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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is the federal political minister responsible for the RCMP and CSIS. When our spies and cops fail to stop violent acts from occurring, few are willing to cut them some slack and try to understand the challenges inherent in the work they do. One of the hardest challenges is the use of unbreakable encryption: it is very difficult to determine violent intent when you cannot read the communications sent between nefarious parties, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CSIS, RCMP need more access to foil serious acts of violence

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
In the end, we have to decide as a society what is more important: universal privacy or universal safety. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
So is democracy coming to the Congo at last? Don’t count on it. The regime’s choice for a successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, is a close colleague of Kabila’s with no independent support base of his own.
Opinion|By Michael Harris
The murder of The Washington Post contributor is still unfolding, so there is still time for the Liberals to do the right thing. But thus far, Canada has not covered itself in glory.
Opinion|By Wenran Jiang
At the moment of crisis, strategic vision, leadership and diplomatic skills are needed in defusing the tensions in bilateral ties.
Every December, I trek to Montreal to meet up with members of my 1970 Dawson College Blues football team to share a meal and memories.
Opinion|Nimrod Barkan
May the connections we’ve made, the relationships we’ve built, and the partnerships we’ve established continue to move from strength to strength.
There are more unknowns than certainties heading into the next election, and the political dynamics could still change for the worse for Trudeau’s Liberals.
Hill Times Columnists

The Russian president upsets the West when he takes territory abroad or interferes with elections or conflicts in other countries, but the U.S. and its allies have been doing these things for years and are still seen as the ‘good guys.’
There will only be one set of rules for both rich and poor countries, although the really poor ones will get a lot of financial and technical help in meeting their commitments.
Special counsel Robert Mueller may well solve America’s leadership crisis. If he doesn’t, the Democrats won’t just need someone who can win the presidency. They’ll need someone who can’t lose.
From the 1970s, when anyone could walk into the place, to the post-9/11 security boost, the soon-to-be-closed Centre Block has changed a lot.
The report on consular services for Canadians overseas will only have meaning if reflected in appropriate action by the government.
Foreign Policy
Also, Kazakhstan celebrates its 27th anniversary of independence and deepening relations with Canada after the historic visit of a Canadian Governor General.
The Joint Interparliamentary Council approved a new process to step in when parliamentary associations lose confidence in their leaders.
A 1989 investigation found there was no national security threat from uranium imports, but experts agree times have changed under President Trump.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The battle to save Afghanistan has yet to be fought and the Taliban remain a very clear and present danger.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the world’s democratic and non-democratic tectonic plates continue to grind, the perpetual content feed is the new battlefield.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The GOP has become more committed to power than the notion of the peaceful transfer of it.
Foreign Policy
Plus, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef and Small Business Minister Mary Ng are teaming up to host a town hall on female entrepreneurs.
The TSB’s performance results are partially affected by things outside of its control, and it doesn’t want enforcement powers, says a spokesman.
In a year-end interview, the leader of Canada's largest Indigenous advocacy organization says the 2019 federal election will be key as the voting power of First Nations people increases.
Independent Senators says they’re trying to 'accelerate the process’ and build consensus with the Conservatives over external committee membership.
MPs’ expenses for the first six months of the year rose by 3.8 per cent from $63-million in 2017, while Senators’ second-quarter expenses increased by 1.1 per cent from $1.1-million.
A ‘critical design deficiency’ affecting sound is responsible for the six-sitting-day delay in Chamber work in the new Senate of Canada Building in 2019.
The government is committed to working with unions to reach agreements that are good for both bureaucrats and Canadians, says a spokesperson for Treasury Board President Scott Brison.

Launch of campaign against gender-based violence comes ahead of ‘landmark’ year, says UN official

‘There are particular moments that come in our lives that give us the opportunity to be the best part of ourselves—and such a moment will soon be upon us,' says Lopa Banerjee.

Canada’s expertise, funding could help Lesotho’s reforms as it seeks renewed ties, says new envoy

Lesotho's new high commissioner says Canadian know-how on democratic institutions and small business skills are of use to Lesotho, which faces widespread unemployment.

E-governance a ‘mutual interest’ with Canada, says Estonian envoy

The Baltic country tries to ‘push the envelope’ in the information and communications technology sector, which Toomas Lukk says is the ‘future of humankind.’

UN official warns of ‘dehumanizing’ political rhetoric amid Canada border-crosser debate

Despite the increase in border crossers, Canada does not face a 'crisis' with asylum seekers, says Volker Turk.
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