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Althia Raj

Tories Shelve Controversial Gun Bill In Wake Of Shootings

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government appears to be quietly shelving its controversial “Common Sense” gun bill in light of Wednesday’s shooting...

Tories Defeat NDP Motion For Question Period Reform

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An NDP motion aimed at compelling on-point answers during question period in the House of Commons has gone down to defeat.After initially ind...

Tories Thwart NDP Bid To Improve Question Period

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Last week's controversial series of non-sequitur government answers prompted a renewed Opposition bid for parliamentary reform Monday — a m...

Backbench MPs Are CRUSHING It

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Epilepsy, human trafficking, wine, autism, prize fighting — those are just a few of the topics covered by private member's bills and senate...

Althia Raj

What Has Ottawa Accomplished So Far This Year?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs are smiling as they depart Ottawa for the summer. Gone is the constant hammering by constituents concerned about the Senat...

Russia Bans Entry To 13 Canadian Lawmakers, Officials

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Russia on Monday slapped an entry ban on 13 Canadian lawmakers and officials, including House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer and government...

Althia Raj

Tories Reject May's Call For Audit Into MP Expenses

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs have rejected a call to have Canada's auditor general take a good look at their expenses — or those of the prime ministe...

Err... How Many Jobs?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is using the return of Parliament to boast about the Conservatives' economic track record — but OECD...

What Will Dominate The Tory Agenda

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives say they'll focus on the economy and the upcoming budget as they return to work in Ottawa after a six-week break....

Tory House Leader Takes Questions From HuffPost Readers

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

As 2013 draws to a close, Huffington Post Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief Althia Raj put questions from readers to Tory House Leader Peter Van Loan on th...

Althia Raj

Reform Act? No Need, Says This Tory

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Opposition parties and some Conservative members may decry the government’s methods of curtailing debate and whipping votes, but the part...

Post Cuts Like When Trash Was Kicked To Curb: Van Loan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Government House leader Peter Van Loan is striking back at critics of Canada Post's planned service cuts, comparing them to wealthy big-city ...

Althia Raj

Second Thoughts About Gag Order?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — A committee of MPs who imposed lifetime gag orders on political staff may revisit their decision — but they have no plans to make it easi...

Got A Question For The Government House Leader?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.11.2013 | Canada Politics

Peter Van Loan has good reason to be merry these days. The Government House Leader's motion to rise early for the holidays won unanimous consent Tu...

See You In September!

CBC | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Politics

The NDP and Liberals held their final caucus meetings this morning before leaving Ottawa for the summer after MPs voted unanimously last night to wrap...

Tories Kill NDP Bid To Boost Watchdog's Power

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has nixed an attempt to give the federal budget watchdog more teeth.Conservatives on Wednesday killed a private member'...

Top Tory Denies Duffy Said He'd Repay Cash

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Describing himself as a man of his word, embattled Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy says he has repaid more than $90,000 in Senate housing expens...

WATCH: Mercer Compares MPs In Question Period To Prisoners

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics

Rick Mercer fell off the wagon and slid back into a shameful habit he quit “cold turkey” five years ago — watching Question Period. The CBC c...

2012: Winners and Losers of Canadian Politics

Ryan Painter | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Ryan Painter

The jet lag has passed and the Christmas decorations (for some of us at least) are put away in storage. With 2013 stretching out before us, let's reflect on the year that was 2012 in Canadian politics. The best and worst political stories, the best and worst politicians and the biggest sellout.

The Problem With Political Polarization

Ralph Goodale | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

MPs watched in disbelief last Wednesday as Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan faced-off against his NDP counterpart, Nathan Cullen, and Party Leader Thomas Mulcair. The altercation followed a fairly minor procedural argument. But it reflects a deeper problem. Since the last election, both the Conservatives and the NDP have pursued a strategy of partisan polarization.

Peter Van Loan Marched to the Beat of No Drum

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Everyone is agog over the supposedly big dust up in the House of Commons yesterday, where MP Peter Van Loan marched across the Commons floor to wag his finger at NDP leaders. There was no need to cross over to the NDP side as nothing would be accomplished by doing so. The Official Opposition thought they had caught the government on a technicality and wanted to force another vote which would have further delayed passage of Bill C-45. What is so exciting about that? Why was it necessary for the Conservative House Leader to cross the floor? It is perfectly legitimate for any opposition party to use the full arsenal of tactics available to them to delay or defeat government legislation.

Tory Minister Admits He Swore During Altercation, Apologizes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Government House Leader Peter Van Loan has apologized for using off-colour language during a verbal dust-up on the floor of the House of Comm...

WATCH: Near-Brawl In House Of Commons

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A verbal dust-up in the House of Commons almost wound up in a bench-clearing brawl.Peter Van Loan, the government's House leader, appeared to...

WATCH: Budget Talks Turn 'Nasty' In The House

CBC | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Politics

Tempers flared Wednesday over the government's mammoth omnibus budget bill, as Conservative and NDP MPs exchanged angry words and aggressive gestures ...

Unhappy With Budget? At Least We're Not U.S., Tories Argue

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government wrapped up a bruising spring sitting of Parliament by channelling Larry the Cable Guy and his bulldozer, blue-col...