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Surrounded by caucus members, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer took media questions after an 'intense,' seven-hour caucus meeting on Nov. 6, 2019, on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As Conservatives squabble, governing Liberals trying to lay low for maximum political advantage, say Liberals

News|By Abbas Rana
The seven-hour Conservative caucus meeting on Nov. 6 was ‘intense,’ with ‘blunt’ criticism of the party’s campaign performance, say Conservative sources

Rodriguez could be shuffled to key government House leader’s post, say Liberal sources

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals are considering assigning responsibility for the six regional development agencies to several ministers this time around, say Liberal sources.

86 ridings in 40 days: Trudeau’s cross-country sprint may have given party an edge

While a whistle stop in a tight race can help tip the outcome, political experts say there are other factors at play in galvanizing the electorate.

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Shuffling Freeland would be a ‘mistake,’ says former Liberal justice minister Cotler

Media reports have suggested Chrystia Freeland may end up as the new intergovernmental affairs minister or the finance minister.

Conservative MPs swept most seats by widest margins, and won 32 ridings by 50 per cent of vote

Of the 147 seats where MPs earned more than 20 per cent lead over their closest competitor, the Conservatives 

Senate ditches plans for new payroll provider after finding Phoenix ‘work-arounds’

News|By Mike Lapointe
According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.

Trudeau’s re-election should bolster his international stature, says former diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'This is a moment where Canada could potentially get ambitious in its international affairs,' says Canadian International Council president Ben Rowswell.

Leadership contest could see 2020 Greens surpass NDP in fundraising, says contender

David Merner, a failed Green candidate from B.C., says there are encouraging signs the party could come close to surpassing the NDP in its fundraising numbers next year. He is vying to take the reins from Elizabeth May.

PSAC still pushing government to address ongoing health, safety concerns in federal buildings

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Terrasses de la Chaudière is prone to occasional bat intrusions due to cracks on the exterior surface of the complex and its proximity to the Ottawa River, according to the PSPC.

The last Dipper standing: Boulerice on the job he faces and the NDP’s plans to rebuild, ‘it’s going to be a challenge’

The NDP's only Quebec MP left, Alexandre Boulerice, reflects on what went wrong and how to resurrect the party in La Belle province next time around.
Surrounded by caucus members, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer took media questions after an 'intense,' seven-hour caucus meeting on Nov. 6, 2019, on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As Conservatives squabble, governing Liberals trying to lay low for maximum political advantage, say Liberals

News|By Abbas Rana
The seven-hour Conservative caucus meeting on Nov. 6 was ‘intense,’ with ‘blunt’ criticism of the party’s campaign performance, say Conservative sources

Singh’s not-so-great expectations

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The NDP ended up finishing in fourth place behind the Bloc Québécois. And in an odd sort of ironic way, the low expectations for Jagmeet Singh actually might have saved his job as NDP leader.

Scheer has caucus support, for now

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Andrew Scheer has more than a communications problem. He has a substance problem and so does his party. The April reckoning in Toronto will bring it to a head.

Canada has to achieve its goals for a more innovative economy

Opinion|By David Crane
We have to get back to a much more rigorous approach to innovation policy. There is so much we want to do as a country.

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?

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.

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.

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Should Canadians worry about #Wexit from an extremism perspective?

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Groups that hold extremist views and potentially violent extremist ones such as the Soldiers of Odin, the Proud Boys, and the IIIpercenters also tend to gravitate towards causes such as those espoused by Wexit.

Despite Trump’s posturing, world is no safer after al-Baghdadi’s death

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The truth is that the highly publicized U.S. assassinations of Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have done nothing to eliminate the threat of Islamic Jihadists. 

What’s the future for Canadian international development policy?

The new minority government has an exceptional opportunity to get international development policy right. It should look to both current and incoming development professionals for advice and delivery.

CIJA, Dairy Farmers lead last lobbyist push before election call

Lobbyists filed 772 reports last month, down from 972 in July, and from the 1,478 reports filed in June.

Despite majority support for a Canadian handgun ban, the politics of doing so may remain insurmountable

Opinion|By Les Whittington
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promised in 2015 to take handguns and assault weapons ‘off our streets,’ but have made only limited progress in the face of strong opposition.

Tale as old as time: Liberal ethics breach proves politics still about comforting the comfortable

Opinion|By Amy Kishek
The SNC-Lavalin affair is about a political system that is rife for abuse, and those responsible for the recent abuses are seeking re-election on a platform of open and transparent government.

The Hill remembers: in 43rd Parliament, 19 MPs and Senators have served in the military

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Maryam Monsef and Matt DeCourcey get engaged, and Andrew Coyne joins The Globe and Mail.

