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Hill Dispatches

Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.

Blog - Hill Dispatches May 29
Image: Flickr/BC NDP
Karl Nerenberg | The deal between John Horgan and Andrew Weaver does not absolutely assure that the NDP will get to form a minority government. If it does work out, the rest of the country will be watching closely.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 28
Photo: British High Commission, Ottawa/flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The Conservatives chose Andrew Scheer as a compromise, supposedly inoffensive candidate, as they did Joe Clark in 1976. But Scheer would mean a return to Harper policies Canadians rejected in 2015.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 26
Screenshot from 2017 Conservative leadership debate in Toronto/CPAC
Karl Nerenberg | It will be a big weekend in Canadian federal politics. The Conservatives will get a new leader, while the NDP leadership candidates will debate each other in Sudbury.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 8
A Roma boy in Toronto
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberals have made many salutary changes in Canadian refugee policy, but they continue the practice of identifying potential refugees abroad and blocking them.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 14
From left: Diane Lebouthiller, Ralph Goodale, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott, Bill Blair
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberal government finally introduced its pot legalization legislation, which contains many law-and-order measures to placate the many who are concerned about the impact of legal dope.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 30
Voting in the Conservative Party of Canada
Karl Nerenberg | Conservative leadership candidates advocate extreme right policies -- should Trudeau reconsider electoral reform?
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 21
Photo: CPAWS, hunter from Fort McPherson on Peel River (public domain)
Karl Nerenberg | Yukon First Nations took the territorial government to court over its betrayal of a commitment to protect the Peel watershed. The case will establish a precedent for many other Indigenous groups.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 16
Photo: Canadian Shield, by Karl Nerenberg
Karl Nerenberg | During the last election campaign, the Trudeau Liberals promised an ombudsperson to keep tabs on Canadian extractive industry companies operating abroad. They have not yet acted on that promise.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 13
Karl Nerenberg | While the 14 Conservative leadership candidates squabble and attack each other, the four NDP aspirants agree on most issues.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 10
Image: Flickr/davehuehn
Karl Nerenberg | The first NDP leadership debate takes place on Sunday. There are four strong, experienced candidates. Their task will be to demarcate the party on the political map.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 1
Photo: Karl Nerenberg, rabble.ca
Karl Nerenberg | The first-to-declare NDP leadership candidate tells rabble that the party lost touch with the grass roots last time. If he is chosen leader, Julian pledges that will not happen again.
Blog - Hill Dispatches February 23
Karl Nerenberg | Canada and the U.S. have an agreement which states both countries are safe for refugees. If that was once true, it is not today. But Canada fears retaliation if it were to call a spade a spade.
Blog - Hill Dispatches February 10
Image: Flickr/World Bank Photo Collection
Karl Nerenberg | The PM's warning that an extremist party could gain some seats in parliament under a proportional system ignores the fact that the extreme right can win a majority under the current system.
Blog - Hill Dispatches February 6
PMO Photo by Adam Scotti
Karl Nerenberg | Conservatives are thrilled we're keeping first-past-the-post. It gives them a chance of repeating 2011: winning a majority, even though most voters would choose anybody but them.
Blog - Hill Dispatches February 2
Image: Flickr/Justin Trudeau
Karl Nerenberg | Trudeau calculates that he can get away with breaking his electoral reform promise. Maybe so. Many who encouraged strategic voting for him are now bitterly disappointed. They should have known better.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 31
PMO Photo by Adam Scotti
Karl Nerenberg | Amnesty has suggested rescinding the status of safe third country for the U.S. The government should go further and scrap Harper's safe designated country of origin provision.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 30
Image: Flickr/Michael Vadon
Karl Nerenberg | It appears the attack in Quebec City was motivated by hatred of Muslims. That should be a wake-up call to all Canadians.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 25
Quebec flag
Karl Nerenberg | There are serious candidates or potential candidates for the leadership of both the Conservatives and the NDP who do not speak French. Does that make sense in 2017?
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 24
Photo: Martha Plaine
Karl Nerenberg | Trump's rhetoric about helping the forgotten people turns out to mean cutting taxes and regulations for the 1%. Canadian Conservatives embrace him while Liberals try to get along.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 19
Photo: Fightback/ La Riposte/flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Françoise David, who founded the progressive Quebec party Québec Solidaire, has retired from politics, saying she is too tired to carry on.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 13
Image: Facebook/Ahmed Hussen
Karl Nerenberg | Harper's refugee reform legislation unfairly discriminated against many asylum seekers. John McCallum was ready to make big changes. Now the ball is in Ahmed Hussen's court.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 11
Image: Facebook/KarinaGould
Karl Nerenberg | Prime Minister Trudeau has given another very young and very inexperienced MP the difficult electoral reform job. That worries many. But there may be method to the PM's madness.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 6
Image: Flickr/Matt Jiggins
Karl Nerenberg | Soon a number of aspirants will officially announce their candidacies for the NDP leadership. They will face an uphill battle to garner public attention and render their party a viable alternative.
Blog - Hill Dispatches December 30
Karl Nerenberg | Here are a half dozen, from a separatist leader quitting to Trudeau elbowing, with trade-skeptical Wallonians and leader-dumping NDP delegates in between. Plus pipelines, a senator, and more.
Blog - Hill Dispatches December 18
Flickr/Αλέξης Τσίπρας Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας
Karl Nerenberg | First-past-the-post often produces wild fluctuations from election to election. To preserve stability, the prudent course would be to reform the electoral system now.
Blog - Hill Dispatches December 15
UN Photo/Mark Garten
Karl Nerenberg | Margaret Wente says Trudeau should align climate policy with Trump's, and that there is no scientific consensus on climate change. She cites no sources to support the latter claim.
Blog - Hill Dispatches December 14
 A mining town called Asbestosis Québec. Flickr/Jacques Lebleu
Karl Nerenberg | Kathleen Ruff has been pushing for a total ban of the cancer-causing substance for years. Tomorrow the Trudeau government will announce a ban on its use, import and export.
Blog - Hill Dispatches December 7
Karl Nerenberg | Instead of proceeding with a respectful and reasoned consultation on electoral reform, based on the House committee report, the government has launched a biased, mischievous survey of "values."
Blog - Hill Dispatches November 30
Image: Canadian Press/Justin Tang
Karl Nerenberg | Alberta Premier Rachel Notely was more than happy with Justin Trudeau's approval of the Kinder Morgan project. Tom Mulcair, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan, and many others reacted very differently.
Blog - Hill Dispatches November 24
Image: Flickr/Akuppa John Wigham
Karl Nerenberg | Following an interview with CBC Radio's "As It Happens," Trump adviser Robert Walker sent CBC a series of sources to support his arguments. None of them actually did.