Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Conservative monarchist rebranding of country seen as an ill-advised return to Canada’s colonial past

The deteriorating Ottawa-Quebec climate could be the gift of life to both the Parti Québécois and the federal Liberals.


  
Census numbers show potential for consolidation of power by Harper’s Tories for years to come

The Liberals, having digested the census numbers, appear to be having night terrors, thinking of a perpetual Tory majority.


  
Budget might eventually set off biggest Cabinet overhaul in years

In the days after the budget, expect ministers to make much of the programs they have preserved whenever they are on the hot seat for those that they cut.


  
Both sides address deep well of mistrust

But for chiefs with more immediate needs, can they sell trust at home?


  
Pipeline politics at top of North American agenda for next two years

There could be a day when both the Keystone XL and the Northern Gateway pipelines are built, but not before some political careers are badly bruised, if not killed.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 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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