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@Kady: Federal conflict watchdog faces ethics conundrum

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February 2, 2017
@Kady: Federal conflict watchdog faces ethics conundrum

In most cases, there is nothing untoward, or even particularly remarkable, about declining to share the details of a potential change in one’s employment status until it becomes official. That’s why job interviews are generally conducted behind closed doors, and why the names of unsuccessful candidates aren’t posted publicly after a decision has been...
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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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@Kady: Sorry, Canadians: No new voting system for you before the next election. (If ever)

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February 1, 2017
@Kady: Sorry, Canadians: No new voting system for you before the next election. (If ever)

So this, it seems, is how the latest pledge to rejig Canada’s electoral system ends: Not with a bang, nor even a whimper, but an update to a ministerial mandate letter. Hot off the prime ministerial presses and posted to his official website earlier today, here is the official confirmation that Prime Minister Justin...
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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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@Kady: The House reopens for business Monday. Here’s what may (or may not) happen when it does.

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January 29, 2017
@Kady: The House reopens for business Monday. Here’s what may (or may not) happen when it does.

After spending just over a month ensconced in their respective ridings, MPs will be back in the chamber on Monday.
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@Kady: Trudeau’s move on cash-for-access could be trap for opposition parties

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January 27, 2017
@Kady: Trudeau’s move on cash-for-access could be trap for opposition parties

So, after weeks – months, even – of pointlessly prolonging his party’s and his own political agony, Justin Trudeau has finally let it be known, through artfully dropped hints from the usual nameless officials, that his government is finally going to stop pretending that there’s nothing unseemly about using cabinet ministers as bait for...
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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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