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      Stephen Harper, pictured Sept. 10, 2015, campaigning in Saint John, N.B., in the federal election. 'I don’t think anybody was surprised by the subject of the endorsement, but they might have been surprised that it was made at all—at least publicly—and the timing,' said Jim Armour. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

      Harper endorsement of Poilievre victory ‘mic drop’ or ‘strategic’ move for win, says former PM’s senior aide

      Conservative Party member Karamveer Lalh says Stephen Harper's endorsement of Pierre Poilievre signals to members that if they liked Harper's approach they should vote for Poilievre. But it could be more strategic

      Doctrine of Discovery ‘permeates throughout’ Canadian system, says former head of Indigenous Bar Association

      Lawyer Scott Robertson says the Doctrine of Discovery 'rears its head' today whenever Indigenous groups assert their sovereignty in opposition to projects on their territory.

      Canadian Greens concerned federal party establishment ‘disenfranchising’ potential new leaders and hurting its chances to grow

      News|By Stuart Benson
      Amid a trilateral 'civil war' between the eco-socialists, centrists, and the overarching 'old guard,' the Green Party is being compared by members and critics to an exclusive country club, rather than a political party.

      Tory House leader rails against interpreter pilot project defended as necessary amid service strain

      'Right now we have meetings, parliamentary meetings, that are taking place with no [interpretation] whatsoever, and the quality of that service is exactly zero,' counters Government House Leader Mark Holland.

      As food inflation hits 8.8 per cent, experts expect market volatility, continued high prices in fall

      News|By Mike Lapointe
      Conservative MP John Barlow says we're in a 'perfect storm' for higher food prices, given skyrocketing costs for fuel, fertilizer, and seed, combined with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

      Four years in, Canada-Saudi diplomatic impasse shows no signs of resolution, but trade continues

      News|By Neil Moss
      The diplomatic dispute might not be resolved until there is a change of government in Ottawa as the status quo is expected to continue, says Middle East expert Thomas Juneau.

      Committee hearing exposes rift within RCMP, but observer says political interference claims in mass shooting investigation a red herring

      'The important thing that happened is all these people died,' says political science professor Nelson Wiseman, 'and we’ve now discovered that there were all these hints and signals that this was happening.'

      ‘A disastrous error’: Pope Francis issues apology to residential school survivors in Canada

      News|By Ian Campbell
      Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, chair of the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation's governing circle, says an apology has the potential to 'change the story' if it is backed by concrete actions.

      If Conservatives fail to win next federal election, party would split, say some Conservatives

      To win the next election, the Conservatives need a big-tent party that is 'inclusive, and forward-looking,' not just out for itself but the country as a whole, says Tasha Kheiriddin, co-chair of Jean Charest's campaign.

      Conservative Party shuts off money transfers to Brown campaign without specifying why, claims Brown’s campaign manager Mykytyshyn

      News|By Abbas Rana
      But Yaroslav Baran, a party spokesperson, says the Patrick Brown campaign knows the specifics of why the party has suspended the raised money transfer.
      Stephen Harper, pictured Sept. 10, 2015, campaigning in Saint John, N.B., in the federal election. 'I don’t think anybody was surprised by the subject of the endorsement, but they might have been surprised that it was made at all—at least publicly—and the timing,' said Jim Armour. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

      Harper endorsement of Poilievre victory ‘mic drop’ or ‘strategic’ move for win, says former PM’s senior aide

      Conservative Party member Karamveer Lalh says Stephen Harper's endorsement of Pierre Poilievre signals to members that if they liked Harper's approach they should vote for Poilievre. But it could be more strategic

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      Trudeau launches hair war

      Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
      If the Liberals are trying to give Trudeau a more business-like, more sober appearance, the new haircut certainly makes sense.

      The planet is turning into a gigantic tinder box

      Opinion|By Michael Harris
      While politicians obsess about inflation and the next electoral cycle, the planet is stewing in its own juices. Triple-digit temperatures in the United States and Europe are killing people.

