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It’s ‘vital’ feds name Conservatives to security committee soon, or it’ll ‘become problematic’: critics, experts

The Conservative Party said it’s offered two names—one several months ago—to fill its spots on the National Security and Intelligence Committee, but hasn’t heard back from the government.
Lawyer Rick Woodburn says prosecutors have to wait too long for samples from the lab, leading to worrying court delays and cases being thrown out.
The Joint Interparliamentary Council approved a new process to step in when parliamentary associations lose confidence in their leaders.
News|By Emily Haws
Meanwhile, some MPs say they're still frustrated by the lack of constituency office support on Phoenix cases, and efforts continue to reduce the pay-problem case backlog, which on Nov. 28 was 289,000 open files.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
The battle to save Afghanistan has yet to be fought and the Taliban remain a very clear and present danger.
Small policy changes, like using more wood in new construction projects, can make a big impact.
Opinion|Grant Bishop
Canada can't risk further delays in boosting pipeline export capacity.
A company can do everything right and still see a project fail. Why? Because governments need to do everything right as well.
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News|By Jolson Lim
Scheduled to expire in March 2019, the tax credit’s extension to 2024 will help junior companies raise capital, says the natural resources minister.
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A 1989 investigation found there was no national security threat from uranium imports, but experts agree times have changed under President Trump.
Also, Kazakhstan celebrates its 27th anniversary of independence and deepening relations with Canada after the historic visit of a Canadian Governor General.
News|By Jolson Lim
The Canadian Forest Service is mandated to focus on forest science research, but critics say it needs to be a better team player.
Feature|By Emily Haws
'It means a lot because of where I started at Carleton, and where I’m ending up,' says Yaprak Baltacioglu.
News|By Emily Haws
Liberal House Finance Committee chair Wayne Easter says he thinks the finance minister, his staff and bureaucrats have been listening.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, cross-party support for Magnitsky sanctions against Iranian human rights abusers, and NDP MP Fin Donnelly will not seek re-election.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
Chief architect John Pearson deliberately left more than 200 spaces in the building unadorned. That’s allowed successive generations to leave their own imprint on the stones of Centre Block.
News|By Beatrice Paez
House Leader Bardish Chagger said the government is hoping to see progress on Bill C-87, which seeks to halve poverty by 2030, and Bill C-75, a package of reforms to the justice system, in the coming months.
News|By Abbas Rana
The federal government needs to put in place a plan to help out Albertans in the fossil fuel industry to retrain themselves to find jobs in the green energy sector, says NDP MP Linda Duncan.
Burnaby South, B.C., byelection offers a key chance for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to take the national spotlight, but ‘failure is not an option,’ says former NDP staffer Farouk Karim.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The Hot Room, located at 350-N, gives regional correspondents and freelancers colleagues to bounce ideas off of and grow, says Winnipeg Free Press reporter Dylan Robertson.
News|By Abbas Rana
According to Ind. MP Raj Grewal’s Facebook posts, the cost to attend the April 6 fundraiser was $500 per person, and 1,200 people attended the event
'If Canada actually achieves these targets smoothly, we should seriously question that,' says researcher Aniket Bhushan.
The group just reached the 50 members needed to file an application to be a formal body and hopes to join the 13 groups that receive annual Parliamentary funding.
News|By Jolson Lim
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wouldn't rule out suspending already-approved arms export permits when asked by reporters in the lead up to the G20 Summit in Argentina.
News|By Emily Haws
Meanwhile, contract negotiation talks are also slow-going between the Union of Taxation Employees and the Canada Revenue Agency, said UTE president Marc Brière.
In the last fiscal year, federal departments and agencies missed 610 performance targets out of a total 2,587 tracked.
News|By Neil Moss
‘Weakness’ in House Foreign Affairs Committee report lies in its lack of direct recommendations for action, says Gar Pardy.
News|By Emily Haws
‘We’ve got a team of six full-time public servants working on LGBTQ matters every day, every week. That’s not something we had two years ago,” says LGBTQ adviser Randy Boissonnault.
News|By Beatrice Paez
To turn public opinion around, the Liberals need to make a more credible case for why their plan is more effective, drawing clear distinctions between theirs and what the provinces are proposing, says Lorne Bozinoff.
News|By Beatrice Paez
For the Liberals, the five per cent dip in support should be taken as a sign that the party needs to evaluate whether its strategy, says Joe Jordan of Bluesky Strategy Group.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The last time the riding was in the Liberals’ hands was in 2004.
News|By Jolson Lim
Mr. Sohi talks about policy priorities in the lead up to next October's federal election, the small modular reactor roadmap, and the fall economic update.

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