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Stuart Benson

Stuart Benson began covering Parliament Hill in early 2022, reporting on political party apparatuses and fundraising, policing and public safety, women and youth, marijuana, heritage, the Bloc Québécois, and the Green Party. He is also The Hill Times’ regular Party Central columnist. Benson previously covered local news and municipal politics at The Low Down to Hull and Back News in Wakefield, Que., where he began his professional journalism career in February 2020. He also won a Quebec Community Newspaper Award in 2021 for Best News Story and Best Agricultural Story, as well as winning a Canadian Community Newspaper award for Best Campus News story in 2020.

FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 23, 2024
Multi-Félix award winning Les Soeurs Boulay–Mélanie, left, and Stéphanie, right–were singing in the rain at the SOCAN on the Hill reception on May 22, sharing the East Block courtyard stage with JUNO award winning William Prince and Ron Sexsmith. Photograph courtesy of Cynthia Münster
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 23, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 23, 2024
Multi-Félix award winning Les Soeurs Boulay–Mélanie, left, and Stéphanie, right–were singing in the rain at the SOCAN on the Hill reception on May 22, sharing the East Block courtyard stage with JUNO award winning William Prince and Ron Sexsmith. Photograph courtesy of Cynthia Münster
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 22, 2024
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc testifies at the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference on April 10. LeBlanc introduced a new Foreign Influence Transparency and Accountability Act that would require those working for foreign powers to register, capturing a broad range of activities including legal advice. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 22, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 22, 2024
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc testifies at the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference on April 10. LeBlanc introduced a new Foreign Influence Transparency and Accountability Act that would require those working for foreign powers to register, capturing a broad range of activities including legal advice. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 22, 2024
Real estate investment trusts own and operate approximately 120,000 rental housing units, representing roughly three per cent of Canada's overall housing market. Rather than paying corporate taxes, a REIT's profits are distributed to individual shareholders who are taxed individually. Photograph courtesy of Pexels
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 22, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 22, 2024
Real estate investment trusts own and operate approximately 120,000 rental housing units, representing roughly three per cent of Canada's overall housing market. Rather than paying corporate taxes, a REIT's profits are distributed to individual shareholders who are taxed individually. Photograph courtesy of Pexels
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 21, 2024
South African-Canadian author Kagiso Lesego Molope says the Writers' Trust, which runs the annual Politics and the Pen gala, should be more publicly supportive of outspoken, political expression. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter/X
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 21, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 21, 2024
South African-Canadian author Kagiso Lesego Molope says the Writers' Trust, which runs the annual Politics and the Pen gala, should be more publicly supportive of outspoken, political expression. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter/X
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 15, 2024
Women and Gender Equality Minister Marci Ien, left, Nour Hachem, Build a Dream's president and founder, and Liberal MP Chris Bittle, at the Rideau Club on May 9. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 15, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 15, 2024
Women and Gender Equality Minister Marci Ien, left, Nour Hachem, Build a Dream's president and founder, and Liberal MP Chris Bittle, at the Rideau Club on May 9. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 15, 2024
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc tabled the Countering Foreign Interference Act in the House on May 6. The bill would create a new 'country-agnostic' foreign influence and transparency registry. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 15, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 15, 2024
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc tabled the Countering Foreign Interference Act in the House on May 6. The bill would create a new 'country-agnostic' foreign influence and transparency registry. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 10, 2024
The 20th Century Boys kept the crowd on their feet until nearly midnight at their annual Spring Dance Party on May 9 at the Rainbow Bistro. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 10, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 10, 2024
The 20th Century Boys kept the crowd on their feet until nearly midnight at their annual Spring Dance Party on May 9 at the Rainbow Bistro. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
Journalist John Vaillant accepts the 2024 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for his book Fire Weather: The Making of the Beast at the 2024 Writers' Trust Politics and the Pen gala at the Château Laurier on May 7. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
Journalist John Vaillant accepts the 2024 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for his book Fire Weather: The Making of the Beast at the 2024 Writers' Trust Politics and the Pen gala at the Château Laurier on May 7. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
Speaker Greg Fergus enters the House of Commons on Dec. 13, 2023. Fergus is once again facing calls for his resignation over his handling of the April 30 Question Period, which saw the expulsion of Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and MP Rachael Thomas. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
Speaker Greg Fergus enters the House of Commons on Dec. 13, 2023. Fergus is once again facing calls for his resignation over his handling of the April 30 Question Period, which saw the expulsion of Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre and MP Rachael Thomas. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
If left unchecked, foreign interference threats could further reduce Canadians' trust in the resilience of our democratic institutions, says Commissioner Justice Marie-Josée Hogue. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 8, 2024
If left unchecked, foreign interference threats could further reduce Canadians' trust in the resilience of our democratic institutions, says Commissioner Justice Marie-Josée Hogue. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 3, 2024
Margaret Sullivan, The Guardian U.S. columnist, left, and The Globe and Mail’s Robyn Doolittle, winner of this year’s World Press Freedom Canada career achievement award, at the WPFC awards luncheon at the National Arts Centre on May 1. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 3, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 3, 2024
Margaret Sullivan, The Guardian U.S. columnist, left, and The Globe and Mail’s Robyn Doolittle, winner of this year’s World Press Freedom Canada career achievement award, at the WPFC awards luncheon at the National Arts Centre on May 1. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 3, 2024
