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Elections debate commissioner coming before 2019 election, but not through legislation: Minister Gould

Time has run out for legislation to set up the promised independent commissioner to run leaders’ debates, says Karina Gould, who will rely on recommendations made by a House committee in the spring.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
There’s no strong pool of voters creating the opportunity to wedge against the prevailing acceptance that legal weed is here to stay. Even most Conservative voters support or can accept it.
The Liberals are spending $100-million over six years on public awareness campaigns, which most insiders say are a good start but opposition MPs slam as a ‘failure.’
Opinion|By Les Whittington
He says he’s more scared of leftist populists than ones like Donald Trump. But Stephen Harper’s not seeing his kind of trickle-down economics is partly what’s breeding populism.
Opinion|Natan Obed
Inuit are one of the most researched peoples in the world. Yet colonial approaches to research, in which our role is imagined as being marginal and of little value, remain commonplace. That needs to change.
Opinion|Paul Dufour
Attention to how taxpayers’ funds are spent is just as important as how much is spent.
The federal government ought to use its granting-agency funding structure to support research in centres of expertise and innovation without slashing funding to colleges and universities.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
There are political and domestic economic reasons for Canada to get its hands dirty in an ongoing UN mission.
Plus, the PM is in the Toronto area attending former cabinet minister Donald Macdonald's funeral and meeting with his youth council.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Maybe vicarious space travel is the perfect escape from our current planetary unpleasantness.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Simply imposing the tax won’t cut it. Offering incentives, innovations, and transparency just might.
With little job security and lacking independent dispute-resolution mechanisms, MPs’ and ministers’ staff are vulnerable.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains recently hired new aides.
News|By Neil Moss
'China has not shown a lot of enthusiasm for sectoral deals,' says Charles Burton, a former aide in Canada's embassy in Beijing.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
When future generations hold exclusive ownership of ancestral cultural symbols, dissemination becomes limited and survival is threatened. The opportunity to grow a culture is dependent on cross-pollination and evolution.
Opinion|By Susan Riley
The federal Liberals, self-described champions of climate action, are approving giant fossil fuel projects at breakneck pace, even compared to their predecessors, the oil-friendly Harper Conservatives.
News|By Abbas Rana
Former Brampton Conservative MP Kyle Seeback says he will make a decision about running in Dufferin-Caledon after the Oct. 22 municipal election.
Opinion|By Warren Kinsella
Stephen Harper is a traditional conservative, standing on a shrinking patch of political real estate, and he’s responding to the crisis like traditional conservatives too often do: by suggesting that the likes of Trump can somehow be accommodated.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A right-wing anti-immigration party has the potential to be the kingmaker in a hung Parliament after last month’s election.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Canadians aren’t in rapture over the notion we must immediately and forcefully address a warming planet, so it’s hard to imagine our politicians would be either.
Opinion|By Surjit Singh Flora
If we can deprive niqab-wearing women of their choice, then I believe we can deprive our citizens of just about any choice. That’s not right.
News|By Jim Creskey
Advice for a prime minister on how to save the world while winning public support.
The government has proposed more than 60 changes to Bill C-76, which NDP critic Nathan Cullen says points to a ‘flawed’ bill. There are a whopping 340 suggested changes altogether, to be debated next week.
News|By Emily Haws
The Conservatives and the CAQ have shared some candidates and ideas, but are not directly linked.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are a flurry of staff changes in the LRB, including former Ontario Liberal staffer Kevin Den Heijer’s addition as special assistant for Ontario regional affairs.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
As conservative governments take hold in other provinces, the election results in Quebec may be a harbinger of things to come elsewhere, and may prove to be a major challenge for the Trudeau Liberals in 2019.
News|By Neil Moss
‘When you break norms, those norms are very difficult to re-establish,’ says one former policy adviser to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, a new 'controversial' book offers a blueprint to radically change Canadian health care, and an interprovincial trade conference will be hosted in Ottawa.
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
Pierre Trudeau and Lloyd Axworthy knew the right side of history, but the current Liberal government is running away from one of the great issues of our time.
At the end of the day, you realize there is only one true, hard metric by which you can measure your performance: on election day, will my constituents trust me to represent them?
The government is responding to critics who want to make the information commissioner’s order-making powers immediate, and scrap a requirement that requesters detail the time period, subject, and type of document.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But the warning bells sounding for Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick Liberals are not currently tolling for the federal party.

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