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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo at a national caucus meeting on the Hill. Liberal MPs are holding a special closed-door meeting on Feb. 28 to discuss sexual harassment.
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Liberals to hold ‘open and frank’ closed-door meetings with MPs, staffers to discuss sexual harassment on the Hill, #MeToo movement

News|By Abbas Rana
As the #MeToo movement continues to unfold on the Hill, chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez says he and deputy whip Filomena Tassi will hold two special closed-door meetings with MPs and staffers to seek input…

Myriam Denis story reveals some questionable HR practices in PMO, say labour experts

News|By Jolson Lim
The PMO bureau charged with resolving harassment complaints shouldn’t have reached out to a potential victim of inappropriate behaviour while a third-party investigation was ongoing, because such an action can hurt the integrity of the…

Conservatives raised more money than any other party since start of 2015, drawing $68.4-million: Elections Canada statistics

The federal Conservatives’ well-oiled fundraising machine repeatedly outpaced its rivals over the past three years, drumming up more than $66-million in direct party donations alone, despite losing power and being relegated to the opposition ranks,…

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Senate more unpredictable, as Conservatives boycott planning meetings over ‘O Canada’ bill manoeuvring

The Conservatives' deputy leader in the Senate is skipping daily planning meetings with her counterparts as a “consequence” of the way the controversial National Anthem Bill was passed in the Red Chamber, a move the…

Observers await MMIWG inquiry request for extension, some concern over lost Métis lens

The national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls still has yet to file its anticipated request for extension, and with less than eight months to go on its current timeline, stakeholders are…

Itching to regain Mulcair’s ‘symbolic’ Montreal riding, Hill staffer is first in expected crowded Liberal nomination race

A cabinet minister's chief of staff is throwing her name in the ring to again become the Liberal candidate to fight in what's expected to be a tight two-way race against the NDP in a…

Heating problems leave Global Affairs staff out in the cold, working from home

News|By Emily Haws
Global Affairs Canada employees at the Lester B. Pearson Building were sent home twice in January after problems with the building's heating system, a problem the union says employees have been grappling with for more…

Kinsella’s ‘affidavits’ column prompts speculation, PM, party leaders asked about sexual conduct as #MeToo hits the Hill

News|By Jolson Lim
In response to some criticism that he fanned the flames of Ottawa’s rumour mill in a column he penned featuring a sensational story of a “very powerful” politician who used affidavits to silence victims, Warren…

NDP MPs back leader’s decision to investigate caucus colleague Erin Weir

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s decision to announce that he had appointed a third-party investigator to look into harassment allegations against NDP MP Erin Weir, and to remove the MP from caucus duties, was a “wise…

PM declaration on anti-Black racism big on talk, light on action, say politicos, observers

Current and former Black Parliamentarians say it’s better late than never that the prime minister last week announced Canada’s recognition of a UN decade for people of African descent, three years into it, but some…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photo at a national caucus meeting on the Hill. Liberal MPs are holding a special closed-door meeting on Feb. 28 to discuss sexual harassment.
The Hill Times file photograph

Liberals to hold ‘open and frank’ closed-door meetings with MPs, staffers to discuss sexual harassment on the Hill, #MeToo movement

News|By Abbas Rana
As the #MeToo movement continues to unfold on the Hill, chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez says he and deputy whip Filomena Tassi will hold two special closed-door meetings with MPs and staffers to seek input…

Federal fiscal policies ‘sustainable’ over long term, says new PBO report

Parliament’s fiscal watchdog is giving a major vote of confidence in the Trudeau government’s spending and taxation plans. In a new report released Tuesday, the Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette concluded that current federal fiscal…

‘No money’ to bring in missing-in-action military justice reforms, four years after being made law

The office of Canada’s defence minister says bringing languishing reforms to the military justice system into effect would require a “substantial commitment of time and resources,” and says the federal cabinet is working on the…

A look ahead at cannabis legalization in 2018

News|By Jolson Lim
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set off the countdown clock when he announced last month that cannabis would be legal in Canada by the summer of 2018, however there are still plenty of issues to sort…

