Thursday, March 5, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
Harper gets presented with two equally unpalatable notions

Harper will have to decide how much he can afford to stake on Quebec Premier Charest


  
History shows despite media outrage, the Prime Minister will have his way

As for the opposition parties who currently pay lip service to the cause of journalistic access, the evidence also suggests that once in power, they will pick up where Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves off. Stay tuned.


  
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.


  

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Thursday, March 5, 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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