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Men on a mission: how two Conservative MPs changed Canada’s laws the hard way, twice

Len Webber and Matt Jeneroux changed Alberta’s laws around organ donation and caregiver leave in 2013. Then they got elected to Parliament and did it for Canada.
Canadian governments must now set targets for greenhouse gas reductions, and release plans for meeting them. Those plans will have to restructure the economy, says an Alberta Senator.
The federal government must meet with the provinces and come up with a better plan for dealing with one of Canada’s most widespread diseases.
Bill C-19, which would have extended the voting period to three days, among other things, was left at report stage in the House of Commons by the time Parliament rose for the summer.
A smooth-working minority Parliament, while not impossible, seems highly unlikely.
The breakdown of seats may be the same as the last Parliament, but the power dynamics are very different, and from the Liberal perspective it was a pivotal election, hardly inconsequential.
While many Canadians are relieved at having dodged the AUKUS bullet, it should be viewed as a strategic humiliation for the credibility of Canadian reliability, strength, and values.
The election may have been unnecessary. But it did not leave us more polarized or divided than ever before.
Plus, some Tories publicly backed Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole following calls for his ouster, while one re-elected Conservative criticized the embattled leader.
News|By Matt Horwood
The New Democrats could play a role in Parliament similar to one they played in the 1960s, when they pushed Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to enact progressive policies like Medicare and the Canada Pension Plan, say st
Plus, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta became a campaign topic in the 2021 federal election, but he managed to survive a meeting with an unhappy caucus yesterday.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
However the electoral arithmetic works out, it will likely lead to much commotion but not much change in keeping with the sane and undramatic politics of Germany.
To date, the Arctic Council has provided a forum for the negotiation of three important legally-binding treaties on scientific co-operation, oil spill preparedness and response, and search and rescue.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O’Toole was not only battling the Liberals and the NDP in this election, he was also fighting his own party’s past, implicitly demonizing its former leaders as out of touch dinosaurs.
Opinion|By Margaret McGuffin
Canada should develop a co-ordinated national action plan to ensure the creative sector’s continued growth.
News|By Abbas Rana
For the first time in the party’s history, a Conservative member has initiated a petition to call a referendum on the party leader. But, the Conservative Party’s president has questioned the online petition’s validity.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Within the coming weeks, there will be dozens of new MPs who arrive in Ottawa without a clear understanding of what an MP does.
Advance voting jumped as much as 19.5 per cent this election, and use of special ballots, the majority of which are filled out ahead of election day, increased by roughly 59.4 per cent.
Plus, one of the most anticipated parties of the year in political Ottawa’s bubble, the Writers Trust of Canada’s annual Politics & The Pen, is up today as a virtual show once again during the global pandemic.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
On health, climate, energy, the pandemic, childcare, and possibly pharmacare, Trudeau’s government will have to navigate pronounced regional divisions and try to win consensus with a mixed bag of premiers.
News|By Abbas Rana
'They had that big stick in their hand, which was the election call. They cannot call an election for at least the next year, without the opposition doing egregious things,' says pollster Greg Lyle.
Feature|By Christopher Guly
A normally must-attend event, Politics and the Pen has for years brought together 'a strange combination of folks,' including cabinet ministers, party leaders, staffers, authors, reporters, and lobbyists.
Feature|By Alice Chen
Plus, cats dominate Mount Royal, while candidates dropped like flies throughout the campaign.
News|By Neil Moss
Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism director Barbara Perry says there has been a 'perfect storm' that has led to the incidents of hate and violence that have been seen on the campaign trail.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
A number of dynamics are likely to play out that could see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take a bow before we are back at the polls again, and sailing will not be smooth for Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole.
News|By Neil Moss
Along with his time as House leader, the Liberal MP-elect served under the Wynne government as Ontario’s attorney general, minister of community safety and correctional services, and as labour minister.
News|By , Matt Horwood
With 34 ridings with no incumbent contesting the race and a total of 16 flipped seats, at least 44 new people are projected to join the House's class of 2021, including the first Filipina-Canadian to hold federal office.
News|By Neil Moss
'These are big shoes,' Yasir Naqvi said of previous MPs who represented Ottawa Centre, Ont.
Plus, Pfizer Canada says it will ‘share the urgency’ data on the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to gain authorization for children ‘as early as possible.
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