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New faces join PMO, Liberal research bureau

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, NDP staffer James Smith has said goodbye to Ottawa for a new job with the B.C. government.
Plus, Libby Davies has penned a political memoir, former Mulroney PMO staffer Bill Fox is recovering from a health scare, and Globe and Mail assistant editor Chris Hannay is taking on a new assignment.
One of the lessons learned from the West Block reno was that MPs weren’t consulted enough, says House deputy clerk Michel Patrice.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Meanwhile, Alison Porter has been promoted to chief of staff in the agriculture minister’s office.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canadians need to be much more vigilant about anti-immigrant and racist dog-whistling in the public sphere.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump’s obliteration of political norms has made plausible the anointment of an erstwhile hacker, punk rocker, and manny as his potential successor. Try not to be judgy.
Opinion|By Martin Scanlon
High-yielding vertical farms and robotics are among the ways ag is using tech to improve.
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News|By Emily Haws
Current PCO clerk Michael Wernick, who has been wrapped up in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, announced March 18 he would be retiring from the public service ahead of the 2019 election.
As the last minister for status of women and the first for women and gender equality, Maryam Monsef says she’s cementing a path forged by her predecessors, but critics say the new mandate could 'dilute' the mission.
Canada has also recognized a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, who says the ‘complicated’ situation shouldn’t be ‘rushed.’
‘If it is slanderous or defamatory, then we will be held accountable for that, and we will be held accountable by our electorate, in whether they vote for us again,’ says Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Kevin Vickers to seek leadership of New Brunswick Liberals, and a U.S. local news station tracks down a vacationing Justin Trudeau on a Florida island.
News|By Emily Haws
The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.
The Canadian Council of Young Feminists aims to bridge the gap between young leaders, global citizenship, and Canadian Parliamentarians.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The Feb. 21 response to a House Public Accounts Committee report highlighting deputy minister turnover lacks deliverables and specifics, says Conservative Pat Kelly, but Liberal and NDP MPs were generally happy with it.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, a look at media moves on the Hill, and Grit MP Marc Miller and a Montreal reporter come to blows.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is in need of a new director of policy after Daniel Pujdak’s recent exit.
News|By Emily Haws
NDP MP David Christopherson says the U.K.’s horseshoe design is a good idea to help shift the dynamic, but Tory vice-chair Stephanie Kusie still isn't convinced Canada needs a parallel chamber at all.
Feature|By Emily Haws
About 100 people chowed down on mushroom and margarita pizzas, beef sliders, and tacos, along with a signature Queens on Queen cocktail.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Lise Jolicoeur is back on Parliament Hill as director of communications to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Brian Mulroney's celebrates his 80th birthday bash with Michael Bublé and David Foster, and the PPSC sends 'pre-written' tweet stressing prosecutorial independence.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Tourism, Official Languages, and La Francophonie Minister Mélanie Joly has a new director of parliamentary affairs.
‘We’ve taken each other for granted, maybe a little bit too much,’ says Salome Meyer, looking for more active bilateralism between Canada and Switzerland.
News|By Emily Haws
Union members have ‘had it,’ says PSAC president Chris Aylward, as damages talks set to continue on March 8.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, actor Chris O’Dowd has new role in mind, and a March 30 seminar seeks to find the antidote for fake news.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has added to her political staff team.
Opinion|By Jim Creskey
Mary Jo Leddy's Why Are We Here? A Meditation on Canada is a new book full of honest questions about Canada.
Opinion|By Isabel Metcalfe
It was old and grey and heavy and lived in the basement of the Langevin Block, the office of the prime minister. It was used for speaking texts for the prime minister and the Queen.
‘Politicians talk about how they want to hear from voters, they want to hear from Canadians and their ideas, but we don’t necessary do much with it. This idea was to put our actions behind those words,’ says Mr. Cullen.

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