Monday, April 27, 2015
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Forget politicians, only the people can save the planet

Few politicians have the insight, or the courage, to stare down the powerful and polluting ‘extractive’ industries. Supporting ‘green’ political candidates can’t hurt.

When it comes to law-making, experts need not apply

This Prime Minister, who markets himself as steady and responsible, appears to act, very often, from a combination of hot impulse and cool political calculation.

PM Harper to ask Parliament to extend, expand Iraq war

Harper winning the PR war, but support for Iraq war is uneasy and provisional.

Nothing to fear but fear-mongers themselves

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, rather than uniting Canadians, is fuelling Islamophobia—aimed, ironically and explicitly, at Muslim women, whom he claims to be protecting from the excesses of their religion.

Are we in tinfoil hat territory, or justly concerned?

This is a government that doesn’t need more tools, or encouragement, to crush its many, many enemies— or is it paranoid to say so? In fact, if anyone is wearing tinfoil hats, it is Harper and his friends in the RCMP.

Extreme politics crushes all, and it’s getting worse

Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off the new Parliamentary session, for instance, by insisting the NDP doesn’t want to stand up to jihadists, that the opposition ‘thinks it’s a terrible thing that some of these jihadists got killed when they fired on the Canadian military.’

Mulcair, Trudeau need to stop being so afraid

If you add the number of Canadians who loathe Stephen Harper to those disappointed in, or exasperated by, the major opposition parties, you have a world of hurt.

BREAKING: Nothing new about ‘The News’

The truth is complicated, solving problems takes years, most people live peaceful and productive lives. But The News isn’t in the business of reporting the truth, just the facts. Deep down, we know that. No wonder all but the hopelessly addicted tune out.

Santa Harper’s candy cane economics

Canadians like ‘strong’ leadership in a troubled world, pollsters report. That means standing up to tyrants, autocrats, and bullies (except when on an important trade mission, of course.)

We don’t need more pipelines, we need more truth about oil

Parliament Hill is another world, with other rules: Susan Riley

Anti-harassment measures, covering all public servants, do not apply on Parliament Hill. In 2014, our national legislature is bereft of policies and an independent body to handle complaints.

Violence begets harmony, even love for a moment

Ottawa is not an innocent city and never has been. What the attack did, in the immediate aftermath, was unleash an unprecedented display of warmth and solidarity among politicians, as remarkable as it will be fleeting. For a few astonishing hours, love really was stronger than anger.

New book turns a fictional fire hose on Senate’s cynical shenanigans

The book is exceptionally timely, dealing as it does with spending scandals, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Supreme Court reference and the abrupt dwindling of the Red Chamber’s stature and seriousness.

Ottawa distracted by trifles, while real trouble looms

An election about policy? Look no further

Real problems are only lamented and never seriously addressed. Unfortunately, we have an election to get through first.

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.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 27, 2015
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

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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.

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Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

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Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

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Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

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Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

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