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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has struggled to boost his party in the polls since taking over the leadership in 2017, and his party has struggled to raise money since the last election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

NDP hits pause on ads, Grits and Tories suspend TV campaigns as pre-election spending cap, summer doldrums kick in

The NDP says it's temporarily pausing its advertising campaign and will be back before the end of the month, but the Liberals and Conservatives are continuing to run dozens of social media ads.

Canada’s upcoming federal election could expose deepening societal rifts and ‘ordered’ populism, says Graves

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.

Conservative premiers on campaign trail give Scheer little boost, say pollsters

Premiers' attack on carbon tax help entrench the Tory base support, but has yet to wield large support from swing voters.

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Engage Canada won’t run more attack ads before election

Unifor, the group’s biggest backer, and Conservative rival Canada Proud will both run political ads during the new pre-writ period established by the Liberal government.

Generational changes in the Sikh Canadian vote could spell trouble for Liberals

The days when most Canadian Sikhs could be counted on to vote Liberal could be over, experts say.

‘A complete travesty’: court’s decision against Vice Media sets ‘chill’ for journalists, say media groups

News|By Mike Lapointe
A former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, but the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism.'

Supreme Court nominee to face questions on training for judges, French education rights

News|By Palak Mangat
Independent Senator Kim Pate, who will be among those in attendance at Nicholas Kasirer's hearing next week, is interested in hearing about his views about how systemic inequality can affect access to justice.

NDP loses Supreme Court appeal bid, ending challenge of BOIE’s $4-million repayment order

No doubt adding to the NDP’s financial woes is the fact the application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed with costs to the House.

Conservative MP Gallant calls for review of St. Lawrence water regulation plan and links to flooding, though experts deny connection

News|By Nina Russell
Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant also wrote to Jane Corwin, chair on the International Joint Commission, calling for a review of the water regulation plan and to make adjustments accordingly.

Majority of Canadians may support TMX, but the project remains an electoral risk for Liberals: pollsters

It’s up to the prime minister to decide if he ‘wants to go into the next election arresting Indigenous communities and leaders,’ says the Squamish Nation council’s Dustin Rivers.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has struggled to boost his party in the polls since taking over the leadership in 2017, and his party has struggled to raise money since the last election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

NDP hits pause on ads, Grits and Tories suspend TV campaigns as pre-election spending cap, summer doldrums kick in

The NDP says it's temporarily pausing its advertising campaign and will be back before the end of the month, but the Liberals and Conservatives are continuing to run dozens of social media ads.

If Scheer’s elected in October, it will be another sign politics has taken a radical turn, and not for the best

Opinion|By Michael Harris
As events south of the border have shown, the downside of negative partisanship is the short trip voters often take from the frying pan into the fire.

Factors governing party nominations extremely complex

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
A party race does not necessarily guarantee a more democratic outcome.

Kinsellian tactics vs. the zen room

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has come to understand that she might have to toughen up her act, which would explain why her party recently hired Warren Kinsella, a combative, seasoned political operative.

Trudeau’s legislative record unlikely to motivate voters in the fall, with a few exceptions: pollsters

Many achievements and blunders enshrined in legislation are ancient history in the minds of voters, who cast their ballots based on the next thing you can do for them, say politicos and pollsters.

Liberals passing the buck on weapons ban

If the Liberal government truly believes that the legal availability of assault weapons puts the public at risk, then why not enact measures that are available to them right now, while they are still in power?

Will the Senate respect democracy and First Nations rights?

Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
Three important pieces of legislation sit in the Senate today, subject to the whim of a small group of Senators, which is a gross undermining of the democratic process.

Afghanistan: ‘a decent interval’

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
There is movement towards peace in Afghanistan—or at least towards an end to the American military ordeal there, which has lasted for almost 18 years. The only losers in the settlement will be the Afghans, who have to live under Taliban rule again. But that was always going to happen in the end.

BCCLA case shows how ignorant Canadians really are about CSIS

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
CSIS is legislatively mandated to investigate threats to the security of Canada, defined under Sec. 2 of the CSIS Act, by the powers granted under Sec. 12. One of these threats is politically motivated violence.

Don’t let the good vibes from Ukraine reform conference fade

In today’s world, it makes good sense to ensure Ukraine stays with law-abiding democracies rather than with caustic Russia.

Lobbying watchdog says glitch in system skewed volume of registrations

News|By Beatrice Paez
Lobbying commissioner Nancy Bélanger says she's considering doing 'spot checks' for political activities in an effort to advise lobbyists of how their lobbying activities might be affected in the future.

Municipalities close conference with sights set on Election 2019

Opinion|By Bill Karsten
So coming out of FCM’s conference and heading to the election 2019, municipalities stand ready to continue working with every federal party to empower Canada’s local leaders. Because that’s how we’ll build better lives.

Lobbyists increasingly target Senate as Liberals make final legislative push

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.

Recent staff exits in Treasury Board President Murray’s office, Liberal research bureau

Meanwhile, Melissa Rumble has been promoted to take over as director of operations to Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan.

This just in: U.S. Congressional district staffers coming to Canada to talk trade, immigration, Indigenous issues

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, House Speaker Geoff Regan cycling to raise MS research funds, and Russell Mirasty sworn in as Saskatchewan's first Indigenous lieutenant-governor.

Sri Lankan envoy reflects on ‘very challenging’ first year handling ‘sensitive’ files

‘This is what we can’t accept’: A unanimous House motion in June called on the UN to investigate ‘allegations of genocide’ against the country’s minority Tamils, a term the South Asian nation categorically rejects.

