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Add women, change politics by making parties pay, NDP says

As #MeToo sweeps the Hill, the New Democrats are looking for legislation to make it financially beneficial for federal parties to have more women on their ballots.
She has launched her campaign to be Anna Gainey’s successor as president of the Liberal Party. The Grits will vote in Halifax in April.
Three years in, Canada has recognized the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, but didn’t come with an accompanying plan of action. But Liberal Black caucus chair Greg Fergus says results are coming by the end of the Grits' mandate.
With Bill C-59 skipping second reading debate in the House, the Public Safety Committee says it wants to drill down on new powers for the country’s intelligence agency.
As Bill C-51 heads for Senate study, lawyers are looking for changes to avoid infringing on the rights of the accused in a sexual assault case by making them reveal evidence key to their defence in advance.
Transparency over what the House shells out for MPs who face legal challenges could be a viable tool in the fight to stem sexual harassment on the Hill, but former members of the Commons Board…
A new Senate committee dedicated to studying issues affecting Canada’s North, is planning to “hit the ground running” when the Upper Chamber resumes at the end of January, says the new group’s deputy chair. Approved…
In May, Nancy Greene Raine will retire from yet another high-profile career. But instead of Olympic medals, she’ll likely be hoisting her government-backed legislation that aims to stop the marketing of junk food to kids.…
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The Independent Senators Group is asking for a $200,000 budget boost next year beyond the $1.06-million allotted to it, citing an "opaque and unfair" process that members say should be determined by proportionality. The facilitator of…
The Senate's ethics watchdog has suspended a two-year investigation into allegations of workplace harassment by former Ontario Conservative Senator Don Meredith pending the results of a probe by another authority. On Dec. 1, a notice…
House of Commons spending is on track to remain above the half-billion-dollar mark next fiscal year, as the Board of Internal Economy approved a $507-million budget for Members of Parliament, House officers, and the staff…
An Independent Senator says she repeatedly appealed a denied spring travel-expense claim not because she wants to be reimbursed, but rather she wants to move the way Senators’ expenses are disputed out from an “arbitrary”…
The Independent Senators Group’s quest for equality in the Upper Chamber reached another milestone last week, as the budget for what is now the largest group in the Senate got a $262,000 boost. The additional…
A pair of former chief statisticians made a last-ditch plea to Senators last week to fix what one said was an "egregious flaw" that "fundamentally undermines" a government bill's aim to give Statistics Canada more…
Following the recent Paradise Papers revelations of Canadians involved in offshore tax havens, a Senator is reinvigorating his push for greater transparency from the Canada Revenue Agency, after years of what he said has been…
The Senators who end up sitting on a proposed new committee to oversee the Red Chamber’s expenses shouldn’t be actually examining spending themselves, but ensuring auditors are fulfilling their mandate properly, say members of the…
The man who's set to sponsor the Liberals' priority cannabis legalization bill in the Senate wants to shake up the normal legislative process, even proposing a field trip to a pot-production facility, but opposition Senators…
Three prominent Indigenous rights activists and experts will go to Washington, D.C., next month to argue that Canada's Bill S-3, which will amend the Indian Act, is still "sexist and racist," despite the legislative back…
“The guy never stopped.” Conservative Senator David Tkachuk was still processing the news Friday morning that colleague Tobias Enverga wasn’t going to be in the Red Chamber when the Senate reconvened on Nov. 21. Sen.…
The new government department-style entity being created to support a group of Parliamentarians charged with overseeing the country’s national security and intelligence operations is expected to cost about $4.5-million this fiscal year, with the Privy…
Despite a slow start to the fall sitting, the Senate is ramping up its legislative agenda. With a little more than a month left on the scheduled sitting calendar, the government is focused on passing…
Treasury Board President Scott Brison has said he’s open to a few amendments to his access to information reform bill, but opposition members from the committee studying the legislation said it would need a complete…
A dearth of knowledgeable procurement staff has led to federal organizations "cannibalizing" specialists from one another to fill gaps throughout the public service, according to the government’s procurement watchdog. In his recently released annual report,…
The face of Canada is changing, which has potential for the face of the country’s federal representatives to change as well. According to 2016 census data released last week by Statistics Canada, the percentage of…
“I rarely feel hurt.” Growing up in a predominantly white community, where a quarter of the small local Vietnamese population consists of her own family members, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît, Que.) said she…
Members of a pair of Senate committees are still cooling their heels after the summer break, as negotiations over how committee leadership positions are allocated play out. Former Conservative Senators Daniel Lang, chair of the…
Quebecers are more likely to be invested in the idea of Canada having a distinct cultural identity that needs protecting, which could possibly spell political trouble for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and the Trudeau Liberals…
Senators looking to join the quickly expanding ranks of the Independent Senators Group will now be subject to the approval of at least 21 of the group’s existing 36 members, thanks to a new policy…
The government is reviewing new information on the potential implications of fully removing sex discrimination from the Indian Act, but Indigenous activists reaching out to cabinet to offer their own contributions said they’re not being…
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould’s political financing bill doesn’t do any real harm, but doesn’t do any good either, opposition MPs suggested at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee as members began their study on…
With her bill having passed the Senate last week, Conservative Senator Nancy Greene Raine is now casting about for an MP in the House to champion her legislation banning the advertising of unhealthy food and…
The government is drafting another bill making changes to the Canada Elections Act expected to be tabled as early as this fall, according to members of the House committee tasked with studying changes to the…

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