Canada’s Federal Anti-Racism Strategy: An Overview

(Disponible en français : Aperçu de la stratégie fédérale canadienne de lutte contre le racisme) In many countries around the globe, including Canada, recent movements to recognize and address racial injustices and discrimination have led to increased examination of government efforts to combat racism. This HillNote provides an overview of the federal government’s anti-racism strategy…

Parliamentary Diplomacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 July 2020, 9:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La diplomatie parlementaire pendant la pandémie de COVID-19) The COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges for dialogue and cooperation among the world’s legislators. Nevertheless, Canada’s federal parliamentarians are continuing with their parliamentary diplomacy. For example, the Honourable George Furey, Speaker of the Senate, and the Honourable Anthony…

Some Federal and Provincial/Territorial Financial Relief Measures Relating to COVID-19

Revised on 3 June 2020, 8:10 a.m. (Disponible en français : Quelques mesures de soutien financier des gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux concernant la COVID-19) The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing financial strain across Canada. This HillNote provides an overview of some measures by federal, provincial and territorial governments to address the…

Parliamentary Diplomacy: Canadian Parliamentarians and the World

(Disponible en français : La diplomatie parlementaire : les parlementaires canadiens et le monde) In today’s complex world, the lines between domestic and international policy have blurred, and governments are not the only global actors. Increasingly, Canadian parliamentarians are speaking directly with their international counterparts. In Canada, diplomatic engagement has been a longstanding dimension of parliamentary…

To Be or Not to Be an Officer of Parliament, That Is the Question

(Disponible en français : Être ou ne pas être un haut fonctionnaire du Parlement, telle est la question) The year 2017 produced a new crop of officers of Parliament. New incumbents have been appointed in the roles of Commissioner of Official Languages, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Commissioner of Lobbying and Information Commissioner. In addition, the…