Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
NDP has more to gain by refuting Bill C-51

As counterintuitive as it may seem, opposing the bill is also less perilous politically for the NDP than supporting it.


  
Political calculus behind Trudeau’s decision to offer Adams political asylum does not easily add up

For an MP who was growing uncomfortable with her party, Adams certainly fought hard for a Conservative nomination in the 2015 election.


  
PM seemed blindsided by Baird’s exit

That may explain why the opposition parties were more effusive in their praise of the departing minister in the House than was the statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.


  
Quebec corruption inquiry losing its way

Nothing short of a bulletproof final report—whenever it finally does come—will shore up its battered credibility.


  
Tories have only modest hopes in Quebec

The addition of 27 new ridings in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia gives the ruling party quite a bit of room west of Quebec to make up for possible losses in Atlantic Canada.


  
Fixed election date hurting sound policy-making

When all is said and done the side effects of the remedy of a fixed-date election law are turning out be more harmful to sound policy-making than the ills it was meant to cure.


  
Provinces, not Harper, speak for Canada now

It is increasingly hard to see how the federal government can exercise leadership or advance an agenda for the country from an Ottawa bunker.


  
Don’t expect allegations to be cleared up soon

These are allegations that would do serious damage to anyone’s reputation. That damage is compounded when they are levelled—as is the case in this instance—at elected individuals whose stock in trade is public trust.


  
Liberals MPs’ banishment from party fold stands to be permanent

When all is said and done, the grim political fate that Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews have incurred for their alleged sins will go a longer way to deter future Parliamentary offenders than any after-the-fact remedy.


  
Sexual harassment allegations against CBC star Ghomeshi unleash floodgate

Few are more vulnerable to allegations of personal misconduct than elected politicians and there has long been an implicit gentlemen’s agreement (pun intended) between the parties to deal with such matters under the radar. Until now.


  
All that’s missing is actual general election call

  
Trudeau immediate political casualty of war of words

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.


  
Canada’s next Parliament will find active Islamic State file waiting for it

One way or another though the international engagement against Islamic extremists will not be resolved between now and next year’s federal election.


  
Justin Trudeau’s Sun Media ban misses the target: Hébert

By shutting out all Sun Media journalists, Justin Trudeau is taking the wrong approach in his protest against Ezra Levant’s grotesque attack on him and his family.


  
Rathgeber book tells bleak story of Canadian politics

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.


  
Government turns policy gold into lead

  
Surprised by buoyancy of Wynne’s Liberals

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?


  
Advance polls could distort final outcome of a competitive campaign

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?


  
Trudeau hands Conservatives a dubious gift with abortion shift

Justin Trudeau’s announcement coincided with the news that Campaign Life is working to have as many of its supporters as possible selected as candidates for the 2015 election. The anti-abortion group is specifically targeting the 30 federal ridings that will be in the mix for the first time next year.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, February 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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