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Election 2019 campaign unofficially underway, expect ‘sharpened eyes’ on Liberals this fall, say opposition MPs

Sep 18 2017 — Abbas Rana — The mid-point of the Liberal government’s four-year mandate arrives this fall, and the 2019 election campaign is already unofficially underway. With their new leaders, the Conservatives and the NDP are promising a heightened level of government scrutiny in the fall sitting of Parliament starting this week. “The day of spin and celebrity shots, selfies of […]

Ex-NDP MP Peter Stoffer diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sep 15 2017 — Abbas Rana — A popular former Nova Scotia NDP MP, who worked tirelessly during his 18-year parliamentary career to promote the causes of Canadian veterans, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Peter Stoffer, who represented Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, N.S., (a riding that has held various names), between 1997 and 2015, told The Hill Times on Sept. 15 that he was […]

Alberta Liberals to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Kang

Sep 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — The Alberta Liberal Party is planning on conducting interviews with current and former Liberal staffers following allegations of sexual harassment from former Alberta Liberal staffer Kirstin Morrell against former two-term Alberta MLA and now MP Darshan Kang to find out if there are any more complaints. Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said in a statement […]

Liberals want input from MPs on nomination challenges, Mendès says most want ‘outright protection’

Sep 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — Liberal MPs say the party brass is seeking input from them on nomination rules for held ridings for the 2019 election, and have asked them to provide concrete proposals by scheduling in-person or teleconference meetings with top Grit officials. At last week’s two-day Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C., top party officials, including president Anna […]

Sexual harassment in politics gets more coverage, but no more prevalent than elsewhere in society, say insiders

Sep 4 2017 — Abbas Rana — The stories of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual relationships on Parliament Hill make national headlines more frequently than other workplaces because politicians are under constant media spotlight, but it does not mean the problem is more severe on the Hill than elsewhere in Canada, say political insiders. “I don’t think there’s any more sexual harassment […]

Amid accusations of sexual harassment, embattled Liberal MP Kang resigns from Liberal caucus

Aug 31 2017 — Abbas Rana — Embattled Liberal MP Darshan Kang, facing sexual harassment accusations from two different women, is resigning from the Liberal caucus. In a statement released Thursday evening, Mr. Kang (Calagry Skyview, Alta.) said he’s stepping down to focus on clearing his name. “Effective immediately, I am resigning from the federal Liberal Caucus,” Mr. Kang said in a […]

Former staffer levels new sexual harassment allegations against Darshan Kang

Aug 31 2017 — Abbas Rana — A former staffer has stepped forward with explosive new allegations of sexual harassment against embattled Liberal MP Darshan Kang, saying he repeatedly groped and kissed her throughout her 13-month tenure in his Calgary constituency office. Kirstin Morrell, who worked for Mr. Kang (Calgary Skyview, Alta.) between 2011-12, when he was sitting in the Alberta Legislature, […]

Pollster predicts Liberal tax reforms will hurt them politically

Aug 28 2017 — Abbas Rana — A prominent pollster says he’s “surprised” at the Liberal government’s recently proposed tax reforms, as they have the potential to alienate many of the influential people whose support they’re counting on for the next election campaign. Greg Lyle of Innovative Research said he was surprised when he heard about the government’s proposed changes that crack […]

Unsuccessful Conservative leadership candidate, Hill staffers poised for battle in Ambrose’s former riding

Aug 21 2017 — Abbas Rana — Two more candidates threw their hats in the ring last week to seek the Conservative Party nomination in the coveted and safe Alberta riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland vacated by outgoing interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose last month. Businessman and former Conservative Party leadership candidate Rick Peterson and Hill staffer Dane Lloyd told The Hill Times […]

House conducting investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Alberta Liberal MP Kang

Aug 11 2017 — Abbas Rana — The House chief human resources officer Pierre Parent is conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against rookie Liberal MP Darshan Kang, the Chief Government Whip’s Office confirmed Friday. “We were made aware of the allegations and referred them, as per the House of Commons process, to the chief human resources officer,” said Charles-Eric […]

Payette’s appointment could become a ‘live issue’ if political foes want to target GG choice, say some political observers

Aug 7 2017 — Abbas Rana — Julie Payette’s appointment as Canada’s next governor general could become a “live issue” if political enemies want to target the prime minister on this in the future, say some political observers, but others say the former astronaut can only be judged by her performance as the GG and not by any unfortunate and tragic incidents […]