Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
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Decision to put an end to a country gut-wrenching, irreversible

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has wisely weighed in on the looming Scottish referendum. Canada is in a unique position to speak about referenda. We know from whence we speak.

Much of Parliament’s work today designed to widen gaps between regions, peoples

Premiers’ lead may leave Harper isolated on missing and murdered aboriginal women

Ontario needs a wake-up call to fix municipal conflict of interest rules

Pure politics could get in the way of Canada Post’s cost cutting

Redford’s caucus cockup shouldn’t be a criminal investigation

To this day, I have not heard a logical explanation of why a spouse’s presence is bona fide but a minor child’s is not.

Smile, stand up for women

If ever you think the battle for equality is over, just look at what is happening around the world.

Conservative team in full election mode: Sheila Copps

Duffy will finally get his day in court

Sen. Mike Duffy and his lawyer have made it clear they won’t go down without a fight.

Is Canada in danger of becoming a banana republic?

Ford discredits the whole political class

There are just so many unanswered questions surrounding the return of Rob Ford that no feckless, feigned apology is going to make it right.

At least MacKay is an honest sexist: Copps

Justice Minister Peter MacKay was right. More Canadian women are involved in child rearing, house cleaning, and food preparation than their male counterparts. So why are we shooting the messenger without actually doing anything about it.

Sheila Copps: the next election’s question is shaping up

NDP executes next best strategy, a frontal attack on Commons Board of Internal Economy: Copps

For Tom Mulcair, who loves to trumpet his party’s squeaky-clean image, his spending scandal may be more than pricey. But he is banking that a future day in court will lower the cost.

If Wynne does win, she needs to stop apologizing

Gallant leaves her NATO briefing book at Ottawa International Airport

Trudeau positioned to fight next election on generational change

It would be impossible to square that image with a leader who waffles on abortion.

NDP outreach offices don’t pass the smell test, but doesn’t mean they broke rules: Sheila Copps

The rules are deliberately vague because they are established by the Commons Board of Internal Economy and then applied to all political operations.

Harper’s attack on chief justice akin to bringing a knife to a gunfight

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s fingerprints were all over the initial news stories claiming that the chief justice of the Supreme Court had inappropriately tried to contact his office.

Canada’s chief law enforcement officer cannot be questioned

But Canadians are dumbfounded by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s decision not to proceed with charges against a public official who, by his own admission, paid $90,000 to a public officer holder to make a political problem go away.


Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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.