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Burkina Faso is more than just gold mines, says new political envoy

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The new ambassador of Burkina Faso wants to make Canada aware that it can invest in more than just gold in the landlocked country and hopes to shed light on the different trade opportunities it…
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The press gallery’s Marc Fortier announced last week that he would be retiring. After 30 years, the Parliamentary Press Gallery's acting manager of multimedia events will spend his last day on the job on Friday,…
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Female former MPs say the current approach the government and federal parties are taking to deal with the Hill's harassment and the sexual misconduct problem is far better than during their tenure when issues were…
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A handful of ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet hosted what was the first ever baby shower for a cabinet minister, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, on Feb. 5. “Canadian history in the making. Tonight…
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Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz landed herself a spot as a celebrity guest on the Canadian live comedy show Monkey Toast after a chance encounter with its host David Shore. “I thought he was a local resident and he happened to be…
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For his second posting overseas, the new Icelandic ambassador says his priority in Canada will be to cultivate stronger trade relations by championing a renewed agreement with the European Free Trade Association and to maintain…
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OTTAWA—It was a farewell shindig Famous Five Ottawa’s Isabel Metcalfe will never forget. Nearly 150 of her closest friends, political players, co-workers, and her family members gathered at the historic Rideau Club in Ottawa on…
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An email exchange shows Green Party leader Elizabeth May was involved in hiring the lawyer who will lead the investigation on allegations of workplace bullying against her and was involved in the process of how…
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Three former Green Party staffers who have accused Elizabeth May of workplace harassment say they went public with their claims to hold her to account, not to turf the veteran politician from her leadership post.…
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The Famous Five Ottawa will be celebrating Isobel Metcalfe and her 20 years of service and leadership for the group on Monday night at the swishy Rideau Club in Ottawa, after Ms. Metcalfe announced that she would be…
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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says there are visible gaps remaining in accomplishing the objectives of a task force, which was launched by Federation of Canadian Municipalities, to help the federal government find a solution to…
The new Polish ambassador says in the next few years trade revenue between Canada and Poland “should double very easily,” and one of his priorities is to focus on building relations with potential Canadian corporations…
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An emergency gallbladder-removal surgery led doctors to discover that Conservative MP Todd Doherty was suffering a life-threatening illness. After an outing with friends and family on Jan. 20, Mr. Doherty was rushed to the emergency…
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The federal Green Party has launched an investigation into allegations of workplace bullying against party leader Elizabeth May after former party employees came forward to The Hill Times and Toronto Star to accuse the veteran politician of…
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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh named NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau the party’s new House leader in last week's shuffle of his party's critics. So for the first time, all three House leaders of the three major political…
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Seven former Green Party of Canada employees are calling for Elizabeth May to step down as leader, alleging she has too much control over the party and has verbally abused employees. Over the past two…
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With a 70 per cent increase in the past year in trade between Wales and Canada, the British High Commission is opening a new office for the territory that forms part of Great Britain in…
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The all-party democracy caucus will have a chance to make its big debut during a Feb. 6 panel discussion. The event, examining the role of Canadian legislators in democracy abroad, is organized by Carleton University’s Initiative for…
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Headlined "John Ivison has a pint with the PM: This Liberal's not for turning," National Post columnist John Ivison interviewed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a glass of beer at a local pub in Chelsea, Que.,…
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Canada's new lobbying commissioner says the timeframe to begin a five-year review of the Lobbying Act this spring is “tight,” but doable, and that everything will be studied including restricting the political activities of lobbyists, making the…
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Yes, you read that right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sculpted stomach will make an appearance on The Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s new show called Our Cartoon President. A Jan. 11 Toronto Star article said…
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Cuba's outgoing ambassador says Canada’s approach to investigating the unusual health symptoms affecting some Canadian diplomats and their families in Cuba, is the “right decision.” Nearly a year after Canadian officials set out to investigate…
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If you want a hardcopy of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, good luck trying to find it in Ottawa. The highly anticipated tell-all about U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office…
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The new Greek ambassador says his open personality, combined with five years of experience at the Greek Consulate in Toronto, will help him succeed in growing a stronger relationship between Canada and Greece. Dimitris Azemopoulos presented…
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Government relations firm Impact Public Affairs has expanded, moving to a new, roomier office and hiring two new consultants to its team all in the past month. Barbara Barrett and Catherine Fortin LeFaivre joined Impact…
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Taking some notes from her husband—a former Paraguayan ambassador—but forging her own path with about 20 years of experience in the foreign service, Canada’s new ambassador of Paraguay plans to focus on building a stronger…
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On Oct. 27, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen presented a TEDxTalk in Toronto detailing his personal experience of when he first arrived in Canada as a refugee. In the video posted on Youtube on Nov. 27,…
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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is a Post Malone fan. Mr. Singh recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself alongside up-and-coming rapper Post Malone, saying he listened to one of the dreadlocked artist's most popular songs…
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Beverley McLachlin celebrated her retirement as chief justice of the Supreme Court in style on Dec. 14 with a gala at the Shaw Centre ballroom in Ottawa. Judges, litigators, justices, lawyers, lobbyists, MPs, and diplomats were…
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PARLIAMENT HILL— Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the House rising for the holidays is so delightful, and since everyone is back home, let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! As MPs…
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Some MPs and Senators say they're hoping to see the expected new lobbying watchdog, Nancy Bélanger, build a stronger relationship with them as she embarks on the start of term, as they suggested there's been…
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It wasn't under the best circumstance that Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc was transformed into a Lego figure, as it happened shortly after he announced his cancer diagnosis, but we're choosing to view it as a…

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