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‘We’re finding our way’: MP Gord Brown’s widow reflects on year that changed her whole life

Claudine Courtois is planning a May 2 reception to mark the first anniversary of his death, saying she’s touched by Hill community support.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Tory MP Mark Warawa is hoping for a 'miracle' as he battles cancer, and Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon is set to retire from the top court in the fall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu has a new senior communications aide, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has a new issues manager.
‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
Opinion|By Prateek Awasthi
Poll results tell us there is widespread public support for foreign aid. But this budget doesn’t reflect that priority.
Opinion|By Arthur Cockfield
While I teach the values of equality and diversity, I oppose forcing all lawyers to promote these or any other government-prescribed values.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
After three years of political convulsion at home, the process of extraditing the U.K. from nearly half a century of membership in the EU is becoming a full-scale nightmare for Europeans too.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
I dare say that it is a slippery slope once you start making allowances to accommodate individual tastes in an institution whose core value is disciplined conformity.
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It helps to have women like French Ambassador Kareen Rispal ‘open the door,’ says the program’s first student Juliana Trapolino.
After studying barriers facing women in politics, the Status of Women Committee also suggests calling for a crackdown on gender-based heckling.
Feature|By Evelyn L. Forget
The following is an excerpt from Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life For All, by Evelyn L. Forget, short-listed for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book.
Feature|By Emily Haws
NDP MP Niki Ashton and her partner Bruce Moncur had their arms full with their one-year-old twins, Leonidas and Stephanos, winning over the hearts of anyone around them.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, veteran Tory Rob Nicholson adds his name to growing list of MPs saying farewell to the House of Commons, and John Ivison pens book on Justin Trudeau.
Andrew MacKendrick says he decided to step away from the Hill, in part, for his own mental health, after recent events took a toll.
Taiwan Night was the hot ticket in town last week, with dozens of Parliamentarians in attendance.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has hired a new Quebec regional adviser.
Plus, the Canadian Press and National Post are losing their top editors, CPAC launches its Democracy Project, and the Donner Canadian Foundation shortlists your next read.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Alexis Richard has been hired on as a new NDP caucus press secretary.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was expelled from the Liberal caucus April 11, had a line-up of supporters at the Daughters of the Vote welcome reception that day, although other Parliamentarians were also popular.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, the LAC Foundation is launched with a bash, and Nick Kouvalis to team up with Lisa Raitt, others in the upcoming election.
Feature|By Charelle Evelyn
One-year contracts for Senators’ employees contribute to the high-pressure environment where harassment can occur, the Human Resources Subcommittee heard.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Conservative leader's office has merged its issues management and research teams, leaving several staff with new titles.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, veteran Tory MP Kevin Sorenson and Independent MP Tony Clement will not be on the ballot in October, and the Rugby World Cup trophy pays a visit to West Block.
After nearly 30 years in power, Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigned last month, but his ambassador in Ottawa says his priorities remain the same.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The government’s new artificial intelligence directive is welcome, says tech CEO Wallace Trenholm, but there needs to be a bigger focus on how data is collected and used.
Feature|By Isabel Metcalfe
Some time this spring, the chance to sit in Emily Murphy’s chair and dream about building a better Canada is going to move to a main street in downtown Ottawa.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Alex Nuttall won't seek re-election, and Catherine Cano named administrator of International Organization of la Francophonie.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, more details on the new caucus relations team set up in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.
The Upper Chamber will switch over to a new payroll system provided by ADP Canada in the new year, after months of testing.

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