Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
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Canada pretends to do something about ISIS

Unfortunately, history suggests these militias are unreliable allies; partners of convenience, at best, driven by sectarian rivalries but united in mistrust of the West.

Everyone wants ‘action,’ no one ready to act

Justin The Inevitable

Trudeau promises relief from the tiresome and hateful bickering that constitutes political discourse—a discourse grown more crude and savage during the Harper years.

Harper’s foreign doctrine: the responsibility to object

As a response to villainous foreign regimes and their brutal suppression of women, and detested minorities it is pretty anemic.

Trudeau should think twice before legalizing pot: Susan Riley

Early polls suggest Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will win youth support, but lose seniors with his support for legalization—but that, for a significant majority, pot will not be a ballot box question in 2015.

Northern Gateway too illogical to survive: Riley

Of all the oil pipelines on offer these days, none are as politically provocative, environmentally menacing, difficult to build, and—to use the technical term—totally nutty, as the Northern Gateway.

Harper ‘couldn’t care less’ and that works: Riley

Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t waste time explaining. His leadership style is authoritarian, arrogant, and sometimes hostile. It shouldn’t work, but, so far, it has.

Betrayal commonplace in politics

It’s time we started exposing and embarrassing the cheaters, not just their victims.

Susan Riley: does ‘stupid’ always work in politics?

Ottawa no-show on needed pension reform, so premiers leap in: Susan Riley

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to enrich the Canada Pension Plan, which currently pays a maximum of $12,500 annually to those who contribute during their working years.

Unpacking Quebec’s charter of values, then junking it

Talented Redford pushed out, Rob Ford hangs on

Why the latest unity ‘crisis’ doesn’t feel critical

Pauline Marois is trying, with some success, to ride to victory on the backs of Quebec’s religious minorities by appealing to inchoate fears, particularly in rural Quebec, of Islamic fundamentalism.

Earth to politicians: slogans don’t create jobs

Moral clarity much easier from a distance: Susan Riley

The proposed Quebec charter of values is a petty, mean-spirited, dangerous and unnecessary piece of legislation unworthy of Canada and, if it passes, deeply damaging to Quebec’s reputation. Now why doesn’t someone in Ottawa say so?

Has tax cutting gone too far?

If there is never an appetite for overall tax increases, a case can be made for targeted hikes.

Susan Riley: is Flaherty getting tired of taking orders?

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty risks becoming too dangerously interesting for the Harper Cabinet.

New class warfare upends logic, debases politics

‘This time it’s the rich and powerful against the educated, the cultivated, and the just plain unconvinced. Anyone who questions the new order (its smug assumptions and harsh remedies) is accused of contempt for the wisdom of the common people. Of elitism.’

Economy trumps all, whatever that means

The economy will trump every other issue, as it almost always does. If things are going well—lots of jobs, rising wages—Stephen Harper could be re-elected. Even if things are going badly, voters may not want to risk a leap into the unknown. So far, that is what the Liberals are offering under Justin Trudeau.

When did lying become a job requirement for politicians?


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 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.