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Senators to trim Nov. 20 sitting to attend anti-harassment training

The Upper Chamber has signed a $69,800 contract with ADR Education to deliver training sessions and advise on a revised harassment policy.
'I’ve never seen anything like it, where an incident takes place and no one is talking about it,' said Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk of a vehicle collision with pedestrians in August just west of the Hill.
The issue had been 'studied at length' for months and it's time for action, says Conservative Sen. Housakos, while Independent Sen. Yuen Pau Woo says the committee working on it is moving at the right pace.
Among the most lobbied Senators since September are C-69 sponsor Grant Mitchell and Energy Committee chair Rosa Galvez.
Bill C-65 received royal assent on Oct. 25, but education to prevent workplace harassment remains a key focus, says Sen. Nancy Hartling.
The government ought to signal its plan to tackle lacklustre Canadian competitiveness in the fall economic statement, say industry reps.
The official opposition Conservatives say there are still too many loopholes left in elections laws for them to support C-76.
Time has run out for legislation to set up the promised independent commissioner to run leaders’ debates, says Karina Gould, who will rely on recommendations made by a House committee in the spring.
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The government has proposed more than 60 changes to Bill C-76, which NDP critic Nathan Cullen says points to a ‘flawed’ bill. There are a whopping 340 suggested changes altogether, to be debated next week.
Twenty-seven MPs and cabinet ministers had moved into new offices in the Wellington, Justice, and Confederation buildings by Oct. 1, according to House staff.
Partisan political involvement is ‘not part of our brand,’ says ISG deputy facilitator Raymonde Saint-Germain after the Red Chamber’s biggest group approved its governing document.
At 47 members, the Independent Senators Group comprises nearly 49 per cent of the Red Chamber, and is looking to have its numbers reflected in committee membership.
Conservative MPs Bob Zimmer and Todd Doherty spent a combined $297,500 between April 1 and June 30, while House officers racked up nearly $4-million.
The members of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee are engaged in a standoff over when to start clause-by-clause study of Bill C-76.
With a combined $1.68-million budget, the three-Senator Government Representative Office is tasked with carrying the government’s flag in a sea of Upper Chamber Independents.
Sen. Campbell resigned his committee post this month amid a Global News investigation into his dual role as a Senator and director of a B.C. gaming company, but his office says he decided to quit the committee in spring.
His People’s Party could go further than nascent political parties of the past, with social media as a means of stoking the grassroots fires, supporters suggest.
The Senate passed Bill C-65 with seven amendments in the spring, and those along with the regulations put forward in the summer firm up the legislation, say critics.
The court rejection of the Trans Mountain pipeline is set to loom large over debate on the Liberals’ impact assessment bill in the Upper Chamber this sitting.
The normal trajectory for MPs is to want to work their way up to PS, then minister. But Celina Caesar-Chavannes says a barrage of social media abuse was one reason she decided to leave the plum role.
Spending from April 1 to June 30 totalled more than $1.3-million, slightly more than the same period the year prior, but with 10 fewer Senators.
This is the first disclosure since a March policy change to allow the public to see money paid to MPs to cover their legal costs.
Handguns are already so restricted, it might not have a real political impact, says ex-Tory staffer Jim Armour.
While Maxime Bernier readies his new party, one anti-supply management proponent who attended the Conservative convention says he's received interest in a Bernier party from almost two-dozen current and former MPs.
On the road to 2019, the Conservative campaign team is boosting its tech game, but urges patience on policy rollout.
Maxime Bernier’s ideas have a lot appeal among the rank and file, says MP Peter Van Loan, but the Conservative Party is where they can pursue those issues.
Conservative Party delegates voted on 30 policy resolutions on the third and final day of the party's national convention in Halifax on Saturday.
Nearly 30 policy resolutions will be debated Saturday afternoon in Halifax, including proposals on reopening the abortion debate and scrapping birthright citizenship.
The Beauce MP ‘threw a hand grenade to deliberately sabotage the party’s policy convention,' says MP Peter Kent.
The biennial policy session is like ‘one massive counselling session,’ says strategist Tim Powers.
‘We want to defeat Justin Trudeau. It’s the only thing we want. We just want Maxime to work with us,’ says Tory MP Pierre Paul-Hus.

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