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Duceppe’s return changes dynamic

With the NDP on the rise outside Quebec, the incentive to continue to support Thomas Mulcair’s party is strong.

Duceppe’s return to Bloc a desperate manoeuvre

With the first federal campaign that will see the party start from behind only a summer away, the Bloc still has to nominate candidates in two-thirds of the province’s ridings.

When did we lose the will to change?

To look at this week’s headlines and the fresh start they allude to is to take a trip back in time.

Bloc’s demise would dim Péladeau’s sovereignty dreams

Unless the Bloc Québécois rises from the dead in October, the first Quebec vote to take place on PKP’s watch will turn into yet another sovereigntist wake.

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

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.


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