Monday, April 27, 2015
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COPPS' CORNER
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bottoms up at Hy's post-budget soirée April 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

RX&D Lobbyist Sarah Douglas and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello and Bea Vongdouangchanh.

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