‘Sunny’ assistant deputy sergeant-at-arms bids the Hill adieu

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Rosemarie Falk welcomes a baby, and Amita Kuttner revealed as the Green Party's science and innovation critic.

Science and Sport Minister Duncan down a director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has a new policy adviser in her office, Pearson Croney-Clark.

‘I started there with Mr. Trudeau and I finished with Mr. Trudeau’: longtime Parliamentary Restaurant stalwart Marguerite Charlebois retires

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Plus, Warren Kinsella is added to the Green Party's war room, and Pierre Pettigrew is named Asia Pacific Foundation board chair.

Lack of Inuit language supports a key concern for advocates 20 years after Nunavut formed

Fostering use of Inuit languages was a key aim in creating Nunavut, but 20 years later, NTI president Aluki Kotierk says there's been a 'failure' when it comes to providing essential services to the public in Inuktut.

Opposition MPs skirt top soldier, place blame for DND ‘chaos’ on Trudeau, Sajjan

News|By Neil Moss
Conservative and NDP MPs say chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance was 'following orders' coming from the PMO and the defence minister.

Premiers’ meeting sheds light on the real dimensions of Canada’s energy politics

Opinion|By Les Whittington
It may have been unintentional, but the premiers helped define some issues that Canadians need to sort out before the Oct. 21 election.

Alberta inquiry into ‘foreign-funded’ anti-energy industry groups latest chapter in ‘misdirected attacks,’ says charity

News|By Mike Lapointe
The provincial NDP critic says inquiry is 'only going to increase opposition to energy development in Alberta,' with one expert calling it attempt to put a 'chill' on activism in Canada.

Resource minister playing partisan politics with pipeline

Opinion|By Marla Orenstein
Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s comments perpetuate a divisive narrative that hurts the country and continue the government’s use of Bill C-69 as a political wedge.
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Plus, Huawei Canada reps are slated to discuss their company's new partnerships with Ice Wireless, a mobile provider up north, and Qikiqtaaluk Corp.
Opinion|Joseph Wong
When universities continue to work with China, we're reminded that in spite of our differences, we also share similar goals—trade diversification, climate change, and preparing for our aging societies.
But I am hopeful that both Carolyn Bennett and the Denesuline will consider moving forward allowing the land claim agreements to move to community ratification and advancing reconciliation.
Opinion|Ghazy Mujahid
The immigration minister should take note that all of the approaches used so far for the family reunification program have fallen short of meeting the objective of fairness.
The biggest, most ambitious proposals for conserving lands have come from Indigenous nations.
If the Greens are truly looking to make inroads, they should not be soliciting tired advice from politicos of yesteryear.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
Looking beyond a cenotaph, if Canada really wanted to honour the soldiers, we would conduct a full parliamentary inquiry into how we were drawn into an unwinnable war.

Recent staff exits in Treasury Board President Murray’s office, Liberal research bureau

Meanwhile, Melissa Rumble has been promoted to take over as director of operations to Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan.

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New chief of staff for Public Services Minister Qualtrough

Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has a new issues manager in her office.

New policy directors for ministers Morneau, Champagne, and LeBlanc

Justin To has left the finance minister’s office, and deputy policy director Ian Foucher has already been promoted to replace him.
Feature|Neil Moss

Liberals accuse Conservatives of promoting anti-abortion movie, reopening abortion debate

Plus, Tories flip pancakes, don ten-gallon hats at Calgary Stampede; Conservative react with furor to professor's 'classist' tweet; and former NDP MP John Rafferty has died at 65.

U.S. Embassy packs NAC for Fourth of July party

Plus, Vassy Kapelos ties the knot, both Stockwell Day and Wayne Easter get another award, and Sarah McLachlan is coming to Ottawa!

Public servants, feds inch closer to contracts with tentative agreements before election

The Public Service Alliance of Canada remains at an impasse with the federal government however, with national president Chris Aylward saying they won’t take an ‘inferior’ deal just to get it done before the election.

SAP Canada pitches NextGen plan to standardize human resources processes

When processes are 'standardized, the collective input into a payroll system becomes a lot simpler,' says Robert Conlin, SAP Canada's vice-president of the public sector.

U.S. Embassy brings bayou to Bytown for Fourth of July

Though U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft was in Calgary, the U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party was still filled with food and fun.
Feature|Mike Lapointe

Hill media descend on 24 Sussex for annual garden party

The prime minister opened up his backyard for one last shindig before politicians and journalists gear up for what's going to be a busy summer.

U.S. Ambassador Craft in ‘departure mode’ with ‘unconventional’ Fourth of July, say former diplomats

The outgoing U.S. ambassador was big on relationships and will be remembered for key Trump ties that proved useful during NAFTA renegotiations, says Liberal MP Wayne Easter.

Diplomatic spouses find community, give back with Wabano fundraiser

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.

GG to cheer on Canada at Pan American Games in Lima, meet Peru’s president

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
GG to Cheer on Canada at XVIII Pan American Games in Lima—Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, pictured July 1, 2018, on the Hill, will travel to Lima, Peru, from July 23 to July 27, 2019, to attend a Team Canada Welcome Ceremony and the Opening Ceremony of the XVIII Pan American Games. She will also visit with Peru's President Martin Vizcarra. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the infrastructure and communities minister, make their way to the National Press Theatre on Monday to take the Conservatives to task over their promise to review the feds' revamped Canada Food Guide, arguing the party is spreading misinformation. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has argued that the guide was developed without proper consultation and that it's biased against milk.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Comedian Rick Mercer and then-Reform Party MP Deb Grey, pictured in the late 1990s on Parliament Hill doing a shoot for CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which Mr. Mercer hosted at the time. The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
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