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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Time for a Cabinet shuffle

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs a trio on the energy/environment/aboriginal front that is more into bridge building than bridge burning.


  
Feds tighten benefits of seasonal workers from safe distance of suburban ramparts

With only a few exceptions, the areas hardest hit by the proposed Conservative changes to the treatment of frequent employment insurance users sit squarely in opposition territory.


  
Quebec spring could resonate until a possible fall election

Quebec’s national conversation had already been in the process of shifting from a dialogue of the deaf over its constitutional status to a debate between progressives and conservatives.


  
Quebec student movement draws its inspiration from the Occupy movement

The seeds of discontent that have sprung up in Quebec this spring could still find fertile soil to root themselves in elsewhere in Canada.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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