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Former Montreal Canadiens coach, Sen. Jacques Demers still recovering from strokes two years ago, has not relinquished Senate seat

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.
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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.
Sen. David Wells says the new Audit and Oversight Committee may not hire a full-time internal auditor, instead bringing in specialists for each new audit.
Most Canadians back national interests over provincial, but the Liberals stand to lose key votes in Quebec and B.C. anyway, says Nik Nanos.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is doing his best to pin the Alberta-B.C. squabble on Justin Trudeau, and it could pay off, say politicos.
Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould isn’t apologizing for controversial reforms laid out in Bill C-75 that she has said will make the courts faster and fairer.
There is no one left to look through those applications right now, as the Senate appointment board sits nearly empty.
Senators are still hashing out whether or how to change the bill, while Canadians flood their email inboxes.
The close vote on second reading ‘should never have happened,’ says Independent leader Yuen Pau Woo.
'As long as you can buy advertising in almost an unlimited fashion, just simply using a credit card with Facebook, we’re going to see it,' says digital political advertising consultant Stephen Carter.

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