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News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 9, 2022
On Dec. 7, the Bank of Canada, led by Governor Tiff Macklem, hiked its interest rate by a half point to 4.25 per cent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 9, 2022
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 9, 2022
On Dec. 7, the Bank of Canada, led by Governor Tiff Macklem, hiked its interest rate by a half point to 4.25 per cent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PETER MAZEREEUW | December 9, 2022
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson will announce a government strategy for managing 'critical minerals' today. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PETER MAZEREEUW | December 9, 2022
News | BY PETER MAZEREEUW | December 9, 2022
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson will announce a government strategy for managing 'critical minerals' today. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MELANIE SNOW AND SARAH KORPAN | December 8, 2022
To create real accountability, the proposed law should require transparent reporting on both the targets and the plan (including reasons for failures) and empower the Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco, pictured, to examine and report on the Government of Canada’s implementation of the plans to achieve the targets.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY MELANIE SNOW AND SARAH KORPAN | December 8, 2022
Opinion | BY MELANIE SNOW AND SARAH KORPAN | December 8, 2022
To create real accountability, the proposed law should require transparent reporting on both the targets and the plan (including reasons for failures) and empower the Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco, pictured, to examine and report on the Government of Canada’s implementation of the plans to achieve the targets.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ALEC MILNE | December 8, 2022
Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a Hill scrum recently, launched a review of the Competition Act on Nov. 17, 2022. Specifically, the discussion paper released by Champagne cites challenges raised by the conduct of 'Big Tech' industry leaders, writes Alec Milne. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ALEC MILNE | December 8, 2022
Opinion | BY ALEC MILNE | December 8, 2022
Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a Hill scrum recently, launched a review of the Competition Act on Nov. 17, 2022. Specifically, the discussion paper released by Champagne cites challenges raised by the conduct of 'Big Tech' industry leaders, writes Alec Milne. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY ANDREW MEADE | December 8, 2022
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks at the special chiefs assembly in Ottawa on Dec. 8, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY ANDREW MEADE | December 8, 2022
FeatureBY ANDREW MEADE | December 8, 2022
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks at the special chiefs assembly in Ottawa on Dec. 8, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
As Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau's mandate letter gathers dust, horses continue to suffer and die. Since September of 2021, more than 2,000 Canadian draft horses have been shipped by air to Japan for slaughter. Their suffering is hard to imagine. And it could have been prevented. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
As Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau's mandate letter gathers dust, horses continue to suffer and die. Since September of 2021, more than 2,000 Canadian draft horses have been shipped by air to Japan for slaughter. Their suffering is hard to imagine. And it could have been prevented. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Steven Guilbeault is right to note the significance of COP15’s location in Montreal, home of the successful Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer in the 1980s, noting that it gives Canada 'a superb opportunity to demonstrate the value of protecting nature.' This value has never been more critical. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Steven Guilbeault is right to note the significance of COP15’s location in Montreal, home of the successful Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer in the 1980s, noting that it gives Canada 'a superb opportunity to demonstrate the value of protecting nature.' This value has never been more critical. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 7, 2022
Associate Health Minister Carolyn Bennett, left, and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, right, remain in a strong position when it comes to transfer payment negotiations with the provinces, says Liberal strategist Carlene Variyan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 7, 2022
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 7, 2022
Associate Health Minister Carolyn Bennett, left, and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, right, remain in a strong position when it comes to transfer payment negotiations with the provinces, says Liberal strategist Carlene Variyan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre scrums with reporters before Question Period on Dec. 7, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre scrums with reporters before Question Period on Dec. 7, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | December 7, 2022
A number of NDP MPs from rural and northern ridings, including NDP MP Alistair MacGregor, are in the crosshairs of a letter-writing campaign by 'left-leaning' hunters to pressure them to oppose the recent amendments to the Liberals' gun control bill, C-21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | December 7, 2022
News | BY STUART BENSON | December 7, 2022
A number of NDP MPs from rural and northern ridings, including NDP MP Alistair MacGregor, are in the crosshairs of a letter-writing campaign by 'left-leaning' hunters to pressure them to oppose the recent amendments to the Liberals' gun control bill, C-21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | December 7, 2022
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her signature legislation are saying the province of Alberta does not have to comply with laws passed by the democratically chosen Members of Parliament, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | December 7, 2022
Opinion | BY LES WHITTINGTON | December 7, 2022
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her signature legislation are saying the province of Alberta does not have to comply with laws passed by the democratically chosen Members of Parliament, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times file photograph
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 7, 2022
Longtime CPAC journalist Martin Stringer has retired, after roughly 27 years with the Ottawa-based broadcaster. Photograph courtesy of CPAC
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 7, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 7, 2022
Longtime CPAC journalist Martin Stringer has retired, after roughly 27 years with the Ottawa-based broadcaster. Photograph courtesy of CPAC
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 7, 2022
In June, Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal said investments in northern infrastructure, defence capabilities and enhanced threat monitoring will benefit all inhabitants of Canada's northern communities. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 7, 2022
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 7, 2022
In June, Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal said investments in northern infrastructure, defence capabilities and enhanced threat monitoring will benefit all inhabitants of Canada's northern communities. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 7, 2022
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith must face the electorate in May; a path to victory for her appears to involve a big racket with Father Ottawa, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 7, 2022
Opinion | BY TIM POWERS | December 7, 2022
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith must face the electorate in May; a path to victory for her appears to involve a big racket with Father Ottawa, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY STUART BENSON | December 7, 2022
Opposition members of Parliament’s Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency, including Conservative Glen Motz, left, and New Democrat Matthew Green, say the government should release the legal opinion behind invoking the Emergencies Act. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | December 7, 2022
News | BY STUART BENSON | December 7, 2022
Opposition members of Parliament’s Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency, including Conservative Glen Motz, left, and New Democrat Matthew Green, say the government should release the legal opinion behind invoking the Emergencies Act. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | December 7, 2022
Opinion | December 7, 2022
Opinion | December 7, 2022
Opinion | December 7, 2022
Russian and Ukrainian leaders should emulate the example set by former presidents Ronald Regan, left, and Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986 to end the current conflict, writes Anant Nagpur. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | December 7, 2022
Opinion | December 7, 2022
Russian and Ukrainian leaders should emulate the example set by former presidents Ronald Regan, left, and Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986 to end the current conflict, writes Anant Nagpur. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY ABDUL NAKUA | December 7, 2022
Conservative Senator Salma Ataullahjan, attending a June 2 press conference in Ottawa, chairs the Senate’s Human Rights Committee, which has been digging into Islamophobia in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ABDUL NAKUA | December 7, 2022
Opinion | BY ABDUL NAKUA | December 7, 2022
Conservative Senator Salma Ataullahjan, attending a June 2 press conference in Ottawa, chairs the Senate’s Human Rights Committee, which has been digging into Islamophobia in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ROB HUEBERT | December 7, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin is making threats to use nuclear weapons today and Canadian national security is dependent on ensuring that neither enemies nor allies can ever conclude that there is a weak link in the North, writes Rob Huebert. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY ROB HUEBERT | December 7, 2022
Opinion | BY ROB HUEBERT | December 7, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin is making threats to use nuclear weapons today and Canadian national security is dependent on ensuring that neither enemies nor allies can ever conclude that there is a weak link in the North, writes Rob Huebert. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Opinion | BY ISG SENATOR PAT DUNCAN | December 7, 2022
Then-United States ambassador to Canada Jay Pierrepont Moffat, left, and then-prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King at the exchange of notes between the governments of Canada and the U.S. on the Alaska Highway construction terms in March 1942. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Opinion | BY ISG SENATOR PAT DUNCAN | December 7, 2022
Opinion | BY ISG SENATOR PAT DUNCAN | December 7, 2022
Then-United States ambassador to Canada Jay Pierrepont Moffat, left, and then-prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King at the exchange of notes between the governments of Canada and the U.S. on the Alaska Highway construction terms in March 1942. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Climate action built within a system that sees ourselves as disconnected from the land and each other is unhealthy and unjust for all humans, write Shauna Yeomans-Lindstrom and Jewel Davies. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/Umnak
Climate action built within a system that sees ourselves as disconnected from the land and each other is unhealthy and unjust for all humans, write Shauna Yeomans-Lindstrom and Jewel Davies. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/Umnak
News | BY SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN | December 6, 2022
On Dec. 6, Auditor General Karen Hogan released two reports on the government's COVID-19 vaccine procurement and benefit programs, finding their implementation riddled with problems. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN | December 6, 2022
News | BY SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN | December 6, 2022
On Dec. 6, Auditor General Karen Hogan released two reports on the government's COVID-19 vaccine procurement and benefit programs, finding their implementation riddled with problems. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PETER MAZEREEUW | December 6, 2022
Auditor General Karen Hogan will brief MPs and the press today about her new reports on the government's COVID-19 vaccine procurement and benefit programs. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PETER MAZEREEUW | December 6, 2022
News | BY PETER MAZEREEUW | December 6, 2022
Auditor General Karen Hogan will brief MPs and the press today about her new reports on the government's COVID-19 vaccine procurement and benefit programs. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | December 5, 2022
Nova Scotia Liberal MP Jaime Battiste says he's already got the 10 MP signatures needed to raise an objection over the final proposed boundaries at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | December 5, 2022
News | BY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | December 5, 2022
Nova Scotia Liberal MP Jaime Battiste says he's already got the 10 MP signatures needed to raise an objection over the final proposed boundaries at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops to speak with media on his way into the House of Commons Chamber in the West Block on Nov. 30. There are three new staff to report in the PM's office. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | December 5, 2022
FeatureBY LAURA RYCKEWAERT | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops to speak with media on his way into the House of Commons Chamber in the West Block on Nov. 30. There are three new staff to report in the PM's office. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 5, 2022
After his controversial Nov. 9 speech and the subsequent fallout, it is high time that retired Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve throw in the towel, writes Scott Taylor. Photograph courtesy of Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY SCOTT TAYLOR | December 5, 2022
After his controversial Nov. 9 speech and the subsequent fallout, it is high time that retired Lt.-Gen. Michel Maisonneuve throw in the towel, writes Scott Taylor. Photograph courtesy of Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans
Opinion | BY CHAD THIESSEN | December 5, 2022
Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks with reporters in the House of Commons foyer on Nov. 15. The 2022 budget included a 10-year $72-billion commitment to housing, including $1.5-billion over two years to expand the successful Rapid Housing Initiative, writes Chad Thiessen. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY CHAD THIESSEN | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY CHAD THIESSEN | December 5, 2022
Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks with reporters in the House of Commons foyer on Nov. 15. The 2022 budget included a 10-year $72-billion commitment to housing, including $1.5-billion over two years to expand the successful Rapid Housing Initiative, writes Chad Thiessen. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY SHEILA COPPS | December 5, 2022
Outgoing Alberta premier Jason Kenney, left, took an indirect hit at Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s first piece of legislation by way of his retirement statement: 'I am concerned that our democratic life is veering away from ordinary prudential debate towards a polarization that undermines our bedrock institutions and principles.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and courtesy of Flickr
Opinion | BY SHEILA COPPS | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY SHEILA COPPS | December 5, 2022
Outgoing Alberta premier Jason Kenney, left, took an indirect hit at Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s first piece of legislation by way of his retirement statement: 'I am concerned that our democratic life is veering away from ordinary prudential debate towards a polarization that undermines our bedrock institutions and principles.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and courtesy of Flickr
News | BY KEVIN PHILIPUPILLAI | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are seen here speaking at the Nokia Canada campus in Kanata, Ont. on Oct. 17. The Hill Time photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY KEVIN PHILIPUPILLAI | December 5, 2022
News | BY KEVIN PHILIPUPILLAI | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are seen here speaking at the Nokia Canada campus in Kanata, Ont. on Oct. 17. The Hill Time photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier, left, and PSAC national president Chris Aylward. Aylward says 'the buck ultimately stops with Minister Fortier in negotiations.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier, left, and PSAC national president Chris Aylward. Aylward says 'the buck ultimately stops with Minister Fortier in negotiations.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY EDITORIAL | December 5, 2022
Justin Trudeau seemed to be his most authentic self while testifying at the Public Order Emergency Commission on Nov. 25—and it worked. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY EDITORIAL | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY EDITORIAL | December 5, 2022
Justin Trudeau seemed to be his most authentic self while testifying at the Public Order Emergency Commission on Nov. 25—and it worked. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 5, 2022
When Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly unveiled the Trudeau government’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, she quickly won praise from the United States, which was perhaps the main goal of the strategy after all, suggests David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 5, 2022
When Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly unveiled the Trudeau government’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, she quickly won praise from the United States, which was perhaps the main goal of the strategy after all, suggests David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 5, 2022
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, left, Hill Times columnist Erica Ifill, and Global News reporter Rachel Gilmore, pictured on Dec. 1, 2022, at Carleton University talking about the growing online hate towards journalists in Canada. The Hill Times photo by Andrew Meade
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 5, 2022
News | BY IAN CAMPBELL | December 5, 2022
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, left, Hill Times columnist Erica Ifill, and Global News reporter Rachel Gilmore, pictured on Dec. 1, 2022, at Carleton University talking about the growing online hate towards journalists in Canada. The Hill Times photo by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears before the Public Order Emergency Commission at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Nov. 25, 2022, to provide testimony about the Freedom Convoy occupation and the government's invocation of the Emergencies Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 5, 2022
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE, JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 5, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears before the Public Order Emergency Commission at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Nov. 25, 2022, to provide testimony about the Freedom Convoy occupation and the government's invocation of the Emergencies Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY B. THOMAS HALL | December 5, 2022
The Senate's Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee, pictured at a meeting on May 9, 2019, in the Senate Building. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY B. THOMAS HALL | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY B. THOMAS HALL | December 5, 2022
The Senate's Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee, pictured at a meeting on May 9, 2019, in the Senate Building. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
And the winner is: The 2022 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy winner John Lorinc, left, his book cover, and award founder Jim Balsillie. Handout photographs and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | December 5, 2022
And the winner is: The 2022 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy winner John Lorinc, left, his book cover, and award founder Jim Balsillie. Handout photographs and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY KEN MCMULLEN, TINA SARYEDDINE | December 5, 2022
Fire chiefs will be on the Hill for their annual advocacy day: Chiefs on the Hill, from Monday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY KEN MCMULLEN, TINA SARYEDDINE | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY KEN MCMULLEN, TINA SARYEDDINE | December 5, 2022
Fire chiefs will be on the Hill for their annual advocacy day: Chiefs on the Hill, from Monday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ALEX NEVE | December 5, 2022
Justice Minister David Lametti, pictured Nov. 23, 2022, arriving at the Public Emergency Order Commission at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, is the federal minister responsible for the notwithstanding clause, Sec. 33. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ALEX NEVE | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY ALEX NEVE | December 5, 2022
Justice Minister David Lametti, pictured Nov. 23, 2022, arriving at the Public Emergency Order Commission at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, is the federal minister responsible for the notwithstanding clause, Sec. 33. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PIERRE LEBLANC | December 5, 2022
Canadian Rangers patrol boats, centre and right, sail towards HMCS Harry DeWolf on the Eclipse Sound, Nunavut, during Operation Nanook-Nunkput, Aug. 19, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Corporal Simon Arcand, Canadian Armed Forces
Opinion | BY PIERRE LEBLANC | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY PIERRE LEBLANC | December 5, 2022
Canadian Rangers patrol boats, centre and right, sail towards HMCS Harry DeWolf on the Eclipse Sound, Nunavut, during Operation Nanook-Nunkput, Aug. 19, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Corporal Simon Arcand, Canadian Armed Forces