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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Monsef Just Insulted The People Helping Liberals Keep Their Word

(33) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 10:31 AM

Something remarkable happened Thursday.

The opposition parties -- the Conservatives, the New Democrats, the Bloc Québécois, the Green -- stood together and offered the Liberal government a road map to achieve their promise of making the 2015 election the last held under...

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B.C. Liberal MPs Brace For Backlash On Trudeau's Kinder Morgan Decision

(37) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 1:15 PM

OTTAWA — Federal Liberal MPs in the Greater Vancouver area are gearing up for the potential backlash from electors angry that Justin Trudeau’s government agreed to approve the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray sent an email to 11,000 of her constituents Tuesday night...

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Sen. Percy Downe: Canada Is Taking In Too Many Young Temporary Workers

(31) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 11:41 AM

OTTAWA — Canada is accepting too many young temporary workers, shortchanging home-grown talent, and contributing to the high youth unemployment rate, says an independent Liberal senator.

With the youth unemployment rate almost double the national average, P.E.I. Sen. Percy Downe told The Huffington Post Canada he is concerned the federal...

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Elizabeth May Ready To Go To Jail Fighting Kinder Morgan Pipeline

(136) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 3:40 PM

OTTAWA — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she’s ready to engage in civil unrest and go to jail fighting the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday the approval of the controversial $6.8-billion project that twins an existing line and increases capacity to 890,000...

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24 Sussex Dr. Proposal To Turn PM's Home Into New 'White House' Would Have Cost $562 Million

(70) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 4:59 PM

OTTAWA — Scenarios presented for fixing the prime minister’s official residence vary widely from a recently proposed $38-million renovation to a whopping $561.7 million for a White House-type complex, according to estimates obtained by The Huffington Post Canada.

HuffPost has reviewed numerous proposals by the National Capital Commission (NCC), the...

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Thomas Mulcair Lobbies To Bring Back Per-Vote Subsidy To Clean Up Politics

(38) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 2:37 PM

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is calling for the return of the per-vote subsidy as a way of guarding against pay-for-access fundraisers that appear to be embroiling the Liberal government.

“That is a way of cleaning up political donations in a country,” he told reporters Wednesday after the party...

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Marilyn Gladu Hopes Palliative Care Bill Will Help Suffering Canadians Choose To Live

(15) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 8:23 PM

OTTAWA — A Conservative MP is hoping to expand access to palliative care throughout the country but the Quebec government says it wants nothing to do with a potential new federal plan.

Marilyn Gladu’s Bill C-277 will be debated in the House of Commons Wednesday. It comes on...

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Liberals Are Misleading Canadians On Electoral Reform

(227) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is misleading you.

She is misleading your elected representatives.

And she is casting doubt on the sincerity of the Liberal government's pledge to change the way Canadians elect their MPs.

maryam monsefDemocratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef has been attending...

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Liberals To Expand Voting Rights For Canadian Expats

(38) Comments | Posted November 19, 2016 | 10:52 AM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is preparing to expand the voting rights of non-resident Canadians, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years are essentially banned from casting a ballot right now. They cannot receive a special mail-in ballot, and although they...

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Trudeau Praised And Criticized For Splitting With Harper On Mideast

(36) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 9:22 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberals’ decision to renew funding to a controversial UN agency working with Palestinians was both praised and criticized this week as being the first noticeable split between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Middle East policy and that of his Conservative predecessor.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced on...

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Howard Dean: Scrapping NAFTA Would 'Hurt America As Much As Canada'

(4) Comments | Posted November 17, 2016 | 12:12 PM

OTTAWA — Howard Dean, a former presidential candidate, is advising Democrats to tone down their rhetoric when it comes to global trade pacts.

The former Vermont governor noted that treaties such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other forms of globalization helped lift a billion people out...

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Canada Spent More Than $6M Attending UN Climate Conferences Since 2007

(11) Comments | Posted November 15, 2016 | 7:21 PM

OTTAWA — The federal government spent more than $6 million attending the last nine United Nations climate change conferences, documents released in the House of Commons suggest.

Environment Canada reports it spent $561,251 on last year’s meeting in Paris, including $231,564 on lodging, $123,976 on airfare and $85,857.86 on meals...

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'Dutch Reach': Liberal MP Joël Lightbound Says Using Technique Will Save Cyclists

(26) Comments | Posted November 15, 2016 | 11:20 AM

OTTAWA — A Quebec Liberal MP is launching a sticker campaign urging drivers to be more mindful of cyclists after one of his close friends died trying to avoid a car door in Montreal.

Joël Lightbound said his friend Bernard Carignan, 27, was biking late in the evening near the...

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Kellie Leitch Suggests She's Not Worried Racists May Support Her Campaign

(57) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 8:17 PM

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch isn’t concerned that her campaign is attracting racists, she suggested to a Toronto radio station on Monday.

Asked twice by Kelly Cutrara, a host on Talk Radio AM640, if Leitch is worried she might get, or is getting, support from racists, the Ontario...

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Guy Caron: Liberals' Infrastructure Bank Plan Ripe For Conflicts Of Interest

(23) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 2:19 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is preparing to sell off Canada’s public infrastructure to billion-dollar investment funds and is not being honest with Canadians about it, New Democrats charged Monday.

NDP finance critic Guy Caron sounded the alarm as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with representatives from...

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Conservative Leadership Candidate Cheered For Dismissing Climate Change

(170) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 12:04 AM

GREELY, Ont. — Global warming is apparently up for debate in the Conservative leadership race, judging by the clear differences in how candidates were received Sunday when one explained his support for a carbon tax and another declared he didn’t believe climate change was a real threat.

The distinction arose...

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Chris Alexander Slams Kelly Leitch For Making Trump-Style Ideas Central To Tory Leadership Campaign

(22) Comments | Posted November 13, 2016 | 11:15 PM

GREELY, Ont. — Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander says fellow contender Kellie Leitch is importing anti-immigrant American rhetoric for “crass political purposes.”

Alexander, Canada’s former immigration minister, said he doesn’t believe Canada will see the same type of political polarization that has happened in the U.S. because...

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Liberals To Repeal Criminal Code Provision On Anal Sex

(36) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 4:56 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government will present legislation next week that removes a ban on engaging in anal sex.

The bill entitled, “An Act related to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code,” is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday, The Huffington...

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Harjit Sajjan Got ‘Ahead Of Government' Revealing Africa Peacekeeping Details: Staffer

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 4:53 PM

OTTAWA — Canada's defence minister says troops are headed to Africa for three years of dangerous peacekeeping missions, but his spokeswoman says cabinet hasn't made a decision yet.

Harjit Sajjan told The Toronto Star that Canada has “committed” to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be...

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Kellie Leitch Seeks Headlines As Tory Leadership Contenders Debate Future

(83) Comments | Posted November 10, 2016 | 10:47 AM

Donald Trump, sharia law, and carbon taxes were all on the agenda Wednesday as 12 candidates vied for attention during the Conservative party’s first leadership debate in Saskatoon.

Pediatric surgeon and former cabinet minister Kellie Leitch made a transparent effort to grab headlines by stating she shared “common interests” and...

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