      Sovereignty is back on the political landscape, in Alberta

      Opinion|By Sheila Copps
      With sovereignty looming as a potential Alberta issue, it is time for the federal government to engage in Canadian nation building.

      What does ‘Canadian’ mean when we’re talking film?

      Opinion|By John M. Lewis
      We need a fair way to determine which productions should be considered Canadian, and the current 10-point system isn’t only flawed, it’s exclusionary.

      Bloc on full offensive over Liberal challenges to Bill 96, as feds keep eye on implementation

      News|By Stuart Benson
      Bloc MP Denis Trudel recently accused the Liberals of already working to dismantle the controversial language law through the government's proposed reforms to the Official Languages Act.

      Can we set aside ‘Group Think’ long enough to fix environmental assessment in Canada?

      Opinion|By Elizabeth May
      The Liberals have kept the environmental laws that were gutted by the last Conservative government, and the 2019 Impact Assessment Act does nothing to make things better.

      Uganda’s loss is Canada’s gain

      Beyond the obvious humanitarian relief it provided, Canada’s response in the Ugandan South Asian exodus that began 50 years ago holds important political and historical significance.

      On trade with Northern Mexico, Canada is late to the party

      Opinion|By Glenn Williamson
      Now is the precise time for Canada to embrace this part of Mexico.

      Canada can do more at the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons ?

      There is global urgency now as a result of the war in Ukraine, but also an opportunity to push forward our shared disarmament and non-proliferation objectives at the NPT Review Conference in August.

      Women’s advocacy groups to push feds for easier abortion access in Canada, fearing ‘clawed back’ reproductive rights

      While advocacy organizations are pushing for greater access to abortion in Canada in the wake of the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade in the U.S., anti-abortion groups are ramping up their own campaigns.

      Democracy Watch and citizen advocacy groups prepare opposition to proposed Lobbyists’ Code changes

      Democracy Watch says it is concerned that proposed changes to the rule concerning political work in the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct could allow 'corrupt favour-trading.'

      Coalition warns of ‘death knell’ to cryptocurrency industry under proposed tax law changes

      Proposed changes to the Excise Tax Act could shut cryptocurrency companies out of an GST/HST input tax credit that benefits the traditional mining sector.

      String of staff additions, one departure for Agriculture Minister Bibeau

      Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
      Plus, there are two new staff to note in Government House Leader Mark Holland’s office.

      Trudeau gets a haircut and people go bonkers

      Feature|By Mike Lapointe
      Plus, the Coalition for a Better Future, headed by Anne McLellan and Lisa Raitt, will be celebrating the group's first-year anniversary on Aug. 5.

      Staff shuffle in Natural Resources Minister Wilkinson’s office

      Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
      Plus, Seniors Minister Kamal Khera and Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Minister Helena Jaczek are both down a director.

      Hill Climbers: PMO lands a new public opinion research head

      Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
      Plus, Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Minister Ahmed Hussen has welcomed three new staff to his team since May.

      NDP MP Charlie Angus’ book shortlisted for Speaker’s Book Award

      Feature|By Mike Lapointe
      Plus, Deputy Commissioner of Canada Elections Marc Chénier recently made public the details of 14 administrative monetary penalties issued as a result of violations of the Canada Elections Act.

      Giddy-up: Calgary Stampede attracts politicos in cowboy hats, denim and plaid, and some big ol’ belt buckles

      Feature|By Mike Lapointe
      Plus, a diss-track of the prime minister by Conservative MP-turned-rapper Ryan Williams and ahead of the Pope's arrival in Canada, a documentary premieres on the Indigenous delegation’s visit to the Vatican.

