brad Trost say they are confident the five-term MP will win the March 10 nomination contest, but if he loses, he could run in another riding in the province, say…
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If David Tilson decides not to run, he will be the third of seven MPs who were challenged for nomination for the 2019 election cycle, and chose not to seek re-election.
There's a 'transformational change' happening on the Hill and in federal politics, which is long overdue, but some say they're 'terrified' by the swift and massive culture shift.
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The House of Commons is spending roughly $50,000 to organize in-person sexual harassment training for all 338 MPs, with all the major party caucuses mandating attendance, including for cabinet ministers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and…
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The Liberal Party’s ‘kryptonite’ is a ‘sense of entitlement,’ and recent missteps of the Trudeau government reinforced this public perception, says Prof. Alex Marland.
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Two Conservative MPs, who were facing nomination challenges, recently announced they won’t seek re-election in 2019, and nasty fights are erupting between some incumbent MPs and their challengers. Moe Amery, a former Progressive Conservative Alberta…
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Canada's new ethics commissioner, who has been criticized by government whistleblowers as a life-long bureaucrat who protects his bosses, says he is best-placed to do the job because he's not interested in pleasing higher-ups and…
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Seven Conservative MPs are facing nomination challenges for the 2019 election, but there is widespread speculation the party's leadership is behind at least some of those challenges, which the party strongly denies. “There were some…
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  Urban/Rural Winning Candidate Votes Obtained (%) Vote Margin (%) Avalon Liberal MP Ken McDonald 55.9 38.1 St. John's East Liberal MP Nick Whalen 46.7 1.4 St. John's South-Mount Pearl Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan 57.9…
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Rural ridings will offer potential growth areas for the federal Liberals in 2019 and the PMO and cabinet are paying close attention, says Liberal MP T.J. Harvey, chair of the Liberal rural caucus, but the…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should reveal all the facts surrounding his now controversial meeting with former Afghan captive Joshua Boyle last month on the Hill because without a clear explanation the prime minister looks “foolish,”…
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The House of Commons is planning to offer an in-person training course on sexual harassment in the coming months, as part of the House chief human resources officer Pierre Parent's efforts to educate MPs on…
The Top 25 1. Justin Trudeau, prime minister 2.Gerald Butts, principal secretary to the prime minister 3. Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister 4. Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council 5. Chrystia…
Canada’s new ethics commissioner says he will take up to a few months to decide what to do with the controversial ethics investigations into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and won’t be giving the Liberals…
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Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, who started investigating last January Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stay at the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas, is “working diligently” to get it done and make it public in…
MPs are split over whether the House's sexual harassment policy could be misused for political gains, with some dismissing the idea and others warning of the risks in play. "We're living in a political environment,…
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The government should use the same process it uses to appoint Supreme Court justices to appoint officers of Parliament because it involves all federal political parties and stakeholders at the federal and provincial levels as…
The federal Conservatives will keep hammering away at the ethical controversy surrounding Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the coming weeks as part of a long-term strategy, planting seeds for the next election campaign and taking…
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With new nomination rules in place that some describe as “advantageous” to incumbent Conservative MPs, the federal party has opened up nominations in held ridings, but Conservatives deny the charge that they are favouring MPs…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have declared "government by cabinet is back" two years ago when he unveiled his mostly rookie-member cabinet in Ottawa, but some political observers say today he should be boosting more…
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Rookies and numerous Liberal MPs representing ridings won by close margins in 2015 are becoming “super nervous” about the ongoing explosive ethics controversies that have dogged Finance Minister Bill Morneau in recent weeks, and caused…
PARLIAMENT HILL—Political insiders are hinting the Trudeau government will hit the reset button in January over the holiday break and start the winter session with a new Throne Speech, though the federal Liberals are denying any…
The Senate Rules Committee could be one to watch between now and the next election as the venue where the Independent Senators Group, Conservatives, and Senate Liberals will likely negotiate over permanent changes—or not—to the…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should take proactive action to deal with the ethical issues involving Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his chief fundraiser Stephen Bronfman because it could slowly erode the Grits' political capital and…
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Some 41 "swing" ridings with visible minority populations of 50 per cent or more, including five constituencies in the Greater Toronto Area that have 80 per cent or more visible minorities, will be key battlegrounds…
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Jean Yip, the widow of late-Liberal MP Arnold Chan, who died of cancer last month, says her late-husband encouraged her to run federally and she is considering seeking the Liberal nomination in Scarborough-Agincourt. “Arnold and…
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Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his staff could have the done a better job of communicating his department's proposed tax reforms, but were caught in a "catch 22" situation, unable to argue in favour of…
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The Liberals are concerned that the Jagmeet Singh-led New Democrats would “siphon off” a significant chunk of votes from them in the 2019 election, creating three-way races across the country that would be a “double…
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Rookie Liberal MP Raj Grewal says if the new NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh chooses to run against him in Brampton East, Ont., in 2019, he would “welcome the challenge” to compete against the man who…
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The Chinese government denied a travel visa to rookie Liberal MP Ron McKinnon this summer when he tried to travel to China as part of the Canada-China Legislative Association’s two-week trip, after he failed to…
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PARLIAMENT HILL—One Liberal and an NDP MP resigned from the Canada-Myanmar Parliamentary Friendship Group after Conservative MP Bruce Stanton, chair of the friendship group, sent out an email informing members about a pro-Myanmar government rally,…

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