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Butts’ exit could help government wield more effective defence strategy in SNC-Lavalin affair, politicos say

News|By Beatrice Paez
Gerald Butts has removed himself from the daily political grind of strategizing how to keep the Liberals in power. But observers say it's unlikely he will be consigned to watch the campaign unfold from the sidelines.
His resignation as principal secretary comes just a day before the House and Senate returns and ahead of Tuesday's in-camera House Justice Committee meeting.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's date with Mississauga, Ont., mayor Bonnie Crombie unfolds like the classic tale of city mouse meets country mouse.
Liberal MP Anthony Housefather took a bit of a bruising over comments that suggested former minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of her post as attorney general because she couldn't speak French.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Campaign Research's poll was conducted while the fallout from The Globe and Mail's report on SNC-Lavalin and the Prime Minister's Office was unfolding. CEO Eli Yufest says it was a 'pure coincidence.'
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is taking his town-hall tour closer to home.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Ottawa, but won't be making any public appearances. His office says he'll be in private meetings for the day.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Some Liberal MPs characterized opposition MPs’ efforts to push for PMO officials to testify as a 'fishing expedition.'
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News|By Beatrice Paez
'There’s a need to explain to Canadians whether or not a line has been crossed,' says NDP MP Murray Rankin.
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer takes his town hall to Windsor, Ont.
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is still in B.C., where she's been travelling to promote the government's climate action plan.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Even if the Liberal-dominated House Justice Committee votes to hold a hearing, it’s unclear whether a summon to appear would be enough to compel the government to lift its solicitor-client privilege.
Plus, Justice Minister David Lametti is slated to make an appearance at the Canadian Bar Association's meeting in Ottawa this afternoon.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Despite the bleak outlook for the NDP reflected in the polls, Quebec NDP MP Matthew Dubé said the party’s messaging aligns with the values and priorities of Quebec voters.
Parliament Hill's oldest tree, which weathered the Dutch elm disease that has killed countless others in Ottawa, might be removed as part of the Centre Block renovations.
Conservative MP Rob Nicholson, who once served as foreign affairs minister in the Harper government, will be joining the secretive, national security committee for parliamentarians.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer is releasing its report online on the latest supplementary estimates for $2.5-billion. 
News|By Beatrice Paez
Concerns about the removal of the tree were raised by the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, an Ottawa-based group behind the effort to save the tree from removal.
Blaine Higgs has recently tussled with Ottawa over his government's decision to call off its plans to host the 2021 Francophonie Games.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Venezuela, under the leadership of the country's self-declared interim president, would be joining the Lima Group as a 'full-fledged member.'
Duelling protests took place in Venezuela over the weekend that pitted Maduro supporters against those rally behind Juan Guaidó, the country's self-declared interim president. 
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
The first week back wasn't entirely smooth. On day two, flooding on multiple floors in West Block forced the parliamentary cafeteria to close.
Meanwhile, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef will be in Vancouver today for an announcement regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
News|By Beatrice Paez
'It's absolutely essential that before systems are implemented more broadly, that government officials have an attitude of ensuring safeguards are in place,' says the privacy commissioner.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'If it was a car, we’d say they paid the sticker price. They didn’t negotiate very much,' said Yves Giroux, the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Meanwhile, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien heads to the Access to the Information Committee to talk about the 'privacy of digital government services.'
News|By Beatrice Paez
NDP MP Nathan Cullen, the party's democratic institutions critic, raised concerns about the government’s efforts to compel the co-operation of social media giants.
Meanwhile, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu continues her visit to St. John's, N.L.
The most-lobbied staffers last year worked on money files like innovation and finance, as well as the environment, a hot-button issue legislatively.
Environment and Agriculture were among the most-lobbied departments.
Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner in Ontario, is expected to appear before the House Ethics Committee.

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