Thursday, April 17, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Conservative vote boosted in recent Labrador byelection

A more engaged electorate is not good news for the sitting government. It will be the opposition's collective challenge between now and an election to keep it that way.


  
Martin and Harper came perilously close to credibility breaking point to bend winds of political expediency

Over the eight months between now and the Prime Minister's self-imposed deadline to call a general election--30 days after the Gomery report next December--every federal party will be on permanent campaign standing.


  
Martin must put government's survival to budget test

Prime Minister Paul Martin must table budget in the House, he can't avoid it anymore


  
Martin has made snap June election lesser of two evils

Real question is whether Canada can afford eight more months of weak, vacillating government


  
Gomery breathes new life into Quebec sovereignty

If the Liberal Party did not exist, Quebec sovereignty movement might have to invent it


  
McGuinty's bid for a fairer deal for Ontario

It could highlight new stresses within Canadian federation, take it a divisive step further


  
Manley stakes his political future on Martin's failure

John Manley's frontal attacks on Paul Martin an ad hominem critique of government


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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