Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Big car makers can't expect significant numbers to rally to their cause, anymore

There was a time, when GM and Chrysler enjoyed immense sway on the Hill, holding a virtual veto on policies such as the way Canada addresses greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Layton losing party support to Ignatieff in Quebec...

To make matters worse, NDP Leader Jack Layton has ended up with the political bills of the aborted ceremony.

Southern Ontario's rusting manufacturing belt to determine next election's outcome

It's an election that's lining up to be a lot more competitive than last fall's campaign.

PM, Prentice, and Ignatieff should all pull their heads out of the tar sands, now

Canada does have a major public relations challenge on its hands. It's called the oil sands.

Can Obama give Harper's government a second wind?

The Canada-U.S. front offers the Prime Minister his best chance to focus his second mandate on something other than damage control.

PM Harper's tone-deaf Quebec caucus sing from different hymnbooks

There are only 10 Quebec Conservative MPs on Parliament Hill and it is a poorly kept secret that they don't all get along.

Harper makes a mistake reducing conversation with Canadians about ongoing economic turmoil

Coinciding with the installation of a brainy official opposition leader, the strategy behind the efforts to showcase Harper as a people's kind of politician versus the presumably elitist Michael Ignatieff has the merit of being transparent.

Bitter fruits of Parliamentary crisis still being harvested

Who would have thought that so much disunity could be sowed in so little time?

Prime Minister has led Conservative movement to an existential crisis

Federal Liberals are the net winners of an extraordinary showdown that almost cost the Conservatives their minority government.

This week's federal budget to be one for the history books

The test of the budget can only rest with the demonstration that Canada will have something constructive to show for its spending once the current downturn comes to an end.

Conservative lead in polls why a 2009 federal election seems preordained

The feeling that the 40th Parliament could be history before it has had a real chance to make history runs just as rampant within the government as it does within the ranks of the opposition parties.

Tories might want to cross out Quebec from their to-do list

But is Stephen Harper really willing to gamble he'll do better across the rest of the board against Michael Ignatieff than he just did against Stéphane Dion?

Liberals run risk of handing Conservatives a majority

Presented with a plan backed by a provincial consensus and judged economically credible, it is hard to see how the opposition parties, and, in particular, the Liberals, could use it as a pretext to plunge Canada into a winter election.

Jean's call may also have been the lesser of two evils

By allowing a Prime Minister to shut down the House to duck a confidence vote, Jean has set a precedent that will trouble all those who care about the vigour of Canada's democratic life.

Charest victory could change face of federal leadership landscape

If Jean Charest secures a third mandate and a majority, he will be free to ponder a future beyond Quebec politics for the first time since he left the federal arena a decade ago.

Charest's election call a source of uneven enthusiasm within his own entourage

Quebec Premier Jean Charest can expect no special help from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

White House arm-twisting of Harper about to go down substantially

There are still more reasons for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to celebrate the changing of the guard at the White House than to mourn it. He can shake the 'Bush' image for one.

May has makings of power politician, should join Liberal leadership race

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's skills would be put to better use on the front rows of the House of Commons than standing on the sidelines inside or outside Parliament.

Harper will have to govern within straight jacket of zero-deficit creed

It will be his dubious honour to steer the country through the first period of deep economic turmoil of the new century.

Conservatives' original playbook had no sharp end-of-campaign economic and electoral downturn script ready

Over the critical period of the campaign when Harper was cranking up his rhetoric on youth crime and on his defence of his culture cuts almost two weeks ago, the Bloc Québécois was basically given a free ride to tear fresh strips off the Conservatives on


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ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.