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INSIDE POLITICS I
The weird parallels between Parti Québécois and federal Liberals

If the Liberals are to quickly grow out of opposition, they too will have to avoid sticking their heads in the sand of wishful thinking.


  
Harper's media encounters more like army briefings

Stephen Harper has given himself a total of 13 days between the election and his swearing-in to come up with the first Conservative Cabinet in more than a decade. In 2004, Martin took 22 days to put together his second Cabinet in six months.


  
For incumbent Prime Minister Paul Martin, the best-case minority scenario could also be the most dangerous

A minority Liberal government that had a bit of time ahead of it might be more tempted to change the guard quicker than one whose survival would hang by a thread.


  
PM's departure required to cleanse Liberal brand

  
Canadians tend to look to Ottawa in times of crisis and at such times, voters also usually prefer activist governments

From one incident to the next, the Martin team has become more adept at tailoring its response to the national mood, not necessarily to the most pressing needs in the afflicted areas.


  
Gomery report to introduce new clouds on Liberal horizon

If the government plans to get to a spring election with its feet dry, it will have to weather the first Gomery downpour.


  
Michaëlle Jean will turn out to be hard to dislike or to dismiss

Until the very last minute, Liberal strategists had feared that the installation of Michaëlle Jean as governor general would add fuel to the recent fire over her political allegiances. They need not have worried.


  
Gomery opens a window for those desperate enough to try to oust Conservative Leader Harper before the election

Where the Tories are more divided is on whether going to the polls under the current leader is truly the lesser evil.


  
Politicians shadow-boxing on free-trade pact

In his criticism of the government to date, Stephen Harper has strived to keep his eyes focused on the smaller softwood picture, but there are clear limits to that strategy, says Chantal Hébert.


  
Signs don't favour an election before winter

  
Prime Minister Paul Martin's positive move on unity

  
Conservative Leader Harper needs some help, and how

If the minority government had fallen last week, a summer election would have cost the Conservatives seats in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.


  

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Monday, September 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE