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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Liberals Consider New Approach For Canadians In Trouble Abroad

(12) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 8:47 PM

OTTAWA — The man in charge of Canada's consular services says he's considering legislation to ensure that all Canadians detained, kidnapped, or in general need of help abroad are treated equally by government officials.

Omar Alghabra, the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs with responsibilities for consular affairs, told The Huffington...

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Trudeau Government In No Hurry To Reinstate Per-Vote Subsidy

(39) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 7:01 PM

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has no plans to bring back the per-vote subsidy — the cash given to each political party in relation to their portion of the popular vote, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

The financing was brought in in 2004 when former Liberal prime...

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Direction du Parti conservateur du Canada : Michael Chong y va «pour gagner» (VIDÉO)

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:59 AM

OTTAWA – Le député conservateur ontarien Michael Chong se joint à la course pour remplacer son ancien chef Stephen Harper.

«J’y vais pour gagner, a-t-il dit au Huffington Post Canada. Je me lance pour attirer de nouvelles personnes dans le parti, et je suis très excité.»

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Michael Chong, Ontario MP, Enters Conservative Leadership Race

(85) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:54 AM

OTTAWA — Ontario Conservative MP Michael Chong has joined the race to replace former party leader Stephen Harper.

“I’m running to win,” Chong told The Huffington Post Canada. “I’m running to attract new people to the party, and I’m very excited.”

Chong, 44, made the official announcement in Ottawa Monday...

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Andrew Leslie, Liberal Whip, Says He Has 'Very Good Sense' Of Divisive Bill's Fate

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 8:43 PM

OTTAWA — The man in charge of ensuring the government’s legislation passes without a hitch says he’s not certain how Grit MPs will vote on the controversial physician-assisted dying bill.

“In the final analysis, I can’t predict how the vote is going to go,” Andrew Leslie, the chief government whip,...

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Trudeau's 'Need For Attention' Shouldn't Be Covered By Taxpayers: Tories

(334) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 4:06 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should not use taxpayer resources to promote himself like a Kardashian, the Conservatives said Friday.

Whether it is a photo-op in a New York boxing ring, organized by public officials, or a cameo appearance in a tourism ad, Manitoba MP Candice Bergen...

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Jason Kenney: Liberal Excuses On Electoral Reform Getting 'More And More Ridiculous'

(209) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 4:39 PM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government came under fire Thursday for stacking a parliamentary committee studying electoral reform and for refusing to hold a referendum — with the Conservatives judging their "excuses for trying to rig the system" more and more ridiculous.

Leading off question period, Calgary MP Jason...

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Liberals To Keep Majority On New, All-Party Electoral Reform Committee

(195) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 8:15 AM

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is forming a long-awaited all-party committee to recommend a new electoral system and explore mandatory and online voting.

But the Grits are keeping most of the seats on the committee — raising concerns by opposition parties that whatever the government wants passed is likely...

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Justin Trudeau fait-il vraiment la promotion du Canada à l'étranger?

(67) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 6:31 PM

OTTAWA – Le premier ministre canadien apparaît en couverture de la plus récente édition du magazine GQ, consacrée aux hommes les plus élégants de 2016.

De fait, Justin Trudeau jouit d’une grande visibilité dans les médias internationaux depuis son élection en octobre dernier. On l’a vu dans Paris...

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Justin Trudeau Says He's Selling Canada Abroad. But Is He?

(465) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 10:37 AM

OTTAWA — "That new suave Canadian leader dude," reads the front of this month’s GQ magazine. Justin Trudeau’s face is splattered on a special online cover with the header: “The Most Stylish Men Alive 2016.”

Ever since his election win last October, Trudeau has...

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

(144) 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'

(51) 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

(129) 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


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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