Thursday, April 24, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Could be a long, long time before Liberals make it out of woods

Relegated to the wilderness on May 2, the Liberals don't even seem to be able to agree they need a compass.


  
Populist right and populist left to be going head to head for first time

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be returning to the Commons later this spring in control of the two Houses of Parliament for the first time. Depending on the scope of his ambitions, such free rein with the levers of power could prove more risky for his


  
Liberal election campaign like watching a plane crash, in slow motion

'The end of the world' was how one shaken lifelong Liberal insider described his party's slide to third place behind the NDP last week. Throughout its distinguished history, the Liberal Party of Canada has never been further from power than official oppos


  
This generation of politicians has reversed a fundamental tenet of democratic life

It used to be that Parliament was meant to tend to the issues that mattered most to voters. But now voters are being called upon to tend—through their votes—to the issues that matter most to Parliamentarians.


  
Unknowns driving both opposition parties toward a spring election

If the March 22 budget does trigger an election, the Liberals and the NDP will go into a spring campaign facing a headwind. They would then have five short weeks to turn the tide—a feat they have consistently failed to begin to accomplish so far.


  
On Harper's watch, francophone Quebecers more disengaged than ever

As things stand today a PQ government would drag Quebecers into another referendum at the peril of its sovereigntist option.


  
Libs join NDP on habitual treadmill to nowhere, antithesis of a moral victory

If NDP and Liberal leaders Jack Layton and Michael Ignatieff had taken the advice of their elder statesmen and looked for a way to pool forces earlier this year, the result of their joint efforts would likely be doing better in the polls than their separa


  
The 24/7 news offers less rather than more in extensive Parliamentary reporting today

The demands of feeding a round-the-clock information beast usually favour bite-size news to the detriment of meaty debates that need more time-consuming media ministrations to be properly digested.


  
If PM wants to go to polls in first half of 2011, he may have to take matters into own hands

There is precious little in last Monday's results to give the NDP and the Liberals much incentive to defeat the next Conservative budget.


  
Conservative-friendly island in a sea of Quebec hostility self-defeating exercise for government

It is a major distraction from the bigger game the Prime Minister is after.


  
Conservative-friendly island in a sea of Quebec hostility self-defeating exercise for government

It is a major distraction from the bigger game the Prime Minister is after.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, April 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
The Hill Times file photo
Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy
Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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