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‘This was his plan all along,’ Conservative politicos slam Bernier for leaving party

Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
Pierre Poilievre is having a baby, a Postmedia director is in hot water, and anti-Muslim racism reared its head in Ottawa's Rideau Centre.
The party’s decision to take part of the election expense reimbursement from EDAs was ‘no surprise,’ says a Conservative MP, but the Carleton riding association wants it reversed.
‘It all seemed to be, ‘cart before the horse, it will make for a good story’,’ former Conservative minister Peter MacKay says of Border Minister Bill Blair’s appointment without a mandate letter.
Would-be Liberal candidates in can now submit an application to a party green-light committee, but only where district associations have completed the party’s to-do list.
Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi's experience as a social justice activist could help him to negotiate with some of the Trans Mountain pipeline's opponents, but he's in for the political fight of his life.
'People don’t pay my salary to be polite,' says Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, her party's immigration critic and political scrapper.
Traditional voting patterns could go out the window in Quebec in 2019, says Greg Lyle.
Most Vancouver-area Liberal MPs in B.C. won handily in the last election, but all three parties have reason to think they can steal more seats in 2019.
The former hockey coach and literacy advocate has remained an active Senator, his office says, despite being forced into a two-year recovery from a stroke.
The Conservatives gained seven seats in the province in 2015, but were not competitive in most Quebec ridings.
One group promises to ‘flood’ MP offices with complaints about Bill C-71, while another says it is ‘already hearing from nervous Liberals.’
The Conservatives are more focused on candidate recruitment, strategists say, after scandals derailed multiple nominees in 2015.  
It’s not clear if MPs are ever fined for missing time in the House, as their attendance record is based on an honour system.
A handful of government priorities are stuck in Parliament over the summer, along with a dozen dead-bills-walking.
‘You will be sent home,’ the PM tells economic migrants eyeing asylum claims. Conservative critic Michelle Rempel says the Liberals are trying to ‘normalize’ illegal border crossings.
New Senator Pierre Dalphond worked for the Liberal Party in the early 1990s, but says he has no interest in a Red Chamber beholden to the government or any party.
After six months of study, the Senate had passed 46 amendments to Bill C-45, including 29 written by the government.
Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
Patricia Fuller will advise Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, and represent Canada at overseas meetings that the ministers don't attend.
‘Whether or not you can pressure an administration that has no policy, no direction, and no philosophy, I don’t know,’ says ex-Democratic U.S. trade representative Mickey Kantor.
Liberal MP Pam Damoff says she is confident the government will back her change.
Liberal MP Pam Damoff is working on an amendment to expand background checks for people who apply for gun licenses.
The Liberals will probably lose seats in B.C. over the decision, says Angus Reid Institute’s Shachi Kurl.
The Senate Social Affairs Committee is wrapping up its study of the cannabis legalization bill, and the House Environment Committee has made more than 130 changes to the environmental assessment bill.
The now-departed ‘arm’s length’ corporate social responsibility counsellor for the mining sector was chronically short-staffed, had no set budget, and relied on Global Affairs Canada for spending and hiring.
The Liberals have been handed a series of poor grades on the environment lately, but it might not matter if they are cast as the defenders of carbon pricing.
But opposition MPs are up in arms over the tight timeline set by the Liberals on the House Environment Committee for reviewing hundreds of proposed changes to the bill.
Paring down recommendations from four committees will be a ‘test of wills’ for members of Social Affairs, says Sen. Jim Munson.
The creation of a pre-writ period with a spending limit will push parties to start running political ads well before the campaign officially begins, says Yaroslav Baran.
The Senate Modernization Committee is aiming to recommend some changes to the way the Senate does business in a June report, says Liberal Senator Serge Joyal.
The RCMP says it has ‘identified’ the funds needed to administer the gun bill, but it won’t say how much it will cost before C-71 becomes law.
The House Speaker ruled against an NDP call to split the budget implementation bill, ruling it was all related to the 2018 budget.

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