      ‘Supersized’ Bank of Canada rate hike necessary to counter runaway wage, price increases, argue economists

      News|By Mike Lapointe
      'What they’re trying to do is cut it off at the pass now by being really aggressive and convince everyone that they’re not going to let inflation stay at these kind of levels,' says the Bank of Montreal's Douglas Porter.

      Put Shaw merger back on the hot seat, say researchers, analysts, as politicos await answers from Rogers

      News|By Stuart Benson
      To improve network resiliency against future outages, Canada should address the 'oligopoly' of Rogers, Bell, and Telus and their domination of the telecommunications market, say experts.

      Rogers and the digital divide

      Opinion|By Erica Ifill
      Whether it’s work or school, civic and social engagement, the internet is now the same as electricity—without it you’re in the dark and isolated.

      Supply chains aren’t going to fix themselves

      Well after Canada has had time to adjust to the new reality of the pandemic, the country continues to face supply chain problems unique to our own nation.

      Supply chain resiliency requires a whole-of-government approach

      As supply chains become increasingly interconnected, it’s more important than ever to ensure ours remain resilient to external pressures.
      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on March 16, 2016, announcing Canada's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the seat had all the hallmarks of a partisan campaign, something that Adam Chapnick says is detrimental to Canada's success on the UNSC. Prime Minister's Office photo courtesy of Adam Scotti

      The definitive history of Canada’s role on the United Nations Security Council

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      Harold Johnson’s book Peace and Good Order is among five shortlisted books for this year's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
      Feature|Beatrice Paez
      'I kind of just go ahead and do what I feel I should do, and get myself into situations where I’m thinking, "Oh, everybody here knows more than I do. But anyway, here goes." It served me very well,' says former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin.
      Feature|Mike Lapointe
      Patterns of interference, intimidation, and harassment of individual Canadians by the Chinese Communist Party ‘demand a response’ from the Canadian government, says veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe in his 2019 book.
      Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured Sept. 14, 2020, arriving for last week's cabinet retreat in Ottawa before Parliament resumes on Sept. 23. Economic and fiscal plans must be tied to economic scenarios with unmeasurable probabilities. Finance ministers around the world will be under pressure to change the way they prepare budgets, writes Kevin Page. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

      COVID-19: economic impacts and prospects

      Opinion|Kevin Page
      There are some potential game changers for outcomes—a vaccine; and a resurgence in international leadership and cooperation. Closer to home, we need a Canadian economic recovery plan that will boost confidence in the future with strategic and measured investments in long-term challenges and adjustment support for Canadians and businesses left behind by the coronavirus.
      Feature|Beatrice Paez, Neil Moss, Mike Lapointe, Samantha Wright Allen, and Abbas Rana
      In what was supposed to be a period in which backbenchers and the opposition could wield more influence over the political debate, power and influence is arguably even more concentrated among a narrow cast of mostly familiar figures.
      If we want to really honour Shannen Koostachin and the many children like her—we need to speak up, keep talking until government takes immediate action to end the inequality. If they don’t—vote them out because kids like Shannen are worth the money. The time for patience is over.
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      The occupation of Ottawa appeared to capture the imagination of restive Canadians motivated by vaccine rejection, dislike of Justin Trudeau and his government, economic frustration, and all manner of disinformation.
      Opinion|Naveed Aziz
      Data-driven genomics research promises long-term benefits for Canadians and our health system: enhanced disease prevention, better predictions of future illness, and more accurate and personalized treatment options.
      For governments to declare victory too soon, there could be a 'massive political price that they'll pay depending on what happens,' says pollster Nik Nanos, as the country stares down yet another wave of COVID-19.
      Living in a rich country doesn’t give us more of a right to life, health, and the benefits of scientific progress than people who happen to be born and live in poorer nations.
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      A time-honoured tradition that was born from the resistance and revolution that eventually freed slaves in the West Indies, Carnival is defiant and refuses to accept restrictive and oppressive societal norms.
      'Canada welcomes the world!' Except if you are an AIDS activist from Africa, Southeast Asia, or Latin America.
      The police and the justice system bear a direct responsibility for the lax treatment of the Nova Scotia shooter over many years.
      Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
      The whole pandemic response system needs an exercise that incorporates all the lessons learned from our stumbling response to COVID, and monkeypox provides an excuse to do it.
      Opinion|Riana Topan
      For the sake of our environment and the health and the welfare of the hundreds of millions of farmed animals in the Canadian food system each year, the plant-based protein sector must receive its fair share of support.
      Opinion|Scott Taylor
      With no major shifts in the battle lines or major clashes, the coverage of the war has been pushed to the back pages of newspapers and often the nightly news shows report only intermittently on this subject.
      Opinion|Donald Savoie