Embracing new technology for a new cannabis industry

With Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization bill, moving through the Senate, politicians and pundits have furiously debated our best path forward. Reduction of youth consumption, decriminalization of adult possession, and the eradication of black-market profits…

New Indigenous Services Ministry takes over responsibility for infrastructure, healthcare, and education in Indigenous communities

News|By Jolson Lim
The newly created Indigenous Services Ministry has been handed the responsibility for improving physical and social infrastructure in First Nation communities across the country, including an expanded number of water systems, and health and education services.…

Government falling behind on cannabis public education, say critics

News|By Emily Haws
Health Canada says it will launch a national public education advertising campaign on cannabis in the spring, though critics say it should have already been in place in order to educate the public ahead of…

A rare look at the terrorist threat to Canada thanks to CSIS

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
OTTAWA—We get a peek at what security intelligence services do all too rarely in this country. In contrast, the recent leaking of an FBI memo on the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016…

Studies on transition from military to civilian life hurting, not helping current, former members of Armed Forces

Opinion|By Gary Walbourne
There have been numerous occasions during my tenure as Canada’s National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman when I felt like Sisyphus: that character in Greek mythology who was forced to push a boulder up…

Liberals’ plan for veterans: numbers don’t add up

Opinion|By Sean Bruyea
OTTAWA—The new federal Liberal plan for veterans is all about saving money, yet again, at the expense of veterans. The more Canadians and veterans learn of the 2019 Liberal programs, the more the confusion and…

Why this backbench MP is lobbied more than most ministers

Canada’s most-lobbied backbench MP in 2017, Francis Drouin, is a “rising star” who's developed a reputation as a rural champion, say lobbyists. Mr. Drouin’s 136 communications posted to the lobbyist registry in 2017 are connected…

What the Aga Khan Foundation does with Canadian government money

Opinion|By Khalil Shariff
On the day the Bamyan hospital first opened its doors, 12 women arrived in various stages of labour. In Afghanistan, where pregnancy kills one of every 52 women, giving life can be a death sentence.…

Watchdog petitions Federal Court to kill new appointments for lobbying, ethics commissioners

An ethics watchdog is suing the Trudeau government for the way it handled appointments for the lobbying and ethics commissioners, saying the Liberals failed to honour legislative requirements mandating consultations with all parties recognized in the…

‘It’s really a window to the world,’ immigration cases front-and-centre for Liberal MP Alghabra’s busy Mississauga Centre riding team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mississauga Centre has the largest immigrant population of any federal riding in Canada which means Liberal MP Omar Alghabra’s Ontario riding team is an “incredibly busy” one. The vast majority of the riding's casework is…

Trudeau’s female cabinet ministers host baby shower for Democratic Institutions Minister Gould

Feature|By Shruti Shekar
A handful of ministers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet hosted what was the first ever baby shower for a cabinet minister, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, on Feb. 5. “Canadian history in the making. Tonight…

Status of Women Minister Monsef hires new D. Comms straight from Public Safety Minister Goodale’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Federal Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef last week hired a new director of communications, Justine Villeneuve, to her ministerial office, arriving from the office of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale. Ms.…

‘Sickened and disheartened’: federal Conservatives react to sexual misconduct allegations against Patrick Brown

News|By Jolson Lim
Conservative MPs are expressing shock and disappointment after learning about sexual misconduct allegations levelled against former caucus colleague Patrick Brown, who resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party early Thursday morning after two young…

Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland names fellow Rhodes Scholar alum as new policy director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has made a few senior staffing changes in her ministerial office of late, including naming a new director of policy following the departure of Owen Teo in December. Mr. Teo…

Public service needs better data to measure diversity, says task force

News|By Emily Haws
Planning the future of diversity in the public service is not possible with out-of-date data, leaving certain groups unintentionally sidelined, a joint task force studying equity initiatives found, after a months-long examination of inclusion and…

Zero-sum debate not helpful to advancing sustainable food production

Opinion|By Jay Bradshaw
There is an emerging  sense that Canada may be uniquely positioned to reassert its position as a key player in multilateral engagement, following recent meetings by the prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, at the World…

