When independence does erupt in the Commons, indecision is sometimes confessed and MPs can veer from party lines on principle, without being branded mavericks or sparking a media feeding frenzy.
It is not that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau necessarily chose the wrong camp, but having picked a side in the most sensitive policy debate to have come his way since becoming leader, he then failed to distinguish himself in action.
Ezra Levant sparked a boycott of Sun News by Trudeau. Paul Calandra had faced days of criticism and appears to have been taken to the woodshed by his boss. Justin Trudeau was facing a demand for an apology by the ambassador, among others.
Federal lessons cannot always be gleaned from provincial experience, but New Brunswick parallels were too enticing to ignore.
Worse than the troubling conclusions of the likes of Graham Steele, Brent Rathgeber and others is the fact that while they don’t lack for ideas to fix Parliamentary democracy, all doubt that the impetus for reform is strong enough to break down the systemic barriers to change. And on that score they have a point.
The Prime Minister may have a number of perfectly legal reasons to testify, but should he do so, he loses, Duffy wins and the Senator sleeps soundly in the political world in which they both live.
Maybe it’s just more talk with familiar names. But when some of our former leaders decide that this issue still deserves their efforts, only the most cynical would not listen. And if they can force this dialogue onto the agenda in a federal election year, we all benefit.
This is a government determined to bring its brand of law and order to this country, whether it is cracking down on bogus refugee claimants, giving police more surveillance powers, bringing in mandatory sentencing, ending early parole or always going the extra mile to bring down the hammer in the name of victims’ rights.
The voting trends are the only real numbers we have—they are not crowd counts, or Question Period performance, fawning local coverage in small towns or even fundraising numbers.
Do you wonder how a three-term incumbent party manages to swim against the tide for change, even as it is dragging some pretty heavy scandal-related baggage?
The goal of maximizing voter participation is worthwhile, but what if it is being pursued at the cost of short-circuiting the due process that should lead to as informed an electoral verdict as possible?
Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe once compared leading his party to a devastating defeat in 2011 to being trapped on an elevator in free fall.
In the process, they have inflicted a life-threatening defeat on the Parti Québécois. It is not just that Marois’ Parti Québécois government is the first not to be re-elected to a second term in more than four decades.
Dimitri Soudas’ power has been clipped and Conservative MP Eve Adams’ future is uncertain.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper carefully kept daylight between his pro-Ukrainian, anti-Russian views and potential new markets for Canadian resources.
NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right.
NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning.
Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.
RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated.
Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.