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‘We have to be part of it’: Indigenous MPs talk need for better representation

'You can bet if we had 100 MPs that were Indigenous, the tone about Indigenous issues would change,' says Liberal MP Michael McLeod.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's Question Period director, Bryan Rogers, recently left Ottawa to become an issues manager to new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The public services minister also recently added a new policy adviser and a new special assistant to her office.
‘This is a really important step for a culture change on Parliament Hill,’ says Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould of the new system for parental leave.
Former Doug Ford staffers Veronica Green and Simon Jefferies have now officially joined Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s communications team.
Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel says the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ findings and recommendations should be an election issue this fall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The now-annual award was resurrected for the first time last year. Last week’s ceremony honoured 110 staffers who reached service milestones in 2018.
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Plus, Treasury Board President Joyce Murray recently hired on her members’ assistant of the last three years to work in her ministerial office.
The need for global regulatory coordination was underscored by Saint Lucia’s Andy Daniel, who noted that the annual incomes of Facebook or Google are ‘far bigger’ than those of his entire country.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
For one, former policy adviser Caitlin Szymberski has been promoted to the title of director of operations in National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier’s office.
One expert called for governments to threaten and be willing to unplug social media platforms, as Sri Lanka did in the wake of attacks last month, to gain leverage to force companies like Facebook to change their ways.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
As in a forest, old trees fall down to make way for the new—and there are ‘a bunch of old dead trees in Ottawa’ right now, says Mr. Meslin.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Understanding the history, context, and customs of Indigenous peoples goes a long way to improving Indigenous relations and achieving reconciliation, says author Bob Joseph.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at some staff migration from the Lower to the Upper Chamber on Parliament Hill.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is set to get two new staffers straight out of Doug Ford's office, and a new caucus liaison and regional adviser for the Prairies.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The Prime Minister’s Office also has a new correspondence writer on board, among other recent political staffing moves.
MPs learned about the archaeological finds through a briefing from officials at the House Affairs Committee last week, during which new details about proposed work plans for Centre Block were shared.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Former PMO Quebec regional affairs adviser Marie-Laurence Lapointe has joined Liberal Party headquarters as chief Quebec organizer.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is in need of a new director of policy, and former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts has a new gig.
Commissioner Mario Dion says the previous interpretation of the Conflict of Interest Act’s post-employment restrictions wasn't ‘consistent’ with its original intent, but individuals involved in drafting it disagree.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly has hired a new special assistant for operations, while Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains both have new communications aides.
MPs are bracing for a raucous final stretch, with the opposition vowing to continue to press on the SNC-Lavalin scandal and the government eager to get its legislative agenda passed.
Plus, Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne has a new special assistant for operations and communications in his office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Canon marked her last day as communications adviser and de facto press secretary to Justice Minister David Lametti on April 22.
On top of $301.8-billion in planned spending in the 2019-10 main estimates—combining $299.6-billion in budgetary spending and $2.2-billion in non-budgetary expenses—is another $51.2-billion in statutory expenses.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Jonathan Robinson has joined Treasury Board President Joyce Murray’s office as a special assistant.

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