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Trudeau to be questioned by ‘youth leaders’, MPs

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February 6, 2017
Trudeau to be questioned by ‘youth leaders’, MPs

As the second week of the winter sitting gets underway, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will start his day by taking questions from “youth leaders from universities across Canada” at an open-to-the-media session during which he’s likely to be challenged over his government’s performance on a wide variety of topics, from the environment to the...
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PM to attend Quebec City funeral for victims of mosque attack

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February 3, 2017
PM to attend Quebec City funeral for victims of mosque attack

As the first week of the winter sitting wraps up, MPs still on the clock in the Commons can expect to spend the day debating the proposed Canada – European Union free trade agreement – and, more specifically, the 53 report stage amendments put forward by the New Democrats, which would, if adopted, leave...
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PM to attend Quebec City funeral for victims of mosque attack

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February 3, 2017
PM to attend Quebec City funeral for victims of mosque attack

As the first week of the winter sitting wraps up, MPs still on the clock in the Commons can expect to spend the day debating the proposed Canada – European Union free trade agreement – and, more specifically, the 53 report stage amendments put forward by the New Democrats, which would, if adopted, leave...
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Tories to force House vote on taxing health and dental benefits

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February 2, 2017
Tories to force House vote on taxing health and dental benefits

Even after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly assured the House that the upcoming budget will not include a new tax on private health and dental insurance benefits, the Conservatives are aiming to get that commitment on the record by forcing a day-long debate on a motion that would, if adopted, see the House formally...
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PM Justin Trudeau to install final stone in newly restored West Block tower

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February 1, 2017
PM Justin Trudeau to install final stone in newly restored West Block tower

After keeping the House fires burning until midnight with an after-hours emergency debate on the impact and implications of the sweeping travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, MPs are set to spend much of the morning behind the closed doors of their respective caucus rooms. According to the itinerary provided by his...
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@Kady: Maxime Bernier still number one on the Conservative leadership fundraising circuit

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January 31, 2017
@Kady: Maxime Bernier still number one on the Conservative leadership fundraising circuit

For the second quarter in a row, Quebec MP and loudly self-avowed libertarian Maxime Bernier has managed to outhustle his rival Conservative leadership candidates on the fundraising circuit.  Data on directed donations provided to Elections Canada by the Conservatives reveals a total three-month haul for Bernier of $586,165.27 via 3,804 individual contributions. His closest...
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MPs, minister prepare for emergency debate over US travel ban

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January 31, 2017
MPs, minister prepare for emergency debate over US travel ban

After spending much of Monday in a collective state of shock and sorrow over the attack on a Quebec City mosque, MPs from all sides of the House will get the opportunity to publicly air their thoughts and concerns over another issue that has been topping the political headlines in recent days: the temporary...
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Quebec mosque shootings, US travel ban likely to dominate first day of House business

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January 30, 2017
Quebec mosque shootings, US travel ban likely to dominate first day of House business

  Just hours after news broke of a late-night attack on a Quebec City mosque that left six dead and eight wounded, MPs will gather in the Commons for what will almost certainly be a sombre start to the new sitting – and one that, if tradition holds, will likely undergo last-minute scheduling changes...
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Atlantic premiers, senior federal ministers hold mini-summit in Nova Scotia

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January 27, 2017
Atlantic premiers, senior federal ministers hold mini-summit in Nova Scotia

As the post-holiday House hiatus draws to a close, Treasury Board President Scott Brison will lead a delegation of senior cabinet ministers to Wolfville for a one-day “Atlantic Growth Strategy meeting,” which he’ll host in cooperation with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. On the invite list are the other three Atlantic premiers – Wade...
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Meet your new parliamentary secretaries, Canada

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January 26, 2017
Meet your new parliamentary secretaries, Canada

With just a few days to go before the House re-opens for business, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled the master list of parliamentary secretaries who will be charged with providing support to their respective ministers when the House re-opens for business next week. Ever wonder what a parliamentary secretary actually does? Languish in...
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