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Fix Indigenous issues, racial discrimination, countries tell Canada in UN human rights review

Many of the recommendations were repeated from the 2013 review, say civil society groups, who want Canada to change its human rights-management approach.
News|By Emily Haws
Farm groups are pushing the Liberals to ratify the 11-member deal, but automakers want to pump the brakes until NAFTA is a done deal.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With Donald Trump involved, the utility of the multi-million-dollar annual G7 gathering could become a very open question.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After more than a year of bad actors hogging the global stage, the marriage of a good one to a prince offers joy amid chaos.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
As Canadians, we expect the authorities tasked with keeping us safe to do as they are mandated. We spend a lot of taxpayers’ hard-earned money on law enforcement and national-security agencies, and we demand an efficient…
Opinion|Editorial
Another day, another ethics inquiry into the conduct of a Liberal Member of the House. On May 17, ethics commissioner Mario Dion announced he was launching an investigation related to the conduct of Brampton East…
If not, 3,400 workers will find themselves unable to contribute to their public service pension plans this fall.
Opinion
Re: “Northerners deserve a government that has their back,” (The Hill Times, May 16, p. 17). Let’s have all the facts. In decrying Justin Trudeau’s “carbon tax,” Conservative MP Cathy McLeod fails to mention that…
Hill Times Columnists

OTTAWA—United States President Donald Trump has once again served notice that he will pressure NATO members not currently spending two per cent of their gross domestic product on defence to start ponying up the difference.…
LONDON, ENGLAND--The time limit for a majority government in a two-party system is now usually 10 to 12 years. After that, it is living on borrowed time. Neither major party in the United States has…
State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III. Bob Woodward New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. The water-cooler take on Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein has long been that Woodward was the plodding, anal one…
OTTAWA—Conceived as a kind of fireside chat among the leaders of the biggest industrial democracies, the first high-level international “summit” was hosted by French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing at the Chateau de Rambouillet outside Paris…
OTTAWA—I am not a Father of Confederation, but I am a son of Confederation. I was an interested observer, albeit young, when Newfoundland was roiled politically with the renewal of its historical debate of whether or…
Foreign Policy
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There is actually a good chance that the new coalition will survive, at least for a while, because it is based on the ancient principle that 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' The enemy the two parties have in common.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
These are highly staged events, planned months and years in advance and little is left to chance. The leaders’ conference is held in a bubble anyway, minimizing any likely effect on the mindset of those leaders. There are many more opportunities to effect change.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
If he acts now, he would give the country a second chance to become what it could be: a prosperous, spectacularly multi-cultural Asian version of Switzerland (without the mountains, of course).
Opinion|By David Crane
TORONTO—My late great, friend Fraser Mustard, founder of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, would often ask, “why is there such a gap between what we know and what we do?” The British economist, Diane…
News|By Neil Moss
But Peter Jones, a professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa, said Chrystia Freeland's position could limit the government's ability to engage with Iran.
Opinion|By John Gruetzner
Canada already set a global example in accepting Syrians who can’t return home. Now it should take a hands-on role that actually returns Rohingya refugees home in a safe way.
Foreign Policy
Happy Friday, Here’s a look at what political creatures on the Hill are following today: Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is set to announce new details on the government’s plans to support families grappling with…
The push to reform the Senate should lead to rules that are “flexible and permissive enough to work for all Senators,” regardless of which party assumes power after the 2019 election, said Senator Peter Harder,…
Good Thursday Morning, Hope those who made out to The Hill Times’ party last night had a blast! Here’s what’s happening on the Hill (and beyond) today: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is still in La…
The Public Service Alliance of Canada has set bargaining dates for groups representing the majority of its federal workers to negotiate their next contract, and newly minted national president Chris Aylward says if the government…
Opinion
Re: “Northerners deserve a government that has their back,” (The Hill Times, May 16, p. 17). Conservative MP Cathy McLeod makes the assumption that putting a price on carbon emissions is an attempt “to govern…
The Liberal government’s Cannabis Act recently survived the unanimous opposition of 29 current and former Conservative Senators and is now in committee. This appears to have prompted three Conservative Senators to travel south to meet…
Opinion|Peter Showler
OTTAWA—Last week, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) announced that it would resume hearing refugee claims in Ottawa. Why is this a cautionary tale? Surely, selecting a regional office to decide refugee claims is a…
Staff in the Prime Minister's Office and its non-partisan support branch shouldn't control the appointment of parliamentary watchdogs. The decision ought to rest with Parliament, according to a think-tank report released last month with input…

Municipal elections a turning point in Tunisia’s democracy, says envoy

Tunisia’s “historic” May 6 municipal elections show the country has been able to become more democratic since the ousting of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23-year autocratic regime during the Arab Spring in 2011,…

G7 can’t exclude U.S., despite disagreements, say envoys

Diplomats representing G7 countries in Canada say the group can't exclude the United States even if most members disagree with it on a growing number of issues, including most recently its decision to pull out…

ASEAN trade deal ‘will happen, it is very strong,’ says new Thai envoy

Thailand's new ambassador, Maris Sangiampongsa, says his country’s military-run government will “not stall” ongoing talks toward a possible trade deal between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Canada. In 2015, Mr. Sangiampongsa's predecessor said the Conservative government…

Parliamentary delegation calls for ‘deeper Canadian engagement’ with Sudan after 14 years of frigid ties

Parliamentarians who earlier this year made the first official Canadian visit to Sudan in 14 years are calling on Canada to review ties with the northeast African country after years of frigid relations, with a…
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