Poverty won’t be solved by good intentions alone

Poverty reduction advocates, including Food Banks Canada, have high expectations for a long-awaited national poverty reduction strategy the federal government is preparing to table in early 2018. These groups have been pushing for this action…

Trudeau has defied expectations, but the next two years may only get tougher

Opinion|By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—Toward the end of the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau was chatting with reporters on the tarmac near his chartered Liberal aircraft when someone asked if he really thought his party could win big on…

For Cuba, it’s the calm before (and after) the storm

CAYO COCO, Cuba—Uprooted mangrove thickets are still piled up behind the beaches along Cuba’s north coast, interspersed with shards of concrete and steel and other flotsam left over from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma.…

Lobbyists get ‘too much time’ in Senate committees, says ISG deputy ahead of back-to-Parliament meeting

Lobbyists have been given “too much time and too much importance” when it comes to gathering input for the Senate’s study of legislation at committee, says the second-highest ranking member of the Independent Senators Group,…

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Opinion|Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—I guess I am just a feminist bitch. I, for one, was delighted when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked global reaction by putting an inclusive spin on the word mankind. Too bad that a horrendous…
TORONTO—Should the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S. (pop. 11,526) is a little community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s…
We have hit a generational tipping point in Canadian political engagement. Millennials have the potential to be the largest generation voting in the 2019 election, and youth voter turnout is on the rise. The Indigenous…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—The trendiest word in the political lexicon these days is “change.” Everywhere you look, political parties are inserting this term into their electoral messaging. “It’s Time for a Change," “Change you can count on,"…
In the escalating feud between Alberta and British Columbia over the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is—for now—a referee without a whistle. Much as he might want to call…
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Liberals to hold ‘open and frank’ closed-door meetings with MPs, staffers to discuss sexual harassment on the Hill, #MeToo movement

As the #MeToo movement continues to unfold on the Hill, chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez says he and deputy whip Filomena Tassi will hold two special closed-door meetings with MPs and staffers to seek input…

Democratic Institutions Minister Gould hires new press secretary

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould recently hired Nicky Cayer to her ministerial staff team as the office’s new press secretary. Until recently, Ms. Cayer was working on the Hill as a legislative assistant to Liberal MP…

Liberal research bureau hires former ITK comms officer for outreach work

A new outreach assistant recently started work in the Liberal caucus’ research bureau on the Hill, also known as the LRB. Mitchell White officially started on the job as a special assistant for outreach on…

Improv group monkeys around with MP Julie Dzerowicz

Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz landed herself a spot as a celebrity guest on the Canadian live comedy show Monkey Toast after a chance encounter with its host David Shore. “I thought he was a local resident and he happened to be…

Famous Five Ottawa to celebrate Isobel Metcalfe Monday night in O-town

The Famous Five Ottawa will be celebrating Isobel Metcalfe and her 20 years of service and leadership for the group on Monday night at the swishy Rideau Club in Ottawa, after Ms. Metcalfe announced that she would be…

Famous Five bids farewell to dynamo Isabel Metcalfe at Rideau Club shindig, after 20 years of service

OTTAWA—It was a farewell shindig Famous Five Ottawa’s Isabel Metcalfe will never forget. Nearly 150 of her closest friends, political players, co-workers, and her family members gathered at the historic Rideau Club in Ottawa on…

Beverley McLachlin celebrates her retirement from the Supreme Court with a star-packed gala

Beverley McLachlin celebrated her retirement as chief justice of the Supreme Court in style on Dec. 14 with a gala at the Shaw Centre ballroom in Ottawa. Judges, litigators, justices, lawyers, lobbyists, MPs, and diplomats were…

Polish envoy says Canada and Poland can double trade with the help of CETA

The new Polish ambassador says in the next few years trade revenue between Canada and Poland “should double very easily,” and one of his priorities is to focus on building relations with potential Canadian corporations…

Booming Canada-Wales trade leads to new diplomatic office opening in Montreal

With a 70 per cent increase in the past year in trade between Wales and Canada, the British High Commission is opening a new office for the territory that forms part of Great Britain in…

Chief NATA negotiator headlines conference on Canadian trade

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Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Doug Ford speaks with Sun columnist Anthony Furey at the 2018 Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on Feb. 10, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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