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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Robert Fox, NDP National Director, Says Leadership Race Will Energize Party In 2017

(7) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 9:54 AM

OTTAWA — Robert Fox, the New Democratic Party’s new national director, doesn’t gloss over the party’s challenges.

A past executive director of Oxfam Canada who wasn’t even an NDP member until he took the job leading the party in September, Fox offers a refreshing change from the usual political spin.

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Jagmeet Singh Is A Young, Photogenic, Confident Politician. Sound Familiar?

(109) Comments | Posted January 2, 2017 | 10:27 AM

OTTAWA — He is the candidate many New Democrats hope will take the federal leap — a bright light who represents the future of the party, and a leader who could potentially compete against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, say supporters.

Outside of the Greater Toronto Area and NDP circles, however,...

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Bardish Chagger Downplays Suggestion Parliament Isn't Venue To Discuss Liberal Fundraisers

(41) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 11:45 AM

OTTAWA — Government House Leader Bardish Chagger says she didn’t mean to imply the House of Commons is not the appropriate venue for opposition MPs to ask questions about the Liberals’ so-called cash-for-access fundraising.

In an interview with The Huffington Post Canada published Tuesday, Chagger...

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Bardish Chagger Says House Of Commons Isn't Place To Discuss Liberal Fundraisers

(30) Comments | Posted December 20, 2016 | 8:48 AM

OTTAWA — The House of Commons is no place to discuss party matters such as the Liberals’ so-called cash-for-access fundraisers, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger told The Huffington Post Canada in a year-end interview.

“You know, in that place [the House of Commons] is not where we talk about, I...

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Liberals Holding Provinces Hostage On Health Funding: Gaétan Barrette

(8) Comments | Posted December 17, 2016 | 2:48 PM

OTTAWA — Quebec’s health minister says the Trudeau government is holding the provinces hostage by offering a surprise last-minute “take-it-or-leave-it” health-care deal that offers less cash than the Liberals pledged during last year’s election campaign.

“Everything came out of the blue,” Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette told...

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Winter Cabinet Shuffle Being Mulled By Trudeau

(30) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 6:46 PM

OTTAWA — Liberal cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MPs might like to ask Santa if they can keep their portfolios or get a promotion. The Huffington Post Canada has learned a winter shuffle is being contemplated.

Last December, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed his 35 parliamentary secretaries — 23...

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Sen. John Wallace Quits To Fulfill Appointment Pledge, But Others Won't Follow Suit

(16) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 8:18 PM

OTTAWA — Eight years ago, 18 senators were appointed to the upper chamber after promising Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper they would support his Senate reform agenda — including eight-year term limits.

On Tuesday, New Brunswick Senator John Wallace became the first person to say he feels bound by that...

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Trudeau: Murders Of Canadian Hostages 'Low Point' Of 2016

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2016 | 4:37 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the beheading of two Canadian hostages in the Philippines was his biggest regret of the year.

“If I had to pick a low point for me personally last year, it was the deaths of two Canadians by the Abu Sayyaf group in the...

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Kevin O'Leary Tells Tories He Can Beat 'Surfer Dude' Trudeau In 2019

(153) Comments | Posted December 12, 2016 | 4:01 PM

OTTAWA — Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary unofficially launched his bid for the Conservative leadership Monday, promising that the next election will be an “ugly fight” against Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

“2019 is not an election, it is an exorcism,” O’Leary told approximately 30 Tory MPs who gathered to hear his...

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Maryam Monsef Should Be Fired, Tory MP Tom Lukiwski Says

(107) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 7:03 PM

OTTAWA — A veteran Conservative MP asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday to fire Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, suggesting that she is bungling her job.

Longtime Saskatchewan MP Tom Lukiwski asked Monsef if she realized that the reason she and the government are being ridiculed is because their...

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Canadian Heritage Spent $15K On Survey Asking Tourists About Parliament Hill Christmas Lights

(7) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 11:07 AM

OTTAWA — Canadian Heritage spent $15,000 last year asking tourists on Parliament Hill if they liked the Christmas lights.

The survey from Quorus Consulting Group was conducted on Dec. 2 — the first day of the event, which was marked by newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s presence and live...

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Michael Chong Blasts Kellie Leitch, Chris Alexander In Debate Closer

(54) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 8:25 AM

OTTAWA — Sparks flew Tuesday after Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong accused a rival of race-baiting and another of standing idly by while demonstrators chanted “lock her up” about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

Chong used his closing statement at the Conservatives’ second leadership debate in Moncton to warn against...

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Liberals Reject Tory Offer To Help Trudeau Attend Question Period More Often

(18) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 5:57 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government rejected an offer by the Conservative party Tuesday to rejig the House of Commons schedule to allow Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to spend more time in the chamber answering the opposition’s questions.

“[I]t it would be disrespectful to the work of all MPs if we...

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Andrew Scheer's Office Says He Exaggerated 2010 Story About Staying At Parents' Home

(10) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 4:42 PM

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer exaggerated a cute story of sleeping at his parents’ home while working in Ottawa, his office said Monday after The Huffington Post Canada raised questions about potential discrepancies in his expense claims.

In an interview with CPAC in 2010, host Catherine...

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Trudeau Skipped More Question Periods Than He Attended In First Year As PM

(101) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 8:28 AM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau missed more question periods than he attended during his first year in office — skipping 58 per cent of the daily sessions where MPs try to hold the government’s feet to the fire, an analysis by The Huffington Post Canada shows.

The Liberal...

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Monsef Just Insulted The People Helping Liberals Keep Their Word

(28) 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

(39) 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

(29) 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

(125) 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

(68) 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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