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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 | 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.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 29, 2023
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.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 27, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault will attend COP28, the 28th United Nations climate change conference, which will be held in Dubai from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 27, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 27, 2023
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault will attend COP28, the 28th United Nations climate change conference, which will be held in Dubai from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 22, 2023
Defence Minister Bill Blair's office says 'the world has changed since 2017—and we know that we need to do more, especially given Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine, and security challenges in the Indo-Pacific.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 22, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 22, 2023
Defence Minister Bill Blair's office says 'the world has changed since 2017—and we know that we need to do more, especially given Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine, and security challenges in the Indo-Pacific.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 20, 2023
Interim ethics commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein, seen here, sent a letter to Conservative MP Scott Reid on Oct. 6 informing him that he should recuse himself from votes or debates in the House concerning retail grocery prices, because of Reid's private interests as chair of the board of Giant Tiger stores. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 20, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 20, 2023
Interim ethics commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein, seen here, sent a letter to Conservative MP Scott Reid on Oct. 6 informing him that he should recuse himself from votes or debates in the House concerning retail grocery prices, because of Reid's private interests as chair of the board of Giant Tiger stores. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 13, 2023
Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the High Frequency Rail project 'will lead to faster train journeys, more frequent departures and greener travel,' in a Transport Canada press release on Oct. 13. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 13, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 13, 2023
Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the High Frequency Rail project 'will lead to faster train journeys, more frequent departures and greener travel,' in a Transport Canada press release on Oct. 13. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 6, 2023
In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would provide $650-million over three years for 50 armoured vehicles to support Ukraine. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 6, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 6, 2023
In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would provide $650-million over three years for 50 armoured vehicles to support Ukraine. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 1, 2023
Interim ethics commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein appeared before the House Ethics Committee on Oct. 16, where he discussed changes to how the federal ethics office administers the Conflict of Interest Act. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 1, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | November 1, 2023
Interim ethics commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein appeared before the House Ethics Committee on Oct. 16, where he discussed changes to how the federal ethics office administers the Conflict of Interest Act. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 27, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is 'depriving a parliamentary committee from investigating,' the RCMP assessment of the SNC-Lavalin affair during Question Period on Oct. 25. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 27, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 27, 2023
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is 'depriving a parliamentary committee from investigating,' the RCMP assessment of the SNC-Lavalin affair during Question Period on Oct. 25. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 25, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the Global Coalition on Telecommunications 'provides an opportunity to advance important work with our allies toward more secure and reliable telecom networks.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 25, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 25, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the Global Coalition on Telecommunications 'provides an opportunity to advance important work with our allies toward more secure and reliable telecom networks.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 23, 2023
The RCMP concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue a criminal probe of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair, according to RCMP records released in September to Democracy Watch. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 23, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 23, 2023
The RCMP concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue a criminal probe of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair, according to RCMP records released in September to Democracy Watch. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 4, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government needs to re-examine the way it funds infrastructure projects. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 4, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 4, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government needs to re-examine the way it funds infrastructure projects. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 2, 2023
Minister of Mental Health Ya’ara Saks said that '[Crisis centres] provide that urgent support to people who need it most, no matter their race, religion, culture or socio-economic background,' in a Public Health Agency of Canada press release on Sept. 8. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 2, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | October 2, 2023
Minister of Mental Health Ya’ara Saks said that '[Crisis centres] provide that urgent support to people who need it most, no matter their race, religion, culture or socio-economic background,' in a Public Health Agency of Canada press release on Sept. 8. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 27, 2023
On Aug. 29, Employment Minister Randy Boissonault announced investments of more than $960-million through grants, scholarships, and programs, towards more than 4,700 researchers and research projects across Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 27, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 27, 2023
On Aug. 29, Employment Minister Randy Boissonault announced investments of more than $960-million through grants, scholarships, and programs, towards more than 4,700 researchers and research projects across Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 25, 2023
Health Minister Mark Holland said 'there’s great room and space for optimism,' in the health care system, during an appearance at the Canadian Medical Association Health Summit in Ottawa on Aug. 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 25, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 25, 2023
Health Minister Mark Holland said 'there’s great room and space for optimism,' in the health care system, during an appearance at the Canadian Medical Association Health Summit in Ottawa on Aug. 18. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 18, 2023
On Sept. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government would remove the goods and services tax on the construction of new apartment buildings for renters, in order to spur new development. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 18, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 18, 2023
On Sept. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government would remove the goods and services tax on the construction of new apartment buildings for renters, in order to spur new development. The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 18, 2023
New Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities Minister Sean Fraser will be in the spotlight this fall over Canada's housing crisis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 18, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 18, 2023
New Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities Minister Sean Fraser will be in the spotlight this fall over Canada's housing crisis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 11, 2023
Konrad von Finckenstein, a former chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, was announced as the interim federal ethics commissioner on Aug. 31. The Hill Times file photo
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 11, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 11, 2023
Konrad von Finckenstein, a former chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, was announced as the interim federal ethics commissioner on Aug. 31. The Hill Times file photo
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 11, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said the federal government is taking 'every action possible to be equipped with the best tools' in regards to the bio-economy, in a Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat press release issued on March 14. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 11, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 11, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said the federal government is taking 'every action possible to be equipped with the best tools' in regards to the bio-economy, in a Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat press release issued on March 14. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 4, 2023
A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the measures contained in Bill C-21 'will help make our communities safer by strengthening gun control and increasing maximum sentences for gun traffickers,' in an emailed statement. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 4, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | September 4, 2023
A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the measures contained in Bill C-21 'will help make our communities safer by strengthening gun control and increasing maximum sentences for gun traffickers,' in an emailed statement. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 28, 2023
Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett told The Hill Times that 'consultations with opposition parties haven't been undertaken' regarding candidates for a new ethics commissioner, and that is 'incredibly problematic.' The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 28, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 28, 2023
Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett told The Hill Times that 'consultations with opposition parties haven't been undertaken' regarding candidates for a new ethics commissioner, and that is 'incredibly problematic.' The Hill TImes photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 28, 2023
Families Minister Jenna Sudds, right, said that 'too many children at school are trying to learn on empty stomachs,' in a newsletter released on Dec. 1 on her website, prior to when she assumed responsibility for her current portfolio in the July cabinet shuffle. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 28, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 28, 2023
Families Minister Jenna Sudds, right, said that 'too many children at school are trying to learn on empty stomachs,' in a newsletter released on Dec. 1 on her website, prior to when she assumed responsibility for her current portfolio in the July cabinet shuffle. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge called Meta’s plans to block news on its platforms in Canada 'irresponsible,' in a statement posted to social media on Aug. 1. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge called Meta’s plans to block news on its platforms in Canada 'irresponsible,' in a statement posted to social media on Aug. 1. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc took responsibility for his current portfolio following a cabinet shuffle on July 26. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc took responsibility for his current portfolio following a cabinet shuffle on July 26. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge called Meta’s plans to block news on its platforms in Canada 'irresponsible,' in a statement posted to social media on Aug. 1. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge called Meta’s plans to block news on its platforms in Canada 'irresponsible,' in a statement posted to social media on Aug. 1. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said that Canada is 'likely to be the first country in the world to have a digital charter where we're going to have a chapter on responsible AI,' during a tech conference in Toronto, Ont., on July 28. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 21, 2023
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said that Canada is 'likely to be the first country in the world to have a digital charter where we're going to have a chapter on responsible AI,' during a tech conference in Toronto, Ont., on July 28. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
List | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 14, 2023
Some of this year's Politically Savvy winners, pictured, include best public speakers, best in Question Period, best in scrums, hardest-working MPs, best constituency MPs, most quotable, best to work for, most discreet, best sense of humour, hippest, and biggest self-promoters. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
List | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 14, 2023
List | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 14, 2023
Some of this year's Politically Savvy winners, pictured, include best public speakers, best in Question Period, best in scrums, hardest-working MPs, best constituency MPs, most quotable, best to work for, most discreet, best sense of humour, hippest, and biggest self-promoters. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 7, 2023
Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, pictured July 26, 2023, shortly after being sworn into her new role. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 7, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | August 7, 2023
Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, pictured July 26, 2023, shortly after being sworn into her new role. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 24, 2023
“Denialism involves not only the complete denial of the existence of residential schools […but] it also involves attempts to […] deny basic, established facts about survivors and accounts,” said PSG Senator Brian Francis, chair of the Senate’s Indigenous Peoples Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 24, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 24, 2023
“Denialism involves not only the complete denial of the existence of residential schools […but] it also involves attempts to […] deny basic, established facts about survivors and accounts,” said PSG Senator Brian Francis, chair of the Senate’s Indigenous Peoples Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 20, 2023
Families Minister Karina Gould announced the opening of public consultations to gather input about a national school food policy, which was held between Nov. 16 and Dec. 16, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 20, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 20, 2023
Families Minister Karina Gould announced the opening of public consultations to gather input about a national school food policy, which was held between Nov. 16 and Dec. 16, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 17, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, has no immediate plans to establish a Threads account, according to a statement emailed to The Hill Times by a press secretary on July 11. However, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is active on the new social media app. The Hill TImes photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 17, 2023
News | BY JESSE CNOCKAERT | July 17, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, has no immediate plans to establish a Threads account, according to a statement emailed to The Hill Times by a press secretary on July 11. However, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is active on the new social media app. The Hill TImes photographs by Andrew Meade