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Conservative MP Scott Reid, pictured at a meeting of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in Centre Block's room 112-N back in 2017, is the only member of his caucus not running to lead the party to not have any additional roles. The Hill Times file photograph

No committee or caucus roles, longtime Tory MP Scott Reid still sidelined after breaking rank

A Member of Parliament since 2000, Scott Reid has not been named as a member of any House, special, or joint committees this Parliament.

Deadline looms for low-profile CPC candidates, who say party needs more fresh faces and ideas

The ‘traditional playbooks of smaller government, lower taxes, tough on crime,’ wont work to widen the blue tent, says one candidate. ‘We need to break the ceiling and win the support of more Canadians.’

Canada ‘very far’ from quarantining measures, says Trudeau, as feds announce $1-billion coronavirus fund

News|By Palak Mangat
'We have a responsibility to make sure Canada is ready for all scenarios,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday, as he announced a $1-billion package aimed at mitigating the spread.

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‘Everything we didn’t do with Phoenix’: feds tap SAP for work on long-awaited Phoenix replacement pilot project

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says she ‘cannot complain at all on openness and transparency’ around process, but PSAC president Chris Aylward says he’s ‘very concerned’ about lack of details, consultation with his union.

Transportation Agency, RCMP among agencies with most missed targets in 2018-19, show late-tabled reports

In 2018-19, federal departments and agencies missed 509 performance targets out of the 2,011 targets tracked with a deadline of March 2019.

O’Regan putting nuclear ‘front and centre’ raises eyebrows, industry hopes

The announcement ‘doesn’t reflect what’s in his mandate letter,’ says NDP natural resources critic Richard Cannings, nor did nuclear energy didn’t come up in a briefing he had with the minister.

Cuban-Canadian relationship has remained strong regardless of governing party, says senior Cuban official

Feature|By Neil Moss
'I believe that our relationship for all these years has been guided by state policy,' says Marcelino Medina González.

Bennett defends process for reaching tentative deal with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Theresa Tait-Day, president of the Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition, says women in her community have been sidelined amid the outcry from demonstrators who took to the streets.

Federal officials brief MPs, parliamentary staff on efforts to combat coronavirus

News|By Beatrice Paez

Vet MPs say future of Afghanistan up to Afghan people, as fragile U.S.-Taliban peace deal in balance

News|By Neil Moss
'You're ultimately there to set the conditions to allow the Afghans to sort of handle their own internal security challenges,' Conservative MP Alex Ruff says.
Conservative MP Scott Reid, pictured at a meeting of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in Centre Block's room 112-N back in 2017, is the only member of his caucus not running to lead the party to not have any additional roles. The Hill Times file photograph

No committee or caucus roles, longtime Tory MP Scott Reid still sidelined after breaking rank

A Member of Parliament since 2000, Scott Reid has not been named as a member of any House, special, or joint committees this Parliament.

American democracy versus Trump: an election like no other

Opinion|By Les Whittington
The contest is already shaping up as the ugliest, most surreal, and out-of-bounds campaign in modern times.

Why we need more Indigenous heroes

Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Métis, Inuit, and First Nations youth need to see role models who live their lives with culture and intention. But so do all Canadians.

Will anyone cut Trudeau slack in a cutthroat world? 

Opinion|By Susan Riley
In a macho political culture, peacemakers are not 'blessed'; they are suspect.

ISG Senators propose rule changes to prevent ‘partisan obstruction’ from blocking private members’ bills 

Senate Conservative leader Don Plett says the changes are ‘ridiculous,’ but ISG Senators Murray Sinclair and Pierre Dalphond say there needs to be a path to a vote on bills after 15 died in the last Parliament.

Backlogs, lengthy delays await Indian status applicants following removal of sex discrimination law

The government says each status application could take between six months and two years, which advocates call an 'appalling' delay to deal with state-sponsored discrimination. 

Don’t go down ‘rabbit hole’ in Trade Committee’s study of new NAFTA implementation bill, warn trade experts

News|By Neil Moss
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it's worth taking 'a little extra time' to understand the 'full implications' of the new NAFTA, as well as to look at how Canada can improve its internal international trade process.

When will the government wake up about China?

Opinion|By Phil Gurski

Elizabeth Warren and the Hippocratic hatch

In a year when American voters are longing for both change and normalcy, electability trumps all other arguments.

Behind all the bluster and denial, China is actually doing the right thing

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Folklore, superstitions, and old wives’ tales abound in every culture, but beliefs about the power of jinbu are unique to China, and explain why eating specific wild animals plays a major role in Chinese medicine.

Black Canadian groups call on feds to address economic inequities facing community

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The work they’re doing is going to need to speak for itself,' says Liberal strategist Tiffany Gooch, about the party's recovery from the prime minister's blackface scandal.

Gatekeepers for Innovation, Finance, and Environment top lobby target lists

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018, but some staffers kept busy.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

‘I wrote The Imperilled Ocean to show that the ocean’s story is also our own’

Feature|By Kate Malloy
Laura Trethewey talks about her new book, The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories From a Changing Sea.

‘Leader, mentor, and a trail blazer’: Summa prez Tracey Hubley dies

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, MPs, family members in quarantine amidst COVID-19 concerns, and Bob Rae named PM's humanitarian and refugee ambassador.

Health Minister Hajdu’s team includes four holdovers from her predecessor

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers dives into Dominic LeBlanc’s new office as president of the Queen’s Privy Council, where Kevin Lavigne is now deputy chief of staff and operations director.

‘Braver Canada’: a new book paths a fresh course for Canada around the globe

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, de Adder wins U.S. Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, and HT story gets This Hour Has 22 Minutes spotlight.

