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Signs of political opportunism emerge as MPs on Canada-China Relations Committee urge collaboration

Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron says he thinks motions put forward by the Conservatives show signs of a 'partisan temptation.'
Liberal MPs have been asked to hold consultations about the government’s priorities in their ridings, and report back to cabinet.
Sen. Marc Gold has been working as the liaison for the biggest group in the Senate, the ISG.
A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.
The Canada Proud Facebook page, which is followed by more than 190,000 people, posted a glowing quote about Mr. O'Toole from a column by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.
The Prime Minister’s Office has three weeks to find a new government team in the Senate before Senators return from the winter break.
Pierre Poilievre will be a 'Conservative classic' option for party members in the leadership contest, says pollster Nik Nanos.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, Justice Minister David Lametti, and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair seem poised to play big roles in advancing the government’s legislative agenda in the 43rd Parliament.
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Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu left a handful of alt-right Facebook groups, some of which he has said he was added to without his consent, and apologized.
'I stand for the diversity, multiculturalism, and equality that this country proudly upholds,' Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu told the Senate Ethics Officer last fall.
The leader of the Red Chamber’s largest group gave notice of a motion to delete references to the opposition throughout the rulebook.
Case should have been settled by now, says ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.
The former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chief is running to replace Sen. Yuen Pau Woo as the leader of the Independent Senators Group. 
The leaders of the Senate agreed to give the upstart Canadian Senators Group cash to operate in the coming months, but were divided over floating the Progressive Senate Group after it lost official status. 
The party won’t split, and risk letting Grits win ‘just by showing up,’ say moderate Conservatives. 
'I think it is clear that it is a matter of urgency that we start talking about a business or a planning committee as quickly as we can,' says Independent Senator Tony Dean.
How do you improve a law through its implementation? Policy documents are attempts to do just that, say Calgary experts.
The Senate Ethics Committee is expected to update Senators on whether Senator Lynn Beyak is now complying with the Chamber’s ethics code.
The swapping of affiliations and formation of new groups in the Senate is unprecedented in Canadian political history, say two leading experts in Canadian political science.
'Trudeau made it clear that he wanted our group gone from the Senate'—ex-Liberal Senator Percy Downe.
The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.
The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 
Liberal Senate retirements could be a 'pivot point' that decides whether or how the Senate is reshaped in 2020, says ISG Sen. Elaine McCoy.
Alberta is underrepresented in the Senate as well, with only six seats, say Senators Elaine McCoy and Patti LaBoucane-Benson.
'Once the legislation gets passed the House of Commons, they think they are done,' says the outgoing Senator of some influential government bureaucrats and politicians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has re-committed to the TMX pipeline, amid fierce criticism from Alberta and Saskatchewan's conservative premiers of his government's environment and energy policies.
'There may well be a message to this to the main parties, that slagging each other will only take you so far,' says Greg Lyle.
‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says the 31-year MP Ralph Goodale. 

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