Thursday, March 26, 2015
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A VIEW FROM WASHINGTON, D. C.
Prime minister Jim Prentice, anyone?

Someday the Harper incumbency will end, either from electoral defeat or well-earner retirement. The Tories will seek new leadership and Jim Prentice has all the credentials.


  
Be careful what you ask for

A future PQ government could submit a list of prominent separatist lawyers for the Quebec-designate position. Although there are no (identified) separatists in the senior Quebec courts, all that is technically required is membership in the Quebec bar.


  
The Prime Minister and the Supreme Court

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has resolved his Senate issue (it cannot be done) and lays the groundwork for a new Supreme Court nomination.


  
U.S. State Department’s annual human rights reports Canada again golden

Although the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices no longer grades individual countries even with opaque language, analysts can easily intuit the Canadians are among the world’s fortunate, able to elect leadership freely, speak, write, assemble, and worship in peace under essentially honest government.


  
Reducing inequality good for economic growth

And tax-and-spending policies can do a great deal to improve life chances for the many Canadians who are not doing well economically.


  
Don’t bet on a non-nuclear Iran

Reaching full agreement at the six-month mark is problematic.


  
What are we remembering?

But for all of the iconic nature of Veterans Day, Americans appear to have stepped back from previous wearing of poppies. In the Washington area, there is nary one to be seen. Last year, I got mine at the Canadian Embassy—a red one.


  
Grow up, Canadians

One is always amazed, as an observer from the southland, at what will start Canadian dovecots squawking.


  
U.S. State Department's international human rights report: reviewing 2012 globally and in Canada

While Canadian restrictions on free speech continue to be noted and national and provincial human rights commissions powers are identified, there is no comment on the chilling effect that ‘hate speech’ charges can entail.


  
Drones, the new poster child for the left

And for the professional pontificators, they are a godsend.


  
Forgetting history

There are fewer and fewer for whom Pearl Harbor is the relevant benchmark of their lives. Their ‘who-I-am-is-where-I-was-when’ touchstones are the Kennedy assassination, the Space Shuttle explosion, and—of course—9/11.


  
Soviet-U.S. Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 provides lessons worth remembering

It was an unprecedented agreement as for the first time, it eliminated completely an entire class of weapons.


  
On the rail: Amtrak and America

We joined an ‘Adopt a Highway’ cleanup effort on the main highway into Vail. Illustrative of De Tochville’s American volunteer spirit, we dressed in protective clothing, gloved, with bright orange vests and ‘grippers’ for picking up.


  
Total war a lesson in hypocrisy

We all suffer from hypocrisy. Nations are no less culpable than individuals. It is hard to find a nation where the existing government regards itself as acting from other than principled virtue.


  
Just what are we doing in Asia?

  
Canadian human rights: 2011 in review

Although we no longer ‘grade’ human rights action, Canada qualifies for the equivalent of an ‘A.’


  
America declines ‘Americans Elect’

The current U.S. political deadlock is existential; it is not a question of making quick fixes with marginal manoeuvres.


  
Obsessing over the Iranian nuclear program

What to do about Tehran and how or when to do it? This is definitely a conundrum for which the answers are even more illusive than attempting to lever Syria’s Bashar out of power.


  
Harper and Asia: breaking more ground

Harper plays his ‘China card.’ This was a useful reminder to Washington that Ottawa has other market options.


  
Third thoughts about Syria

And to be sure Bashar is no choirboy. Syria is a nasty dictatorship with a decades-long record of vicious human rights violations. But neither are his opponents choirboys.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, March 26, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
An enlightening evening at this year's Politics and the Pen Gala March 13, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

About 500 of Canada's most prominent people packed the Fairmont Château Laurier on Wednesday, March 11.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Government Leader in the Senate Claude Carignan, ministers Christian Paradis and Chris Alexander, Conservative MP Joan Crockett, CTV's Mercedes Stephenson, and event member of the Politics and the Pen organizing committee Dan Mader.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Authors Steven Galloway and Alison Loat, Catherine McKenna, Gerald Butts, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and John Ivison.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Andrew Saxton, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Politics and the Pen co-chair Jill Scheer and her husband, Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) executive director Stephen Hendrie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Andrew Scheer's chief of staff Kenzie Potter and NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Co-host of the evening, Treasury Board President Tony Clement, and NDP MP Charlie Angus.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV's Katie Simpson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV Ottawa bureau chief Bob Fife.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Green Party Leader, and author, Elizabeth May.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NDP MPs Megan Leslie and Peggy Nash.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV News' Kevin Newman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conrad Black, in conversation with event organizer and iPolitics' social columnist Elizabeth Gray-Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Director of communications for Canada's National Arts Centre, Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

John Baird, Enbridge's Sonya Savage, and Gary Lunn.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Gord Brown, his wife Claudine and design consultant Kelly Mounce.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Rogers Communications vice chairman Phil Lind, Senator Janice Johnson, Minister of Sport Bal Gosal, and Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay and his wife, Nazanin Afshin-Jam.

Shaughnessy Cohen prize nominee Chantal Hébert and fellow At Issue panellist Bruce Anderson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Author Monia Mazigh, wife of Maher Arar.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Phil and Gillian Cartwright.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jane and Patrick Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Minister of Defence Jason Kenney and NDP industry critic Peggy Nash.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NDP national director and Politics and the Pen co-chair Anne McGrath.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

West Block host Tom Clark and Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Co-hosts Tony Clement and CBC Radio 2's Tom Power, with National Post's Stephen Maher.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

MPs Megan Leslie and Lisa Raitt lending their voices to a 'Sweet Caroline' sing-along, with Tony Clement, Stephen Maher, Tom Power, and Richard Madan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Shaughnessy Cohen 2014 nominees in the running for the $25,000 prize: Joseph Heath for Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives; Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre for The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was; Naomi Klein for This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate; John Ralston Saul for The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence; and Graham Steele for What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise—and Collapse—of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

And the winner is... Joseph Heath for Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Last year's winner Paul Wells watches as his title is passed on. The crowd gave Mr. Heath a standing ovation to end the evening.

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