Thursday, April 2, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Tories emasculate, Quebec students protest

The two battles are being fought on different fields over different issues. But they are flip sides of the same bad coin: that of a debased democracy.


  
Redford now most influential Red Tory

And a rare one that Stephen Harper can’t afford to ignore. They share the same home base and Alberta is central to his government.


  
Bad news for Libs: Mulcair now top Quebec federalist in Ottawa

Quebec is the one landscape where Mulcair’s popularity is likely to endure longer than the average post-leadership honeymoon.


  
Harper does not shuffle Cabinet under pressure

But beyond Baird, Flaherty, Kenney and Moore, this Cabinet often can’t seem to steer clear of trouble.


  
PM stacks deck in favour of resource exports at expense of environment

In short, he is getting out of the way and paving the way for the private sector to deliver for years to come, with an estimated $500-billion in resource projects coming down the road over the next decade.


  
From West Coast perspective, difficult to envision Northern Gateway ever being built

Christy Clark can dance and Alison Redford can bull ahead. Danielle Smith will shortly know if her eastward gaze captures the imagination of Alberta voters.


  
Quebec dominates NDP caucus, British Columbia plays above its weight within NDP

If Tom Mulcair becomes the first Quebec leader of the NDP, it will be because a sizeable contingent of New Democrats from B.C. will have brought him over the top.


  
Canadians will be smarter voters in 2015

  
Harper’s minimalist strategy raises House temperature, but polls show it’s working

The bottom line is that the Conservative core vote is more solid than that of either of the other two main parties.


  
Robocalls answers will come from Elections Canada, RCMP and media

Canadians may never know all that they should about what took place in the muddy trenches of the last federal campaign. But if they ever get the beginning of a definitive answer, it will come from Elections Canada or the RCMP or even the media, and not from the warring parties in the Commons.


  
Signs Quebec may be shifting back to its traditional voting patterns

  
Conservatives’ ‘jets and jails’ spending finally being heard

The crack in the F-35 fairy tale finally came on Feb. 14 when Defence Minister Peter MacKay was pushed on the number of fighter jets to be purchased by the government.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, April 4, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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