Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
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IN THE HOUSE
Get ready for a clusterfrig this fall on the Hill: Joe Jordan

As the next federal election approaches, the operations of Parliament will become an even greater extension of party politics and, essentially, we will be able to witness the speeding up of a broken machine.


  
Whateva, I do what I want!

What we also can’t have is the status quo; the overwhelming response to Justin Trudeau’s action should be a clear signal that Canadians want change.


  
Joe Jordan: we’re setting the table for the next election

Governments call elections when they think they can win them. Everything else is communications.


  
Hallelujah, the House has risen!

When your reaction to Question Period is identical to the feeling you get when someone scrapes chalk on a chalkboard, it is well and truly time to pull the old plug.


  
Take none of hewing, crying over private members’ business at face value

In this particular case, the earned media generated around the issue will more than make up for the eventual procedural beat down.


  
Seven things that will make a bad Parliament worse: read 'em and weep

Parliament doesn’t need advice, it needs an intervention.


  
On top of omnibus legislative casserole, feds intend to add a ‘screw you’ spice with MP pension reform, says Jordan

  
Politics to eclipse policy in spring session

Expect the unexpected, zigging will be the new zagging, outrage will become contagious, perspective will be jettisoned form the lexicon and doing the right thing will become entirely situational. But that’s politics.


  
This government gets a B-minus grade

The key to staying in power is to keep the ones who hate you away from the ones who don’t know, and that is largely an exercise in communications.


  
House, media distracted by plane rides, gold business cards

We are facing uncertain economic times, increasing global instability, and a federal/provincial Health Accord negotiation that could fundamentally alter the role of government and the relationships between governments in this country.


  
One impeachable rule in politics: the electorate is never wrong

If we work backwards from that absolute truth, we can begin to sort out what happened, perhaps why it happened and, most importantly, what it might mean going forward.


  
If MPs don't get a handle on the sorry state of this political environment, voters will

The good news is that we seem to be actually having a semi-serious discussion about the issue. In the end, I hope that the current crop of Parliamentarians see the opportunity that these types of discussions may afford them.


  
Parliamentary machine headed in wrong direction: It's time to fix it!

Joe Jordan's list of how to make Parliament work better.


  
Electile dysfunction: constant election threat hurts Parliament

It permeates everything they do, it shortens strategic planning time frames to about three minutes and it sidelines a competent and professional civil service by the ongoing reinforcement of the principle that 'politics' trumps 'policy.'


  
The new normal: minority Parliaments aren't so bad

Of course, it will never last. I am giving this Parliament about another 10 months.


  
The 'Steve-leave' affair and our sensational political crisis

  
Jordan's 'top 10 mistakes' new MPs should not make

Politics is like a hallucinogenic drug, it tends to intensify what already exists. Keep in mind that there is little correlation between winning an argument and being right.


  
Time to watch the backroom fur fly!

Prime Minister Harper has been convinced by his strategists that a majority win is possible. It's simply the way the guy's wired.


  
Time to engage in a little election speculation

Of the 33 government bills currently in the pipe, the most logical choice for an election culprit would be Bill C-10.


  
Opinion markets inundated by 'MPs-behaving-badly' theme, time to refresh

So here are three small measures that I feel should contribute to all MPs holding their heads a little higher.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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.

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