      Prime ministers, unwittingly or not, have unleashed powerful forces when they told government managers to embrace private-sector management practices while leaving their accountability requirements intact

      In an excerpt from his new book 'Government:?Have Presidents and Prime Ministers?Misdiagnosed the Patient?', Donald Savoie says a misdiagnosis of problems in the public service has led to prime ministers and presidents debasing these institutions.
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      Lessons from Cobalt for Ontario’s Ring of Fire

      Governments and mining companies will have to admit that Canada’s lax domestic regulatory structure for mining must be abandoned.

      Labour Minister O’Regan hires a new operations head

      Plus, there are a number of new staff to report in the offices of Families Minister Karina Gould and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough.

      Policy adviser among new hires for International Development Minister Sajjan

      Plus, this summer’s round of staff exits includes Alex Kohut, who recently announced an end to his time as senior manager of research in the Prime Minister’s Office.
      Feature|Mike Lapointe

      Conservative Party moves into new headquarters

      Plus, Judy Trinh joins the CTV National News team, Michelle Carbert bids adieu to The Globe and Mail’s parliamentary bureau, and the Native Women’s Association of Canada has elected Carol McBride as its new president.
      Feature|Mike Lapointe

      Paul Wells joins Munk School as inaugural journalist fellow-in-residence

      Plus, former federal interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose is chairing Rebecca Schulz’s campaign, and the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner is now scheduled for Oct. 22.

      ‘A churn that never stops’: Trudeau shuffles nine senior bureaucrats

      The prime minister recently announced nine appointments to the public service senior ranks and congratulated three retirees, including Shelly Bruce, chief of the Communications Security Establishment.
      Feature|Stuart Benson

      Lawn Summer Nights returns to make ‘CF stand for Cure Found’

      Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling club is back every Wednesday in July to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
      Feature|Neil Moss

      ‘Timing is essential’: quick delivery of arms needed ahead of ‘intense’ fighting, says new Ukrainian ambassador

      'The only [place] where negotiations are happening are on the battlefield,' says Ukrainian Ambassador Yulia Kovaliv on the pathway to end the war.
      Feature|Neil Moss

      Indonesia seeks to finalize trade pact with Canada by 2024, says new ambassador

      Indonesian Ambassador Daniel T.S. Simanjuntak says he hopes for pragmatism in trade talks and a negotiated resolution between Russia and Ukraine.

      What the heck is happening with the economy? The Pearson Centre digs in on July 27

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      Inflation, labour shortages, interest rates, wages, house prices, COVID, the war in Ukraine—what’s going on? Prominent economists will hash it out at an event hosted by The Pearson Centre on Wednesday, July 27. Unsplash photograph by Andre Taissin

      Then-Conservative Party leadership candidate Andrew Scheer is showered in confetti after he is announced as the newly elected leader at the party's convention in Toronto on May 27, 2017. After 13 rounds, the Saskatchewan MP emerged victorious to defeat frontrunner Maxime Bernier. Scheer remained leader until December 2019, after a disappointing federal election result for the party prompted calls for his resignation. Bernier, meanwhile, lost his Quebec seat in the 2019 election under the People's Party of Canada banner.
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