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Chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul is the second most-lobbied bureaucrat so far in 2018, which lobbyists say was unsurprising given the ongoing talks about the agreement with the United States and Mexico. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Trade, agriculture, innovation bureaucrats are most lobbied

Feature|Emily Haws
Frédéric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s career is at stake as the clock ticks down to Britain’s divorce from the European Union.
Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Canada Council, is urging the government to consider postponing the implementation of the cost-recovery fee for at least a year after legalization.
With little government experience, Doug Ford must be delighted to have been embraced by a large group of displaced Harper-era staffers from Ottawa and ex-MPs.
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If the price of carbon stays low, it’s because there’s a significant surplus of credits, and if Quebec and Ontario need to purchase more emission credits, it is necessarily California, a much bigger market, that will have some to sell.
Trump and his senior officials’ tirade has brought Canada-U.S. relations to an historic low.
In the last fiscal year, House committees spent about $2.55-million, down from $3.26-million in 2016-17.
While the biggest burden will ultimately be borne by the prime minister, the finance minister’s Bay Street background could prove to be a boon after a year of blunders.
News|Neil Moss
It's unclear how much of Canada's defence budget will be spent in the coming years.
Economic indicators suggest that Canada's performance among G7 nations is middling, thanks to a dismal performance in the stock market, among other factors, says columnist Evan Sotiropoulos.
With Donald Trump involved, the utility of the multi-million-dollar annual G7 gathering could become a very open question.
Feature|Shruti Shekar
'When you look at the core business, it’s still running pretty much the way it was run 40 years ago,' says Patricia Meredith, one of the two authors who won the $50,000 prize for best public policy book announced last week.
Investing in social enterprises in developing markets by using new forms of financing has the potential to increase the effectiveness of Canada’s international assistance, boost economic growth, and leverage private capital.
The PBO says Andrew Scheer's proposed tax credit could cost as much as $868.6-million in the first fiscal year in which it would come into effect. The Tories say that's about the same number they estimated.
Senators say a closer look at how money is handed out to each group is needed to help stem ballooning budgets.
'The reality is a big $7-billion ask will come to a single committee, with roughly a dozen members and they will be required to provide scrutiny in a short period of time,' says Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre.
Abacus Data ‘finds millennials clearly prioritize spending over balanced budgets to tackle issues like alleviating income inequality.’
It's ‘ludicrous' for the opposition to call the central vote a 'slush fund,' says a Treasury Board spokesman.
The fiscal watchdog estimates $1.4-billion more in costs from new measures in the 2018 federal budget over the next five years, beyond the government's own projections.
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