Commissioner Justice Marie-Josée Hogue presides over the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 2024. She said if left unchecked, foreign interference threats could further reduce Canadians' trust in the resilience of our democratic institutions. 'The cat is now out of the proverbial bag.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 3, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 3, 2024
Commissioner Justice Marie-Josée Hogue presides over the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 2024. She said if left unchecked, foreign interference threats could further reduce Canadians' trust in the resilience of our democratic institutions. 'The cat is now out of the proverbial bag.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 1, 2024
CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin, left, and Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, right, pose with Paw Patrol's Officer Chase at the Canadian Media Producers Hill Day reception at the Château Laurier on April 30. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 1, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | May 1, 2024
CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin, left, and Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, right, pose with Paw Patrol's Officer Chase at the Canadian Media Producers Hill Day reception at the Château Laurier on April 30. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 1, 2024
Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities Minister Sean Fraser speaks to reporters as he arrives for the Liberal caucus meeting in West Block on April 17. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 1, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | May 1, 2024
Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities Minister Sean Fraser speaks to reporters as he arrives for the Liberal caucus meeting in West Block on April 17. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 29, 2024
After hearing from nearly 70 witnesses over 10 days earlier this spring, Foreign Interference Commissioner Justice Marie-Josée Hogue is set to release her interim report on May 3. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 29, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 29, 2024
After hearing from nearly 70 witnesses over 10 days earlier this spring, Foreign Interference Commissioner Justice Marie-Josée Hogue is set to release her interim report on May 3. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 24, 2024
The 2024 budget announced $458-million to provide low-interest loans and grants for energy-efficient affordable housing retrofits, and $800-million over five years to launch a new Canada Greener Homes Affordability Program to support the direct installation of energy efficiency retrofits for Canadian households with low- to median-incomes. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 24, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 24, 2024
The 2024 budget announced $458-million to provide low-interest loans and grants for energy-efficient affordable housing retrofits, and $800-million over five years to launch a new Canada Greener Homes Affordability Program to support the direct installation of energy efficiency retrofits for Canadian households with low- to median-incomes. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 24, 2024
Between 2020 and 2023, the number of companies owing excise debt increased from 68 to 213, accounting for a threefold increase in outstanding debt from $52.4-million to $192.7-million. Without swift action from the federal government, there soon may not be a legal market left to tax, says Organigram CEO Beena Goldenberg. The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 24, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 24, 2024
Between 2020 and 2023, the number of companies owing excise debt increased from 68 to 213, accounting for a threefold increase in outstanding debt from $52.4-million to $192.7-million. Without swift action from the federal government, there soon may not be a legal market left to tax, says Organigram CEO Beena Goldenberg. The Hill Times file photograph
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 17, 2024
City News’ Glen McGregor, left, freelance journalist Teresa Wright, and Marco Vigliotti, editor-in-chief for iPolitics Canada, at the post-budget reception hosted by iPolitics and Earnscliffe Strategies at the Métropolitain Brasserie on April 16. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 17, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 17, 2024
City News’ Glen McGregor, left, freelance journalist Teresa Wright, and Marco Vigliotti, editor-in-chief for iPolitics Canada, at the post-budget reception hosted by iPolitics and Earnscliffe Strategies at the Métropolitain Brasserie on April 16. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 17, 2024
While addressing more than 1,000 attendees at the Canada Strong and Free Networking Conference on April 11, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, pictured, framed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a ‘radical departure’ from the ‘common-sense, Canadian consensus.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 17, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 17, 2024
While addressing more than 1,000 attendees at the Canada Strong and Free Networking Conference on April 11, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, pictured, framed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a ‘radical departure’ from the ‘common-sense, Canadian consensus.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 15, 2024
StrategyCorp's Lisa Samson, left, Charles Lynch awardee Paul Wells, and Treasury Board President Anita Anand at the 2024 Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on April 13. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 15, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 15, 2024
StrategyCorp's Lisa Samson, left, Charles Lynch awardee Paul Wells, and Treasury Board President Anita Anand at the 2024 Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on April 13. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 12, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre delivers a keynote address at the Canada Strong and Free Network conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on April 11. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 12, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 12, 2024
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre delivers a keynote address at the Canada Strong and Free Network conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on April 11. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 11, 2024
Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, left, former British prime minister Boris Johnson open the Canada Strong and Free Conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on April 10. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 11, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 11, 2024
Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, left, former British prime minister Boris Johnson open the Canada Strong and Free Conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on April 10. The Hill Times photograph by Stuart Benson
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 10, 2024
Clockwise from top left: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Families Minister Jenna Sudds, Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and Housing Minister Sean Fraser have joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in daily press conferences across the country to highlight upcoming budget spending. Screenshots courtesy of CPAC
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 10, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 10, 2024
