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INSIDE POLITICS I
Big week for tinfoil hat crowd in Ottawa

But it turns out that while the legions of Harper opponents were waiting for the hard-right social agenda to be firmly planted in Ottawa, the Conservatives are actually exporting those policies.


  
Political players to watch in 2012

The least known factor on the 2012 political watch list is also the one with the most potential to alter the Canadian landscape.


  
Liberals’ choice of president of an historic party at crossroads crucial

The choice Liberals make at their Ottawa convention will go a very long way in determining whether this party can reinvent itself or whether it withers and dies after 2015.


  
Beauty of Copps: she’s loved, despised, and often for same reasons

But for a party on life support, is Sheila Copps, a lightning rod for controversy, a woman who has roller-derby-style politics in her DNA, a figure as polarizing as any in an often polarized party, really the party president to dig Liberals out of their hole?


  
Conservative strategy for its Quebec revival: spread false rumours about imminent retirement of Liberal MP. Check.

If you can’t win it, try to steal it by spreading lies, sowing confusion, destabilizing the rightful winner and wallowing in the slime.


  
NDP leadership campaign more about race for endorsements than a battle of ideas

The NDP leadership campaign is so far not promising to freshen up Canada’s progressive discourse, but it could be the best venue to measure the chilling effect of the bare-knuckled Conservative approach to politics on the country’s political conversation.


  
Tories call Leslie and Gravelle traitorous duo for telling Washington that not every Canadian was a proponent of Alberta’s tar sands

To hear the noise from the Conservative side of the House of Commons, one would think that the Halifax NDP MP and her colleague from Nickel Belt, Claude Gravelle, were treasonous subversives who should be drawn and quartered at dawn.


  
PIPSC to take on feds with brains, not brawn, Corbett says

These will be tumultuous times because it is not only austerity that is driving this government in its war with labour. It is being driven by ideology and plain old politics.


  
Ferguson served up as an anglo piñata to francophone New Democrats

Michael Ferguson has toiled diligently in the service of the New Brunswick government and is now on the brink of becoming Canada’s new auditor general. But he should never get the job.


  
Harper’s not pulling unfamiliar rabbits out of new majority hat

The government’s penchant for using its reinforced Parliamentary arsenal to curtail debate has been par for the course for a governing party that routinely closed down Parliament in the face of political adversity in its minority days.


  
Votes that don’t promise change don’t create excitement

This year has been remarkable for the number of federal, provincial and territorial elections, but it will also be recorded as the year of the status quo.


  
Harper majority tightens iron grip on opposition parties too

It’s the opposition parties’ turn to see their already shortened Parliamentary wings clipped by Harper’s majority.


  
Mulcair now underdog in early NDP leadership sweepstakes, no accident

Among the prospective candidates, none worked more closely with Layton than Topp. He was at the late leader’s side until the very end.


  
Maybe it’s time we got to know Megan Leslie

So it is hard to imagine the federal NDP heading into its second consecutive leadership race without a serious female leadership candidate; not one freighted with symbolism, but one who carries a realistic chance to win.


  
Clement's earned a reputation for defending the indefensible

It won't serve him well as Treasury Board president. In that pivotal capacity, he will be in charge of tightening the belt of the federal government, and doing so under the wary surveillance of a suspicious chattering class.


  
Post-referendum tinderbox has turned into a pile of damp hay

Quebec is re-engaging on the national scene on terms that closely mirror the constitutional accord whose failure sparked its two-decade estrangement.


  
If Ontario was serious, it would draft constitutional amendment to abolish Senate

Under the Constitution, the power to initiate a discussion to reform Canada's parliamentary institutions does not rest exclusively with the federal government.


  
Conservatives put national media in their crosshairs

There's an emerging narrative designed to place the Parliamentary media squarely in the Conservative crosshairs recently vacated by Michael Ignatieff's Liberals.


  
This Parliamenet has a sunnier disposition than previous one

It's a mood enhanced by the fact that for the first time in two decades, the priority of the vast majority of Quebec's MPs is not to demonstrate that Canada is a failed federation.


  
Prime Minister has unique opportunity to alleviate Quebec's estrangement from federal institutions

As counterintuitive as it may seem, that starts with preserving part of the Bloc Québécois' legacy in federal politics.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Parliament Hill: Sept. 17, 2014 Sept. 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17, mingling with the crowd on Parliament Hill after addressed a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Sept. 17, 2014, waiting on Parliament Hill for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to arrive.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Lynne Yelich, minister of state for foreign affairs and consular affairs.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who represents Mississauga East-Cooksville, Ont., pictured on the Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Ted Opitz, who represents Etobicoke Centre, Ont.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko walking down the red carpet.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, standing by as Mr. Poroshenko is honoured with a 21-gun salute.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviews the military guard.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard on Parliament Hill shortly after arriving on Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard before going inside to address the joint Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs the House and Senate visitors' book while House Sgt.-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, Acting House Clerk Marc Bosc, House Speaker Andrew Scheer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella stand by and watch.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in the Commons Rotunda.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Supporters of Ukraine outside on the front steps of Parliament Hill, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman, wearing sunflowers in her hair, stands on Parliament Hill holding a sign that reads, 'Democracy for Ukraine.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More supporters, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A young woman wearing the very colourful Ukrainian traditional dress.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Another young woman wearing Ukrainian traditional dress.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Embassy News photographer Sam Garcia.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17 on Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes a little girl's hand after she gave him flowers.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to the crowd of supporters on Parliament Hill after addressing a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, surrounded by his security detail, steps down to join the front steps to get closer to the supporters on Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets the crowd.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the crowd of well-wishers and supporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes another hand.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Yaroslav Baran.

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