Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
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COPPS' CORNER
Ray Novak may soon go the way of Nigel Wright

At every pit stop and press conference from London to Surrey, Harper was dogged with contradictory court testimony that he deflected with a single, repetitive phrase.


  
Wright testimony in Duffy trial worst nightmare for PM Harper

Harper and his team campaign as though the Wright testimony will have no impact on the election. But wishing does not make it so.


  
Campaigning ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

A key part of a politician’s job description is campaigning. But hitting the road on one of the longest campaigns in history is hard work.


  
Why is Harper still spending so much political capital pounding Trudeau?

Notwithstanding polls to the contrary, Harper obviously believes Trudeau is his target.


  
Wedge politics of communism memorial may backfire

When you are annoying a key sector of your own voting base, there are no rewards at the ballot box.


  
Change is in the air, but which party will be seen as real agent?

Mulcair’s lead means he loses the element of surprise that worked so effectively for Jack Layton and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.


  
Canada mimicking slash-and-burn tactics in American politics

There is no way that Canadian taxpayers should be footing the bill for tax credits destined for advertising to trash opponents.


  
Why the blatant attempt to portray Michael Chan as a handmaiden of a foreign government?

If his name were MacKay or Baird, would Chan’s intentions have been subject to the same scrutiny?


  
Duceppe’s return means balancing act for Mulcair

Gilles Duceppe has been the most experienced opposition voice in the House of Commons, and his surgical strikes will be largely aimed at his real enemy in Quebec—the NDP.


  
Bad smell coming off FIFA financial dealings not unique to soccer

Most international sports organizations are beyond the scrutiny of any individual country. They make their own rules and then decide whether or not to follow them.


  
A GST cut will trump a cancer fight every time

There are a myriad of policy choices facing all political parties in the lead-up to the election. Preventing cancer should be a big one.


  
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.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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