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          Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, left, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Fran?ois Blanchet. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia

          Trudeau still dogged by questions about timing of the election during first leaders’ debate

          News|By Ian Campbell
          Analysts say there was no clear winner in the Sept. 2 French-language debate, but campaign narratives are beginning to take shape.

          At least 22 former MPs running to win back seats in the 2021 election

          'We have a responsibility to try and make Canada better, make our ridings better, and ... make the world better. We need to embrace that, even though it is a very difficult time,' says NDP candidate Wayne Stetski.

          Protests on campaign trail nothing new, but more intense in 2021, say politicos

          News|By Mike Lapointe
          The Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s Evan Balgord says this campaign’s protests have diverted from those in the past and seem driven by misinformation, 'very raw hatred,' and vitriol.

          O’Toole backed by fresh but familiar team for digital-heavy 2021 Conservative campaign

          While the Conservative team includes many of the experienced hands behind Erin O’Toole’s successful leadership run, it’s largely a new roster from the party’s 2019 national campaign.

          Léger poll on eve of first French debate shows O’Toole gaining momentum in Quebec

          News|By Ian Campbell
          Pundits say that a sleepy campaign in Quebec is only now entering its more serious phase, but the shifts in the polls so far move the Conservatives into seat-gain territory.

          Feds mum on whether Incident Response Group has met to address Afghan crisis

          News|By Neil Moss
          A formal meeting of a cabinet committee isn't necessary as long as cabinet members can co-ordinate its response to the Afghan crisis informally, says past Privy Council clerk Mel Cappe.

          Canada’s podcasters take on the election

          Podcasting is a forum that allows host David Herle to say what he wants and explain politics to a level of detail that even the 'keenest observer' might not otherwise understand.

          Red versus blue rematch marks tight Richmond Hill battle

          News|By Alice Chen
          After one of the tightest races of the 2019 election, the Liberal incumbent and Conservative challenger are both counting on their respective ground games to put them over the edge.

          Voter frustration could mute slim boost incumbency gives sitting MPs at the ballot box

          Political strategists say Canadians are frustrated after almost two years of dealing with the pandemic, and that calling an election without a 'clear narrative' can damage the incumbent's advantage.

          Much to be desired in party outreach to marginalized, minority communities this election, say advocates

          News|By Alice Chen
          Indigenous and Black advocates say they’ve seen little in the way of targeted policy announcements so far this election, leaving them to judge parties based on their past.
          Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, left, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Fran?ois Blanchet. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia

          Trudeau still dogged by questions about timing of the election during first leaders’ debate

          News|By Ian Campbell
          Analysts say there was no clear winner in the Sept. 2 French-language debate, but campaign narratives are beginning to take shape.

          Harper without a scowl: can O’Toole sell voters a package of Harper retreads?

          Opinion|By Les Whittington
          Overall, Erin O’Toole’s proposals owe a great deal to Stephen Harper and the Reform-based movement he brought to power more than a decade ago.

          O’Toole proving to be key player, not political prop

          Opinion|By Tim Powers
          For now, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has dulled internal political division in his party. He has Conservatives believing a win is possible.

          The importance of honest attacks

          Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
          Lying about your opponents can backfire, but that doesn't mean you can't get creative with the truth.

          Four years on, past critics are silent on whether fears around transgender human rights bill were founded

          News|By Alice Chen
          Then, furor erupted around the bill, with media attention centring on University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson’s concerns of free speech and being compelled to employ certain words and gender-neutral terms.

          Senator’s ‘good faith’ journalism royalties bill flawed, say media watchdogs

          News|By Alice Chen
          MPs, Senators say they support Sen. Claude Carignan’s effort to have web giants pay for posting news through copyright laws, noting more needs to be done to support the journalism industry.


          News|By Alice Chen
          The approach taken needs to get to the “root causes of violence … and provide support for survivors under a cohesive framework,” Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation said.

          Canada should take action against companies involved in Hong Kong pension troubles

          Canadian companies have refused legitimate requests from Hong Kongers who want to withdraw money from their pension funds and move abroad.

          Next government needs to modernize NORAD, address cyber threats

          Opinion|By Kristen Csenkey
          Whoever forms Canada’s next government will need to ensure that NORAD modernization is translated into policy beyond updating equipment.

          Questions linger after Afghans abandoned

          Opinion|By Michael Harris
          Whose purposes did this war serve, and what lessons have we learned?

          Record-breaking lobbying in June as election buzz, end of sitting drive activity

          Lobbyists filed 2,398 communication reports in the federal registry last month, pushing activity up nine per cent compared to June 2020.

