Monday, April 27, 2015
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Trudeau’s speech more hard-hitting, more high-risk

For all Tom Mulcair’s success or, perhaps, because of it as the prosecutor-in-chief of the government in Commons, his profile outside Quebec remains both lower and not as voter-friendly as Justin Trudeau’s.

Tory, Bloc rhetoric goes beyond judge’s ruling on niqabs

Is there a degree of religious-based anti-womanism that the Prime Minister believes Canadian values can accommodate and if so, who should draw the line? Does he seriously think that it is for governments to make freedom of religion a two- tiered right?

Patrick Brown offers federal preview

Under the guise of a dark horse bid to replace former leader Tim Hudak, Conservative MP Patrick Brown is serving them a pre-emptive lesson.

Good politics could make better policy

Asking the Supreme Court for a six-month extension so that a new Parliament can deal comprehensively with the matter of assisted suicide would be one of those moments.

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.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 27, 2015
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.