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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.

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.

Ignatieff and Rae outmanoeuvre themselves

Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to office almost five years ago he has twice outmanoeuvred the opposition and secured Parliamentary approval for extensions to Canada's combat mission in Kandahar against long odds.

Conservative leadership head-hunters will come knocking on Prentice's corporate door one day

If the Red Tories are going to use the next leadership campaign to try to regain some of their lost influence, that task may be more easily advanced from outside the ranks of the government than from within.

The left decisively lost lock on Toronto mayor's office

It could take some time for the pendulum to swing back its way.

It will be harder to find more public dollars for medicare

The notion of another government consultation sounds more like a ploy to take medicare off the table of the next federal election than a serious attempt to address the already well-documented challenge of maintaining the program.

Volatility has been distinguishing feature on Ontario federal landscape

The federal parties are picking up mixed signals from ongoing provincial and municipal developments, and mood swings from public opinion polling.

Harper has other reasons to want a fall election

At the top of the list is a potentially deteriorating economy resulting from a sluggish American recovery.

Harper needs a take-charge chief of staff

The evidence suggests that if Guy Giorno's successor is not up to standing up to his boss, he or she will be this Prime Minister's last chief of staff.

Parliament players to watch in fall House session

Parliament reopens Monday to a slightly different dynamic than when it adjourned in June and the revamped lineups of the main parties reflect that change.

Quebec's legislators most liberal in country, pushing social frontiers

End-of-life procedures such as euthanasia and assisted suicide are expected to be at the heart of the next big Canadian social debate.

Liberals need game-changing redeployment on economic front

If the Liberals don't quickly focus on the economy, it may not be long after Ignatieff has disembarked from his bus before he is spinning his wheels in Parliament again.


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Sunday, September 21, 2014
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.