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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.

House Speaker's decision on Afghan documents to test Parliament's wil

PM Stephen Harper would not be Prime Minister if he was not adept at playing all the angles to his advantage and the latest Parliamentary test of wills has the potential makings of a Conservative electoral opportunity.

Environment major area where voters part ways with Conservative government

Indeed, a case can be made that a persistent Conservative blind spot to the environment has done more to lead the party to a minority dead end in Quebec and elsewhere than clumsy marketing

You call that recalibration?

A week after the return of Parliament, the Conservatives and the Liberals remain more or less deadlocked in voting intentions, with the NDP and the Bloc Québécois in a holding pattern.

Harper's running on a public opinion treadmill

Like a plant whose buds fail to open, his government is consistently failing to thrive in the polls. It could be that the Conservative party was uprooted from opposition too quickly for its own good.

Duceppe scrambles to avoid head-on collision with Bouchard

It is too early to tell whether Lucien Bouchard's public tiff with the PQ is just a one-off from a bored political retiree or the embryo of a game-changer for Quebec politics.

Conservative elected Senate promise a poison pill for Parliamentary democracy

With a Senate opposition majority bolstered by electoral victories, the risks of legislative gridlock between the two Houses of Parliament would be increased rather than the opposite.

Politicians have been making promises on child care for more than a quarter century

Watching Michael Ignatieff these days is like watching a movie rerun, in the dubious expectation of a different ending.

Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Dairy farmers protest against potential sector concessions in TPP trade deal Sept. 29, 2015 Oct. 2, 2015

The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Dairy farmers, mostly from Quebec and Ontario, drove tractors and cows to Parliament Hill Tuesday to protest rumoured market access concessions in the dairy sector under the Trans-Pacitfic Partnership deal.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
A few hundred dairy farmers, largely from Ontario and Quebec, met outside Parliament Hill Sept. 29, as tractors lined Wellington Street.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Farmers were there to voice concern over media reports, denied by government officials, that supply management concessions may be on the table in the massive TPP trade deal being negotiated in Atlanta this week.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Ontario dairy farmer Philippe Etter and Quebec farmer Bruno St. Pierre helped organize what they called a grassroots protest Sept. 29 on Parliament Hill, complete with tractors and half a dozen live cows.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Farmers descended upon Parliament Hill to let government negotiators know that any TPP concession to the country’s supply management system will be unwelcome.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Quebec lobby and producer groups, L'Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec and Les Producteurs de laid du Québec, helped secure last minute police and city permits for the event.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
The protest included some spilled milk (but no tears) near of the Prime Minister's Office.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Police were on hand to help corral half a dozen orderly bovine participants, while dozens of tractors lined the streets.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
The dairy rally was planned over the weekend at the grassroots level said one organizer and Ottawa-area farmer.
The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell
Is there milk in your cheese? Asks one protester.


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