CPAC’s Andrew Thomson is a two-day Jeopardy champion, will try to continue streak Nov. 18

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Don Martin has announced that he will host his last edition of CTV's Power Play on Dec. 20, after almost a decade at the show's helm.

In the family: two new MPs follow parents’ path to politics

With Lyndsey Mathyssen’s election on Oct. 21, she and Irene Mathyssen have become the first-ever case of mother-daughter succession in House of Commons history.

U.S. lawmaker Richard Neal to travel to Ottawa to talk new NAFTA with Trudeau, Freeland

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Hillites cheer Tom Michalak's career behind the camera, and CPAC'S Thomson victorious on Jeopardy.

Scribes on the move: Andy Blatchford, Ryan Tumilty join new Hill bureaus; Katie Simpson heads to D.C., and Marie-Danielle Smith joins Maclean’s

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Trudeau meets with Governor General Payette, intends to continue governing, and the Royal Canadian Mint releases a Centennial Flame coin.

Four years in, ISED gets mixed reviews

'It's important because of the regulatory side, but politically, it's becoming more important because it can be used as a tool for political gain,' said Jake Enwright.

Better innovation policy means investing in the public administration

Opinion|By Mark Robbins
With a wider recognition that a more permeable public administration is a tangible way to get better innovation policies and programs to Canadians, a public service that can be a true partner for innovators.

Real innovation required

Opinion|By Richard C. Owens
We need a whole new direction. Let’s wind up all the innovation corporate welfare programs and return their budget allocations to deficit reduction or basic research funding.

Innovation policy: the adaptation challenge

We are not suggesting grand strategizing—rather we first encourage governments to recognize and embrace disruption as an emergent-phenomena and make adaptation an important part of the conversation.

There are steps Canadians can take to ensure we put our best foot forward

Opinion|By Norah McRae
If we take these steps together, we will not only prosper, we will continue to be respected as a place that is smart, responsible, and forward-looking.
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Politics This Morning: Trudeau to mark Remembrance Day

Mr. Trudeau is set this week to meet with opposition leaders in an effort to find some common ground before Parliament returns for a new session. 
Opinion|Matt McManus
Conservatives should be willing to look at their own intellectual history, the good and especially the bad.
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UNDRIP offers a number of rights-based solutions that are necessary to end the ongoing violence being inflicted upon Indigenous families, communities, nations and individuals.
Opinion|Dan Kraus
By incorporating carbon storage and climate change adaptation into protected areas, we can accelerate the conservation of our lands and waters, and reduce climate uncertainty for our children.
The current minority, the first since 2011, is taking place against a backdrop of extreme partisanship, personal animosity, and the fuming public anger that feeds off social media.
Opinion|Tim Powers
The current Conservative leadership, for the good of the organization, needs to let truth be spoken. This exercise need not go on forever, as that will over time only benefit their political opponents, but it must happen
Rime (noun): An accumulation of frost on an exposed object.

Vancouver Granville race a ‘toss-up,’ as Wilson-Raybould’s rivals urge voters not to pick someone ‘on the outside’

In Vancouver Granville, the race is heating up between Independent incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould and her Liberal challenger, who's raising the spectre of a Conservative government to draw votes.

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PMO Ontario desk among handful of recent staff exits from top office

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen has also seen a couple of staffers from his policy unit exit.

Ex-staffers to ministers Hajdu, Carr hit the campaign trail

For one, Jeff Kovalik-Plouffe recently left International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr’s Ottawa office to take over as the MP’s 2019 campaign manager.
Feature|Neil Moss

Harper, Chrétien to share stage; to discuss federalism, populism and Canada’s future in Calgary

Plus, Catherine McKenna’s campaign office vandalized with sexist slur, and Jim Carr diagnosed with blood cancer.
Feature|Neil Moss

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

From a much-needed civics lesson to a blackface scandal: the best and worst of the federal campaign.

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.

President’s trip the ‘crown’ of Croatian envoy’s four-year post

Marica Matkovic is returning to Croatia to help the country prepare for its first-ever Council of the EU presidency.

Education, ‘food diplomacy,’ ICAO council seat among early priorities for Malaysian envoy

The 'timing is good' for more high level visits after Canada's fall federal election, says Nor'aini Binti Abd Hamid.

Freeland, PM talk ratification of new NAFTA with U.S. rep Richard Neal

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ottawa in August, is meeting with U.S. rep Richard Neal in Ottawa on Nov. 6 to discuss ratification of the new NAFTA. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau mark Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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