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Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe has been with The Hill Times since 2019, and covers the federal public service, public service unions, the Parliament Hill media, as well as federal politics and policy. He’s reported on the last three federal elections, public health issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2022 convoy protest in downtown Ottawa. He can be reached at mlapointe@hilltimes.com.

News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 16, 2024
The budget presents no direct cuts for the federal public service, overseen by Treasury Board President Anita Anand, and instead projects savings from 5,000 employees expected to leave over the next four years by ‘natural attrition.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 16, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 16, 2024
The budget presents no direct cuts for the federal public service, overseen by Treasury Board President Anita Anand, and instead projects savings from 5,000 employees expected to leave over the next four years by ‘natural attrition.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
Treasury Board President Anita Anand. The federal government says it is committed to reaching an agreement with the Public Service Alliance of Canada that 'is fair for employees and reasonable for Canadians.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
Treasury Board President Anita Anand. The federal government says it is committed to reaching an agreement with the Public Service Alliance of Canada that 'is fair for employees and reasonable for Canadians.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
The top fossil fuel financiers between 2020 and 2022 were Canada at $10.9-billion per year, Korea at $10-billion per year, and Japan at $6.9-billion per year. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
The top fossil fuel financiers between 2020 and 2022 were Canada at $10.9-billion per year, Korea at $10-billion per year, and Japan at $6.9-billion per year. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
French prime minister Gabriel Attal presented Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 15, 2024
French prime minister Gabriel Attal presented Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 8, 2024
CPAC's on-air presenter Omayra Issa has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2024. Photograph courtesy of CPAC
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 8, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 8, 2024
CPAC's on-air presenter Omayra Issa has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2024. Photograph courtesy of CPAC
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 1, 2024
CTV's Vassy Kapelos, left, former NDP MP Matthew Dubé, and CBC's Hannah Thibedeau, pictured Oct. 17, 2022, at a Hill reception. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 1, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 1, 2024
CTV's Vassy Kapelos, left, former NDP MP Matthew Dubé, and CBC's Hannah Thibedeau, pictured Oct. 17, 2022, at a Hill reception. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 1, 2024
p. 18, main cutline: The Press Gallery Dinner, pictured June 19, 2023, at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. ’There is no doubt that in some ways [the event] has diminished in the last maybe decade or so,’ says Parliamentary Press Gallery president Mia Rabson. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 1, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | April 1, 2024
p. 18, main cutline: The Press Gallery Dinner, pictured June 19, 2023, at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. ’There is no doubt that in some ways [the event] has diminished in the last maybe decade or so,’ says Parliamentary Press Gallery president Mia Rabson. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 25, 2024
Conservative MP Ed Fast, left; Mike Murray, who worked as Fast's executive assistant' and Steve Schafer, vice-preisdent of the Langley-Aldergrove riding association. Fast recently announced he will not run in the next federal election campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photographs courtesy of Facebook
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 25, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 25, 2024
Conservative MP Ed Fast, left; Mike Murray, who worked as Fast's executive assistant' and Steve Schafer, vice-preisdent of the Langley-Aldergrove riding association. Fast recently announced he will not run in the next federal election campaign. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photographs courtesy of Facebook
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 23, 2024
The funeral cortège arrives at Notre-Dame Basilica at 10:45 a.m. on March 23, including an RCMP mounted escort, a Canadian Armed Forces escort and guard of honour, the Royal Canadian Armed Force Band, RCMP pallbearers, and honourary pallbearers. The Hill Times photograph by Mike Lapointe
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 23, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 23, 2024
The funeral cortège arrives at Notre-Dame Basilica at 10:45 a.m. on March 23, including an RCMP mounted escort, a Canadian Armed Forces escort and guard of honour, the Royal Canadian Armed Force Band, RCMP pallbearers, and honourary pallbearers. The Hill Times photograph by Mike Lapointe
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 23, 2024
The hearse carrying former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s casket pulls up to the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, accompanied by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Hill Times photograph by Mike Lapointe
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 23, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 23, 2024
The hearse carrying former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s casket pulls up to the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, accompanied by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Hill Times photograph by Mike Lapointe
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 22, 2024
Award-winning political cartoonist Michael De Adder spoke as part of the Wilfred Kesterton Lecture on journalism in Ottawa on March 20. Photograph courtesy of L. Manuel Baechlin
