Thursday, July 24, 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
Friday, July 25, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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