Joanna Smith

Canadian Press

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Rookie MPs in Ottawa for a crash course on being a parliamentarian

Ninety-eight new MPs are in Ottawa to learn how to manage their budgets, get their parking passes and, later on, protect their sanity.

Trudeau defends record on Indigenous issues, as stump speech mentions are brief

Justin Trudeau highlighted the push for reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit at a rally Saturday night, an issue he has otherwise rarely raised when encouraging progressive voters to stick with him when they head to the polls Monday.

Campaigns strengthen harassment training in the wake of MeToo movement

The MeToo movement revealed Canadian politics is not immune from these issues and that the people, often young volunteers, who do a lot of the grunt work to run the party machines are particularly vulnerable — and demanding better.

Third-party advertiser disavows 'mass immigration' message on billboards

The third-party advertising group behind billboards promoting Maxime Bernier and his stance on immigration is now distancing itself from the message, saying it never signed off on the controversial campaign.

Liberals, Tories evenly matched when it comes to war chests for local campaigns

The Liberals and Conservatives are matched fairly evenly when it comes to how ready their local campaigns are to pay for the October federal election, a shift from when the big blue machine dominated the scene the last time around.

Federal ethics watchdog investigates B.C. Liberal MP after complaint from Tories

The federal ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into allegations Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido failed to update his public records when the Law Society of B.C. took control of his law firm earlier this year.

Advocacy group Equal Voice faces fallout after firing three racialized staffers

An organization aimed at supporting women in politics is facing backlash over its decision to fire three racialized employees last week, sparking resignations and a social media campaign calling its commitment to diversity into question.

Feds spent $17.7 million on advertising in lead-up to election moratorium

Newly released figures show the federal government set aside nearly $17.7 million on public awareness campaigns between April and June just ahead of a mandatory blackout on government advertising in the lead up to the fall campaign.

Ottawa wanted all of Canada speaking with one voice on NAFTA: emails

The Liberal government has been orchestrating the Canadian approach to the North American Free Trade Agreement talks so carefully that at one point, Ottawa issued talking points to help ensure even the provinces and territories were all speaking with one voice.

NDP asking MPs to invite Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools

The NDP is hoping MPs from other parties will join them in issuing a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize to residential school survivors.

N.L. MP Scott Simms removed as fisheries chair after breaking with Liberal party line

Liberal MP Scott Simms does not regret voting with the Conservatives over a controversial change to the student summer jobs program — even though it ended up costing him his job as chair of the Commons fisheries committee.

Evidence behind Ottawa's choice to cut preliminary inquiries remains elusive

Not long ago, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould seemed hesitant to embrace the idea of eliminating preliminary inquiries as a way to reduce court backlogs. Now, things have changed.

Goal of latest NAFTA pitch from U.S.: Credit countries for higher auto wages

Several sources in different countries say the U.S. has offered to drop its controversial demand for 50 per cent U.S. content in every car. One American source familiar with the proposal told the Canadian Press the level in question involves incentives for a salary range between $13 and $17 an hour.

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget

The Liberal government is trying to move beyond the obvious in its quest for gender equality, thinking outside the daycare box to more thoroughly examine how the federal budget would impact men and women in different ways — even before committing to a dime of spending.

Chagger never told of allegations against staffer because he'd already quit

Liberal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger was never told about allegations that a senior staffer had acted inappropriately towards a job applicant because he had already left Ottawa and returned to the private sector, her spokesman said Monday.