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 22, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 22, 2024
Award-winning political cartoonist Michael De Adder spoke as part of the Wilfred Kesterton Lecture on journalism in Ottawa on March 20. Photograph courtesy of L. Manuel Baechlin
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 19, 2024
RCMP pallbearers carry the late prime minister Brian Mulroney’s casket into the Sir John A. Macdonald building on March 19, 2024, where Mulroney lies in state before his state funeral in Montreal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 19, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 19, 2024
RCMP pallbearers carry the late prime minister Brian Mulroney’s casket into the Sir John A. Macdonald building on March 19, 2024, where Mulroney lies in state before his state funeral in Montreal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 18, 2024
Ukrainian soldiers recalled 'dwindling ammunition, overwhelming Russian numbers, and military mismanagement' that led to the fall of the Ukrainian city of Adviika on Feb. 17, as reported by the Associated Press. Screenshot courtesy of the Associated Press
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 18, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 18, 2024
Ukrainian soldiers recalled 'dwindling ammunition, overwhelming Russian numbers, and military mismanagement' that led to the fall of the Ukrainian city of Adviika on Feb. 17, as reported by the Associated Press. Screenshot courtesy of the Associated Press
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 18, 2024
The building housing CBC's production centre in downtown Ottawa has been sold to Public Services and Procurement Canada by Moreguard Corporation for $125.3-million. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 18, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 18, 2024
The building housing CBC's production centre in downtown Ottawa has been sold to Public Services and Procurement Canada by Moreguard Corporation for $125.3-million. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 15, 2024
Jennifer Ditchburn, president and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, says 'I think all of us hope that our governments learned lessons key lessons from the COVID-19 crisis' following the release of a landmark report looking into the governmental response to the public health crisis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 15, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 15, 2024
Jennifer Ditchburn, president and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, says 'I think all of us hope that our governments learned lessons key lessons from the COVID-19 crisis' following the release of a landmark report looking into the governmental response to the public health crisis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 11, 2024
Canadian artist and political cartoonist Michael de Adder, left, and his March 4 cartoon 'Justice delayed.' Photograph courtesy of Nicole Lapierre Photography, Image courtesy of X
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 11, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 11, 2024
Canadian artist and political cartoonist Michael de Adder, left, and his March 4 cartoon 'Justice delayed.' Photograph courtesy of Nicole Lapierre Photography, Image courtesy of X
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 11, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ottawa last year. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 11, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 11, 2024
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ottawa last year. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 7, 2024
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux's office released a report that found 'restrictive monetary policy is expected to restrain growth in consumer spending in the first half of the year and to dampen residential investment over the course of this year.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 7, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 7, 2024
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux's office released a report that found 'restrictive monetary policy is expected to restrain growth in consumer spending in the first half of the year and to dampen residential investment over the course of this year.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, left, National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé, and RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of National Police Federation, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, left, National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé, and RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of National Police Federation, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA, MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Yvon Barrière, regional executive vice-president for Quebec, Public Service Alliance of Canada; left, Chris Aylward, national president of PSAC; Jennifer Carr, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada; and Nathan Prier, president of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA, MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA, MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Yvon Barrière, regional executive vice-president for Quebec, Public Service Alliance of Canada; left, Chris Aylward, national president of PSAC; Jennifer Carr, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada; and Nathan Prier, president of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Eleanor Wachtel has been announced as jury chair for the International Booker Prize, saying 'the next few weeks will be daunting and exhilarating.' Photograph, image courtesy of X
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Eleanor Wachtel has been announced as jury chair for the International Booker Prize, saying 'the next few weeks will be daunting and exhilarating.' Photograph, image courtesy of X
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 MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. Poilievre and Singh are now tied for the most trusted party leader by Canadians. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. Poilievre and Singh are now tied for the most trusted party leader by Canadians. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
Ketty Nivyabandi, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada's English-speaking branch, left, and Nicholas Marcus Thompson, one of the representative class members in the class-action lawsuit against the federal government. Dave Chan photograph courtesy of Ketty Nivyabandi, photograph courtesy of Twitter
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 26, 2024
Ketty Nivyabandi, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada's English-speaking branch, left, and Nicholas Marcus Thompson, one of the representative class members in the class-action lawsuit against the federal government. Dave Chan photograph courtesy of Ketty Nivyabandi, photograph courtesy of Twitter
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
Former U.S. president Donald Trump recently said that, if he were to return to the White House, he would not defend NATO members that don’t meet defence spending targets. Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
Former U.S. president Donald Trump recently said that, if he were to return to the White House, he would not defend NATO members that don’t meet defence spending targets. Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre likes to go after individual reporters on the Hill which plays well to his base. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre likes to go after individual reporters on the Hill which plays well to his base. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
Bloc Québécois MP Denis Trudel, left, and Quebec poet David Goudreault. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 19, 2024
Bloc Québécois MP Denis Trudel, left, and Quebec poet David Goudreault. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 12, 2024
Bell Media announced on Feb. 8 that it's cutting 4,800 jobs across the country, cutting jobs at CTV, BNN Bloomberg, and will sell 45 radio stations. Screenshot courtesy of CTV NEWS
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 12, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 12, 2024
Bell Media announced on Feb. 8 that it's cutting 4,800 jobs across the country, cutting jobs at CTV, BNN Bloomberg, and will sell 45 radio stations. Screenshot courtesy of CTV NEWS
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 12, 2024
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said it had connected the complainants, all of whom are federally regulated employees, with Whitten & Lublin Employment Lawyers' Daniel Lublin and Marc Kitay, who will represent them pro bono, in a press release on Feb. 9. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 12, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 12, 2024
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said it had connected the complainants, all of whom are federally regulated employees, with Whitten & Lublin Employment Lawyers' Daniel Lublin and Marc Kitay, who will represent them pro bono, in a press release on Feb. 9. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 6, 2024
Former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, left, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Stephen Harper, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to a new report, 'we are witnessing a truly unprecedented expansion in the size of the civil service' under Canada's current leader. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 6, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 6, 2024
Former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, left, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Stephen Harper, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to a new report, 'we are witnessing a truly unprecedented expansion in the size of the civil service' under Canada's current leader. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 5, 2024
James McCarten, Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Canadian Press, is now the acting Ottawa bureau chief for the organization in addition to his reporting responsibilities in the United States. Photograph courtesy of LinkedIn
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 5, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | February 5, 2024
James McCarten, Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Canadian Press, is now the acting Ottawa bureau chief for the organization in addition to his reporting responsibilities in the United States. Photograph courtesy of LinkedIn
The power players: Chrystia Freeland, top left, Justin Trudeau, Anita Anand, Pierre Poilievre, Seamus O'Regan, Mélanie Joly, Danielle Smith, Dominic LeBlanc, Sean Fraser, Andrew Scheer, Katie Telford, Charlie Angus, Yves-François Blanchet, Jagmeet Singh, Marc Miller, Melissa Lantsman, Tim Uppal, Don Davies, Jenni Byrne, and Doug Ford. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia, Stuart Benson, and Jake Wright
The power players: Chrystia Freeland, top left, Justin Trudeau, Anita Anand, Pierre Poilievre, Seamus O'Regan, Mélanie Joly, Danielle Smith, Dominic LeBlanc, Sean Fraser, Andrew Scheer, Katie Telford, Charlie Angus, Yves-François Blanchet, Jagmeet Singh, Marc Miller, Melissa Lantsman, Tim Uppal, Don Davies, Jenni Byrne, and Doug Ford. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia, Stuart Benson, and Jake Wright
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 29, 2024
Public Safety and Democratic Institutions Minister Dominic LeBlanc will appear before the foreign interference inquiry this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 29, 2024
FeatureBY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 29, 2024
Public Safety and Democratic Institutions Minister Dominic LeBlanc will appear before the foreign interference inquiry this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 28, 2024
An experienced public servant, Nathalie Drouin is the new national security and intelligence adviser to the prime minister. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 28, 2024
News | BY MIKE LAPOINTE | January 28, 2024
An experienced public servant, Nathalie Drouin is the new national security and intelligence adviser to the prime minister. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade