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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?

  
The Great Harperdini wriggles free again

It was a close call for Harper and an ugly victory—and the story isn’t over. But he finally has a rival, right across the Commons aisle, as skilled, relentless, and competitive as he is.


  
Harper’s capricious, one-man policy shop

  
How to fail in politics

  
What’s love got to do with it?

Liberals say the choice for federal voters in 2015 is simple: they want hopeful and positive over brooding and negative. But don’t be so sure.


  
Mulcair, Trudeau spend summer in shallow end

  
Wallin seems to be everyone’s punching bag

  
Will Aglukkaq do for environment what she did for health?

Symbolically, Leona Aglukkaq’s perfect. Practically, her appointment as Environment Minister is intended to blunt aboriginal opposition to pipelines and mines.


  
Senate scandal won’t go away

It’s moving inexorably closer to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


  
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, governing alone: Riley

The most disconcerting thing about Prime Minister Stephen Harper is that no one knows, no one can even reasonably guess, what he will do next.


  
Mulcair deplores ‘old-line parties,’ but imitates them

The NDP leader looked more interested in embarrassing Justin Trudeau than cleaning up Parliament. He certainly wasn’t leading the charge towards more accountability.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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