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Gun rights groups targeting Senators, MP offices with summer firearms bill campaigns

One group promises to ‘flood’ MP offices with complaints about Bill C-71, while another says it is ‘already hearing from nervous Liberals.’
They say the Lobbying Act must change so that the onus to report isn’t only on the lobbyist, but also the government, to improve accountability.
News|By Jolson Lim
A bill reforming Canada's foremost environment law won't be tabled until a 'later Parliament,' McKenna said.
News|By Emily Haws
The regulatory process for Bill C-81, which could take up to four years, will make sure there’s adequate consultation, says Persons with Disabilities Minister Kirsty Duncan.
The Canada-United Arab Emirates Business Council was in Calgary this past week to boost economic development.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Donald Trump's slash-and-burn geopolitics stokes the sort of chaos that drives the defence spending he has called for.
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Several agencies say they are hiring more analysts and adopting innovative approaches to address the long delays, and the complaints that come with them.
Opinion|By Bill Wiltse, Jad Saliba
Canada risks becoming a safe haven if we don’t have a serious look at changing the mandatory minimums for child pornography offences.
A handful of government priorities are stuck in Parliament over the summer, along with a dozen dead-bills-walking.
Critics say Canada’s 2017 military export report highlights an ongoing loophole that leaves an estimated half of total exports—those headed to the U.S.—not tracked or controlled.
News|By Emily Haws
Opposition MPs say they’re split on whether it should be easier to boot poorly performing bureaucrats, suggest keying in on whistleblower protection.
For some, their involvement represents a public about-face to their stance on the drug while holding office.
Centrepiece legislative achievements include the final passage of the Cannabis Act, and the government’s corresponding drug-impaired driving bill.
Their testimony forms a valuable part of our study on what a new relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples might look like, writes Conservative Senator Scott Tannas.
‘The challenge is for people to actually act like grown-ups, work behind the scenes,’ says former Conservative House leader Jay Hill.
Feature|By Shruti Shekar
Ryerson University has a new project to help whistleblowers, there is a new all-party caucus for pilots' safety, and the Canadian War Museum hosted PM Trudeau at a top Liberal donor event.
The House chief human resources officer says more MPs have been asking his office for advice since #MeToo.
After six months of study, the Senate had passed 46 amendments to Bill C-45, including 29 written by the government.
Opinion|By Gary Walbourne
The responses from the government to the AG's reports seem to be more benign and dismissive than ever before. In speaking with my fellow ombudsmen at the federal level, this seems to be a recurring theme.
Not only is Bill C-71 devoid of any bold measures to combat the upward trends of gun-related crime, homicides and suicides, it barely fulfills the Liberal election promises.
Opinion|By Harry Neufeld
Numerous observers have suggested that Canada should adopt New Zealand’s approach to election law changes which require the support of at least 75 per cent of elected Members of Parliament.
He says good things at global summits, but has yet to truly deliver at home.
Opinion|By Jim Creskey
Their fear of not receiving a fair and compassionate hearing is getting them to think that El Norte now means Canada. But Canada needs a refugee determination system that works.
If the $7-billion central vote passes with the main estimates on Thursday, former PBO Kevin Page says it represents ‘a new low’ for Parliament's financial oversight system.
Under my proposed bill, the feds would be forced to respect the provinces’ environmental processes before approving any projects in their jurisdiction, including pipelines.
News|By Neil Moss
Stakeholders say they’re happy with level of federal engagement, but caution against rushing the process.
News|By Jolson Lim
Industry and environmental groups are pushing Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on reforms to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which Ottawa is carefully reviewing for the first time in 20 years.

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