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Brison’s ingenious selling of Bill C-58 to the Senate      

Opinion|By Ken Rubin
Brison's crowning sales pitch was reserved for Bill C-58's proposal to legalize a new release system that sets some records aside that government would selectively disclose, like minister's mandate letters and expenses.
The government has proposed more than 60 changes to Bill C-76, which NDP critic Nathan Cullen says points to a ‘flawed’ bill. There are a whopping 340 suggested changes altogether, to be debated next week.
The government is responding to critics who want to make the information commissioner’s order-making powers immediate, and scrap a requirement that requesters detail the time period, subject, and type of document.
Some trade experts think Canada will ratify the trilateral agreement before the 2019 election, while one warned against rushing through legislation, with the U.S. timeline up in the air.
Opinion|Tia Loftsgard
If we want to continue to see the positive benefits of organic production on our environment, health and economic well-being, the Government of Canada has a responsibility as the owner of this logo to show its support for the benefits the sector is delivering.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
If the foreigners will not bring Mohammed bin Salman down, his own family probably will. It is a family business.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
The Islamist threat has far outweighed that of the right-wing threat by a long shot; at least in terms of public perception and impact. We are living, after all, in a world defined, in many ways, by 9/11.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
When future generations hold exclusive ownership of ancestral cultural symbols, dissemination becomes limited and survival is threatened. The opportunity to grow a culture is dependent on cross-pollination and evolution.
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Opinion|By Natalija Vojno
Times are changing and our laws need to change. It's more important than ever to strengthen the ability of our institutions to respond to present and future threats to the very ecosystems that sustain our economy.
Opinion|By Surjit Singh Flora
If we can deprive niqab-wearing women of their choice, then I believe we can deprive our citizens of just about any choice. That’s not right.
News|By Neil Moss
‘When you break norms, those norms are very difficult to re-establish,’ says one former policy adviser to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
At 47 members, the Independent Senators Group comprises nearly 49 per cent of the Red Chamber, and is looking to have its numbers reflected in committee membership.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Trudeau is now a little less vulnerable to the opposition argument that he is a poor economic manager. But he won’t have time to rest on his laurels, as many businesses gear up for a fight against Bill C-69.
Opinion|By Ainslee Beer
This year, arts advocate will bring with them a message to MPs to increase investment for Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund and to clear up myths and administrative processes on artist taxation.
The members of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee are engaged in a standoff over when to start clause-by-clause study of Bill C-76.
Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault told MPs last week that he’s already out of time to implement some changes in Bill C-76 in time for October 2019.
With a combined $1.68-million budget, the three-Senator Government Representative Office is tasked with carrying the government’s flag in a sea of Upper Chamber Independents.
Opinion|By Navdeep Bains
Our government recognizes the need for a comprehensive approach that includes strong financial and policy-based support for the sector.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's 302-page justice reform package is aimed at reducing court delays, restricting the option of preliminary inquiries to offences, and improving the jury selection process.
The Senate can and should build on this learning. These are relatively small and obvious changes that are achievable as we transition to a less partisan and more independent Senate—and all would attract public support.
Opinion|By Ellis Westwood
The Justice Department just won two prestigious awards for its groundbreaking public consultation on changes to the criminal justice system. Here's why.
While the U.S. allows Indigenous peoples from Canada to freely cross south, Canada doesn’t do the same for those from the U.S. crossing north. This has caused unnecessary delays and problems at the border.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
F.R. Scott, the man who schooled Pierre Trudeau on the Constitution, was frustrated by Section 33’s insertion in the Constitution. His words have come back to haunt us.
The time it takes to get a disability benefit decision is the most common complaint my office gets.
The Senate passed Bill C-65 with seven amendments in the spring, and those along with the regulations put forward in the summer firm up the legislation, say critics.
Opinion|By Nichole Dusyk
Regardless of what you think of the Trans Mountain project, no one wins when projects spend years in legal limbo. The federal energy regulator needs an overhaul.
‘Coming up in the first few weeks and months it’s going to be a heavy trade-focused session,’ says NDP House Leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
The court rejection of the Trans Mountain pipeline is set to loom large over debate on the Liberals’ impact assessment bill in the Upper Chamber this sitting.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Ontario premier’s response to this week’s court ruling on the size of Toronto city council shows an alarming lack of awareness of the boundaries of executive power.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s opponents won’t be weak forever; in fact, he could risk accelerating their rebirth if he comes across as the guy who must win every fight.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
We’re often told predecessors caused the problems facing those in power. But once halfway or more into a mandate, the government of the day owns everything it does.
News|By Emily Haws
The veterans advocate who filed the lawsuit, Sean Bruyea, says he'll appeal the ruling.

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