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‘Harassment is harassment and it must be recognized and we must tackle it,’ says Sen. Tony Dean.
Contractors hired to man Senate of Canada Building doors returned on June 10 after a Senate committee reviewed the sole-source contract signed by senior officials without their knowledge.
Stripping Conservative MP Michael Cooper of his deputy critic role would have sent a stronger message, says Tim Powers.
Canada has been without an ambassador in China for five months, during a time when relations with China have deteriorated. Now there’s reports Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye is set to depart for a new post.
New data suggests the Senate has ‘work to do’ when it comes to hiring people with disabilities, but is on track with other equity groups.
The Conservatives have named 277 candidates, followed by 217 named to the People's Party of Canada, and 197 for the Liberal Party.
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The Heads of Mission Spouses Association is planning a June 11 charity event for the Wabano Centre, helping raise funds for school supplies for 50 children.
At 517 lobbying records in the first four months of 2019, the volume of lobbyists targeting the Senate has already surpassed the annual totals common before the Justin Trudeau's government came to power.
Parliamentary secretary Yvonne Jones says the government has brought ‘continuous’ improvements to Nutrition North, mostly in 2018, including making 'significant changes around transparency.'
‘It’s very hard to get angry progressive voters,’ says John Delacourt about why Liberals bring in smaller amounts from people willing to shell out $200 or more.
A bill to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, first signed in 1997, received royal assent on May 27.
‘This may keep individuals from participating in the political process,' says Ottawa lobbyist Scott Thurlow.
The office’s work has ‘evolved in complexity, litigiousness, and level of scrutiny,’ says Nancy Bélanger.
Plus, Celina Caesar-Chavannes named Viola Desmond Award winner, and Jagmeet Singh takes seat on Iron Throne.
Mario Dion told MPs that he’s ‘confident’ his investigation into the prime minister will be ready in the next few months, though not before the House rises.
The government should reach out to veterans about the military’s policy change and Health Canada warning for mefloquine, which deserves more study, says Tory MP Cathay Wagantall.
Canada and Sweden can ‘push the agenda’ on the world stage in the fight to protect democracy, Sweden's new envoy says.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde pitched four changes to Bill C-92, but called it a clear ‘step forward.’
‘Even if we were to have an ambassador in Beijing, the person would have little access,’ says ex-envoy Guy Saint-Jacques.
With only five sitting days, March’s 1,435 reports made for a slow month for lobbying.
‘Of course sponsored travel is about lobbying, it’s about gaining influence,’ says NDP MP Charlie Angus, and needs more oversight.
Mexico’s new ambassador says he’s been speaking to Canadian officials and his government is launching education campaigns to deal with what he says is a ‘shared challenge.’
Tucked into the budget bill, the measure would let the feds stop processing certain visa and permit applications for countries they deem unhelpful in deportation proceedings.
But the Island is also not a sure shot for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer or Green Leader Elizabeth May either, say strategists.
Mexico is ‘on the same page,’ says Juan José Gómez Camacho, with Canadian mining companies, which make up 70 per cent of foreign investment in the sector.
The two commissioners repeated their call that legislators ‘wake up’ and improve privacy laws, because Canada’s democratic systems are ‘equally’ at risk to influence.
The AFN says it should have been consulted on the legislation finalizing the split, while the government says the bill is bringing ‘more certainty and clarity to our Indigenous partners.’
Some Senators say proposed changes to the bill requiring sexual assault training for judges have broad support, but ‘games’ may delay the study.
It helps to have women like French Ambassador Kareen Rispal ‘open the door,’ says the program’s first student Juliana Trapolino.
The access-to-information bill needed close scrutiny to turn it into ‘workable legislation,’ says committee chair Sen. Serge Joyal.

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