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Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting

Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting
Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style rally at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Monday to launch his government’s fall season of Parliament as though it really were a prelude to the 2015 federal election—with hints the government is set to pass legislation that could eliminate the last remaining chance of parole in homicides where a lifetime prison sentence is imposed.

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts
A system of mandatory voting now being crowd-tested by the Liberal Party would either erode or eliminate a strategic advantage the Conservative Party held over the past two federal elections through the disproportionate weight of its loyal base, U.S.-style campaign tactics, and negative attack ads, experts say.

FEATURE

‘Whistleblowing is like riding a tiger: the moment you do this, you’re marked’

Health Canada scientist Shiv Chopra, who spoke out about drug approvals, is still fighting for his job 10 years later.

Former chief actuary of Canada says he’s no whistleblower

Former chief actuary of Canada says he’s no whistleblower
For a time after his firing, former chief actuary of Canada Bernard Dussault said he was unable to find work in a federally- regulated industry reluctant to hire him.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

August 11, 2014
LIST/CHART/SURVEYS
  • Federal department spending changes: 2006-2007 to 2012-2013
  • Federal spending under PM Harper's Conservative government
  • Cabinet’s Directors of Communications and Chiefs of Staff List 2014
THIS WEEK'S HILL TIMES
Health Canada says it would have given ‘full control’ to doctors’ groups over content of anti-marijuana ad campaign
Harper suspended Commons committee reviews of Gascon’s Supreme Court appointment in June: House documents
Cabinet to pitch $6.4-billion surplus, ‘economic bucket’ in multiple files this fall
Feds focus on economy as House of Commons returns
Feds’ $36-billion national shipbuilding strategy two to three years behind schedule, say critics
Feds’ $36-billion national shipbuilding strategy two to three years behind schedule, say critics

Warren Kinsella, Karl Bélanger, Tim Powers

We’re in for a ferocious period of politics
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
EDITORIAL
The Lobby Monitor team accepts the nomination from Canada's Lobbying Commissioner's Office to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sept. 11, 2014
Canda's Lobbying Commissioner's Office accepts GRIC nomination to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, then challenged The Lobby Monitor to do it.

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE