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Stories by Samantha Wright Allen

Nearly 100 new MPs offer new face of Parliament, including 60 in flipped seats

In many ways the incoming Parliament looks quite similar to its predecessor, with 240 returning MPs, the same number of MPs who are Indigenous or a visible minority, and 10 more women.
Here’s an analysis of the record 1,700-plus candidates running for the six major parties this election.
Jagmeet Singh’s impressive campaign has ‘rescued’ and ‘refocused’ the NDP after the failed 2015 effort, Ed Broadbent says.
Marica Matkovic is returning to Croatia to help the country prepare for its first-ever Council of the EU presidency.
Once viewed as a three-way race, Burnaby North-Seymour is now seen as a tight, two-way contest between the rookie Liberal incumbent and his experienced NDP challenger.
Older voters are more likely to vote in advance polls, which start this week, so parties should clarify their seniors platforms and costing, urges the National Association of Federal Retirees.
The NDP leader has recently honed in on battleground B.C., holding big events in the Burnaby South riding he’s fighting to keep this October.
In Vancouver Granville, the race is heating up between Independent incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould and her Liberal challenger, who's raising the spectre of a Conservative government to draw votes.
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More candidate drop outs are likely, especially after the upcoming nomination deadline, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's blackface scandal may affect how the Liberals, at least, use their opposition research.
Lobbyists filed 772 reports last month, down from 972 in July, and from the 1,478 reports filed in June.
The 'timing is good' for more high level visits after the Canadian federal election this fall, as both countries will have recently formed governments, says Nor'aini Binti Abd Hamid.
Pakistan has ‘regularly’ raised the issue with Canadian counterparts, says Raza Bashir Tarar, but the ‘festering’ situation in the ‘highly charged’ region is only getting worse.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
'People are waiting, they’re more and more strategic about their vote as well, so we feel like that last weekend is becoming extremely important,' says Léger’s Christian Bourque.
The NDP needs to do a better job differentiating from the Greens, says interim NDP provincial leader Mackenzie Thomason. 'That is on us.'
The Liberals and NDP have said price caps might be the answer, while Conservative MP Dan Albas said that would ‘knee cap’ investment.
There are four weeks left for parties to name candidates. If the Greens, Liberals and NDP plan to run full slates, there’s almost 270 candidates combined yet to be named.
Countries like Qatar are vying for one of 36 spots on the International Civil Aviation Organization council for a three-year term. Canada is also looking to keep its seat, but won't say who is getting its support.
A Conservative government could expect similar voting patterns, say Independent Senators, but the ‘proof will be in the pudding’ whenever there’s a change of government.
Ralechate Lincoln Mokose returned to diplomacy in 2017 after more than a decade in politics, and came to Canada this summer as Lesotho's new high commissioner.
The ethics report reveals ‘too many unanswered questions’ around the extent of SNC-Lavalin’s lobbying, and the commissioner should ‘show up’ and investigate, critics say.
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations began exploratory trade agreements talks with Canada in 2017, but giving it more attention is a challenge, says Abdul Kadir Jailani.
While opposition MPs say the ‘naming and shaming’ approach is no longer enough, others say political accountability should remain with Parliament and the public.
'It’s a crisis situation in many, many jurisdictions and provinces,' says Liberal MP Wayne Long.
Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk reflects on her 26 years in the Upper Chamber, including her proudest moments and the unfinished business of ethical reform.
Parties have nominated 40 Indigenous candidates so far, closing in on the 2015 record for representation on the ballot, when an all-time high of 10 Indigenous MPs were elected.
The government isn’t showing a ‘sense of urgency,’ on climate change or international threats to Arctic sovereignty, says Liberal MP John McKay.
‘We have impact. We’re not going to be pushed to the side anymore,’ AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde told members July 24.
'I'm being made out to be the bad guy … and I'm not. I'm actually the good guy, I'm the white hat. I'm the guy who came in and saved [the MRIA] with his own money,' says Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi.
While most pollsters say it ‘makes sense’ that recent polls conflict over a Liberal or Conservative lead, some call for better transparency and stronger editorial rules on reporting on the horse race.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business led in groups lobbying MPs as June’s 1,446 reported communications halved the total reported in May.

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