Thursday, March 5, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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