          OCL staff eye summer reprieve, as lobbying activity continues to reach new heights

          Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger says it will be interesting to see if the lobbying activity this coming summer will be comparable to that of last year, which set new records in an already bumper year.

          Vaping group tops April outreach in record-breaking month for lobbying

          Lobbyists filed 2,706 communications last month, pushing activity up 12 per cent compared to April 2020 and making it the busiest April on record.

          Angry crowds result in cancelled, disrupted Trudeau campaign events

          Feature|By Alice Chen
          Plus, a contentious GTA riding is one of the featured B'nai Brith virtual debates the same day the federal leaders are set to clash publicly for the first time.

          Life in the City of Dirty Water: memoir takes readers into the life of Clayton Thomas-Müller, environmental activist

          Feature|By Zainab Al-Mehdar
          Plus, Minister Monsef was criticized for referring to the Taliban as 'our brothers,' and a former federal minister entered a two-woman race for Manitoba's PC leadership.

          Paula Simons launches video series celebrating Alberta

          Feature|By Alice Chen
          Plus, Todd Doherty wins a mental health award and a march in Ottawa is planned in solidarity with the detained Michaels.

          Leaders’ debate dates and venue announced?

          Plus, Canada appoints new envoys in Hong Kong and South Africa, and Tanya Talaga, an award-winning author and journalist, signs a three-book deal.

          ‘Incredible feeling’ to lead Centre Block work says Canada’s incoming, sixth-ever Dominion sculptor

          Feature|By Zainab Al-Mehdar
          John-Philippe Smith is taking over for Phil White, who retired after 15 years on the job and amid the massive rehabilitation project.

          Conservative election ad pulled, but not before being panned by party members and public alike

          Feature|By Alice Chen
          Plus, Deb Schulte to campaign despite renewed cancer diagnosis and a Green staffer decides to run for the second time.

          Reliance on U.S. remains a threat to Canadian economy

          Opinion|By David Crane
          The U.S. has a long history of threatening protectionist measures that would harm Canada's economy. We need to find more partners with which to exchange goods and investments.

          Infrastructure projects should look past COVID-19 to include climate focus, says McKenna

          Infrastructure projects, including those related to transportation and broadband connectivity, can include a focus on climate change, according to outgoing Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna.

          Transportation infrastructure key for Canada’s economic recovery

          Investing in transportation infrastructure will allow Canada and Canadian businesses to contend with international competition in adjusting to the economic shocks of COVID-19 this past year and a half.

          Let’s spark plug the transportation industry

          A successful recovery post-pandemic requires us to reassess government supports in two critical transportation industries: airports and maritime ports.

          Building sustainable infrastructure for next-generation cities

          Opinion|By Ursula Eicker
          As buildings, energy, and transportation infrastructure have a lifetime of many decades, all investment decisions today need to satisfy the ambitious decarbonization goals of tomorrow.
          Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on March 16, 2016, announcing Canada's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the seat had all the hallmarks of a partisan campaign, something that Adam Chapnick says is detrimental to Canada's success on the UNSC. Prime Minister's Office photo courtesy of Adam Scotti


          The first definitive history of Canada's time on the UN Security Council is a must read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy.
          Harold Johnson’s book Peace and Good Order is among five shortlisted books for this year's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
          Feature|Beatrice Paez
          'I kind of just go ahead and do what I feel I should do, and get myself into situations where I’m thinking, "Oh, everybody here knows more than I do. But anyway, here goes." It served me very well,' says former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin.
          Feature|Mike Lapointe
          Patterns of interference, intimidation, and harassment of individual Canadians by the Chinese Communist Party ‘demand a response’ from the Canadian government, says veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe in his 2019 book.
          Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured Sept. 14, 2020, arriving for last week's cabinet retreat in Ottawa before Parliament resumes on Sept. 23. Economic and fiscal plans must be tied to economic scenarios with unmeasurable probabilities. Finance ministers around the world will be under pressure to change the way they prepare budgets, writes Kevin Page. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

          COVID-19: economic impacts and prospects

          Opinion|Kevin Page
          There are some potential game changers for outcomes—a vaccine; and a resurgence in international leadership and cooperation. Closer to home, we need a Canadian economic recovery plan that will boost confidence in the future with strategic and measured investments in long-term challenges and adjustment support for Canadians and businesses left behind by the coronavirus.
          Feature|Beatrice Paez, Neil Moss, Mike Lapointe, Samantha Wright Allen, and Abbas Rana
          In what was supposed to be a period in which backbenchers and the opposition could wield more influence over the political debate, power and influence is arguably even more concentrated among a narrow cast of mostly familiar figures.
          If we want to really honour Shannen Koostachin and the many children like her—we need to speak up, keep talking until government takes immediate action to end the inequality. If they don’t—vote them out because kids like Shannen are worth the money. The time for patience is over.
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          Politics This Morning: Party leaders square off in French language debate; Singh to unveil NDP’s Quebec platform

          Plus, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole will hold a morning campaign event in Montreal followed by a meeting with supporters in North Vancouver in the evening.
          We need democracy back—stronger, wiser, and more open to new ideas—with all its checks and balances restored.
          The reluctance to imbue the federal government with a full leadership role or embrace dynamic national cohesion is part of the reason Canadians have been stuck in COVID hell for 16 months.
          Global health gains that took decades to achieve are now under threat. Within the first 25 weeks of the pandemic, COVID-19 had overturned 25 years of progress.
          With the U.S. pounding on the doors and some Canadians becoming increasingly impatient, this longstanding national shortcoming has the potential to emerge as much more of a political risk factor.
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          Digging into Erin O'Toole's 'brand bump', with Nik Nanos

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          Opinion|Douglas Roche
          The war in Afghanistan killed thousands, but it's not clear what it accomplished.
          Opinion|Erica Ifill
          The anti-lockdown protests are white supremacist movements; the sea of whiteness characterizing their attendance is a feature.
          Successive Conservative and Liberal governments have not acted to create regulations for First Nations drinking water despite the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, which became law in 2013.
          If I were advising him, I would tell the prime minister he owes his fellow citizens a mea culpa.
          It’s unclear how anti-vaccine politics, a counterintuitive issue that owes much of its prominence to Donald Trump’s refusal to face up to the reality of COVID, will ultimately play out with Canadian voters.
          Opinion|Bruce Carson
          The door is wide open for an authentic, trusted, capable leader to walk through. This election is without an overarching issue and could provide an opportunity for Canadians to focus on trusted leadership.
          Feature|Jim Creskey

          Keeping the bailiff from repossessing your car: the case for a basic income

          In their new book The Case for Basic Income, Jamie Swift and Elaine Power vigorously demonstrate that basic income programs have been tried and measured in several countries. In Canada, they have been tested in Manitoba and Ontario—with clearly positive results.
          Feature|Mark Jaccard

          Jaccard offers up solid advice on what citizens can do to fight climate change

          The following an excerpt from Mark Jaccard's The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths That Hinder Progress,?one of five books nominated for this year’s Donner Prize for the best public policy book of the year.

          Anand’s press aide departs, director-level changes for Lametti, Rodriguez

          Tania Monaghan is Justice Minister David Lametti’s new director of rights implementation.

          New advisers hired for ministers O’Regan, Gould, Sajjan

          Plus, Economic Development and Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly has hired Alan Ning to serve as her new director of operations.

          Senator Brazeau releases report on Indigenous issues, and federal government’s ‘inertia’

          Plus, former Senator Donald Oliver is releasing a memoir, Natan Obed seeks re-election and Doug Black is retiring from Senate says it is time to make room for a 'new voice'
          Feature|Alice Chen

          Motorcycle cavalcade rolls through Canada in recognition of PTSD

          Plus, Conservative Senator Linda Frum is bidding the Red Chamber an early farewell on Aug. 27.

          Federal cybersecurity workers heading for strike votes following bargaining impasse

          With the two sides having been at the bargaining table for almost two years following the expiry of the most recent collective agreement, strike votes are scheduled to run from Feb. 11 to 24.

          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.
          Feature|Neil Moss

          Afghan envoy denounces the Taliban’s ‘brutal campaign of violence and terror’

          'Everyday we wake up to many tragic and alarming news coming out of Afghanistan,' says Afghan Ambassador Hassan Soroosh.
          Feature|Neil Moss

          ‘We have to have visits’: New Romanian envoy hopes for renewal of high-level meetings post-pandemic

          In a wide-ranging interview, Romanian Ambassador Bogdan M?noiu spoke about defence and economic co-operation with Canada, as well as the need to renew high-level visits between the two nations.

          Edmonton CIC branch hosts talk on women in Afghanistan and the U.S. withdrawal on Sept. 3

          Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
          Members of the Aghan-Canadian community held a peaceful protest on Parliament Hill on Aug. 28, demanding peace in Afghanistan. The Canadian International Council's Edmonton chapter hosts a webinar on 'Women in Afghanistan and the U.S. Withdrawal,' a discussion of the situation in Afghanistan with Zahra Nader, on Friday, Sept. 3. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

          Speaking from a Kanata, Ont., campaign stop on Aug. 31, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to improve mental health programs through a $4.5-billion transfer payment over five years to participating provinces and territories.
          The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
          The Hill Times file photograph by Jake Wright
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