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Federal government ad spending rises after PM’s department bumps up limit 45 per cent in election year

The CRA used its newly beefed-up budget to run ads touting the Canada Child Benefit and two other tax benefits on buses and in prime-time TV commercials.
Getting tough on refugee claimants could help the Grits to block out the Bloc Québécois in Quebec in the next election, says Greg Lyle.
Bill C-48 would ‘basically trap Alberta oil,’ says Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons.
Employment and Social Development Canada has had part of its budget re-directed towards ensuring Canada's CPTPP trading partners live up to their commitments around labour.
The Liberals’ ‘ceiling’ of possible support shrank to 38 per cent during a three-day period earlier this month, below the vote share the party won in the last election.
The Mining Association of Canada opposes giving the ombudsperson the power to compel evidence related to alleged corporate wrongdoing, arguing that’s what Canadian courts are for.
Senators struck a deal late last week after the government’s representative in the Chamber withdrew a controversial and unprecedented motion to impose deadlines for 11 bills in the Senate.
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All four Senate leaders met April 4 to strike a deal, after the government's representative in the Senate withdrew a wide-ranging time allocation motion.
The motion proposed by the government’s representative in the Chamber would ensure that all of the bills listed are passed by the time the Senate rises in the summer.
This month, the Energy and Transport committees will hit the road to study bills C-48 and C-69, with a combined budget of $628,732.
'Help your country—become a Conservative candidate,' says one online ad from the Conservative Party, while another encourages Facebook users to volunteer on the coming election campaign.
The opposition can choose from a handful of procedural manoeuvres if it wants to further delay the government's legislative agenda in the House.
A run-down of influencers in the Senate.
Former PCO clerk Michael Wernick warned that the former justice minister’s directive could be ‘gutted at the stroke of a pen.’
Liberal MPs from rural swing ridings have expressed concern in the past that their government's gun control agenda could cost them their seat. The chair of the Liberal rural caucus, Francis Drouin, said a handgun ban wou
Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s explanation for the move—helping the economy—puts him in a direct contradiction with his own law, says ex-Conservative finance minister Joe Oliver.
The government has 10 sitting weeks left to pass legislation to bolster its resume for voters before the next election, and 21 government bills still progressing through the House and Senate.
'We want to go to a First Nation reserve that is involved in the oil and gas industry, people who have skin in the game,' says Conservative Senator Michael MacDonald.
Communication between the Senate group leaders appears disjointed, as Senators have butted heads over timelines and travelling committees.  
Denying any wrongdoing could blow up in the prime minister's face if new allegations arise. Mr. Trudeau should admit falling short on ethics, so he can start running on his record, say insiders and observers.
Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
The digital era has brought with it the opportunity for endless, carefully targeted advertising campaigns, and the major federal parties are taking full advantage.
The Conservative motion would help to ensure the justice system is free from ‘political interference,’ said Senate Liberal Serge Joyal, who chairs the Legal Affairs Committee.
The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.
‘It all becomes a blur. You can’t possibly read them all,’ said Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons, who started getting emails on Bill C-69 before she was even sworn into the Senate.
It won’t be easy, however, with several parties in Quebec posturing as environmental champions, says Léger pollster Christian Bourque.
The Senate Environment Committee will be grappling with Bill C-69 until at least mid-April and likely later, and Senators hope to tour cities big and small as part of their work.
After hours of talking behind closed doors, Senators agreed to take their study of the government's environmental assessment reform bill on the road, but left the details to the three-member steering committee.
The Liberal prime minister started off strong on the world stage, but has fallen out a global leadership role in the past few months, says the president of the Canadian International Council.
Sticking the changes in an omnibus budget bill would break a Liberal promise to stop that practice. It's also one of few ways the government could short-cut through another Senate study and packed legislative schedule.
‘Canadians have been heard on this already,’ say five environmental groups following Bill C-69.

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