New session sees a few new staff in offices of ministers Bibeau, MacAulay

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAulay held onto their portfolios in the shuffle last November, but both have a few fresh faces in their offices.
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Canada being the best place to invest is a narrative only the Liberals believe

Canadian investors continue to flee their own country for more favourable investment climates.

The first line of defence should be our last resort for the coronavirus

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
With close quarters the norm, it does not take much imagination to realize just how challenged the military would be to contain an outbreak in their ranks.

Canada is at a crossroads with existential consequences

Opinion|By Joseph Ingram
In selecting their policy direction, the prime minister and his deputy need to act practically, while at the same time doing the right thing for Canadians, including those in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Canada needs an inclusive approach to climate action

The impacts of climate change will affect nearly all people across Canada, but to different extents and in different ways; we must remember this as we plan and implement adaptation actions.

Stop treating Indigenous women’s bodies as empty of humanity and implement the calls for justice

Opinion|By Lorraine Whitman
Colonial policies and attitudes have stripped Indigenous women and girls of their humanity. Implementing all 231 calls for justice would go a long way to achieving reconciliation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 17, 2020, with David Morrison, his defence policy adviser, shortly before holding a press conference and an update at the National Press Theatre on the downing of Flight PS752 tragedy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Minority rules: 2020’s most influential figures to watch in federal politics

Feature
This year’s Top 100 Most Influential List reflects the power brokers who will help shape the terms of how this minority Parliament will shake out.
The return of Parliament is more than an event in the news cycle. It’s a time to look ahead, and to thoughtfully consider the important role each branch of government will play in that future, and in the life of each individual Canadian.
Opinion|David Coletto
Our worldview, our desire for control, and the way we get information are just three things that new MPs should consider as they orient themselves to life in Ottawa and as elected representatives. But the implications of these three forces matter to everyone who seeks to engage and connect with Canadians.
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Plus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu is slated to appear before the House Health Committee for a briefing on her mandate letter.

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We need a system that preferably recognizes the importance of key creative talent being Canadian—full stop.
The thoughtful progress of Canadian society depends upon our ability to provide scientific, evidence-informed support for our policy development.
Opinion|Sharleen Gale
Our members want better engagement and collaboration with industry, and industry wants better engagement with us.
The report was not suppressed but was actually used as a roadmap by the office of the Senate ethics officer with which to do their work.
Including funding in Budget 2020 to enhance access to safety for Inuit women and girls would show tangible action from the federal government on the MMIWG report’s recommendations.
As the bad news of downed Flight 752, COVID-19, and India’s protests piled on, the tale of David Ayres' magical night was a warm hearth in a cold month.
Feature|Kate Malloy

‘I wrote The Imperilled Ocean to show that the ocean’s story is also our own’

Laura Trethewey talks about her new book, The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories From a Changing Sea.

‘Political chaos can be wrestled into submission’: veteran Liberal backroomer Pat Sorbara reflects on a life’s work in politics

The longtime provincial and federal Grit backroom operative talks byelections, advice for Justin Trudeau, leadership races, and her new book Let ‘Em Howl with The Hill Times.

Foreign Affairs Minister Champagne has a busy team, led by chief of staff Deschamps-Laporte

Other senior staff in the office include: Annie Lagueux, director of policy; Brook Simpson, director of parliamentary affairs; and Allison Chick, director of operations.

Cheadle, Hunter part of Infrastructure Minister McKenna’s team

Meanwhile, Geneviève Hinse is now chief of staff to Quebec lieutenant Pablo Rodriguez, whose team also now includes former Quebec MP Ramez Ayoub.
Feature|Neil Moss

Making his mark: Bourrie wins Taylor Prize

Plus, Joe Clark is pitching in to help with Canada’s UN Security Council seat bid, and a new Samara book looks at what's wrong with federal politics.
Feature|Neil Moss

‘Canada has lost a giant’: Liberal icon David Smith dies at 78

Plus, Prime Minister Series to highlight the Chrétien years with the Little Guy from Shawinigan and, CBC boss Jennifer McGuire to leave public broadcaster.
Feature|Mike Lapointe

Taxation employee union files ‘bad faith bargaining’ charge against CRA as PSAC gears up for strike votes

Members of PSAC, Canada’s largest public service union, held rallies and sit-ins across the country to mark the fourth anniversary of Phoenix and the lack of new collective agreements.

Parole officers still floundering from Harper budget cuts, says union head supporting Tory parole board motion

The Conservative opposition motion condemning the decision made by the Parole Board of Canada that led to Marylène Lévesque death passed unanimously in the House on Feb. 5.

Sorbara makes ’em howl at the Métropolitain

Pat Sorbara's new book, Let 'em Howl, offers lessons learned over a more than four-decade career in federal and provincial politics as a high-ranking Liberal backroomer.

Ebay Canada celebrates 2019 entrepreneurs of the year

It was the 15th anniversary of the event, and the seventh year eBay partnered with Proof.

Opening economic immigration track to refugees a ‘win-win,’ says UNHCR rep

Canada should 'take on more of a leadership role' and scale up its support to help resolve the crisis in Venezuela, says Rema Jamous Imseis.

Canada can look to Japan as ‘bridge-builder’ in the Asia Pacific, envoy says

Canada and Japan ‘need each other very much,’ says Yasuhisa Kawamura.

Jason Kenney discusses a ‘fair deal’ for Alberta at Rideau Club on March 12

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will deliver remarks on 'A Fair Deal for Alberta in the Federation' at an Ottawa luncheon presentation hosted by the C.D. Howe Institute on March 12. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

June Winger, national president of the Union of National Defence Employees, joins a rally held by Public Service Alliance of Canada demonstration outside the Prime Minster's Office in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2020, to mark four years of Phoenix Pay System issues.

The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Hill Times file photograph
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