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Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation from cabinet is causing serious headaches for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal caucus. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

SNC-Lavalin controversy and Wilson-Raybould’s resignation ‘serious concern’ for Liberal MPs, Hill staffers, and Liberal insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s version of events will determine if this is a ‘major, minor or no issue’ for the Liberals in the next election, says pollster Nik Nanos.

‘They have to pick a lane, it’s really quite strange’: Trudeau needs a consistent communication strategy on SNC-Lavalin, Wilson-Raybould resignation controversy

News|By Abbas Rana
The SNC-Lavalin affair is yet another example of self-inflicted wounds for the Justin Trudeau Liberals, says pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research

SNC-Lavalin lobbied Liberal-tied ambassador on corruption case, sought help from ex-aides to Chrétien, Mulroney

The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.

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Criminal charges raises spectre of SNC-Lavalin takeover, but feds’ $180-billion infrastructure plan can find other builders, experts say

News|By Jolson Lim
SNC-Lavalin risks a takeover if it's convicted. But aside from likely outrage in Quebec, Ottawa can find other builders for its infrastructure plans if the company is banned from bidding on federal contracts, experts say

‘I got a lot of very, very angry mail’: interest groups ramp up pressure on Senate, government over sweeping environmental assessment bill C-69

‘It all becomes a blur. You can’t possibly read them all,’ said Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons, who started getting emails on Bill C-69 before she was even sworn into the Senate.

Court challenges of Trans Mountain redo expected, ahead of NEB’s final report

B.C. lawyer Eugene Kung says he would be ‘very surprised’ if the Trans Mountain reconsideration process isn’t challenged in court.

Conservatives overtake Liberals’ lead, poll shows, while SNC-Lavalin affair unfolds

News|By Beatrice Paez
Campaign Research's poll was conducted while the fallout from The Globe and Mail's report on SNC-Lavalin and the Prime Minister's Office was unfolding. CEO Eli Yufest says it was a 'pure coincidence.'

Two House chambers? Time to consider it, MPs say

News|By Emily Haws
With two chambers now built, in West Block and Centre Block, some MPs say it’s time to have two running permanently.

Some Independent Senators say ISG rules around political activity go too far

Sen. Stephen Greene is a Conservative member, Sen. Diane Griffin is a member of both the Tories and Greens, while Sen. Marty Klyne disclosed he’s a Liberal donor.

Bains says legislative changes needed to update privacy rules

News|By Jolson Lim
In a Q&A, the innovation minister also says a report on federal digital and data consultations should be released in the 'coming weeks.'
Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation from cabinet is causing serious headaches for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal caucus. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

SNC-Lavalin controversy and Wilson-Raybould’s resignation ‘serious concern’ for Liberal MPs, Hill staffers, and Liberal insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s version of events will determine if this is a ‘major, minor or no issue’ for the Liberals in the next election, says pollster Nik Nanos.

The Prime Minister’s Office better wake up and change the channel

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
It's always tricky when a man is out in public repeatedly attacking a woman. The fact that Jody Wilson-Raybould was a star cabinet minister and first ever-Indigenous AG makes the strarategy even more questionable.

Wilson-Raybould is beating Trudeau at his own game by being silent

Opinion
Jody Wilson-Raybould is showing high principles by saying nothing and waiting for her moment, which is coming.

Wilson-Raybould’s resignation a ‘time bomb’ for Grits, says ex-Liberal aide, while Justice Committee chair says he’s open to hearings

News|By Beatrice Paez
'There’s a need to explain to Canadians whether or not a line has been crossed,' says NDP MP Murray Rankin.

Senators agree to travel as part of study on C-69, but no deadline or details

After hours of talking behind closed doors, Senators agreed to take their study of the government's environmental assessment reform bill on the road, but left the details to the three-member steering committee.

Senate Conservatives plan to ‘gut’ Liberal gun bill, and they may have the numbers to do it

A 12-member Senate committee, with five Conservatives and at least one unaffiliated Senator who, like the Tories, has criticized Bill C-71, means some of those Conservative changes could make it through.

Innovation minister, Finance Committee chair, member top most-lobbied MPs of 2018

Environment and Agriculture were among the most-lobbied departments.

A realistic assessment of the security threat from ‘irregular migrants’

Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Our future economic success relies on robust immigration. It would be good to remember that.

Business Council of Canada to tell us how we can ‘significantly improve’ our ability to compete for jobs, investment

Opinion|By David Crane
The ability to meet future social aspirations for a healthy, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous society for all, depends on innovation and the abilibility to generate wealth and opportunity.

Prevent to protect: the recruitment and use of child soldiers as an early warning indicator, the case of Venezuela

Opinion|By Shelly Whitman

Duclos’s rise to Treasury Board vice-chair shows his ‘quiet competence’: observers

Quebec ministers featured prominently in the cabinet committee shuffle last week, among them Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly and Justice Minister David Lametti.

When friends fight

Australian wine sales have the opportunity to grow across Canada, but when it comes to this trade dispute, business success, longevity, and consumer generosity will be tested.

Meet the top-lobbied political gatekeepers in 2018

The most-lobbied staffers last year worked on money files like innovation and finance, as well as the environment, a hot-button issue legislatively.

Justice minister hires experienced issues management director

David Taylor, communications director to the justice minister, says the hiring was ‘planned well before’ news broke of alleged PMO interference in SNC-Lavalin case.

Mark Eyking becomes fourth Nova Scotia Liberal MP not to seek re-election

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Scott Brison gets a job, and a seminar looking at ways for women in political life to combat cyber harassment.

The weather outside was frightful, but the agriculture industry’s party was oh so delightful

Feature|By Emily Haws
About 300 agriculture industry supporters turned up to the event—a high turn out given the weather and that the House and Senate weren't sitting.

Playing cupid: Political Blind Date’s matches not for the faint of heart

Feature|By Beatrice Paez
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's date with Mississauga, Ont., mayor Bonnie Crombie unfolds like the classic tale of city mouse meets country mouse.

Longtime CBC camera and soundman Danny Leduc dies at 66

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Michael Wilson dies, and a Press Gallery hockey team wins the Bingham Cup.

Minister LeBlanc nabs policy aide from Minister Duclos’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has hired an ex-Queen's Park Liberal staffer, as a special assistant.

Tug of war between innovation and privacy at heart of digital data talks

‘There's a very strong feeling that we can't have the wild west of data,’ says innovation expert Arvind Gupta.

Canada bought more than a pipeline when it bought the Trans Mountain project

Opinion|By Nick Martin
The federal government allowing the pipeline project to collapse would have set an even worse precedent than buying it.

We can do more to make Canada more accessible, inclusive

The Accessible Canada Act is a good start. It should be passed, and changes made to the Disability Tax Credit, among other improvements.

Superclusters move toward first projects as Bains says innovation program ‘kicking into high gear’

News|By Jolson Lim
One expert says it will be years before the public could reasonably say how successful the Liberals' flagship superclusters program will be.

Canada’s economy needs workers with global learning experiences

Opinion|By Alejandro Adem
Providing more internships abroad will invariably buttress Canada’s innovation ecosystem.
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Meanwhile, Conservative Leader?Andrew Scheer?is taking his town-hall tour closer to home.
Opinion
It is not understandable why this government has not debated these comprehensive and informative reports by the auditor general.
We can’t rely on businesses to 'fix' plastic pollution on their own. It’s time for the Canadian government to lead from the front.
Opinion|Daniel Tsai
Passengers deserve better. With the upcoming deadline for submissions, and this being an election year, it is our last chance to finally make airlines accountable.
Opinion|Asia Clarke
It is an election year, right? We should at least be talking about these issues. With International Development Week over, let’s keep the conversation going.
The Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC Lavalin/PMO controversy provides an example as to how a political strategist can attack an opponent over an issue where innocence or guilt isn’t so clear cut.
Opinion
The reality is Canada’s tax system is no longer fit for purpose and it is hurting Canadians, our competitiveness and our economy. Parliamentarians seem to agree.
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Staffers on the move post-shuffle as Rural Economic Development Minister Jordan continues to build team

A number of staffers have followed Seamus O’Regan from veterans affairs to his new office as Minister of Indigenous Services.

Director-level changes in offices of ministers Carr, Sohi, Joly

Erin Flanagan has left Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s office to become director of policy to the trade minister.
Feature|Neil Moss

MPs honour Paul Dewar’s life of public service; bow heads for moment of silence

Plus, Scott Brison bids adieu, Heather Scoffield to join the Toronto Star, and Eric Lindros appears before House Subcommittee on Sports-Related Concussions.
Feature|Neil Moss

Adam Vaughan apologizes for ‘whack’ tweet

Plus, Hélène Laverdière nominates Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Linda Frum will be awarded an honorary doctorate.
Feature|Emily Haws

No snow pants allowed: here’s your guide to the hottest winter and spring shindigs

From a post-budget shindig to the exclusive Politics and the Pen gala, there are lots of opportunities to get out your fanciest suit or dress.

Party crashers: The Hill Times gets kicked out of a Liberal social, but it was fun while it lasted

If MPs were put off by our presence at their closed-to-the media social, they were too polite to say anything.

Colombian envoy praises Canada’s ‘clarity of message’ on Venezuelan crisis

Federico Hoyos moves from his post as one of Colombia’s youngest members of Congress to the youngest in its diplomatic ranks.

Slovakia’s deputy PM visits Canada, talks trade, digitization

The high-level visit last week highlights the ‘many connections’ between the countries, says Slovakia’s new ambassador to Canada Vít Koziak.

House returns Feb. 19 and it’s going to be lively

Monday, February 18th, 2019
House Justice Committee chair Anthony Housefather, pictured Feb. 12, 2019, on the Hill with Bloc Québécois MP Rhéal Fortin, will be holding a closed-door and important committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to decide on the witnesses the committee will call in its investigation into The Globe and Mail's reports of political interference by the PMO in a criminal prosecution regarding SNC-Lavalin. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Me

The 100-year-old elm tree near Centre Block could be removed as part of the Centre Block renovations. A local group is pushing to save the tree from removal. 'We think it’s an important specimen on its own,' says Paul Johanis, chair of the Greenspace Alliance.
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