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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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Kevin O'Leary Just Might Be 'Pissed Off' Enough To Run For Tory Leader

(151) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 9:41 PM

VANCOUVER — Canadians should be asked in a national referendum if they want new pipelines so the issue can be settled once and for all, says businessman and TV personality Kevin O’Leary.

The question should be clear, O’Leary told CPAC’s Peter Van Dusen from the Conservative party convention, where

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Conservative Convention 2016: Tories To Pick A Stance On Same-Sex Marriage

(42) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 3:52 PM

VANCOUVER — Conservative delegates are headed for a divisive and heated debate Saturday that will determine whether the party still believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman or whether it supports same-sex marriage.

At a policy workshop Friday, while debating whether to put the issue...

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Jason Kenney, Peter MacKay Haven't Ruled Out Tory Leadership Run

(29) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 10:14 AM

VANCOUVER — Conservative MP Jason Kenney says he will decide whether to jump into the party’s leadership race by the end of the summer.

Kenney told reporters he has never supported the party’s decision to call an 18-month leadership race but he thinks most serious candidates will...

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Liberal Convention May Be Overshadowed By Party's Proposed Constitution

(14) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:42 PM

Liberals are hoping Canadians who attend or catch a glimpse of their party’s convention in Winnipeg over the next two days see a modern, open, diverse and transparent organization.

More than 2,400 delegates, former election volunteers, candidates, MPs and the new cabinet, are expected in Manitoba’s capital...

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Liberal Convention 2016: Proposed Constitution Creating Rifts That Could Leave 'Scars'

(20) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:07 PM

TORONTO — As Liberals gather in Winnipeg on Thursday for a party convention — the first get-together since the Grits won a majority last October and their first convention in more than 10 years as a party in power — the mood may not be entirely festive.

A new...

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Tories To Settle Old Scores As They Prepare For Future Without Harper

(103) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:18 AM

TORONTO — The Conservatives' first convention without Stephen Harper as leader is gearing up to be a settling of old scores and rancorous disputes over same-sex marriage and abortion.

A proposal to scrap the party's belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman may lead to...

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Brad Wall Wooed For Federal Conservative Leadership By Tory Group

(267) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 7:13 PM

TORONTO — On the eve of the Conservative party’s convention in Vancouver, a Draft Brad Wall campaign has begun urging party members to encourage Saskatchewan's premier to join the Tory leadership race.

In a letter addressed to Conservatives, a group calling itself “Concerned Middle-Class Canadians” says party members...

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Liberals Consider New Approach For Canadians In Trouble Abroad

(13) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 8:47 PM

OTTAWA — The man in charge of Canada's consular services says he's considering legislation to ensure that all Canadians detained, kidnapped, or in general need of help abroad are treated equally by government officials.

Omar Alghabra, the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs with responsibilities for consular affairs, told The Huffington...

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Trudeau Government In No Hurry To Reinstate Per-Vote Subsidy

(39) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 7:01 PM

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has no plans to bring back the per-vote subsidy — the cash given to each political party in relation to their portion of the popular vote, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

The financing was brought in in 2004 when former Liberal prime...

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Michael Chong, Ontario MP, Enters Conservative Leadership Race

(85) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:54 AM

OTTAWA — Ontario Conservative MP Michael Chong has joined the race to replace former party leader Stephen Harper.

“I’m running to win,” Chong told The Huffington Post Canada. “I’m running to attract new people to the party, and I’m very excited.”

Chong, 44, made the official announcement in Ottawa Monday...

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Andrew Leslie, Liberal Whip, Says He Has 'Very Good Sense' Of Divisive Bill's Fate

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 8:43 PM

OTTAWA — The man in charge of ensuring the government’s legislation passes without a hitch says he’s not certain how Grit MPs will vote on the controversial physician-assisted dying bill.

“In the final analysis, I can’t predict how the vote is going to go,” Andrew Leslie, the chief government whip,...

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Trudeau's 'Need For Attention' Shouldn't Be Covered By Taxpayers: Tories

(335) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 4:06 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should not use taxpayer resources to promote himself like a Kardashian, the Conservatives said Friday.

Whether it is a photo-op in a New York boxing ring, organized by public officials, or a cameo appearance in a tourism ad, Manitoba MP Candice Bergen...

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Jason Kenney: Liberal Excuses On Electoral Reform Getting 'More And More Ridiculous'

(209) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 4:39 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government came under fire Thursday for stacking a parliamentary committee studying electoral reform and for refusing to hold a referendum — with the Conservatives judging their "excuses for trying to rig the system" more and more ridiculous.

Leading off question period, Calgary MP Jason...

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Liberals To Keep Majority On New, All-Party Electoral Reform Committee

(195) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 8:15 AM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is forming a long-awaited all-party committee to recommend a new electoral system and explore mandatory and online voting.

But the Grits are keeping most of the seats on the committee — raising concerns by opposition parties that whatever the government wants passed is likely...

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Justin Trudeau Says He's Selling Canada Abroad. But Is He?

(463) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 10:37 AM

OTTAWA — "That new suave Canadian leader dude," reads the front of this month’s GQ magazine. Justin Trudeau’s face is splattered on a special online cover with the header: “The Most Stylish Men Alive 2016.”

Ever since his election win last October, Trudeau has...

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Elizabeth May: Top Level Of Public Service 'Contaminated' From Harper Years

(144) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:40 PM

OTTAWA — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is calling for all the top senior public servants to be removed from their current jobs because, she says, they are tainted from the Harper years and resisting change.

"It's awkward as a person in politics, you don't want to single...

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Chrystia Freeland Faces New Pressure From Conservatives Over So-Called 'Vanity Trip'

(51) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 8:16 AM

OTTAWA — Chrystia Freeland was in the hot seat Tuesday, accused by the Conservatives of spending thousands of taxpayers dollars on a vanity trip to Los Angeles — but the international trade minister was ready for the attacks with barbs of her own.

Four Conservatives MPs stood...

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Liberals' New Senate Positions Dismissed As 'Word Games'

(26) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 7:49 AM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's hand-picked Senate leader poached a former Liberal senator and an ex-Tory senator to help him persuade the rest of the upper chamber to pass the government's legislation Tuesday. But the new positions were denounced by both Senate Liberals and Conservatives as mere...

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Mike Duffy's Trial Reveals The Real Deceit Came From Harper's Office

(91) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 6:20 PM

Mike Duffy won.

Two and a half years after warning Canadians he "violated no laws" and "followed the rules," the senator from Prince Edward Island was vindicated Thursday when an Ontario court judge acquitted him of all 31 charges laid against him.

...

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Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Former NDP MP, Now Wants To Run For Ontario Liberals

(45) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 8:00 PM

OTTAWA — One of the federal NDP’s former rising stars has decided she wants to run for the provincial Liberals in Ontario.

Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the former NDP MP for the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough–Rouge River submitted her nomination papers to the Ontario Liberal Party this week, The...

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