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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House Speaker's Race 2015: Why 4 MPs Want The Best Seat In The Commons

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 7:06 PM

Three Liberals and one Conservative MP are lobbying behind the scenes campaigning in another election — the one to be Speaker of the House of Commons.

The job, akin to being the chief referee of MPs, comes with a car, a driver, a picturesque farmhouse, an apartment...

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Andrew Scheer, Outgoing House Speaker, Reflects On Pressures, Perks Of Coveted Job

(24) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Conservative MP Andrew Scheer is out of his Speaker's robes, demonstrating his trademark good humour and looking relaxed, wearing a light pinstriped grey suit, white shirt and a pink striped tie.

Next week, Scheer, who has been arbiter of the House of Commons for the past four years, will hand...

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Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Rookie Liberal MP, Running For Speaker Of The House Of Commons

(16) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:47 PM

UPDATE - Nov. 29, 2015: Robert-Falcon Ouellette has dropped out of the race following comments he made at a town hall meeting in his Winnipeg riding, insinuating that the Speaker's job allows for "great influence'' with the prime minister.

ORIGINAL STORY: OTTAWA — Newly elected Liberal...

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Mauril Bélanger, Liberal MP, May Withdraw Bid To Be House Speaker Due To Voice Loss

(10) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:15 PM

OTTAWA — Veteran Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger says he may pull out of the race to be speaker of the House of Commons if his mysterious voice loss doesn’t recover in the next nine days.

Speaking to The Huffington Post Canada on Monday, Bélanger said he started losing his voice...

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Liberals 'Assessing' Whether They Can Remove Tory Appointments

(329) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 8:08 PM

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures during a news conference following the APEC Summit Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is looking into whether it can rescind dozens of appointments that were quietly made last June in the...

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Paris Climate Meeting Will See That 'Canada Is Back': Liberals

(159) Comments | Posted November 21, 2015 | 7:52 PM

OTTAWA — In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks at the end of the month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers will sit down together for the first time Monday, hoping to present a new image of Canada to the rest of the world.

The meeting...

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Justin Trudeau Meets Privately With 'Very Tough' Canadian Labour Congress

(146) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:54 PM

Marking what both hope is a new turn in Ottawa’s relationship with organized labour, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Labour Congress met on Tuesday — the first time in more than 50 years a sitting prime minister had spoken to the union group’s leaders.

The meeting, held six...

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Trudeau Trying To 'Excise' Images Of Queen, Worries Monarchist League Of Canada

(290) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:24 PM

OTTAWA — After the Queen’s portrait was removed from a prime location at the Foreign Affairs building, the Monarchist League of Canada is expressing concern that Justin Trudeau’s government may be trying to “excise” her images from Canada’s “national life.”

In an email titled “urgent bulletin” to league members on...

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Keystone Pipeline Rejection Elicits Disappointment In Canada

(69) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 7:17 PM

OTTAWA — U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to reject a massive cross-border pipeline was greeted Friday with disappointment and some slight annoyance in Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was disappointed by the decision to turn down a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, but he...

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Keystone XL Officially Rejected By Obama

(120) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 1:05 PM

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President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement on the Keystone pipeline on Nov. 6, 2015. (Photo: Susan Walsh/CP/AP)

OTTAWA AND WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama officially rejected TransCanada's application on Friday to build a massive pipeline to transport, what he called,...

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Trudeau Liberals To Bring Back Mandatory Long-Form Census

(109) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 9:53 AM

OTTAWA — As Justin Trudeau’s new government announced it is bringing back the mandatory long-form census, the Conservative minister who was responsible for its demise said he regretted the decision and wished the Liberals well.

“I think I would have done it differently, looking back on it,” Ontario MP Tony...

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Stéphane Dion Given New Chance To Craft His Political Legacy Under Trudeau Government

(57) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 9:16 PM

OTTAWA — Seven years ago, Stéphane Dion was a defeated man.

The Liberal leader, who had captured the imagination of Grit delegates with his environmental platform, had failed badly to capture the hearts of Canadians and had sunk the party to one of its lowest levels of support –...

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Maryam Monsef Came To Canada As A Refugee. Now, She's A Cabinet Minister.

(212) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 11:56 AM

maryam monsefMaryam Monsef is sworn in as the minister of democratic institutions on Wednesday.

Canada’s newest democratic institutions minister is a 30-year-old woman who fled Afghanistan with her widowed mother and two sisters when she was a child.

Maryam Monsef is the new MP for the bellwether...

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Trudeau's Cabinet Filled With Fresh Faces And Achieves Gender Balance

(202) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 8:02 AM

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau unveiled a 31-member cabinet filled with new faces, casting aside experienced Liberal old hands in his first move as prime minister on Wednesday.

Trudeau, who had promised gender-parity, appointed 15 men and 15 women to serve as his council of ministers.

At a press conference...

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Justin Trudeau's First Cabinet: The Top Contenders To Join His Inner Circle

(86) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 12:35 PM

OTTAWA — Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau will present a more female and more diverse face for his government when he unveils his first cabinet next week.

The task of crafting a cabinet is not enviable. Trudeau has 183 MPs, elected from every province and territory of the country....

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Trudeau To Reconvene Parliament In Early December

(56) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 11:32 AM

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will be calling MPs back to work in December.

The prime minister-designate hasn't officially picked a date, but he will ask the Governor General to summon Parliament the first week of December with a speech from the throne laying out his new government's ambitious...

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Justin Trudeau's Liberals: 'We Had A Plan And We Stuck To It.' And They Won.

(111) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 5:42 AM

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Justin Trudeau walks from the Parliament Buildings to give a press conference in Ottawa on Oct. 20, 2015 after winning the federal election. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday’s historic Liberal victory may have surprised some Canadians, but...

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Trudeau, Harper Meet To Discuss Transition

(36) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 7:53 PM

Incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday afternoon. The two leaders talked about transition files.

When Harper won in 2006, he also had a private meeting with outgoing prime minister Paul Martin.

Catherine Loubier, the prime minister's spokesperson, said she wasn't sure how long...

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Justin Trudeau Outperformed Expectations To Deliver Liberals To Power

(192) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 6:07 AM

MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau made history Monday when Canadians handed his Liberals a majority government.

Trudeau, son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, became the first child of a prime minister to follow in his parent’s footsteps. He also became the first leader to guide a party from third place to power...

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NDP's Andrew Thomson Backs Away From Suggestion Party Could Work With Tories

(119) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 1:39 PM

MONTREAL — A star NDP star candidate is backing away from comments he made on television in which he suggested the NDP would be willing to work with a minority Conservative government in Parliament.

Speaking on CPAC, Andrew Thomson, a frequent NDP spokesperson and candidate in the Toronto riding of...

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