Canadians are used to real-time information, never more so than on election night, regardless of where they live.
Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe's name figures prominently on most non-official short lists to replace PQ Leader Pauline Marois.
If Jack Layton, who is battling cancer, cannot return to the House of Commons Sept. 19 as he has vowed, Turmel will be a gravely wounded interim opposition leader as she rises to take on Harper.
Raised over beers at the pub, discussed at dinner parties, dissected over lunch in the shadow of Parliament Hill, the issue of Jack Layton's health never delved into the type of maliciousness that often poisons Ottawa's gossip mill.
Voters have good reasons to be skeptical of Michael Ignatieff. They're just not the same reasons Stephen Harper is rolling out in ads savaging the Liberal leader as a grasping prodigal son home to seize power in an illegitimate coalition with socialists a
Early warning or wake-up call, the Tucson carnage tugs sleeves here. It urgently reminds that political rhetoric has consequences and that public debate is poisoned by toxic politics.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's strength is an unusually creative capacity to see federal politics differently. His weakness is running headlong into solid objects.
In a capital as sensitive to authority as this one, all that's required to better protect the public interest is a clear signal from the Prime Minister that watchdogs are to be respected, not gutted.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's deft strokes over the past year are brushing aside a challenge to the extraordinary, between-elections power of prime ministers and painting over a Conservative fault.
Lessons, too, drip from the leaks. To assume the privacy of any message dispatched into the ether of an information age is patently foolish.
In less than five years this Prime Minister has reduced once dominant Liberals to a rump and is closer than it appears to the majority he covets.
In one way PM Stephen Harper's dominance need not change with Nigel Wright's arrival. In another way the status quo should not survive Guy Giorno's departure.
It doesn't seem too much to ask, or too little to expect, even from those so consumed by their lust for power that civility is just another tactic and making Parliament work is simply another means to the same end.
That's a strange pitch from any leader guiding a country in an information age. It's simply bizarre coming from one schooled as an economist, says James Travers.
The feds are blinding Canadians to truths they need to know about themselves.
Conventional wisdom holds that he has matured from an awkward homebody to a Prime Minister comfortable among world leaders.
Four years after diplomat Richard Colvin began telling his superiors what they didn't want to hear, the coverup is complete.
Much of the buzz about an ill-defined union with the NDP is cover for the apparently endless Liberal leadership struggle.
In a strange-as-fiction twist, the man who kept the Airbus scandal out of the Oliphant inquiry is a contender for the country's most prestigious post.
On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters.
More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too.
The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West.
The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar.
Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too.
Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279, the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament.
Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.
Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown.
The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys.
The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin.