Althia Raj
Althia Raj is The Huffington Post Canada's Ottawa bureau chief. Before joining HuffPost in 2011, Althia worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered Parliament Hill on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media and producing for CTV and for CBC Radio's "The House."

She can be frequently heard and seen on CTV's "Question Period," CPAC's "The Week with Mark Sutcliffe," CBC "The National's" At Issue panel, and CBC radio stations across the country.

She can be found on Twitter @althiaraj and on Facebook.
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Rebecca Blaikie, NDP President, Thinks Mulcair Needs 70 Per Cent Support To Stay On As Leader

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 5:27 PM

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair needs to obtain at least 70 per cent of membership support if he wants to remain leader, party president Rebecca Blaikie says.

"I think he needs to reach 70 in order to stay, and that will be a challenging number. He will...

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Deepak Obhrai: Kevin O'Leary Might Be A Better Fit For The NDP

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 1:58 PM

OTTAWA — If Kevin O'Leary thinks Canada should stay out of the military mission against the Islamic State and stick to peacekeeping, then he should run for the NDP, a longtime Conservative MP says.

Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai isn't shy about his distaste for O'Leary as a potential candidate in...

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Canada Aid Could End Up Helping ISIS Fighters, Acknowledges Minister

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 10:28 AM

OTTAWA — Government aid could help provide food and health services to Islamic State fighters, Canada’s international development minister acknowledged this week.

Marie-Claude Bibeau made the comments during an interview with The Huffington Post Canada on Sirius XM’s “Everything Is Political Show."


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Syrian Emergency Relief Fund Has Received Less Support From Canadians Than Feds Anticipated

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 9:52 AM

OTTAWA — Canadians have not opened their wallets to the victims of the Syrian crisis as generously as the federal government had expected, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

Last September, after the images of a drowned three-year-old Alan Kurdi, washed ashore on a Turkish beach, fixed public attention on...

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Canadian Business May Be Shut Down: Sources

(8) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 5:45 PM

Canadian Business, the country’s oldest publication of its kind, may be on the verge of closing its doors after 87 years.

Rogers Media Inc., which owns Canadian Business, is looking at shuttering the publication, several company sources told The Huffington Post Canada.

Canadian Business is losing subscribers and “there...

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Liberals Using Consultations As Cover To Avoid Making Decisions: Tory Critics

(286) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 10:08 AM

OTTAWA — Rookie cabinet minister Mélanie Joly stood proudly in the House of Commons this week to announce that her department, Canadian Heritage, had launched online consultations on the controversial memorial to the victims of communism.

"Our government promised greater involvement with citizens in decision-making,"...

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Liberals Insist They're Doing More Than Just 'Repealing' Tory Acts

(44) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 9:55 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government tried to swat away suggestions Wednesday that it has so far presented only a very limited policy agenda.

Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc told reporters he didn’t agree with the “characterization” that all the Liberals were doing was “repealing a bunch of Conservative acts”...

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Liberals Not Ruling Out Referendum On Electoral Reform, MP Mark Holland Says

(82) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 5:12 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is not ruling out a referendum on proposed changes to the electoral system, says the parliamentary secretary to the Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef.

Ontario MP Mark Holland told The Huffington Post Canada Wednesday that the government wants to let "the process evolve."

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Trudeau's Senate Reform Plan Might Be More Expensive For Canadians

(76) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 7:49 AM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Senate reform plan could end up costing taxpayers more money.

The Huffington Post Canada has learned that the Senate has set aside funds — between $250,000 and $925,000 — to run an office for Trudeau's yet-to-be announced government representative...

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Fight Over Repealing Union Bills C-377, C-525 Could Spill Over To Senate

(93) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 11:05 AM

OTTAWA — A fight could be brewing in the Senate, pitting the Conservative-dominated chamber against the Trudeau government.

The Liberals tabled legislation Thursday to repeal bills C-525 and C-377, which had been introduced by Conservative MPs and were widely viewed as anti-union. Last April, in the lead-up...

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Erin O'Toole: Find New Charges That Could Send Air India Bomb Maker Back To Prison

(55) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 9:15 PM

OTTAWA — Law enforcement agencies should try to see if they can charge convicted Air India bomb maker Inderjit Singh Reyat with any new offences so he can be potentially sent back to prison, a Conservative MP says.

Erin O’Toole, the critic for public safety, told The Huffington Post Canada...

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Liberals Won't Push Entirely New Review Process For Current Pipeline Projects

(15) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 1:18 PM

OTTAWA — TransCanada’s Energy East project and Kinder Morgan’s twinning of the TransMountain pipeline will not be forced to submit to an entirely new review process, the Liberal government says.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna are scheduled to announce new rules for the review of...

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House Speaker Geoff Regan Heckled While Calling Out Hecklers

(125) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:39 PM

OTTAWA — It's not every day the Speaker of the House of Commons stands up to condemn heckling only to be heckled in turn by the misbehaving MPs.

But that's what happened during Tuesday's question period — just the second of 2016.

As usual, the Conservatives heckled loudly. The NDP...

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Denis Coderre Suggests He Could Change Mind On Energy East After Meeting With Trudeau

(160) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 10:20 AM

OTTAWA — Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre signalled Tuesday that he is open to changing his mind on the Energy East pipeline.

Following a 45-minute meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Coderre told reporters that what he had retained from his meeting with his former Liberal caucus colleague...

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Liberals Laud Rona Ambrose's 'Come To Jesus Moment' On Pot Legalization

(112) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 10:05 PM

OTTAWA — Liberal MPs gleefully welcomed on Monday Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose’s apparent new position on the legalization of marijuana.

As health minister, Ambrose had waged a multimillion-dollar television and radio ad campaign aimed at Justin Trudeau’s pot plan. Earlier this month, however, in what seems like a stunning...

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Income Inequality Back In Focus For Liberals, NDP As Parliament Returns

(29) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 9:09 AM

OTTAWA — A Liberal minister says the new government will take steps to address to growing gap between the rich and the poor, but is warning that not all campaign commitments will make it into the budget.

The admission from Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos comes as the NDP intends...

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NDP Members Vent Frustrations To Party Leadership On 'Bad Campaign'

(223) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 11:01 AM

OTTAWA — More than 1,000 New Democrats joined two party conference calls Thursday to vent their frustrations about what went wrong with the NDP's election campaign, a possible indication of what members are likely to say when the party convenes in Edmonton in April for a leadership review.

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Conservative Leadership Race: Harper's Permanent Successor To Be Chosen In May 2017

(66) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 10:39 AM

OTTAWA - Conservative members will elect their new leader next year — on May 27, 2017.

The party’s leadership election organizing committee set the date over the weekend when it met in Toronto to establish some of the rules governing the contest.

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Thomas Mulcair Vows To Stay NDP Leader, Despite Calls For Resignation

(34) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:38 PM

OTTAWA — Thomas Mulcair faced the national media Monday, hoping to make his case for why he deserves to stay on as party leader as calls for him to step aside mount.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to supporters, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in...

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Kevin O'Leary Unfit To Be Tory Leader, Says Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai

(78) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 6:36 PM

He may want to be the next Conservative leader, but the welcome mat out is not out for television personality Kevin O’Leary, says one of the party’s longest-serving MPs.

O’Leary is bad news and an undesirable candidate to replace Stephen Harper as leader, Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai told The Huffington...

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