Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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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.

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.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.