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Federal spending hits $300-billion, with 2019-20 main estimates up 8.6 per cent

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.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu has a new senior communications aide, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has a new issues manager.
Conservative Whip Mark Strahl grilled House Clerk Charles Robert on the initiative last week, suggesting it was out of order and questioning who was driving it.
Andrew MacKendrick says he decided to step away from the Hill, in part, for his own mental health, after recent events took a toll.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has hired a new Quebec regional adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Alexis Richard has been hired on as a new NDP caucus press secretary.
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‘I’m sure many of the Indigenous people are pondering questions about which party they’re going to vote for come election time,’ says Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Conservative leader's office has merged its issues management and research teams, leaving several staff with new titles.
Compared to his old seat at Queen’s Park, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he feels the ‘immensity’ and ‘intensity’ of the national spotlight on the House of Commons.
The third quarter expenditure reports for 2018-19 for Members of Parliament and the various House Officers were released on March 21.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, more details on the new caucus relations team set up in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.
'This is my challenge to you: you have the tools, you are in a sense armed, how will you make a difference?’ author Tanya Talaga asked attendees of the Broadbent Institute’s 2019 Progress Summit.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, ex-staffers Dave Sommer and Michael Bhardwaj are now working for Instagram and Canopy Growth, respectively.
Meanwhile, the House Affairs Committee is looking into the fate of the Hill's 100-year-old elm tree, and recently heard from deputy speaker Bruce Stanton as part of its study into creating a parallel debating chamber.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Michael Den Tandt has been retained on contract to do communications work for the Liberal research bureau.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, NDP staffer James Smith has said goodbye to Ottawa for a new job with the B.C. government.
Changes to address Indigenous language loss and child welfare are seen as ‘high priority,’ but with calls for broad amendments, the short timeframe left to pass bills C-91 and C-92 is a source of frustration for some.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Alison Porter has been promoted to chief of staff in the agriculture minister’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is in need of a new director of policy after Daniel Pujdak’s recent exit.
Former PMO strategists Ian Brodie and Andrew MacDougall say the best path forward for the Trudeau Liberals is to get it over with, let Jody Wilson-Raybould testify again, and apologize.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Lise Jolicoeur is back on Parliament Hill as director of communications to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Tourism, Official Languages, and La Francophonie Minister Mélanie Joly has a new director of parliamentary affairs.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has added to her political staff team.
‘Politicians talk about how they want to hear from voters, they want to hear from Canadians and their ideas, but we don’t necessary do much with it. This idea was to put our actions behind those words,’ says Mr. Cullen.
Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould’s gripping testimony before the House Justice Committee on Feb. 27 saw the former minister name a number of political staff involved in meetings and discussions related to SNC-Lavalin.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there have been a slew of staffing changes in Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s office, including the addition of ex-Conservative MP Stella Ambler and longtime backroomer Paul Terrien.

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