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POLICY - LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
House Speaker Geoff Regan, left, and Chief Government Whip Mark Holland, right, have both taken what they call an ‘involuntary sabbatical,’ after losing their House seats. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Rachel Aiello

Defeated MPs to get access to more support services to navigate life after the Hill

‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it,’ says Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
News|Neil Moss
In a wide-ranging interview, Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about the Liberals' $190-billion infrastructure plan, investment in Canada's North, and the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The government has pledged nearly $800-million to help employers expand work-integrated learning placements. That’s good news to employers, schools, and students alike.
One-year contracts for Senators’ employees contribute to the high-pressure environment where harassment can occur, the Human Resources Subcommittee heard.
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The Upper Chamber will switch over to a new payroll system provided by ADP Canada in the new year, after months of testing.
The Board of Internal Economy approved $2.49-million in new human resources funding to help MPs better respond to what HR chief Pierre Parent calls ‘evolving social expectations.’
Meanwhile, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers filed for binding arbitration March 11 in hopes of striking its own pre-election deal.
Feature|Emily Haws
The Feb. 21 response to a House Public Accounts Committee report highlighting deputy minister turnover lacks deliverables and specifics, says Conservative Pat Kelly, but NDP and Liberal MPs say they're generally impressed by the government's response.
Many of Canada’s hemispheric neighbours, from Mexico to Brazil, are coping with disillusioned citizens, entrenched economic uncertainty, and radical populists.
The Human Resources Subcommittee recommends completely redoing the Chamber’s policy, last updated in 2009, with greater focus on independent oversight.
Results from the 2018 Public Service Employee Survey also indicate harassment stats in the public service are relatively flat despite a PCO push for change.
The Accessible Canada Act is a good start. It should be passed, and changes made to the Disability Tax Credit, among other improvements.
Opinion|Mark Robbins
Canada’s ambition should be redirected into avenues that can likely bear fruit and that will successfully play to our competitive advantages. AI-enhanced government is one bright spot.
Feature|Emily Haws
Many low-level public servants don't understand how the government works more broadly, says co-author Alex Marland.
Opinion|David Wolfe
Canada’s challenge is that businesses have been slow to recognize the extent of the digital transformation, invest in software, and adopt new technologies.
From helping kids learn to code to providing new sources of capital for large projects, our aim is to drive productivity.
Despite innovation-related initiatives that span generations, political parties, and governments, we’re still not getting a globally competitive return on our investment.
Providing more internships abroad will invariably buttress Canada’s innovation ecosystem.
The anti-deficit fixation is a perennial smokescreen that has been a powerful rhetorical weapon of right-wing economic policy hegemony going back decades.
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