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Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times. He reports on parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, party leadership campaigns, Prime Minister’s Office, and cabinet. Rana loves to chat with sources on the record or on a not-for-attribution basis, especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Born and raised in Pakistan, Rana speaks Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi. You can reach him with news tips or comments at arana@hilltimes.com.

News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 27, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Liberal caucus. Depending on political developments, the morale of the caucus 'waxes and wanes,' but overall Liberal MPs are 'resolute' to win the next election, says Liberal MP Sean Casey. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 27, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 27, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Liberal caucus. Depending on political developments, the morale of the caucus 'waxes and wanes,' but overall Liberal MPs are 'resolute' to win the next election, says Liberal MP Sean Casey. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 27, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the high-stakes byelection in Toronto-St. Paul's, Ont. for June 24. A negative outcome of this election for the Liberals could have serious implications for Trudeau's future political plans, says Greg Lyle, president of Innovative Research. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 27, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 27, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the high-stakes byelection in Toronto-St. Paul's, Ont. for June 24. A negative outcome of this election for the Liberals could have serious implications for Trudeau's future political plans, says Greg Lyle, president of Innovative Research. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 20, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the names of provincial campaign chairs and co-chairs for the next federal election. More names are expected to be added in the coming weeks. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 20, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 20, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the names of provincial campaign chairs and co-chairs for the next federal election. More names are expected to be added in the coming weeks. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 13, 2024
The ongoing pro-Palestinian student protests are making the electoral math more complicated for Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 13, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 13, 2024
The ongoing pro-Palestinian student protests are making the electoral math more complicated for Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 6, 2024
Even after $53-billion in new spending announced in last month's federal budget, Justin Trudeau's Liberals have failed to gain any traction with Canadians. Last week's polls suggested that the Liberals are 21 points behind the Conservatives. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 6, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 6, 2024
Even after $53-billion in new spending announced in last month's federal budget, Justin Trudeau's Liberals have failed to gain any traction with Canadians. Last week's polls suggested that the Liberals are 21 points behind the Conservatives. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 6, 2024
By meeting with "Axe the tax" protesters carrying flags adorned with divisive slogans, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has exposed a vulnerability that the Liberals could use against his party before or during the election campaign, says pollster David Coletto. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 6, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 6, 2024
By meeting with "Axe the tax" protesters carrying flags adorned with divisive slogans, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has exposed a vulnerability that the Liberals could use against his party before or during the election campaign, says pollster David Coletto. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 4, 2024
Three-term Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Bardish Chagger stepped down unexpectedly as chair of the influential Procedure and House Affairs Committee on April 29. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 4, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 4, 2024
Three-term Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Bardish Chagger stepped down unexpectedly as chair of the influential Procedure and House Affairs Committee on April 29. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 3, 2024
First elected in 2015, Ottawa-area MP Francis Drouin says he may not run again in his riding due to family reasons.
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 3, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | May 3, 2024
First elected in 2015, Ottawa-area MP Francis Drouin says he may not run again in his riding due to family reasons.
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 29, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses his Liberal caucus on the Hill on April 17. The April 16 federal budget failed to provide any bump in support to the Liberals last week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 29, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 29, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses his Liberal caucus on the Hill on April 17. The April 16 federal budget failed to provide any bump in support to the Liberals last week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 22, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a shout-out to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland at the Liberal caucus on April 17. Freeland tabled the government's penultimate budget on April 16. The budget includes $53-billion in new spending over the next five years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 22, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 22, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a shout-out to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland at the Liberal caucus on April 17. Freeland tabled the government's penultimate budget on April 16. The budget includes $53-billion in new spending over the next five years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 15, 2024
Former Liberal MP and cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett represented the riding of Toronto-St. Paul's, Ont. for about 26 years. She now is Canada's ambassador to Denmark. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 15, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 15, 2024
Former Liberal MP and cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett represented the riding of Toronto-St. Paul's, Ont. for about 26 years. She now is Canada's ambassador to Denmark. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 9, 2024
The Pierre Poilievre Conservatives could stand to benefit in the new electoral boundaries if everyone were to vote in the next election the way they did in 2021, according to the newly released analysis by Elections Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 9, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 9, 2024
The Pierre Poilievre Conservatives could stand to benefit in the new electoral boundaries if everyone were to vote in the next election the way they did in 2021, according to the newly released analysis by Elections Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA, PETER MAZEREEUW | April 8, 2024
The ridings represented by Conservative MPs Scott Reid, top left, Ed Fast, Chris Warkentin, John Barlow, centre row left, and by Liberal MPs Chrystia Freeland, above left, Mark Gerretsen, Marie-France Lalonde, Taleeb Noormohamed and Randy Boissonnault had the largest amount of money in the bank at the end of 2022. The Hill Times file photographs and courtesy of PMO, and Taleeb Noormohamed
News | BY ABBAS RANA, PETER MAZEREEUW | April 8, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA, PETER MAZEREEUW | April 8, 2024
The ridings represented by Conservative MPs Scott Reid, top left, Ed Fast, Chris Warkentin, John Barlow, centre row left, and by Liberal MPs Chrystia Freeland, above left, Mark Gerretsen, Marie-France Lalonde, Taleeb Noormohamed and Randy Boissonnault had the largest amount of money in the bank at the end of 2022. The Hill Times file photographs and courtesy of PMO, and Taleeb Noormohamed
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 8, 2024
Liberal MPs, including Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, centre, pictured at the party's caucus retreat last January. Because of the redistribution of electoral boundaries, the House of Commons will have 343 MPs after the next federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 8, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 8, 2024
Liberal MPs, including Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, centre, pictured at the party's caucus retreat last January. Because of the redistribution of electoral boundaries, the House of Commons will have 343 MPs after the next federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 1, 2024
Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal, left and Liberal MP Chandra Arya. Arya says that if motion M-112, tabled by Dhaliwal, is passed, it would cause 'irreparable damage' to Canada-India relations. But Dhaliwal says his motion is not against any religion, culture or country, and is aimed to protect all Canadians from intimidation from foreign governments. The Hill Times photographs by Cynthia Münster and Sam Garcia
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 1, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 1, 2024
Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal, left and Liberal MP Chandra Arya. Arya says that if motion M-112, tabled by Dhaliwal, is passed, it would cause 'irreparable damage' to Canada-India relations. But Dhaliwal says his motion is not against any religion, culture or country, and is aimed to protect all Canadians from intimidation from foreign governments. The Hill Times photographs by Cynthia Münster and Sam Garcia
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 1, 2024
Everyone gets a raise: Justin Trudeau, top left, Pierre Poilievre, Chrystia Freeland, Yves-François Blanchet, Melissa Lantsman, Greg Fergus, above left, Jagmeet Singh, Andrew Scheer, and Elizabeth May. Starting this week, MPs from all parties are getting a salary boost of $8,500, making their annual salary $203,100. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia, and one image courtesy of Pexels
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 1, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | April 1, 2024
Everyone gets a raise: Justin Trudeau, top left, Pierre Poilievre, Chrystia Freeland, Yves-François Blanchet, Melissa Lantsman, Greg Fergus, above left, Jagmeet Singh, Andrew Scheer, and Elizabeth May. Starting this week, MPs from all parties are getting a salary boost of $8,500, making their annual salary $203,100. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia, and one image courtesy of Pexels
News | BY ABBAS RANA, PETER MAZEREEUW | March 25, 2024
The ridings represented by Liberal MPs Charles Sousa, top left, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Salma Zahid, George Chahal, and Shafqat Ali; Conservative MPs Melissa Lantsman, above left, Ed Fast, Glen Motz, Michael Barrett, and Anna Roberts raised the largest amounts of money in their respective parties in 2022. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Stuart Benson, Sam Garcia, and courtesy of Facebook
News | BY ABBAS RANA, PETER MAZEREEUW | March 25, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA, PETER MAZEREEUW | March 25, 2024
The ridings represented by Liberal MPs Charles Sousa, top left, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Salma Zahid, George Chahal, and Shafqat Ali; Conservative MPs Melissa Lantsman, above left, Ed Fast, Glen Motz, Michael Barrett, and Anna Roberts raised the largest amounts of money in their respective parties in 2022. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Stuart Benson, Sam Garcia, and courtesy of Facebook
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 25, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters before Question Period on Jan. 31, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 25, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 25, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters before Question Period on Jan. 31, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 11, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Liberal caucus. The nomination deadline for Liberal MPs was March 2023, but one year on, only 89 of 156 incumbents have been nominated for the next federal election. The Liberal Party, however, says MPs can request more extensions from the party. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 11, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 11, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Liberal caucus. The nomination deadline for Liberal MPs was March 2023, but one year on, only 89 of 156 incumbents have been nominated for the next federal election. The Liberal Party, however, says MPs can request more extensions from the party. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 8, 2024
Conservative candidate Jamil Jivani won last week's Durham, Ont., byelection by a comfortable margin of 35 per cent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 8, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 8, 2024
Conservative candidate Jamil Jivani won last week's Durham, Ont., byelection by a comfortable margin of 35 per cent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 5, 2024
Newly elected Conservative MP Jamil Jivani won the Durham, Ont. byelection by a whopping 35 per cent margin Monday evening. He will succeed outgoing Conservative MP Erin O'Toole. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 5, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 5, 2024
Newly elected Conservative MP Jamil Jivani won the Durham, Ont. byelection by a whopping 35 per cent margin Monday evening. He will succeed outgoing Conservative MP Erin O'Toole. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 4, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre at a caucus meeting. Of the 117 incumbent Conservative MPs, 32 may have to go through nomination contests to represent their party in the next election. Pollster Darrell Bricker says that the party will have to follow the nomination process or it will cause divisions in the party. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 4, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 4, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre at a caucus meeting. Of the 117 incumbent Conservative MPs, 32 may have to go through nomination contests to represent their party in the next election. Pollster Darrell Bricker says that the party will have to follow the nomination process or it will cause divisions in the party. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 1, 2024
Conservative Party candidate Jamil Jivani is expected to win the March 4 by-election handily. Pundits are watching if he can win by the same margins that his predecessor Erin O'Toole won during his 11-year parliamentary career. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 1, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | March 1, 2024
Conservative Party candidate Jamil Jivani is expected to win the March 4 by-election handily. Pundits are watching if he can win by the same margins that his predecessor Erin O'Toole won during his 11-year parliamentary career. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA, MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has caused sharp divisions within the Liberal caucus. Pollster Greg Lyle says that the leaked recording of Rob Oliphant is an uncalled-for mistake, and given the Liberals' low popularity in national polls, MPs must show more discipline or forget about winning the next election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA, MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA, MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has caused sharp divisions within the Liberal caucus. Pollster Greg Lyle says that the leaked recording of Rob Oliphant is an uncalled-for mistake, and given the Liberals' low popularity in national polls, MPs must show more discipline or forget about winning the next election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 26, 2024, at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa. The only option that could save the Liberal fortunes in the next election appears to be replacing Trudeau with a new leader, say pollsters Darrell Bricker, Greg Lyle and David Coletto. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 19, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 19, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 26, 2024, at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa. The only option that could save the Liberal fortunes in the next election appears to be replacing Trudeau with a new leader, say pollsters Darrell Bricker, Greg Lyle and David Coletto. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 19, 2024
Former Ontario MPP Parm Gill, left, and former Toronto city councillor Karen Stintz have been named as Conservative candidates in the ridings of Milton and Eglinton-Lawrence, respectively. Potential candidates in both ridings are questioning why the party denied them a fair nomination process, and decided to name hand-picked candidates. Photographs courtesy of X and Wikipedia
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 19, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 19, 2024
Former Ontario MPP Parm Gill, left, and former Toronto city councillor Karen Stintz have been named as Conservative candidates in the ridings of Milton and Eglinton-Lawrence, respectively. Potential candidates in both ridings are questioning why the party denied them a fair nomination process, and decided to name hand-picked candidates. Photographs courtesy of X and Wikipedia
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 12, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to ensure that he's not perceived to be focused more on social issues than on pocket-book issues affecting the everyday lives of Canadians, says pollster Nik Nanos. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 12, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 12, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to ensure that he's not perceived to be focused more on social issues than on pocket-book issues affecting the everyday lives of Canadians, says pollster Nik Nanos. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 9, 2024
Former Ontario MPP and cabinet minister Parm Gill was appointed as the federal Conservative candidate in Milton, Ont. last month. The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 9, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 9, 2024
Former Ontario MPP and cabinet minister Parm Gill was appointed as the federal Conservative candidate in Milton, Ont. last month. The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 5, 2024
B.C. Liberal MP John Aldag is in 'very preliminary' conversations with provincial New Democrats to run in the fall general election. Photograph courtesy of JohnAldagMP.ca
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 5, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 5, 2024
B.C. Liberal MP John Aldag is in 'very preliminary' conversations with provincial New Democrats to run in the fall general election. Photograph courtesy of JohnAldagMP.ca
News | BY ABBAS RANA, STUART BENSON | February 5, 2024
The Conservative caucus, pictured in November 2023. Any incumbent Conservative MP whose riding has changed by 25 per cent or more will have to go through the nomination contest, say Conservative sources. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA, STUART BENSON | February 5, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA, STUART BENSON | February 5, 2024
The Conservative caucus, pictured in November 2023. Any incumbent Conservative MP whose riding has changed by 25 per cent or more will have to go through the nomination contest, say Conservative sources. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 5, 2024
Nearly a year after the nomination criteria deadline passed, only 69 of 156 Liberal MPs have been nominated so far, according to Liberal Party. Of the 69 nominated Liberal MPs, 40 are from Ontario; 12 from Quebec; seven from B.C., two from Manitoba; three from Nova Scotia; two each from New Brunswick and Newfoundland; and one is from Alberta. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 5, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | February 5, 2024
Nearly a year after the nomination criteria deadline passed, only 69 of 156 Liberal MPs have been nominated so far, according to Liberal Party. Of the 69 nominated Liberal MPs, 40 are from Ontario; 12 from Quebec; seven from B.C., two from Manitoba; three from Nova Scotia; two each from New Brunswick and Newfoundland; and one is from Alberta. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | January 29, 2024
Donald Trump, left, and Justin Trudeau. The Liberals' strategy of comparing Pierre Poilievre to Donald Trump could backfire if the former president ended up winning the presidency again. Trump is currently the favourite to win the Republic Party nomination. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | January 29, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | January 29, 2024
Donald Trump, left, and Justin Trudeau. The Liberals' strategy of comparing Pierre Poilievre to Donald Trump could backfire if the former president ended up winning the presidency again. Trump is currently the favourite to win the Republic Party nomination. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | January 22, 2024
Quebec Liberals are wooing Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne for the provincial party's top job. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA | January 22, 2024
News | BY ABBAS RANA | January 22, 2024
Quebec Liberals are wooing Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne for the provincial party's top job. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA, STEPHEN JEFFERY | January 22, 2024
'Bring it on': two-term Northern Ontario Liberal MP Marcus Powlowski says the Conservatives want to make the next election about the carbon tax, and he's ready for the fight in his riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY ABBAS RANA, STEPHEN JEFFERY | January 22, 2024