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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Fran?ois Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and new Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

‘Much more gets accomplished when hyper-partisanship is taken out of politics’: MPs, experts, politicos weigh in on leadership during global pandemic’s second wave

News|By Mike Lapointe
'When we’re going through a crisis like this—this may be the biggest one in my lifetime—the public has no patience for petty political games, name-calling and finger-pointing,' said Mr. Manley.

O’Toole can’t keep promise to return election rebates to Conservative riding associations if there’s a fall or spring federal election, but he will next time

News|By Abbas Rana
'Ridings will receive the full equivalent of their candidate rebate for every election going forward,' says Cory Hann, the Conservative Party’s director of communications.

New Green Leader Paul says she’s been invited to run in ridings across the country, as she sets sights on Toronto Centre byelection

News|By Abbas Rana
'If Annamie Paul could win a riding on her own...that will really put wind in the sails of the Green Party movement in Canada,' says pollster Nik Nanos.

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NDP’s openness to backing Liberals for full mandate likely won’t be reciprocated, say politicos

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The Liberals will, at some point, have their ducks in order,' says Liberal strategist Elliot Hughes. 'They’ll set things up so the NDP is unable to support an initiative, and maybe not meet a demand.'

Assisted-dying parliamentary review still up in air as Justice Committee stares down ‘logjam’

The new legislation must come into effect by Dec. 18 in order to meet the deadline imposed by a Quebec court after the September 2019 Truchon case and subsequent appeals by both the federal and Quebec governments.

Pandemic throws line-by-line approval of billions of dollars in spending off course

News|By Beatrice Paez
The main spending estimates won’t be approved until at least December and may be considered alongside the next instalment of supplementary estimates, says Conservative critic Luc Berthold.

NDP says Liberals at fault for slow progress on testing voting app that is ‘months away’ from being ready

News|By Neil Moss
Chief Government Whip Mark Holland says the House is going 'full tilt' in developing and testing the app and is 'almost at the finish line.'

Liberal MP Fragiskatos tops first-quarter spending thanks to pandemic ad blitz

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Board of Internal Economy Committee recently approved a 20 per cent budget change to be used on public messaging.

New Green leader must unify party after crowded race, members say, as Paul marks historic win

'I think there’s a lot of healing to be done and if we approach it in this spirit of mutual respect, I think we can emerge from this difficult period a much stronger party,' says runner-up Dimitri Lascaris.

New COVID-relief programs could cost upwards of $14.6-billion, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
Eligible workers are now being directed to three COVID relief programs, which the office projected could cost a total of $14.64-billion this year and $5.84-billion in 2021-22.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Fran?ois Blanchet, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and new Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

‘Much more gets accomplished when hyper-partisanship is taken out of politics’: MPs, experts, politicos weigh in on leadership during global pandemic’s second wave

News|By Mike Lapointe
'When we’re going through a crisis like this—this may be the biggest one in my lifetime—the public has no patience for petty political games, name-calling and finger-pointing,' said Mr. Manley.

Harris opts for a risk-free evening, but she was no doubt screaming inside

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If elected on Nov. 3, Kamala Harris is literally a step away from the president’s job. Her boss is already 77 years old and has mused about serving one term. Maybe that is why she is always smiling.

Forget the deficit doomsters, the IMF’s got it right

Opinion|By David Crane
We need productive public investment now for a clean and smart post-pandemic economy if we are to avoid long-term unemployment and economic stagnation.

Urban-based Indigenous populations matter, let’s start acting like it

We have an extraordinary responsibility to ensure that this structural violence does not continue to play out in lives of the urban-based First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-status peoples. They matter.

Old and new priorities compete for space in Liberals’ fall agenda

Talk of pharmacare, childcare and clean energy is nothing new, but a re-surging pandemic could sideline everything else.

Ottawa mayor calls on Trudeau to send cash to people with disabilities, pass Bill C-17

'To date, there have not been direct attempts by the federal government to address the concerns of many Canadians with disabilities who have few alternatives,' Mayor Jim Watson wrote in the July 14 letter.

Liberals preparing legislation to extend deadlines for courts, security reviews and more amid pandemic

The law could give Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains more time to give notice of a national security review to a foreign company trying to take over a Canadian business.

