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MPs use PMBs as chance to bolster legislative record pre-election

MPs use PMBs as chance to bolster legislative record pre-election
Eleven private members’ bills have been tabled in 2015. They’re unlikely to move but MPs say they’re useful to point to when it comes to defending their work when the writ drops.

Centre Block’s renos to be largest rehab ever undertaken by Public Works

Centre Block’s renos to be largest rehab ever undertaken by Public Works
MPs recently got an update on the Hill’s $3-billion renovations approved to date. Public Works expects work on Centre Block—which begins in 2018—to be ‘unprecedented’ in scale and scope.

Parties pushing millennial-relevant issues could be key to their political engagement, says McGrane

Parties pushing millennial-relevant issues could be key to their political engagement, says McGrane
'Putting forward a bold vision to appeal to young people could be key to ushering a new and progressive era of Canadian politics,' says University of Saskatchewan Professor David McGrane.

FEATURE

Idle No More a ‘remarkable assertion of aboriginal identity, confidence’: Coates

Idle No More a ‘remarkable assertion of aboriginal identity, confidence’: Coates
Author Ken Coates says he was amazed by the breadth of the Idle No More movement, the fact that it was in big cities and small towns, that it was primarily driven by young aboriginal people, and that it was so incredibly peaceful.

Progressives can change political landscape, says Broadbent

Progressives can  change political landscape, says Broadbent
Ed Broadbent talks about winning conditions for the NDP in the next federal election.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

March 23, 2015
LIST/CHART/SURVEYS
  • Manning Centre Networking Conference Schedule
  • Organizations that Have Lobbied on 'Climate' in 2014
  • MPs Not Running For Re-Election 2015
THIS WEEK'S HILL TIMES
'To any reasonable Canadian this would seem like a combat role,' says Liberal MP
Government ruling any C-51 amendments to enhance oversight out of order, say opposition MPs
Next election ‘very likely’ most expensive in Canadian history, say political insiders
Time to turn page on disgraced MPs Andrews, Pacetti, say insiders
Canada’s new public service watchdog too close to office’s past wrongs, critics say
Canada’s new public service watchdog too close to office’s past wrongs, critics say
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
EDITORIAL
Armed RCMP clear Sparks Street and seach building tops for shooters
The Lobby Monitor team accepts the nomination from Canada's Lobbying Commissioner's Office to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sept. 11, 2014

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

Photograph courtesy of Public Works
An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
Photograph by Public Works
A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
Photograph courtesy of Public Works
An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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