Thursday, March 5, 2015
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COPPS' CORNER
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.


  
Everybody loved Beliveau, the best governor general we never had

Perhaps hockey great Jean Beliveau understood better than most that the enduring legacy of sport outweighs all politics.


  
Almost a month into the mess, still not any closer to the truth

And Parliament has been unable to establish a process that provides a confidential forum to protect both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator.


  
Péladeau was right: Bloc Québécois justified federalism

If his early mistakes are any example, Pierre-Karl Péladeau may want to keep his stock options open.


  
Violence against women was never simply a political construct for me

Perhaps I am cowardly in not wanting to reveal the identity of the Member of Provincial Parliament who assaulted me those many years ago. But I don’t see what my outing would accomplish.


  
‘I was sexually assaulted when I was an MPP, and I’ve been raped’: Copps

  
Mulcair’s right: Zehaf-Bibeau not a terrorist

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau appears to have been a deeply disturbed individual whose own request for help was somehow lost in the system.


  
This is a wakeup call to our Parliament of Canada

What went so wrong last Wednesday when a single individual, already identified as a potential homegrown terror threat, was able to get that close to the seat of power?


  
We now know, in excruciating detail, why two people died in Algo Centre Mall

For lasting change, we need to understand, in equal detail, why communities across Canada are dying.


  
Conservatives to use every tool to pave way for more negative advertising

  
CRTC rethinking Canadian content platforms

Google can choose to ignore that conversation, but, as they say in French, ‘Les absents ont toujours tort.’


  
Multiple reasons for Grit success

Liberals have once again beaten the odds, and, in so doing, mystified the pollsters.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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