Dispute in the South Caucasus runs hot again

Opinion|By Robert M. Cutler
The new prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, asserted the occupied territories to be an integral part of Armenia proper. No Armenian politician had said that since the war in the early 1990s.

Canada-Irish relationship ‘ripe for development,’ new envoy says

Eamonn McKee, Ireland’s ambassador-designate to Canada, was one of the negotiators who helped bring about the Good Friday Agreement to end conflict in Northern Ireland.

Donald Trump, power tool of the new barbarians

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With election day in America looming and a previously unthinkable coup threatened by the incumbent, let’s note the significant difference in this latest epic assault on democracy.

Lobbyists eye ‘high stakes’ throne speech as opportunity for client interests in Liberal reset

‘Quality versus quantity makes the most sense’ in a constrained period with a lot of moving parts, including a new Conservative leader who should be part of an ‘everyone matters’ advocacy approach, says Jacquie LaRoque.

June lobbying a success with wage subsidy extension, groups say

With 2,002 recorded communications, June saw a dip in lobbying compared to each of the four previous months of 2020, but it was busier than the last sitting month in 2019.

Lobby groups push feds to pivot to recovery phase, say more cash needed for key sectors

In May organizations logged 1,998 lobbying reports, with economic development, health, and industry among the most discussed matters.

O’Toole’s OLO hires new regional advisers, speechwriter

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
International Trade Minister Mary Ng has a new press secretary in her office, with Youmy Han recently replacing Ryan Nearing in the role.

Champagne popping off to Europe in hopes of quelling Armenia-Azerbaijan clash

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Ralph Goodale is set to be named Canada’s next U.K. high commissioner, according to a CBC report; and Jagmeet Singh joins in on the Dreams TikTok trend.

Crunchie bar and Doritos: NDP MP Green shares how he got by during Wednesday’s early-morning House vote

Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner thanks a House IT whiz for saving her life, amid the inevitable technical glitches MPs continue to face in a virtual Parliament.

First virtual Commons vote featured lags and laughs

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Conservative Senator Salma Ataullahjan is seeking to become be the first Canadian Inter-Parliamentary Union president, and past Bloc MP, opposition House leader Suzanne Tremblay dies at 83.

Cudmore joins Public Safety Minister Blair’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, special advisers Leslie O’Leary and Mike McNair both recently marked their last day in the Prime Minister’s Office, again.

New Senate art display is the first ever to feature Black artists

Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey is pushing to see more diversity represented in the art hanging throughout the building the Upper Chamber calls home, calling the new display the ‘first iteration’ of those efforts.
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New oversight for Senate fails to make Senators accountable

Opinion|By Daniel Tsai
As it stands now and under the new oversight plan, the Senate remains completely unaccountable such that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn’t apply to the Senate's governance.

Potential Proud Boys proliferation in Canada’s military deserves a closer look

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
One has to wonder if the Proud Boys membership has increased throughout the CAF since the 2017 Halifax incident, and, if so, are they, too, ‘standing by’?

Of culture wars and cranks: how COVID became a deadly test of our collective responsibility

Opinion|By Les Whittington
It goes without saying that, with the second wave of the pandemic roaring ahead, Canadian leaders need to work much harder to reinforce the message that individual responsibility is the key to holding back COVID-19.

Liberals ignoring promise for trade transparency as U.K. talks ‘commence,’ say critics

News|By Neil Moss
The Liberals had promised to give Parliamentarians greater oversight in trade negotiations in February to gain NDP support for the new NAFTA, but those agreed-upon changes have not been enacted.

MPs, experts welcome new mental health spending, but urge feds to take more decisive action

The federal government's latest COVID response bill has $116-million to expand virtual care and mental health services. While Parliamentarians welcome the investments, some are saying it doesn't match the need.
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

The first definitive history of Canada's time on the UN Security Council is a must read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy.
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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Plus, the federal government and Ontario pony up nearly $600-million to produce electric cars at Ford's Oakville plant.

