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MPs preparing to push private members’ bills seek broad support, but wouldn’t mind getting scooped by government

News|By Rachel Aiello
The next batch of incoming private members’ bills and motions include efforts to promote building with wood, auditing the government’s financial literacy strategy, and recognizing search-and-rescue volunteers.
News|By Rachel Aiello
The Government Operations and Estimates Committee posted $340,958 in expenses since the start of the current Parliament in December 2015.
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The decision to pursue including a chapter on Indigenous rights was the brainchild of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, who is a member of the NAFTA Council advising Ms. Freeland.
News|By Rachel Aiello
'I think they fill a real need,' says Liberal Sen. Jane Cordy.
News|By Rachel Aiello
The Quebec Senator challenges the prime minister to 'be a champion for equality rather than just talking about being one.'
News|By Rachel Aiello
MPs in the middle of the fire zone say the federal response has been adequate so far, but with the fire season just getting underway, more help will be needed.
News|By Rachel Aiello
CBC says it’s 'just now' starting to look for a Power & Politics replacement as Rosemary Barton prepares to leave ahead of the Nov. 6 premiere of the new The National.
News|By Rachel Aiello
‘It’s going to be a different exercise than it is through the House of Commons where I know most of my colleagues and can speak to them any time,’ says Liberal MP Colin Fraser.
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MPs in the fire-stricken British Columbia interior say they’ve been acting more as community volunteers than Members of Parliament as they help the thousands of constituents who have had to flee their homes, uncertain of what they’ll return to.
News|By Rachel Aiello
He's No. 221 on the priority list to advance any of his 16 private members' bills in this Parliament, but NDP MP Don Davies knows the drill. It's the bigger purpose that counts.
Feature|By Rachel Aiello
Rookie Conservative MP John Nater has written a paper on the Thursday Question, owns bound copies of Hansard, and is working on a PhD on government caucus meetings. ‘I completely accept it as nerdy,’ he says.
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Her office chalks it up to a busy run-up to the House's adjournment, but Conservative Senators say there’s more to it.
Why do insiders and experts predict some of this government’s forward-thinking policies will stick? Because any change would be ‘backwards movement.’
News|By Rachel Aiello
The government is 'stymied ... by a block of partisan Conservatives who vote against the government every chance they can': PM.
News|By Rachel Aiello
Government House Leader Bardish Chagger talks about the Senate, balancing two cabinet portfolios, and a prorogation.
News|By Rachel Aiello
Parliament has risen for the summer, after tension between the two chambers bubbled up at the end. Chagger calls it a ‘period of transition.’
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The opposition says the government ‘chose to provoke a procedural war in an effort to get its own way,’ and Chagger remains non-committal on not forcing more unilateral Standing Order changes in the future.
News|By Rachel Aiello
'Reaching the beginning of the summer now and the fact that things need to get done certainly has a way of lighting a fire under people,’ says the NDP's Matthew Dubé.
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The government insists that prime minister’s question time is here to stay, by convention, after days of backroom negotiations with the opposition parties. The opposition, meanwhile, is casting doubt on that claim.
News|By Rachel Aiello
Negotiations are ongoing between the House leaders over the government’s motion to change the rules of the House.
News|By Rachel Aiello
Liberal MP Arnold Chan pierced through the partisan games in the House on Monday, delivering a poignant and powerful speech.
Feature|By Rachel Aiello
‘Of course people are getting tired. It’s only natural. But they’re willing to do it, and they know why they’re here,’ says NDP Whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet.
Underperforming ministers could see themselves shuffled out of their portfolios in the coming months.
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Bill C-51 also adds a Charter test for all government legislation and strikes outdated crimes from the books.
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‘Bill C-22 is a major piece of the government approach to national security, but it is by no means the only piece,’ says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
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The new Conservative leader’s time as a House leader and Speaker emboldens the party's fight against House rules changes, says Conservative House leader Candice Bergen.
News|By Rachel Aiello
‘Our job is to take things to a vote,’ says Senate sponsor of C-210 Frances Lankin, an Independent, who accuses Conservative Senators of deliberately adjourning debate and proposing a change to it in hopes the bill will die.

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