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

(0) 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'

(46) 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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On Electoral Reform, Liberals Working In Their Own Interest, Opposition MPs Say

(130) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 7:27 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is fixing the rules to ensure only a new electoral system that benefits the Liberal party will be chosen, opposition MPs say.

On Tuesday, Trudeau suggested he will not hold a referendum on changing the voting method because he believes Canadians...

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Liberals Won Majority Thanks To Young Voters, Poll Suggests

(128) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 8:00 AM

OTTAWA — "You'll need to volunteer yourself for this," reads a tag line at the bottom of a GIF the Liberal party used to mobilize young Canadians during the last federal election.

The GIF is a scene from "Arrested Development," the critically acclaimed television show, in which socially inept Buster...

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Mulcair Hints Things May Have Been Different If NDP Convention Wasn't In Alberta

(40) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 2:25 PM

OTTAWA — Tom Mulcair suggested in a television interview Sunday that he might have held on to his job as NDP leader if the party's convention had not been in held in Alberta.

Speaking to Tout Le Monde En Parle, a popular show on Radio-Canada, Mulcair...

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Expats Will Get Chance To Win Back Voting Rights In Supreme Court Hearing

(23) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 1:24 PM

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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal over the voting rights of expat Canadians who are currently prevented from casting federal ballots.

The case is led by Gillian Frank, a former Canadian Forces member from Toronto who has lived in the United...

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Senate Liberals Invite Independents To Work With Them

(18) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 6:50 PM

OTTAWA — The Senate Liberals are extending an open hand to the new independent members of the upper chamber, inviting them to join their caucus or work with them informally.

Since January 2014, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked his senators out of his caucus — almost...

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Unifor President Jerry Dias: Leap Manifesto Debate At NDP Convention Was Thoughtless

(39) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 1:41 PM

OTTAWA — New Democrats who embraced the Leap Manifesto put their own private agendas before the party's, the head of Canada's largest private sector union says.

Unifor's national president Jerry Dias told The Huffington Post Canada that it was thoughtless to have a debate in Alberta...

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Thomas Mulcair May Have Lost By Trying To Have It Both Ways: Prof

(39) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 11:36 PM

OTTAWA — Tom Mulcair was greeted with a standing ovation from MPs of all parties Tuesday when he returned to the Commons after NDP members rejected his leadership over the weekend.

Only 48 per cent of delegates voted to support him Sunday, and two days after his historic defeat, many...

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Jody Wilson-Raybould Under Fire From Tories, NDP After Controversial Fundraiser

(48) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 6:51 PM

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was pummeled with criticism in the House of Commons Monday and accused of breaking her own government’s ethical rules for attending a $500-a-head Liberal fundraiser at a top Toronto law firm last week.

“After promising to govern differently, the prime minister, we find,...

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NDP's Crushing Rejection Of Mulcair Stunned Supporters, Detractors

(134) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 8:55 PM

EDMONTON — Thomas Mulcair was resoundingly rejected as the future of the NDP at a party convention Sunday.

Fifty-two per cent of the approximately 1,800 delegates in Edmonton voted in favour of having a leadership contest. It was a crushing defeat that surprised Mulcair's advisers, supporters...

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Inside Thomas Mulcair's Battle To Stay On As NDP Leader

(17) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 6:54 PM

EDMONTON — It's anyone's guess whether Thomas Mulcair will stay on as NDP leader Sunday.

In the hallways, on the convention floor and on the reception circuit, NDP delegates disagree on whether Mulcair needs to go. He has an hour Sunday morning to convince the undecided...

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NDP's Next Pick For President To Signal How Party Will Rebuild

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 10:33 AM

EDMONTON — A changing of the guard will take centre stage at the NDP convention Saturday, but it isn't focused on leader Thomas Mulcair.


UPDATE: Marit Stiles was elected the new president of the federal NDP Sunday.

Four people — party favourite Marit Stiles, former...

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Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai: New Rules Turning Tories Into 'Elitist And White-Only' Club

(144) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:12 PM

EDMONTON — A longtime Conservative MP is blasting his own party for becoming an “elitist and white-only” club.

Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, the dean of the Tory caucus, told The Huffington Post Canada he is deeply frustrated by new rules the party imposed earlier this year that raised the annual...

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NDP Grassroots Itching To Go Left Ahead Of Convention

(23) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 9:20 PM

EDMONTON — For the first time since their crushing election defeat, New Democrats will assemble Friday in Edmonton for three days of meetings. The big event occurs Sunday, when some 1,500 registered delegates will decide the fate of their leader, Thomas Mulcair.

Before that happens, the party’s members will first...

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Mulcair's Leadership Not The Only Question New Democrats Face

(29) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:08 PM

OTTAWA — It’s the question on nearly every New Democrats’ lips: Can Thomas Mulcair stay on as NDP leader?

Delegates at the party’s national convention this weekend in Edmonton will get an answer Sunday, but before the 1,521 registered participants vote, two days of debate will...

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Maxime Bernier Seeks Financial Edge By Jumping Into Tory Leadership Race Now

(34) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 8:51 AM

OTTAWA — In an effort to attract donors, former Conservative cabinet minister Maxime Bernier will officially throw his hat in the Tory leadership contest Thursday.

Bernier will march into the Conservative Party headquarters Thursday afternoon, hand over $25,000 and paperwork that includes 300...

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