Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
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INSIDE POLITICS I
Mayoral support crucial for pipelines

No mayor holds a veto over a pipeline but it will be hard to secure a social licence for any project absent more support from the political leaders who are closest to the day-to-day life of so many voters.


  
Electoral reform is an outlier

Justin Trudeau has promised to deliver a different voting system in time for the 2019 election so speed is presumably of the essence. But there is no ready-made process to deliver as major an electoral reform in a manner that inspires confidence in its legitimacy.


  
Electoral reform more controversial than one would think

A governing party supported by a minority of voters should not use its parliamentary majority to unilaterally change the way MPs are elected.


  
Canada’s national fabric is paying price for depletion of journalistic resources: Hébert

Under the guise of a migration to the digital world, Canada’s news media is undergoing the biggest journalistic fire sale of its history.


  
Duffy’s saga is now of little consequence

The Senate saga was the biggest political drama of the last federal decade but it earned none of its main actors a curtain call.


  
MacKay has an early lead, sort of, in Tory race

That is not to say that Harper’s succession is Peter MacKay’s for the asking or even that he wants the leadership. But if he did throw his hat in the ring he would be the prohibitive front-runner, especially in a field that will probably not even feature some of the names that tested best in the Abacus poll.


  
How oilsands may find greener pastures

It is not just Canada’s environmentalists who have cause to hope Alberta’s decision to embrace the fight against global warming will be a game-changer. So does the oilsands industry.


  
Paris attacks dull post-election shine for Trudeau

From a Canadian perspective, it was on tone that an unscripted Justin Trudeau most came up short.


  
Conservative movement driven further into political wilderness

In fact, the Conservatives should not assume they hit rock bottom on Oct. 19.


  
Quebec’s election results ought to worry sovereigntists

For the first time, the province was the scene of a real four-way federal battle and while the Liberals came out on top, the NDP and the Conservatives both won more Quebec seats than the Bloc.


  
Trudeau Cabinet will have to hit ground running

Over and above all other Cabinet choices, Justin Trudeau’s picks for the Finance and Environment portfolios are the ones that stand to define his rookie government.


  
Raising niqab stakes is not a risk-free strategy

  
Harper misses opportunity on economy

An historic three-way battle may make for epic horse race stories, but it also invites caution, because all three men can smell victory.


  
Flaherty could have signed off on NDP’s fiscal framework

By comparison, the manifesto published earlier this week by a group of high-profile activists comes across like a prescription for a revolution. Some of its leading signatories have long-standing ties to the New Democrats. It is hard to imagine that they inhabit the same planet as Mulcair’s NDP.


  
As fiscal plans go, NDP's on light side

It is hard to connect enough dots to get a solid take on the big picture of the first NDP federal government. But reading between the lines of the fiscal framework, that government hardly looks like it was worth the 60-year wait of the Canadian Left.


  
Harper fails to take high road on Syrian refugee crisis

The refugee crisis appeared on the campaign radar at a time when the Conservatives were in dire need of a shot of momentum after a bruising first month on the hustings.


  
Plenty of unanswered questions about NDP

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has been making some hefty promises on the way to a leading position in voting intentions.


  
Holding Montreal Island seats now Liberals’ top priority

For the many federal Liberals in Quebec who saw Trudeau as a saviour, the first three weeks of the election campaign have been sobering ones. The party is nowhere near where it had expected to be in Quebec.


  
For Quebecers, it’s all about regime change

Trudeau will have to fight hard just to hang on to the handful of Montreal seats that he inherited from Michael Ignatieff.


  
Pension plan feud risky for Harper and Wynne

The assumption that any post-provincial-election ill will toward Wynne will drive votes to Harper in October could be flawed.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE



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