Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
Absence of Supreme Court prescriptions in Khadr case falls short of deterrence principle

In a matter that involves state abuse of the right to liberty and security of a person in a fundamental way, that absence has ultimately tipped the scale towards virtually unfettered government discretion.


  
Gun registry fight could give Tories a majority

If the gun registry bill dies at the hand of a concerted opposition barrage, that lost battle will be put to use in the fight for a Conservative majority. That is very much a war of attrition that is being fought on a seat-by-seat basis accross rural Cana


  
Spring session of Parliament turned out to be a legislative dry season

But there were five bills that stirred up Parliament Hill and generated the greatest debate.


  
Ontario to be epicentre of next federal campaign

There is also little doubt that deadlocked polls are becoming the federal norm.


  
Liberal/NDP electoral coalition could be biggest game-changer

Based on the results of the last election, a non-aggression pact with the NDP would win the Liberals an extra nine seats in Quebec. Eight of those are currently held by the Bloc. That could be just the beginning.


  
Turmoil spreading in federal Liberal Party

Jean Chrétien message on Ignatieff's leadership resonating loudly within Liberal ranks.


  
NDP wants to move in for kill against weakened Liberals

To position the NDP as the only effective national opposition vehicle to the Conservatives, Layton is drawing new, deeper lines in the Liberal/NDP sand.


  
Time to put electoral reform back on federal agenda

If the Liberals are serious about restoring their status as a national institution, it is time for them to abandon their faith in short-term electoral short cuts and rethink their approach to a more proportional voting system.


  
Harper's political future may ride on abortion issue

And yet there is not even a consensus as to whether the current alignment of the ideological stars is Harper's worst nightmare or a dream come true.


  
While Britain negotiates, Canada's federal parties put a gun to each other's heads in hung Parliaments

If minority government is going to be the new normal in Canada, bringing voters into the loop of the available alternatives before they cast their ballot might actually make a lot of sense.


  
A year after Ignatieff's coronation, Liberal party is more than ever without a road map

The perplexing Liberal approach to the issue of the Governor General is only the latest in a string of questionable moves.


  
Tenuous line between private and public lives of federal politicians obliterated

In past Parliaments, airing the bed sheets of a Cabinet minister to score a media hit would have been left to a second-tier opposition rat pack and not, as in this instance, undertaken daily by one or more party leaders.


  
Afghan detainee issue only piece of larger problematic puzzle for Harper

There's a disturbing pattern of a government that would rather blindfold its critics and keep Canadians guessing as to its actions than be accountable for them.


  

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Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Movie Night on the Hill: Elephant Song's premiere Sept. 29 in Ottawa Oct. 6, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Elephant Song, directed by Montreal's Charles Binamé, and film crew at the Movie Night on the Hill pictured with sponsors and host, Heritage Minister Shelley Glover.
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The scene at the NAC.
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Conservative Sen. Don Meredith.
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Heritage Minister Shelley Glover, Telefilm's Michel Roy, and Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau.
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Husband and wife team, Laura Peck and Barry McLoughlin of McLoughlin Media.
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Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes' comedian Mark Critch.
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Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé.
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Telefilm's Michel Roy, Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau and Patrick Roy of Les Films Seville, all pictured at the film's premiere on Sept. 29 at the NAC in Ottawa.
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Conservative Senator Don Meredith and Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon.
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McLoughlin Media's Laura Peck.
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CPAC's Colette Watson.
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Conservative Senator Janice Johnson.
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Heather Bradley, director of communications to House Speaker Andrew Scheer.
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Conservative MP Mike Wallace.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch with Elephant Song director Charles Binamé.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch begins to interview NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic.
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NDP MP Pierre Nantel and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes Mark Critch.
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And another thing. NDP MP Pierre Lantel and This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch.
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And another, extra thing, Nantel.
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Okay, back off, buddy. Mark Critch really gets into his skit with a good-natured NDP MP Pierre Nantel.
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And I really, really like this movie, Elephant Song. Okay? Got it? Do you hear me, Nantel? Yeah, love it.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
And you better love it too, Nantel. Got that?

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE