Monday, May 25, 2015
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COPPS' CORNER
Killing consortium one more nail in the coffin of voter participation

The consortium did not preclude the introduction of new fora, including internet, Google, and YouTube formats. An end to the consortium guarantees that millions of ordinary Canadians will have less access to the content of political debates, not more.


  
Tax on tampons is not a small issue

Our government is pocketing $36-million a year through a tampon tax. Curiously, and unbeknownst to most, Viagra is tax exempt.


  
Tax on tampons is not a small issue

Our government is pocketing $36-million a year through a tampon tax. Curiously, and unbeknownst to most, Viagra is tax exempt.


  
Alberta election could have huge implications for federal race

Governments defeat themselves, and if enough people want a change, they need to rally around a single party that can deliver that change.


  
Oliver’s written bus stop ad campaign for opponents

One has to wonder about the intelligence quotient of a finance minister who would make jokes about the burden his actions were placing on future generations.


  
Justin’s no Pierre, and it’s not 1968

For Trudeau, the son, to succeed, he needs to chart a political path that is quite different from that of his father.


  
Duffy trial proves once again that all politics is local

Even aerial bombings and a finance minister’s plan to introduce a no-deficit law to Parliament were no match for the trials and tribulations of the avuncular television host cum Senator whose fall from political grace was nothing less than stunning.


  
Real Senate scandal? Senators who sit on private boards, it’s a huge conflict

Notwithstanding all Sen. Nancy Ruth’s good work, last week’s cheese outburst will sadly constitute her Senate legacy.


  
Politics: no other forum can so fundamentally change society

But the theme of politics lost is not new. Naysayers have abounded since the birth of democracy more than 1,000 years ago.


  
Starbucks launches long overdue national conversation on race relations in U.S.

  
This election won’t be pretty

Last week’s heated temperature was not the result of an isolated political mistake. It was a well-planned portent of things to come.


  
Hamilton lost a hero last week

Don Drury was well known in the Golden Horseshoe, but he was not a national name.


  
Election 2015 shaping up to be a two-party race

Most of the analysis has been focused on putative frontrunners. But the slow slide of the New Democratic Party in the same polls is also very relevant.


  
Harper hoovers through eight communication directors in nine years: what’s up with that?

  
Voters will decide in next election who breached bond of loyalty between Adams and Harper

Meanwhile, Eve Adams’ decision to cross the floor has meant that she will live to fight another day in a game she obviously loves.


  
All in all, Baird was the only real winner last week

Even though Harper must have been disappointed with John Baird’s early leave-taking, the Prime Minister should have been smart enough to personally offer the warmest of public endorsements on the floor of the House of Commons.


  
Dynamics of Sudbury politics will never be quite the same

The Feb. 5 byelection to fill the provincial seat vacated by the resignation of New Democrat Joe Cimino has all the elements of intrigue one would expect to find in a fictive political thriller.


  
White is still might

The massacre of staff at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo was only five days before the wholesale slaughter of more than 2,000 Nigerians by Islamic radical terrorists Boko Haram. One tragedy was mourned around the world; the other was barely a blip on the international radar.


  
Precipitous drop in oil prices, Alberta’s economy spell trouble for the status quo

The Conservative forecasts were workable as long as the price of a barrel of oil remained robust. But the further it falls; the more trouble will befall all politicians who promise more than they can deliver.


  
Feds’ publicity for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 more about cementing hold on power

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is banking on the fact that the focus on war, white men, and sport reinforces a constituency he needs to secure a majority government.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, May 25, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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