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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured Friday speaking to reporters in Gatineau, Que., says he will 'explore all options' before choosing to help send voters to the polls amid the pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Recovery measures for ‘national safety net’ should be in place before any talk of election, says Singh

News|By Palak Mangat
Bloc Québécois Leader tested positive for the virus and is in isolation until Sept. 26, which means he will be missing the Throne Speech.

‘Disheartening’ report on child well-being places urgency on creation of commissioner, say experts

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know this generation will be paying the debt that's incurred in the pandemic for a long time, so Canada needs to look at things we’ve been calling for for a long time now,' says Lisa Wolff of UNICEF.

‘Like a criminal’: Canada-U.S. asylum agreement has a human cost, refugee says

The U.S. 'is not a safe country for refugees,’ says a woman who Canada turned away because she entered the U.S. first. Her case helped convince a Federal Court judge the SCTA should end, a ruling the feds are appealing.

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Parties ramp up fundraising to cope after ‘big hiccup’ of pandemic, with a modified ‘return to normal,’ say experts

News|By Palak Mangat
Given 'all the different hints' of an early election call, Burlington Conservative riding association head Ross Noble says his team is looking to expand its fundraising efforts, with different formats and larger groups.

‘Basic human rights’ at stake in Nunavut housing crisis, says NDP MP Qaqqaq

'I feel like I’m fighting all the time,' says Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who isn’t sure whether she’ll run for office again.

Black student groups lead the charge as StatsCan data gives deep dive on racism in education

Recent Statistics Canada findings indicate socio-economic factors alone can't account for the disparities in educational outcomes between Black Canadians and the rest of the population.

O’Toole’s pitch to working class a winner, say strategists, but he’ll have to go through union boss Jerry Dias

‘When he kicked off his campaign, he was picking a fight with me. The reality is, I accept,’ says Unifor president Jerry Dias.

DeLorey, Deltell brief Conservatives on election readiness and fall strategy

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservatives don't want a snap election in the fall but will be ready if one is called, say Conservative MPs.

Experts sound alarm over ‘politicized’ U.S. intelligence, say COVID-19 pandemic a ‘wake-up call’ about Canada’s new national security threats

News|By Mike Lapointe
Bitter partisanship in U.S. could undermine intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes and Ottawa needs to rethink its security and intelligence apparatus this century as the Arctic melts.

Trudeau Liberals risk leaving ideological centre open by tilting further to the left in Throne Speech, say some Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals do not want an election, but don't want to be seen 'pushed around' by opposition parties either, says Liberal political insider Greg MacEachern.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured Friday speaking to reporters in Gatineau, Que., says he will 'explore all options' before choosing to help send voters to the polls amid the pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Recovery measures for ‘national safety net’ should be in place before any talk of election, says Singh

News|By Palak Mangat
Bloc Québécois Leader tested positive for the virus and is in isolation until Sept. 26, which means he will be missing the Throne Speech.

O’Toole’s big blue tent looks more like the Ford/Trump sideshow

Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Conservative standard bearer has continued his party’s policy of demonizing Justin Trudeau, never missing a chance to depict the prime minister as a preening celebrity.

Donald Trump and the art of the lie

Opinion|By Michael Harris
The U.S. president has encouraged Americans to play Russian roulette with their lives, and mocked opponents who have taken the virus seriously.

The death of WE in Canada is shameful

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The death of WE in Canada will kill any momentum that the opposition parties are seeking to pump up. But don’t expect them to stop trying. The program was killed, the finance minister is gone, and so is WE.

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.

Senate oversight committees aim to start meeting this week

The Senate’s Finance and Social Affairs committees are preparing to start their studies of the government’s COVID-19 relief effort.

Pandemic crisis tests durability of MPs’ parliamentary privileges, say MPs, experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu says MPs have little recourse, other than to file a complaint with the House Speaker, for raising concerns about breaches of privilege.

On Iran sanctions, Canada needs to step up against Trump’s unilateralism

Opinion|By Helyeh Doutaghi
It is crucial for the Trudeau government to join UNSC members and its European allies in refusing to adopt any measures under the United Nations Act that would enact UN sanctions on Iran under U.S. terms.

Would two terms of Trump mean the end of American democracy? Not necessarily

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
What Donald Trump has triggered—and somebody was bound to trigger it around now, because every political niche, like every evolutionary niche, is always filled—is a final reckoning on the ‘race problem.'

Donald Trump’s miracle vaccine

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Donald Trump's bet on a vaccine moonshot could deliver a pre-election payoff, but it mustn't kill voters first

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.

‘We’re all hurting’: culture and sports groups say they need added funds, emergency support extended

The government says it’s developing a new portal in ‘record time’ to help fund arts, culture, and sport organizations, while opposition MPs say a plan for the sector has been too slow.

Aline Chrétien, former PM’s ‘closest confidante,’ remembered as ‘class act’ by politicos, Hillites

Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, as Parliament readies to return, new Conservative Whip Blake Richards recently likened the remote voting system being considered by the House of Commons to swiping on Tinder.

‘Those are his pyjamas’: O’Toole opts for suit and tie to catch thrilling Raptors playoff game

Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, NDP MP Niki Ashton and longtime party staffer George Soule celebrate their birthdays by appealing to voters and donors.

Green Party leadership candidates to debate Canada’s role in the world

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, John Ivison and Mike Moffatt place a wager on the future public debt interest rate, and former Tory MP David Anderson joins a religious freedom think tank as an adviser.

Communications team changes for Joly, Murray has a new chief

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay recently promoted Cameron McNeill to press secretary, among a number of other recent political staffing moves.

Patel joins PMO, Minister Monsef names new operations director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, press secretary Maéva Proteau recently left the finance minister’s office to take over as director of communications to Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly.

A tale of two Erins: Colorado radio host talks shop with new Conservative leader

Feature|By Palak Mangat
Plus, late Liberal MP Ralph Ferguson is remembered by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley as 'ahead of his time on conservation, the environment and renewable energy.'
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Indigenous visions for Canadian post-secondary institutions: past, present, and future

Opinion|By Shelly Johnson
The relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadian post-secondary institutions remains wary, despite Canada’s apologies and financial settlements for its Indian Residential School or Sixties Scoop projects.

Doubling down on research during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research leads to discoveries; discoveries lead to new products and services; and new products create jobs and protect the health of Canadians.

University education and Black youth

Opinion|By Carl James
Despite the growing racial diversity of today’s student population and universities’ claims of being inclusive, the whiteness and the colonial structure of the system remains.

COVID-19 and the future of Canadian universities

Opinion|By Ken Coates
The path forward for Canada’s universities is troubling, complex, and uncertain.

How the pandemic has driven us to up our game in research and teaching

Opinion
Across the country, and the world, institutions are stepping up with a shared purpose. This concentrated effort will make a difference, playing a significant role in overcoming the pandemic.
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. 'We live in troubled times. The rule of law and judicial independence are under threat around the world. We can’t be complacent. We must avoid actions that will disrupt the delicate balance Canadians throughout history have worked so hard to get right,' writes Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Democracy, a delicate balance

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.
Opinion|Susan Jane le Jeune d'Allegeershecque
Like you, our Parliamentarians have a challenging international agenda before them. It will require working with traditional friends and those who see the world differently to us if we are to have any chance of making progress. Many people are looking to countries like ours to take a lead. We cannot disappoint them.
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Plus, Canada Revenue Agency underestimated the number of accounts that had been compromised by recent cyberattacks.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu says 'no one at the political level knew' the network's international focus had been 'sidelined,' calling it 'an administration decision.'
Political strategists say they expect a mini-budget or beefed-up economic statement before year’s end, something former PBO Kevin Page says ‘can’t wait’ until next spring.
We have the ideas, the ability, and the social will to make positive change for our children, but it has to start now, before it’s too late.
Opinion|Linda Silas
We have an obligation to build healthier workplaces, create permanent jobs with fair wages and benefits, reform employment insurance provisions, and much more.
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Opinion|Kevin Page
There are some potential game changers for outcomes—a vaccine; and a resurgence in international leadership and cooperation and we need a Canadian economic recovery plan that will boost confidence in the future.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
Allowing Erik Myggland to continue serving, despite knowledge of his abhorrent beliefs, only illustrates how far the Canadian Armed Forces still have to go to address racism in its ranks.
The adverse attention on prominent women like Payette will do nothing to encourage future female leaders to venture into public life. If so, we will all be the poorer for it.
Recognizing the Northwest Passage as Canadian would deny access to China and Russia and safeguard U.S. security.
Opinion|David Crane
While excellent at starting really smart new companies, Israel, like Canada, has much less success in turning these into locally owned multinationals with the potential to create thousands of domestic jobs.
The Canadian biotech sector should rest assured that our government recognizes the critical role it plays in our economy.

Canada long overdue for ‘more populist voices’ to take up cause of ‘expendables’, says economist Rubin?

'Now there’s a new imperative. Bring that mask production, or ventilator production, or for that matter, generic drugs—bring that back home,' says economist Jeff Rubin, author of The Expendables.
Feature|Alex Marland

Five political scientists offer fresh insights into election campaigning in three provinces

Provincial Battles, National Prize? Elections in a Federal State is a study of the 2015 Canadian federal election, with a twist: it examines campaign dynamics in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Dea exits as PMO issues, parliamentary affairs director

Plus, the Liberal research bureau has a new communications director, and there are a couple of staff departures from the Conservative OLO to note.

Federal Diversity Minister Chagger makes some staffing changes

Meanwhile, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair is in need of a new director of communications after Brittany Perreault’s exit.
Feature|Neil Moss

Scaled-down Remembrance Day Ceremony to mark 75th anniversary of end of Second World War

Plus, the earliest date for a Toronto Centre byelection is on Oct. 12, and Kelsey Johnson is leaving Hill scrums for grad school.

‘Campaigns do matter’: Wexit’s Jay Hill votes in Conservative leadership race, resigns CPC membership

Plus, Canada's chief public health officer and her deputy may take their message to TikTok.

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.

Donner Prize winner to be announced, as Parliament readies for return

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
But first, coffee: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has her hands full as she arrives for Day One of the two-day Liberal cabinet retreat in Ottawa on Sept. 14. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A view of the Prime Minister's Office, pictured on Sept. 15, 2020, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hunkered down over the past a couple of days, holding private meetings and calls with opposition leaders days before the Throne Speech. A confidence vote will be held on the speech, which could result in the toppling of the government and a snap election amid the pandemic.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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