Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
What’s up with Flaherty?

For a federal finance minister to drop off the Parliamentary radar for a full month is rare. When that month happens to immediately follow the presentation of the budget, it is unheard of.


  
If Liberals can’t win Labrador back, they, and polling industry in for serious introspection

But that does not mean the other parties can or will give up without a fight. The Liberals absolutely need a win in Labrador on May 13, but Stephen Harper could use a victory and Thomas Mulcair—whose party has never run better than a distant third in the riding—needs to fight the perception that the NDP is spinning its wheels under his leadership.


  
Quebec to become ground zero of national battle between NDP and Liberals

Expect that fight to get underway just as soon as the new federal Liberal leader is in place later this month, and don’t expect either party to take prisoners.


  
Harper Conservatives dismantle environmental oversight infrastructure

Since he has gained control of both Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper no longer bothers to pretend that the environment in general and climate change in particular is a major preoccupation, let alone a priority of his government.


  
Liberal Party luring tentative converts to a defining Grit cult

The fact is that the pro-Trudeau trend is at least as solid among the Liberal base as it is with the fans who have flocked to the party as part of the leadership campaign.


  
NDP entitled to stake out distinct referendum approach

Indeed, as NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair casts himself as a contender for the job of prime minister, he has a duty to give voters fair warning of his position on such fundamental issues.


  
Quebec could obtain right to assisted suicide

But in the real world of 2013 Canadian politics, implementing the expert panel’s prescriptions will almost certainly lead to a collision between Quebec and Stephen Harper’s government.


  
Electoral reform could improve health of Canada’s federal politics

  
Federal Liberals looking for sacrificial lamb to run against rock star Trudeau

Liberal MP Denis Coderre is not volunteering for the task.


  
McGuinty’s no political spring chicken, but he’d be a star Grit leadership candidate

Upon his resignation as premier, he could have bolted the door shut to a federal leadership run instead of courting inevitable speculation as to a future on Parliament Hill.


  
Trudeau can do no wrong in starry eyes of Liberal old guard

But if Justin Trudeau is to convince Canadians that he is the agent of a belated Liberal rebranding, it might help if he did.


  
Conservatives and NDP have already factored in a Trudeau victory: Hébert

But Stephen Harper’s strategists would not be experts at retail politics if they had not spotted at least two of their vulnerabilities to a Trudeau-led Liberal party.


  
Dynamics of the 41st Parliament depressingly clear

  
Harper can’t catch a break on provincial elections

In the year and a half since they secured a federal majority, the federal Conservatives’ success has translated into more provincial resistance than acquiescence.


  
Is this Charest’s real farewell or just a strategic goodbye?

  
PQ victory in Quebec worst-case scenario for Harper

  
Charest tentatively circles Sept. 4 for Quebec election

If the premier aborts next month’s campaign take-off, the window for an election could be closed for at least a year.


  
Oda’s removal essential to maintain internal majority-governing Tory caucus discipline

In politics, few developments have more potential to reawaken the independent streak of a government MP than being repeatedly left out of a Cabinet shuffle.


  
With Rae out, Liberal leadership could draw star candidates Manley, Carney to race

John Manley and Mark Carney both have the kind of credentials that would put fear in Conservative hearts. It’s the Conservative Party’s worst-case scenario, says Chantal Hébert.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
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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