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It’s show time: fall sitting critical for Trudeau to start delivering results, say political players

Political insiders predict at least one more cabinet shuffle before the 2019 election.
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As the government enters the second half of its mandate, political implications of government policies might become a bigger part of lobbying strategies.
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Phoenix, Shared Services, and Canada.ca are a few examples of federal government technology projects gone wrong.
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Each country is expected to showcase their positions, with tougher negotiations to come later.
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While there’s an overall slowdown in lobbying activity in summer, some groups have found it an ideal time to have meaningful dialogue with government officials.
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The Bank of Canada’s first interest-rate hike in seven years is seen as a good indictor of the economy, and the government gets some—but limited—credit.
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Most disapprove of the settlement, but the Liberals still garner 40 per cent support. However, if the Conservatives continue pressing the issue it could also galvanize the Conservative base. But they also have to be careful not to overreach.
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The bill has already passed second reading in the House, and the government is hoping to have it in effect by July 1, 2018.
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Patrick Borbey is a 35-year veteran of the public service and the first non-interim president of the Public Service Commission in two years.
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‘The type of wholesale change and following through on reconciliation, as the federal government has committed to, just isn’t happening,’ says Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.
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Experts say the federal government has jurisdiction on the proposed Kinder Morgan project, but it is unlikely to use a ‘sledgehammer approach.’
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The Science minister says next year’s budget is likely where funding decisions related to scientific research will be revealed.
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Canada doesn’t apply sales taxes or duties on imported purchases of $20 or less. That threshold is much higher in other countries, such as the U.S. where it’s US$800.
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Rookie Grit MP Darren Fisher's private member's bill is now law.
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Kelly Knight Craft’s confirmation is not expected in time for the annual event.
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A panel recommended the government boost spending to support scientific research by $1.3-billion over four years.
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But data in recent months suggests the government is finding less time to meet with stakeholders.
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The Macdonald-Laurier Institute says 88 per cent of 75 military and defence experts it interviewed think the government should cancel this interim purchase.
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Deloitte says many more millennials would work for the government if they could.
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‘Never before has there been more data, nor more advanced analytical techniques with which to analyze and interpret information.’
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‘It isn’t a concern right now. He still has two years to define himself in contrast to the prime minister,’ says Forum’s Lorne Bozinoff.
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Industry officials fear losing market share to foreign suppliers as a result of higher excise taxes.
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The former police chief Blair says he already reached the ‘pinnacle’ of his ‘chosen career’ and is not concerned about getting into cabinet.
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A former Ontario PC president is among the consultants Uber has hired to lobby the federal government.

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