Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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