Monday, July 6, 2015
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FUNKE'S VIEW
Canadian federal elections: one campaign, many battlegrounds

The key to making overall gains is the ability to maintain internal cohesion while fighting multiple combatants from different parts of the political spectrum.


  
So close, but no cigar: close ridings aren't always safe target ridings

In the last 20 years, no close seat in a general election remained close in a subsequent byelection. And no close byelection race had ever been a close race in the previous general election. Not one.


  
Progressives urged to move from 'think tank' to 'do tank' to counter erosion of democracy

Massive growth in the conservative 'ideological persuasion industry,' tools targeted at the grassroots.


  
Voters angry, engaged, and ahead of conventional parties: Hébert

Conventional political parties are 'slow to catch the wave,' or simply being cast away by a populace looking for something else, says Chantal Hébert.


  
Time to modernize election process, urges Canada's chief electoral officer

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand tells Parliament the Elections Act needs an overhaul.


  
Online voting won't hike youth turnout, but 'it grows on you,' forum told

Electronic voter registration will be the first step in Canada, although Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand is authorized to explore 'alternative voting methods'.


  
Byers' formula fails in his own province

Michael Byers recently urged the Liberals and NDP to strike a one-time deal where each party would stand down from running candidates in ridings in which the other party placed higher. But his vote switching theory doesn't fly.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Fourth of July party at U.S. ambassador's residence July 6, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The dance floor was packed all evening, as The Digs played an assortment of Motown tunes. Even the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards got in on the fun.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, joined by his wife, Vicki, and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and his wife, Arlene.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, with his wife Arlene and Mr. and Mrs. Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman getting down on the dance floor, as Donna Chevrier, owner of Ola Cocina restaurant, looks on.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman, joined onstage by their two daughters, Liza and Caroline.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman testing out one of the vintage cars on display.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Cakes from Eli's Cheesecake were flown in from Chicago just for the event—salted caramel, chocolate chip and blackberry sour cream. Shockingly, no pie was served at these Fourth of July festivities.

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