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Dewar: What should Ottawa's legacy be beyond Canada 150?

... these final days of Canada 150, committing to an ambitious vision that harnesses the spirit of community we've seen this year can build a...

UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples: 10 years on

Last year, NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced a private members bill, C-262, to repudiate colonialism and discriminatory doctrines of superiority, and establish a legislative framework...

The Gargoyle: The week ahead – Politicians take a break, in the nick of time, it seems

The next two weeks of fresh air will certainly do Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant good. On the last day before the House rose, she warned...

Pilieci: Is Gatineau Park really creating a $241 million economic impact?

Paul Dewar, former NDP MP for Ottawa Centre and a long-time supporter of new protections for the park, expressed concern about the NCC's attempt to...

Will the 82-year-old Liberal bastion of Ottawa-Vanier topple? Monday's byelection will decide

As a federal riding, it has been Liberal since its creation in 1935. Its last MP, Mauril Bélanger, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...

PSAC deal a win for union staff – and nobody else

So it's not surprising that the Liberals have delivered happy news to some members of PSAC, the government's largest public-sector union, in the form of...

Belanger's bid to tweak O Canada inches closer to the finish line ...

Last May, Ottawa-Vanier MP Mauril Belanger gave a thumbs up as he receives applause after using a tablet with text-to-speech program to defend his proposed ...and...

Get ready to be questioned, prime minister!

Russian chess grandmaster and activist Garry Kasparov and former Liberal MP and perennial human rights activist Irwin Cotler are slated to testify at Foreign Affairs...

Workers plan protest to crank up pressure on Judy Foote to fix ...

Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote speaks about a review of Canada Post during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, May 5, 2016.NL coast...

Editorial: Jason Kenney should give up his seat as MP

Perhaps the entitled behaviour of these Conservative politicians wouldn't seem so bad if they hadn't cast themselves as guardians of the public purse. In Jason...

@Kady's Watchlist for August 16 – Trudeau to go "mainstreeting" in Charlottetown as Atlantic tour continues

@Kady's Watchlist for August 16 – Trudeau to go "mainstreeting" in Charlottetown as Atlantic tour continues... alongside a provincial premier as he joins Nova Scotia's...

Spencer: Electoral reform? Maybe we should all just join the Senate

Although you'd think the subject couldn't be drier, Elizabeth May recently organized an electoral reform “townhall” in the riding of an Ottawa MP who hasn't...

Reevely: Ontario's Liberals call a byelection … but not for Madeleine ...

Ottawa-Vanier will go into the fall without a provincial representative, it seems, as the Liberals hold off calling a byelection for the seat ex-MPP Madeleine ...and...

Editorial: The truth and Mr. Tootoo

In 2014, when then-Liberal leader Justin Trudeau suspended two MPs from his caucus – Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews – over harassment complaints, dogged work...

NRC president McDougall officially departs — but reasons are still ...

The National Research Council has a new president, but don't bother asking what happened to the old one. The incoming president is Iain Stewart, a...

@Kady Liveblog Replay: MPs wrap up electoral reform hearings until August

The witnesses are settling in at the table, and it appears we have our official (semi-official) replacement for Jason Kenney: As expected, it looks like...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 28 – Phoenix payroll problems force emergency committee confab

Health Minister Jane Philpott heads to Halifax for the launch of the MyHealthNS Personal Health Record, while Liberal MPs Rodger Cuzner and Mark Eyking deliver...

Reevely: Patrick Brown's Tory reconstruction project still has a long way to go

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, speaking at the party's convention in Ottawa in spring 2016. In the same speech, he pledged not to surprise...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 18–House committee puts refugee protection on Hill agenda

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets 16-month-old Madeleine Jamkossian, right, and her father Kevork Jamkossian, refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, during their arrival at...

@Kady: Not all Conservative leadership websites are created equal

You can also scroll through the three endorsements Bernier has picked up thus far from his caucus colleagues — Alex Nuttall and Jacques Gourde, who...

Editorial: The balance of foreign policies

That's where we will see the differences between the Harper Conservatives and the Trudeau Liberals when it comes to security in Europe. Foreign Affairs Minister...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 12 – Big news on Canada's aerospace front? Maybe!

Back on this side of the Atlantic, Transport Minister Marc Garneau heads to Port aux Basques to tour the local terminal alongside Marine Atlantic officials.

Loewen and Goldberg: Jason Kenney's three-part challenge

He lost. In 2002, both Grant Hill and Diane Ablonczy ran for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance on platforms of cooperation with the Progressive...

Spencer: Electoral reform? Let's start by overhauling this committee

On the Tory side, Jason Kenney, of course, had better things to do and was replaced by Blake Richards. The NDP's David Christopherson sat in...

@Kady Liveblog Replay: Two chief electoral officers, no waiting!

Conservative MP Gerald Deltell begins by thanking all the many, many election workers that toil away to make democracy happen before asking Mayrand if he...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 6 – Are you ready for your committee closeup, Minister Monsef?

One committee member who won't be at the table for what will doubtless be a lively exchange of views, however, is Conservative MP Jason Kenney,...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 4 – Calling all Atlantic premiers (and a few cabinet ministers too)

Elsewhere on the west coast, Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, who serves as parliamentary secretary to the employment minister, visits Vancouver as part of an ongoing...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 29 – It's O-Day in O-Town!

Once that wraps up, Obama will make his way back down Sussex Drive to Parliament Hill, where Trudeau will lead a welcome party that will...

@Kady: All-party electoral reform committee eerily functional — for now.

In fact, “elect” is the wrong word, as there was only one candidate on the ballot: veteran Quebec Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, who genially accepted...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 21 – Newly struck electoral reform committee set for first-ever meeting

Before all that gets underway, however, New Democrat House Leader Peter Julian and Guy Caron will hit the stage at the National Press Theatre to...

Peter MacKay has the potential to be a liability to the F-35 cause

In November 2011 Conservative MP Julian Fantino outlined the government's F-35 plan. “We will purchase the F-35,” Fantino said. “We're on record. We're part of...

'I get this place': Will Trudeau's BC roots help him survive unpopular decisions?

The Trudeau boys adored their visits to Grandpa Jimmy Sinclair's West Vancouver home, exploring the former federal Liberal cabinet minister's vast garden that had spots...

@Kady: Leak inquiry puts Liberal MPs' independence to the test

House Speaker Geoff Regan sent it to committee for further study. Since then, committee members have gotten a crash course in the relevant principles and...

PS pay woes: Foote setting up a satellite centre until Phoenix is fixed

Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote confirmed Wednesday the department expects to hire about 100 people to work at the new centre, which will...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 15 – Let the intraparliamentary legislative ping pong match begin! (Maybe.)

Before they do, however, the Commons is set to hold a final third reading vote on Liberal MP Mauril Belanger's proposal to update the lyrics...

@Kady liveblog recap: Senior PMO staffers, Globe and Mail reporter potential witnesses at leak inquiry?

... member Arnold Chan's response to the latest Conservative salvo in an ongoing political battle over the possible premature disclosure of the contentious new provisions,...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 14 – Internal trade, assisted dying on today's parliamentary agenda

... policy, MPs are set to devote today's sitting to the perennial challenge of inter-provincial trade barriers, courtesy of a Conservative opposition motion that would,...

@Kady – Katie Telford, Kate Purchase on Conservative leak probe witness wish list

Last week, Alberta member of Parliament Blake Richards served notice that he intends to put forward a formal motion to call two of Prime Minister...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 13 – Liberal stance on pot possession faces NDP challenge

Finally, Public Services Minister Judy Foote drops by Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax shipyard to deliver an update on the Canadian Surface Combatant procurement strategy, which will...

Trudeau, 100 young public servants to sit down, talk about the future

... Council Clerk Michael Wernick and Treasury Board president Scott Brison — both of whom have indicated the public service needs a rapid infusion of...

The Gargoyle: A season of socials and sinkholes

These days, if there are journalists around, Conservative party leadership candidates aren't far behind. At Stornoway that evening were hopefuls Dr. Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier,...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 10 – Mauril Belanger's O Canada update campaign to carry on … for now.

Ailing Liberal MP Mauril Belanger's bid to tweak the lyrics of O Canada seemed doomed to go down on a technicality after the House rejected...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 9 – House debates ISIS 'genocide' while Senate ponders further changes to assisted dying ...

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith teams up with Animal Justice lawyer Camille Labchuk and University of Alberta law professor Peter Sankoff to respond to the anticipated...

Brison agrees to interim measures for bargaining with PS unions

The Liberal government is introducing stopgap measures for the current round of collective bargaining with Canada's public servants that will get around controversial rules of...

Former MPs call on NCC to revisit LeBreton bid process

In a joint opinion piece published in the Citizen on Monday, former Conservative MP John Baird, above, and former Liberal MP John Manley are asking...

The Gargoyle: The Courts, the Commons, the clapping

Also attending the debate was Conservative MP Steven Blaney, who sat with Sen. Pamela Wallin. Throughout the night, Blaney quietly applauded whenever Black criticized the...

Scott Reid on how Scott Reid is wrong and some electoral reform would be … wronger

Although, in this case, the Scott Reid in question is not the loudmouth former political aide and Ace Frehley fanatic who pens this column. We're...

@Kady: Liberals back NDP electoral reform committee, give up majority control

Instead, Liberal MPs will throw their support behind NDP MP Nathan Cullen's counter-proposal to divvy up the seats around the committee table based on the...

@Kady's Watchlist for June 2 – Are the Liberals ready to make a deal on democratic reform?

Treasury Board President Scott Brison and a trio of senior officials will field questions on the latest supplementary estimates at Government Operations, members of which...

Glavin: Strange days for the new Conservative party

... government program spending”), can also be read as a rebuke not only to former Liberal habits of dipping into the fund, but to the...