Clockwise from top left: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Families Minister Jenna Sudds, Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and Housing Minister Sean Fraser have joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in daily press conferences across the country to highlight upcoming budget spending. Screenshots courtesy of CPAC
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 10, 2024
Commissioner Marie-Josée Hogue presides over the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference on April 3. The inquiry will finish its Stage 1 hearings on April 10, hearing from top members of cabinet, such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, National Defence Minister Bill Blair, and Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 10, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 10, 2024
Commissioner Marie-Josée Hogue presides over the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference on April 3. The inquiry will finish its Stage 1 hearings on April 10, hearing from top members of cabinet, such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, National Defence Minister Bill Blair, and Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 8, 2024
Six weeks after her email, password, and online identity were compromised by a hacker, the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt says finally regaining access to her account on X felt like 'returning to a home after it was trashed by burglars.' Photograph courtesy of X
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 8, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 8, 2024
Six weeks after her email, password, and online identity were compromised by a hacker, the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt says finally regaining access to her account on X felt like 'returning to a home after it was trashed by burglars.' Photograph courtesy of X
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 3, 2024
Justice Marie-Josée Hogue will hear from nearly 50 witnesses and examine thousands of pages of documents before the first stage of hearings for the public inquiry into foreign election interference in the last two federal elections is complete on April 10, with her initial report due May 3. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 3, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 3, 2024
Justice Marie-Josée Hogue will hear from nearly 50 witnesses and examine thousands of pages of documents before the first stage of hearings for the public inquiry into foreign election interference in the last two federal elections is complete on April 10, with her initial report due May 3. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, left, and International Trade Minister Mary Ng, right, have been tapped to lead the 'Team Canada' U.S. engagement effort, with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, centre, bringing her key D.C. links, having formerly been Ottawa's point person for the bilateral relationship. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, left, and International Trade Minister Mary Ng, right, have been tapped to lead the 'Team Canada' U.S. engagement effort, with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, centre, bringing her key D.C. links, having formerly been Ottawa's point person for the bilateral relationship. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 2, 2024
Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jenna Sudds, centre, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, announced the launch of the long-promised national school food program and accompanying $1-billion over five years at a Toronto press conference on April 1. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 2, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | April 2, 2024
Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jenna Sudds, centre, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, announced the launch of the long-promised national school food program and accompanying $1-billion over five years at a Toronto press conference on April 1. Screenshot courtesy of CPAC
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 1, 2024
Pavel Kolesnikov, the 2012 Honens Circle Laureate, warms up the ivories in the Jean Pigott Lounge at the Rideau Club in Ottawa on March 29. Photograph courtesy of Fred Chartrand
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 1, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | April 1, 2024
Pavel Kolesnikov, the 2012 Honens Circle Laureate, warms up the ivories in the Jean Pigott Lounge at the Rideau Club in Ottawa on March 29. Photograph courtesy of Fred Chartrand
News | BY STUART BENSON | March 27, 2024
A mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer are pictured next to Canada’s deputy chief public health officer Howard Njoo during an update on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa on Jan. 5, 2021. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | March 27, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | March 27, 2024
A mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer are pictured next to Canada’s deputy chief public health officer Howard Njoo during an update on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa on Jan. 5, 2021. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | March 22, 2024
Indonesian Ambassador Daniel Simanjuntak, left, Ambassador of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, Irish Ambassador Eamonn McKee, and Ambassador of Belgium Patrick Van Gheel toast St. Patrick's Day at McKee's residence on March 20. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | March 22, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | March 22, 2024
Indonesian Ambassador Daniel Simanjuntak, left, Ambassador of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius, Irish Ambassador Eamonn McKee, and Ambassador of Belgium Patrick Van Gheel toast St. Patrick's Day at McKee's residence on March 20. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY STUART BENSON | March 20, 2024
Parliamentary staffers wait outside the Liberal caucus meeting in West Block on Nov. 8, 2021, as many return to Parliament Hill or arrive for the first time following that year's federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON | March 20, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON | March 20, 2024
Parliamentary staffers wait outside the Liberal caucus meeting in West Block on Nov. 8, 2021, as many return to Parliament Hill or arrive for the first time following that year's federal election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | March 14, 2024
Organ virtuoso Xaver Varnus, left, watches violinist Zoltán Schwartz's solo during a performance at the official residence of the Ambassador of Hungary Mária Vass-Salazar on March 12. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | March 14, 2024
FeatureBY STUART BENSON | March 14, 2024
Organ virtuoso Xaver Varnus, left, watches violinist Zoltán Schwartz's solo during a performance at the official residence of the Ambassador of Hungary Mária Vass-Salazar on March 12. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY STUART BENSON, JONAH GRIGNON | March 13, 2024
Members’ seats sit empty for Question Period in West Block on Feb. 24, 2021, following the establishment of of virtual hybrid House of Commons sittings due to COVID-19. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY STUART BENSON, JONAH GRIGNON | March 13, 2024
News | BY STUART BENSON, JONAH GRIGNON | March 13, 2024
Members’ seats sit empty for Question Period in West Block on Feb. 24, 2021, following the establishment of of virtual hybrid House of Commons sittings due to COVID-19. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade