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Jesse Cnockaert

Jesse Cnockaert is a reporter for The Hill Times, covering lobbying, federal ministers, and important legislation before the House and Senate. As the policy briefings lead, he also covers must-read federal policy issues across a broad range of sectors. Cnockaert started writing for The Hill Times in July 2021 following three years as editor of The Lobby Monitor. He previously worked for Metro Ottawa, and spent eight years covering news for three different municipal newspapers. He can be reached at Jcnockaert@hilltimes.com.

News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 17, 2024
Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez and the federal government should recognize that air travel in Canada shouldn't be seen as a 'cash cow,' says National Airlines Council of Canada CEO Jeff Morrison. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 17, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 17, 2024
Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez and the federal government should recognize that air travel in Canada shouldn't be seen as a 'cash cow,' says National Airlines Council of Canada CEO Jeff Morrison. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 15, 2024
Speaking to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on March 8, 2024, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre criticized corporate lobbyists in Ottawa as 'utterly useless in advancing any common sense interests for the people on the ground.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 15, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 15, 2024
Speaking to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on March 8, 2024, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre criticized corporate lobbyists in Ottawa as 'utterly useless in advancing any common sense interests for the people on the ground.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 8, 2024
Jenni Byrne + Associates, a company owned by Jenni Byrne, left, is the subject of a letter by NDP MPs Matthew Green, second left, and Charlie Angus, second right, to Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger, right. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 8, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 8, 2024
Jenni Byrne + Associates, a company owned by Jenni Byrne, left, is the subject of a letter by NDP MPs Matthew Green, second left, and Charlie Angus, second right, to Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger, right. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 8, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault announced a $5.5-million call for proposals to fund projects in flood mapping science, hydrologic prediction, and climate adaptation on Sept. 21, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 8, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 8, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault announced a $5.5-million call for proposals to fund projects in flood mapping science, hydrologic prediction, and climate adaptation on Sept. 21, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 1, 2024
Health Minister Mark Holland said Bill C-64 'will provide universal access to contraception and diabetes medication that will be transformational in improving health outcomes in Canada,' in a Health Canada press release on Feb. 29. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 1, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | April 1, 2024
Health Minister Mark Holland said Bill C-64 'will provide universal access to contraception and diabetes medication that will be transformational in improving health outcomes in Canada,' in a Health Canada press release on Feb. 29. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 25, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that 'the world needs to do more collectively to tackle the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution,' in an Environment press release on March 1. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 25, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 25, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that 'the world needs to do more collectively to tackle the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution,' in an Environment press release on March 1. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 22, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently denied any wrongdoing either on his part, or on the part of senior officials in his government since the SNC-Lavalin affair first made headlines in 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 22, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 22, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently denied any wrongdoing either on his part, or on the part of senior officials in his government since the SNC-Lavalin affair first made headlines in 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 20, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says 'getting more electric vehicles on the road is another example of how we are taking climate action while helping make life more affordable.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 20, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 20, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says 'getting more electric vehicles on the road is another example of how we are taking climate action while helping make life more affordable.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 18, 2024
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said that the results of a farm income forecast for 2023 and 2024 released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on Feb. 16 'show us just how resilient our sector is, with continued growth of overall farm income.' The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 18, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 18, 2024
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said that the results of a farm income forecast for 2023 and 2024 released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on Feb. 16 'show us just how resilient our sector is, with continued growth of overall farm income.' The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 4, 2024
In January 2023, the RCMP released a decision not to pursue a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following an assessment of whether or not he broke the law in 2018 by pressuring the justice minister to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 4, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | March 4, 2024
In January 2023, the RCMP released a decision not to pursue a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following an assessment of whether or not he broke the law in 2018 by pressuring the justice minister to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 28, 2024
Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson appeared at the Canada-United Kingdom Industrial Decarbonization Forum on Feb. 15, and said that Canada is 'in a global competition, in terms of building the economy of the future,' but warned that China is a world leader in renewable energy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 28, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 28, 2024
Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson appeared at the Canada-United Kingdom Industrial Decarbonization Forum on Feb. 15, and said that Canada is 'in a global competition, in terms of building the economy of the future,' but warned that China is a world leader in renewable energy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 26, 2024
Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the national supply chain office 'will enhance the resilience, efficiency, and reliability of our transportation systems,' in a Transport Canada press release on Dec. 1, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 26, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 26, 2024
Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the national supply chain office 'will enhance the resilience, efficiency, and reliability of our transportation systems,' in a Transport Canada press release on Dec. 1, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 15, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said 'Canada takes the potential risks of AI seriously.' The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 15, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 15, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said 'Canada takes the potential risks of AI seriously.' The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 14, 2024
Health Minister Mark Holland says 'without a sustained and efficient workforce, Canadians cannot access the care they need, when they need it.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 14, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 14, 2024
Health Minister Mark Holland says 'without a sustained and efficient workforce, Canadians cannot access the care they need, when they need it.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 12, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has been clear about four priorities in advance of the federal election, which are building more homes, axing the carbon tax, fighting crime and fixing the budget, according to lobbyists. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 12, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 12, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has been clear about four priorities in advance of the federal election, which are building more homes, axing the carbon tax, fighting crime and fixing the budget, according to lobbyists. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 5, 2024
Minister of Labour and Seniors Seamus O’Regan, pictured on the Hill, introduced Bill C-58 on Nov. 9, 2023. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for employers in federally regulated industries to bring in replacement workers to continue operations during a legal strike or lockout. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 5, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 5, 2024
Minister of Labour and Seniors Seamus O’Regan, pictured on the Hill, introduced Bill C-58 on Nov. 9, 2023. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for employers in federally regulated industries to bring in replacement workers to continue operations during a legal strike or lockout. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 5, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said that 'today's science is tomorrow's economy,' and that the Liberal government is 'committed to ensuring that our talented, world-class researchers have the right support for the crucial work they are doing,' in a departmental press release on March 20, 2023. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 5, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | February 5, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said that 'today's science is tomorrow's economy,' and that the Liberal government is 'committed to ensuring that our talented, world-class researchers have the right support for the crucial work they are doing,' in a departmental press release on March 20, 2023. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 31, 2024
On Jan. 29, Housing Minister Sean Fraser announced that the Liberal government would offer low-interest loans in order to build more student housing both on and off campus this fall. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 31, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 31, 2024
On Jan. 29, Housing Minister Sean Fraser announced that the Liberal government would offer low-interest loans in order to build more student housing both on and off campus this fall. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 29, 2024
Interim ethics commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein is nearing the end of his six-month term, which began on Sept. 3, 2023. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 29, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 29, 2024
Interim ethics commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein is nearing the end of his six-month term, which began on Sept. 3, 2023. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 26, 2024
Government House Leader Steven MacKinnon says priority legislation for the Liberals this winter include Bill C-57, which would implement the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement; and Bill C-50, the Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 26, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 26, 2024
Government House Leader Steven MacKinnon says priority legislation for the Liberals this winter include Bill C-57, which would implement the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement; and Bill C-50, the Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 22, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault released the Liberal government’s long-awaited oil and gas emissions cap framework on Dec. 7, 2023, which was a major source of environmental advocacy that year. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 22, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 22, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault released the Liberal government’s long-awaited oil and gas emissions cap framework on Dec. 7, 2023, which was a major source of environmental advocacy that year. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 15, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault unveiled the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard on Dec. 19, which sets a national target of 100 per cent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035, with interim targets of at least 20 per cent of all sales by 2026, and at least 60 per cent by 2030. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 15, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 15, 2024
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault unveiled the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard on Dec. 19, which sets a national target of 100 per cent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035, with interim targets of at least 20 per cent of all sales by 2026, and at least 60 per cent by 2030. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 15, 2024
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree, pictured on the Hill. Bill C-29, the National Council for Reconciliation Act, was introduced by former Crown-Indigenous minister Marc Miller on June 23, 2022. Miller is now immigration minister. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 15, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 15, 2024
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree, pictured on the Hill. Bill C-29, the National Council for Reconciliation Act, was introduced by former Crown-Indigenous minister Marc Miller on June 23, 2022. Miller is now immigration minister. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 8, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. More advocacy may be directed towards Conservative MPs this year in anticipation of a possible federal election and change in government, Tim Powers says. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 8, 2024
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | January 8, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. More advocacy may be directed towards Conservative MPs this year in anticipation of a possible federal election and change in government, Tim Powers says. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 27, 2023
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said that 'Canada has taken a major step in strengthening gun control and combatting gun violence' with the passing of Bill C-21, in a Public Safety Canada press release on Dec. 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 27, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 27, 2023
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said that 'Canada has taken a major step in strengthening gun control and combatting gun violence' with the passing of Bill C-21, in a Public Safety Canada press release on Dec. 15. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 19, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the fall economic statement in November, which included $15-billion in new funding for the construction of new rental homes. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 19, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 19, 2023
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the fall economic statement in November, which included $15-billion in new funding for the construction of new rental homes. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 18, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said the Liberal government has already excluded 97 per cent of fuels used on farms, during a virtual press conference on Nov. 14. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 18, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 18, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said the Liberal government has already excluded 97 per cent of fuels used on farms, during a virtual press conference on Nov. 14. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 15, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre vowed on Dec. 6 to keep Parliament sitting over Christmas if the Liberal government does not scrap parts of its carbon tax. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 15, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 15, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre vowed on Dec. 6 to keep Parliament sitting over Christmas if the Liberal government does not scrap parts of its carbon tax. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 11, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that 'all sectors of our economy need to reduce their emissions, and that includes oil and gas companies,' in an Environment Canada press release on Dec. 7, which announced the regulatory framework to cap oil and gas emissions. The HIll Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 11, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 11, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that 'all sectors of our economy need to reduce their emissions, and that includes oil and gas companies,' in an Environment Canada press release on Dec. 7, which announced the regulatory framework to cap oil and gas emissions. The HIll Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 6, 2023
On Oct. 4, Defence Minister Bill Blair told reporters the Liberal government has 'significant commitments' to NORAD modernization, and that it is his responsibility to 'exercise control over spending and make sure that we’re getting true value for every dollar that’s spent.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 6, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 6, 2023
On Oct. 4, Defence Minister Bill Blair told reporters the Liberal government has 'significant commitments' to NORAD modernization, and that it is his responsibility to 'exercise control over spending and make sure that we’re getting true value for every dollar that’s spent.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 4, 2023
In January 2023, the RCMP reached a decision not to pursue a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following an assessment of whether or not he broke the law in 2018 by applying pressure to then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 4, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | December 4, 2023
In January 2023, the RCMP reached a decision not to pursue a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following an assessment of whether or not he broke the law in 2018 by applying pressure to then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 29, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced a $350-million investment towards an Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Technology on June 19, which he said would help 'drive and accelerate the green industrial transformation of Canada’s aerospace industry.' Th