Friday, Dec. 19, 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
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE