Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Trudeau’s Quebec Liberals suffer from same ailment that brought down PQ recently

  
Time to put a safety warning on door of Harper’s 2015 re-election ride

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.


  
Quebec voters slam door in PQ’s face

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.


  
Harper more isolated, less in control than a year ago

Consistently mediocre poll results; heightened caucus unrest; public Cabinet squabbles; a poorly handled Senate scandal and what has turned out to be a bad hire for the top party job indicate as much.


  
Péladeau’s decision to run could lead to a dramatic realignment

With Pierre Karl Péladeau in the mix, a majority PQ government would have to seriously set its sights on holding a referendum or risk implosion.


  
PM can ill afford to ostracize progressives

A red Tory coup-in-the-making there may not be except in the self-serving imagination of Conservative MP Rob Anders, but cracks in the fragile foundation of Harper’s hard-earned majority there most certainly are and they are becoming harder to paper over.


  
Quebecers not interested in bickering match between NDP and Liberals

As they prepare for the larger 2015 Quebec battle both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair would be well advised to keep that in mind.


  
Not a good day at the office for Conservatives

To sum up: the RCMP alleges that people placed by Harper in the government’s and the Senate’s chain of command either broke the law or took part in a cover-up designed to make a scandal go away, but leaves the prime minister himself off the hook.


  
Upcoming byelections provide an early opportunity to see Trudeau lead a campaign

Whatever the results on Nov. 25, the Liberals should not be fooled into thinking that their leader is ready to part with his training wheels just yet.


  
Harper can only pray Wright continues to play dead

Only a saint or alternatively someone with a guilty conscience would continue to play dead as his former boss wreaks irreparable damage on his or her reputation.


  
NDP to test more aggressive, take-no-prisoners style

It remains to be seen what Canadians will make of the NDP’s transition to a more cutthroat style especially as the party will first road test it on Liberals and not on Conservatives


  
PQ may have accelerated erosion of a crumbling coalition

  
PQ’s proposed Quebec values charter repels vocal section of civil society, opposition stretching over federalist/sovereigntist divide

From the timing of the charter’s presentation, at the earliest practical moment after the summer, to the heavy government advertising artillery that is being deployed to sell it at public cost, all signs point to a no-holds-barred effort to decisively move the needle of public opinion toward the PQ.


  
RCMP inquiry still leaves unexplored, large grey zone

  
Life at the top becoming dangerously lonely for Harper

The elevation of an insider such as Ray Novak to the top rank of executor of the Prime Minister’s wishes will only compound Harper’s self-enforced isolation.


  
Not so fast, don’t count out Mulcair

Most of Canada’s current government leaders rose from a grave to which they were summarily consigned by the chattering media class over their time in opposition.


  
Liberal revival at play in Quebec, more than a passing bout of Trudeaumania

The more important story of the latest CROP poll is not a still fragile Liberal revival but rather a potentially irreversible slump in PQ fortunes.


  

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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