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The secret to Marilyn Gladu’s bang-on delivery in the House? She used to be a comic

Many Parliamentarians use their previous experience as lawyers or political science grads to help them navigate federal politics. Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu can draw upon a more unique skillset, reaching into her past as an amateur…
The powerful House of Commons Board of Internal Economy met for the first time in public last week, ending years of secrecy over the board’s activities. MPs heard the cost to run the House of…
In response to business groups’ fierce campaigning against proposed tax changes first floated in July, the Liberal government announced Oct. 16 the first of a set of revisions to smooth over concerns. In July, Finance…
Senator George Baker, the longest continuously-serving Parliamentarian, is calling it quits this week. The Newfoundland Senator, who sat with the Senate Liberal caucus, turned 75 on Sept. 4, the age of mandatory retirement. With 43 straight…
The NDP are trying something new this time around to pick their leader. The next leader of the party will be elected via a preferential, ranked-choice ballot system, but one that can be altered between…
Good morning, For those of you trooping in to work this Tuesday after a long weekend in the dead of summer, here’s a bit of fun to get your blood moving (check out the video,…
Happy Friday! (And on the last work day before a long weekend, who wouldn’t be?) Here’s what’s happening today: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to visit the St-Albert Cheese Factory at 1 p.m. EST,…
Good Thursday morning, It looks like it might be a bit of a quiet day today—unless all hell breaks loose in the White House again with another firing or resignation. It’s becoming an almost weekly…
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Good Thursday morning, He’s already named his chief of staff and other senior staff, and today new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is expected to announce his House leadership team. The leader of the official opposition…
Good morning, Happy Bastille Day to our French friends. With France’s new ambassador, Kareen Rispal, set to host her first invitation-only national day bash at her Sussex Drive embassy this afternoon, let’s hope she doesn’t…
Hello and happy Thursday. Happy Birthday to MP Nathan Cullen. The NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C. celebrates his birthday today. He turns 45. In case you missed it Headline-writers, rejoice! It’s time to dust…
News|By Kristen Shane
PARLIAMENT HILL—Most of the Bloc Québécois’s 10-member caucus say their confidence in their party leader has been shaken after they say a staffer close to her intended to leak information to the media about the party’s…
When Scott Allan Orr took a tour of the University of Toronto’s Soldiers’ Tower during his undergraduate studies at the university, he wasn’t thinking it could lead him to one day be playing the carillon…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to meet next week with the Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, considered by many to be the de facto leader of the country also known as Burma.…
Feature|By Kristen Shane
MPs Name Constituency Support for leader Ziad Aboultaif Edmonton Manning, Alta. Andrew Scheer Dan Albas Central Okanagan- Similkameen-Nicola, B.C. Maxime Bernier Harold Albrecht Kitchener-Conestoga, Ont. Erin O’Toole Dean Allison Niagara West, Ont. Lisa Raitt Rona…
Businessman Kevin O’Leary, widely considered to be a front-runner in the Conservative Party leadership race, is bowing out of the contest in its final leg because he says his lack of support in Quebec would…
News|By Kristen Shane
A group that advocates for threatened writers who’ve sought asylum in Canada says the federal government should expedite the process for bringing their family members, who are still in danger abroad, to join them in Canada.…
Both the House of Commons and Senate are not sitting for the next two weeks. Both chambers are scheduled to resume sitting on Monday, May 1 (though the Senate's first firm sitting day is Tuesday,…
House of Commons S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (second reading) C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) C-7,…
The House of Commons is not sitting this week, therefore there are no committee meetings scheduled until after the House returns on March 6. The Senate is sitting.   Wednesday, March 1 The Senate Subcommittee…
House of Commons S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (second reading) C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) C-7,…
House of Commons S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (second reading) C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) C-7,…
Wednesday, Feb. 15 The House Environment Committee will meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room 228, Valour Building, 151 Sparks St., in private, to consider a draft report on federal protected areas and conservation objectives.…
House of Commons S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians (second reading) C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (second reading) C-7, An…
Feature|By Kristen Shane
More than 40 people chat and finish their coffees in a high-ceilinged meeting room in Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier hotel. It’s Dec. 15, 2016, -15C outside, one of the coldest days of the winter so far.…
News|By Kristen Shane
Young researchers are starved for grants in Canada, which can make their work “impossible,” says Science Minister Kirsty Duncan. That’s one of the challenges she’s heard from scientists during her first year as minister, she…
News|By Kristen Shane
The Palestinian chief representative in Canada wants the Canadian government to upgrade his office’s diplomatic status. If it does, he says, the Palestinians will gladly call up Arab and Muslim countries and ask them to…
NDP MPs Jenny Kwan and Ruth Ellen Brosseau both spent last week eating on an $18 budget; no more, and no less. The pair took part in British Columbia’s annual Welfare Food Challenge, which gets…
News|By Kristen Shane
After close to a year of study, Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he’ll reveal in a “major speech” on Nov. 3 in Montreal his “strategic vision for transportation in Canada.” Observers are eagerly anticipating answers…
A mariachi band, margaritas, tacos, and tequila: Mexico’s national day celebration brought all the elements of a killer party, and a fun and vibrant crowd of guests brought the rest. Parliamentarians have been trickling back…
Feature|By Kristen Shane
We’re on our way, a Hill Times photographer and reporter, to Liberal MP Greg Fergus’s favourite Hill nook, when he stops with eyes aglow and big smile on his face. He’s got another place he…
Feature|By Kristen Shane
Support for diplomats and their families   Carleton University Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement Started in 2011, this program offers a yearly half-day orientation session for newly arrived diplomats every fall. This year’s session…

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