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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came into office and immediately sent his ministers on a number of listening tours to hear from Canadians about everything from electoral reform to defence policy to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade…
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After facing bullying allegations from former party staffers, reported in The Hill Times and Toronto Star, Green Party leader Elizabeth May called for an “independent investigation” into the claims. But those who levelled the accusations…
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What the heck is happening with Erin Weir and the NDP? NDP leader Jagmeet Singh held a press conference Feb. 1 to announce that there would be an independent investigation into allegations from a fellow…
Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced Jan. 17 the Liberal government’s answer to years-long cries from human rights groups for an independent ombudsperson to investigate allegations of abuse by Canadian companies abroad. It’s a sticky topic…
Agree or disagree with the policy, the Liberals have given the Conservatives something they can really sink their teeth into with the ongoing Canada Summer Jobs program saga. And agree or disagree with their stance,…
Abdoul Abdi has been convicted of aggravated assault, and served prison time for it. Now that he’s been released, the federal government wants to deport him back to his mother's country of birth, war-torn Somalia,…
It’s time for MPs to formalize a parental leave policy for new parents amid their ranks. The issue has come to the fore in recent years, with MPs and former MPs including the NDP’s Christine…
Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides Canadians with the right to freedom of expression, limited only by “law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” The Charter does not protect…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begun his second annual townhall tour across Canada, speaking to Canadians off the cuff in campaign-style events that are sure to generate headlines and photos of him with shirt sleeves…
The Canadian Press last week reported on results from a survey it conducted last month with current female MPs from every party, in which it asked them anonymously to share their own experiences about sexual…
Technology lets us watch our dogs at doggie daycare, but CPAC is only able to broadcast the recognized speaker or House Speaker in Question Period. That’s got to change. Jane Hilderman and Mike Morden from…
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Though she hasn't said so, Liberal MP Sherry Romanado would be justified in feeling let down by the House's process for dealing with sexual harassment complaints between MPs. Ms. Romanado followed rules in the Code…
In the grand scheme of broken promises—or commitments not being pursued—the Liberal government’s handling of its so-called reform of the Access to Information Act ranks well below dropping electoral reform and not balancing the budget,…
The week started with a thud Monday in newsrooms across the country, as journalists were hit with the news that Canadian media giants Torstar and Postmedia were swapping 37 community newspapers and four free commuter…
No matter how much the Liberals would like to blame the previous Conservative government for the mess that is the Phoenix pay system, they’re the ones who will have to wear this albatross around their…
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Employment, Workforce, and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu introduced trailblazing legislation on Nov. 7, Bill C-65, which will amend existing provisions in the Canada Labour Code to prevent harassment and sexual harassment in the federal workplace.…
There was a lot of noise last week that arose out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision not to go to what was billed as a signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s revised 11-country trade…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may say he's satisfied with his top Liberal fundraiser Stephen Bronfman's public explanation that he never funded or used offshore trusts and that all his Canadian trusts have all paid federal…
Without having to prorogue a single Parliament, Julie Payette, the country’s newly installed governor general, is already making her mark on Canadian political discourse. In the week since she made the keynote address at the…
Okay, here's some good news. The federal government announced on Oct. 28 that it had reached its target of endowing protected status upon five per cent of Canada's marine territory by the end of the…
The Trudeau government ought to be more transparent about how it chooses what to pay its top diplomats and other top-level officials. Last week, we reported that Canada’s incoming ambassador to France, former Quebec businessperson…
You know how sometimes when you repeat a word ad nauseam it starts to lose all meaning? The Liberals are guilty of a few of these buzzwords, chiefly with “innovation,” and now “consultation” is becoming…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his merry band of Liberals are still the most popular political party in the land, but the bloom has come off the flower after two years in office. Finance Minister…
This week, the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy will hold its first-ever public meeting. It comes after the Liberals promised in the last election to open up the board to the public. “Except…
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While the bombshell allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment continue to mount against disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and as the U.S. movie-making industry begins to take a hard look at its…
On Tuesday, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced he and other leaders in the Spanish region had signed a declaration of independence, bolstering what secessionists are calling a successful referendum for Catalan independence from Spain. According…
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Julie Gelfand, Canada's commissioner of environment and sustainable development, who tabled five audit reports last week, gave a "failing grade" to 14 government departments, including Environment Canada and Finance Canada, for their work to assess…
On Tuesday, the House of Commons Status of Women Committee finally settled on a chair, with members accepting the nomination of Conservative MP Karen Vecchio. Ms. Vecchio’s election to the head of the committee comes…
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly knew a political millstone when she saw it, and decided not to order Netflix and similar services to start collecting sales tax from subscribers in her government’s new cultural policy. Canadian…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went to the UN last week to speak to the world. His speech, though, was not focused on North Korea, Myanmar, Syria, climate change, or the host of other global problems.…
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Peter Harder, the government's lead guy in the Senate, is urging the Senate to act on Auditor General Michael Ferguson's recommendations on expenses. In a piece published on Sept. 15 in the IRPP's Policy Options…
Liberal Senator Lillian Dyck told The Hill Times last week there is “no compromise” on amending Bill S-3, after the House Liberals rejected changes earlier this year that would have removed the last shred of sexist…

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