Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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IMPOLITIC
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
William Stairs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Former prime minister Joe Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The crowd.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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