Opinion|Bruce Carson
Canadians elected MPs to act in their interest, or, at the very least, protect their interests. They are accountable and should be pressing to solve this problem and get rapid tests to Canadians.
It is obvious now, with the pandemic bouncing back fiercely, that the virus will dictate socio-economic conditions and every government’s programs for some time to come.
Opinion
Without status, many migrants are left without rights.
Opinion|Eva Kittay
When our own lives are not in crisis, we fail to see how our neglect, self-absorption, disdain for others weakens the structure as a whole.?
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Opinion|Huda Mukbil
Systemic racism in S&I is a threat to our national security. Failure to tackle it can compromise our ability to protect Canadians from terrorism, foreign interference, and cyber threats.
In the context of COVID-19, while agencies and statisticians cannot control the outcome and recovery of the virus, they can and must continue to play a prominent role in helping society better understand the impacts.
Opinion|Tim McMillan
Canadians want natural gas and oil to be part of our economic recovery. The recent Ipsos poll showed 63 per cent of Canadians believe the natural gas and oil industry should be encouraged to grow.
Opinion
We will neither understand nor eradicate racism without the courage to examine what produced it, and question what perpetuates it. The time to face our duty to memory, truth, conscience, and justice is now.
Greater awareness should allow for deeper conversations that either clarify points of divergence or, ideally, commonalities that bridge differences or at least improve civility.
This giant of a man was renowned to friends and colleagues for his spiritual power, an indefinable inner light that guided him through the best and worst of times.

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

The first definitive history of Canada's time on the UN Security Council is a must read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy.

‘Tinkering’ won’t fix legal system, communities need Indigenous jurisdiction, says former lawyer in new book

Harold Johnson’s book Peace and Good Order is among five shortlisted books for this year's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Chiefs of staff on the move: Champagne, Joly, MacAulay change top staffers as new session of Parliament begins

Fran?ois-Philippe Champagne hires Daniel Lauzon, Lawrence MacAulay hires Patricia Beh, and Mélanie Joly names her director of parliamentary affairs, Sandra Aubé, as her acting chief of staff.

O’Toole gets his OLO in shape, names Bélanger as his deputy chief

Veteran Conservative staffer Martin Bélanger will be working closely with new leader Erin O’Toole’s chief of staff, Tausha Michaud.
Feature|Palak Mangat

O’Toole describes himself as a ‘smartass’ kid, talks about how his mother’s death when he was a young boy ‘became a driving force in my life’ in his first ‘get-to-know-me’ ads

Plus, former NDP MP Nathan Cullen is in the midst of a controversy involving his bid for the B.C. NDP's Stikine seat, an incident leading to some female politicians to highlight the 'party establishment.'
Feature|Neil Moss

PMO shuffles public service, with new PHAC president named

Plus, past Grit PM John Turner has died at 91, and CBC parliamentary bureau chief Rob Russo is leaving the newsroom after seven years.

As union members face COVID-19 pandemic ‘head on,’ PSAC calls for feds to return to bargaining table

Treasury Board spokesperson Martin Potvin says the government's goal is to take 'constructive steps to keep meeting and to prepare for negotiations when they resume.'

‘Critical situation’ in prisons as health-care workers threaten to walk over lack of protective equipment

'The Correctional Service of Canada continues to take a number of preventative measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in federal institutions,' according to the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

No more Hill parties, after coronavirus pandemic forces Parliament Hill to shut down

'Politics and the Pen is probably the exact opposite of social distancing. We cram so many people into the ballroom that you can barely keep one to two inches away,' says Jim Armour.??

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.

Vietnamese envoy arrives on repatriation flight, one of many firsts for new cohort of ‘Zoom diplomats’

‘We are Zoom diplomats now,’ says Pham Cao Phong, who, with the South Korean envoy, was the first ambassador in Canada to present their credentials to the Governor General virtually.

South Korean scholar-turned-diplomat sees posting as front-row seat to ‘virtual diplomacy era’

Chang Keung Ryong, a former political science and foreign policy professor, says he’d like to write a book about the gap between theory and practice in diplomacy.

Trade Minister Ng to speak at virtual event hosted by Montreal Council on Foreign Relations on Nov. 2

Monday, October 12th, 2020
Trade Minister Speaks to Montreal Audience—Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng (Markham-Thornhill, Ont.) will deliver remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. Monday, Nov. 2, from 12-12:30 p.m. Register online by Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Unifor president Jerry Dias, pictured at Ford's innovation centre in the suburbs of Ottawa, says he estimates that 3,000 of the 3,400 jobs at the auto company's plant in Oakville, Ont., will be saved thanks to the federal government and Ontario's pledge to each commit $295-million. That money will be used to retool Ford's Oakville facility.
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