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Central votes ‘balloon’ under Liberals, a ‘misuse’ of the spending tool, says Conservative MP

MPs are right to question the ‘trend’ towards central votes that give government’s flexibility on spending, says PBO.
Canada should 'take on more of a leadership role' and scale up its support to help resolve the crisis in Venezuela, says Rema Jamous Imseis.
The current budget system is an ‘embarrassment’ still in need of a revamp, say critics who hope a minority Parliament will give opportunities for opposition feedback and a better system.
An independent investigation is necessary to avoid the risk of a ‘self-serving’ report from CSC and the Parole Board, says Ivan Zinger.
Canada and Japan ‘need each other very much,’ says Yasuhisa Kawamura.
‘Negotiations should take as long as they need to,’ says Ellen Gabriel, a former Mohawk spokesperson during the Oka Crisis.
Davud Hanci was sentenced to 15 years years in a Turkish prison for his alleged involvement in the 2016 coup. Now back in Canada, he’s speaking about the ‘madness’ of his arrest and nearly three years in jail.
Senate Conservative leader Don Plett says the changes are ‘ridiculous,’ but ISG Senators Murray Sinclair and Pierre Dalphond say there needs to be a path to a vote on bills after 15 died in the last Parliament.
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‘Parliament is interfering too much with what judges do, and I don't think it’s a good trend,’ says Independent Senator Mobina Jaffer.
A China expert says he’s concerned Taiwan's January election could prompt a shift in approach from China, with some pointing to tensions in Hong Kong as an example.
The government says each status application could take between six months and two years, which advocates call an 'appalling' delay to deal with state-sponsored discrimination. 
Green Party MP Paul Manly says tensions in Wet'suwet'en territory reveal ‘political failure’ on the part of the federal government.
From heating pea soup by candlelight to snowboards on the streets, Parliamentarians reflect on ‘random acts of kindness’ and community that came with the massive clean-up effort.
Canada is the first head of mission posting for new Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai, whose predecessor left amidst controversy.
In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018, but some staffers kept busy.
An advocate for women, Reem Al Khaled says she’s always wanted to be ‘one of the voices’ pushing to get women involved.
From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.
In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.
High Commissioner Prosper Higiro speaks of his—at times risky—path to politics and how far the country has come 25 years after the genocide.
After a decade in the upper Chamber, Senator Nicole Eaton says she’s a political junkie and retirement won’t keep her out of the mix.
Alberta businessman Rick Peterson also considering a run in what’s becoming a crowded field of potentials cautiously considering their options.
Review to question ‘were they leaving because of salary ranges or were they leaving because of other reasons?’ says Sen. Lucie Moncion.
Ambassador Diego Stacey says there’s 'political will' in oil-exporting Ecuador to improve its trade relationship with Canada.
After almost four years, New Zealand High Commissioner Daniel Mellsop left Canada on Dec. 5 for a job at his country's foreign service head office.
Bill C-92 takes effect Jan. 1, bringing in new, stricter, and culturally sensitive standards to Indigenous child welfare decisions. 
‘He made too many mistakes, too often and if he can’t win in Quebec, he will never be prime minister. It’s that simple,’ says a defeated Quebec candidate.
'It is a weird irony that integration is being isolated this way,' says Anita Singh, while others say there’s an opportunity for the diversity, inclusion, and youth file to play a larger role in government.
French ambassador Kareen Rispal says the 29-member alliance is in the midst of a political crisis and her president was recognizing that fact.
The 24-member team is Jagmeet Singh’s ‘first caucus,’ says MP Don Davies, and the group is ‘starting with a clean slate.’
The ODA's new executive is moving quickly to plan its 10th anniversary gala on Valentine's Day 2020, the only annual black-tie diplomatic event in the capital. 
‘Please pay attention to the blind spot that you said was created by your privilege and do something to correct it,’ Celina Caesar-Chavannes asks the prime minister.
As one of seven front-bench rookies, the second-term MP says her path to cabinet has been ‘a nice progression’ and she’s excited to be a voice for a growing and often vulnerable population.

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