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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is saying goodbye to her press secretary, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, who is set to start in her new role as a special assistant for communications in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Former Conservative Alberta Senator Bert Brown died at the age of 79, the CBC reported Feb. 14. “Saddened to hear about the passing of Bert Brown, a proud Albertan and Canadian. I admired and respected…
The Senate is buckling down on its review of its harassment policy as the #MeToo movement sweeps through the halls of Parliament—though the head of the group in charge of the overhaul says the timing…
News|By Abbas Rana 1:26 AM ET
The sexual harassment allegations levelled against Alberta MP Darshan Kang by a female constituency staffer have been “partially substantiated" by a third-party investigator retained by the House of Commons, The Hill Times has learned. The ruling…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
It is always enjoyable to stay in touch with former foreign ministry colleagues in my "retryment.” Like “Godwin's Law” of the internet, or any discussion of United States politics that leads to Donald Trump, it…
Opinion|By Peter Shawn Taylor
The facts are in. And the evidence proves provinces with female premiers have the fastest-growing economies. No wait, that's not it. Bigger provinces grow faster. Or maybe it's that provinces whose names end in vowels…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—The ongoing saga of our modern Phoenix, seemingly similar to mythical bird that rose from the ashes, brings much angst and no delight to those who toil for the government of Canada. The modern Phoenix…
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—On Feb. 15, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan emerged from a NATO conference in Brussels and hinted that Canada would be willing to support the alliance’s request for an expanded training role in Iraq. Sajjan could…
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News|By Emily Haws
Progressive Conservative leadership candidates Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott, and Patrick Brown are grabbing the endorsements of several prominent Ontario Conservative MPs, but there seems to be less love for former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford…
Opinion|By Tim Powers
OTTAWA—Patrick Brown may as well be wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat as he goes around pronouncing his innocence and looking to get his job back. He is living proof that Donald Trump’s style…
Patrick Brown, who in a dramatic move re-entered the Ontario leadership late Friday afternoon, is receiving strong support from all corners of the political world since publicly re-emerging to challenge the sexual harassment allegations that…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently said goodbye to one of his senior-most staffers, Maryse Harvey, who exited her role as deputy chief of staff and director of strategy and planning to the minister in early February.…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
It was Canadian Agriculture Day on Feb. 13 and that meant close to 500 people attended one of the best industry parties of the season. It’s hard to compete against an event where almost all…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The latest Nanos Research poll indicated the Liberals have an eight-point lead over the Conservatives, with the support of 38.1 respondents to the Tories' 30.4. The poll, which is tracked weekly and combined into a…
New Democrats agreed they want their party to demand a national inquiry into the “gross miscarriage of justice” in Colten Boushie’s shooting death and the RCMP’s handling of the case as well as confront sexual…
As Ottawa becomes more embroiled in the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement, the New Democrats are renewing their call for the federal government to codify its support for having more women involved in politics as elected…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The new ambassador of Burkina Faso wants to make Canada aware that it can invest in more than just gold in the landlocked country and hopes to shed light on the different trade opportunities it…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
The press gallery’s Marc Fortier announced last week that he would be retiring. After 30 years, the Parliamentary Press Gallery's acting manager of multimedia events will spend his last day on the job on Friday,…
News|By Shruti Shekar
Female former MPs say the current approach the government and federal parties are taking to deal with the Hill's harassment and the sexual misconduct problem is far better than during their tenure when issues were…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—Political parties have already begun recruiting candidates and campaign workers for the next federal election in 2019. Many candidates could be drawn from the federal public service, as there you find people who understand government…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said goodbye to special assistant Julie Savard-Shaw last week, and her replacement is already in place. Until recently, Ms. Savard-Shaw had been a special assistant for policy in the…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Federal Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef last week hired a new director of communications, Justine Villeneuve, to her ministerial office, arriving from the office of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale. Ms.…
The federal Conservatives’ well-oiled fundraising machine repeatedly outpaced its rivals over the past three years, drumming up more than $66-million in direct party donations alone, despite losing power and being relegated to the opposition ranks,…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
A handful of ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet hosted what was the first ever baby shower for a cabinet minister, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, on Feb. 5. “Canadian history in the making. Tonight…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mississauga Centre has the largest immigrant population of any federal riding in Canada which means Liberal MP Omar Alghabra’s Ontario riding team is an “incredibly busy” one. The vast majority of the riding's casework is…
Senators are divided over the Trudeau government’s decision to name a longtime House of Commons administrator as the interim Senate clerk, with some calling him the “prime minister’s man” in the Red Chamber. Several high-profile…
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s decision to announce that he had appointed a third-party investigator to look into harassment allegations against NDP MP Erin Weir, and to remove the MP from caucus duties, was a “wise…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould recently hired Nicky Cayer to her ministerial staff team as the office’s new press secretary. Until recently, Ms. Cayer was working on the Hill as a legislative assistant to Liberal MP…
News|By Emily Haws
It's the department that never sleeps. The Privy Council Office could be described as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s department, and Clerk Michael Wernick as his deputy minister. One of the most important government bodies, it…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz landed herself a spot as a celebrity guest on the Canadian live comedy show Monkey Toast after a chance encounter with its host David Shore. “I thought he was a local resident and he happened to be…
A cabinet minister's chief of staff is throwing her name in the ring to again become the Liberal candidate to fight in what's expected to be a tight two-way race against the NDP in a…
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
For his second posting overseas, the new Icelandic ambassador says his priority in Canada will be to cultivate stronger trade relations by championing a renewed agreement with the European Free Trade Association and to maintain…

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