Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
Ignatieff makes non-negotiable, irreversible decision

The Liberals are also convinced the longer they keep the government going, the more they are enabling Harper to mature in power.


  
NDP emerge from convention with few fresh policy ideas

'In the wake of a convention where talk of moving the NDP into power dominated the proceedings, less substance than ever stands in the way of a post-election flirt between the Liberals and the New Democrats.'


  
Anger over BQ's public funding shows federalist parties' frustration they can't win a majority

To this day, the Bloc Québécois has regularly thrived on the miscalculations of its opponents.


  
Government running out of arrangements to make House work

The day will likely soon come when the Liberals decide that a risky leap into an election is preferable to the misery of continuing to extend the Conservatives a lifeline. But that day is unlikely to spell the end of the need for creative arrangements bet


  
On $10-billion GM bailout, Liberals throwing stones from glass house

With an eye to the next election, neither of the two national opposition parties is eager to get on the wrong side of an Ontario-driven bailout.


  
Ignatieff's decision to champion EI not making much of a positive impression

If anything, the issue stands to backfire on the Liberals in Quebec.


  
Mulroney leaves witness box in worse shape than when he entered it...

Putting satisfactorily to rest the suspicions that gave rise to a public inquiry into his dealings with the German Canadian lobbyist was always going to be a quasi-impossible mission.


  
Harper scorches earth of federalist competition in Quebec

It may be that if the Prime Minister had seen action first-hand on the unity front, he would be more wary of salting the federalist earth in Quebec for his own electoral purposes.


  
Liberal tack on EI changes dynamics of fiscal federalism

The new Liberal tack on EI is just one of many ways in which the perfect economic storm that has overtaken Canada's former richest province is also changing the national discourse.


  
Some NDP talk about changing leader

A leadership campaign would certainly give the NDP the much-needed pre-election exposure it has so desperately come to crave since Michael Ignatieff has become Liberal leader.


  
Harper likely only Conservative who could snatch victory out of jaws of defeat in next campaign

Almost every past Prime Minister has hurt his party by overstaying his welcome, but, as he considers his diminishing options, Harper is faced with the opposite predicament.


  
Culture emerges as a big hot-button Question Period issue

If the past is any indication, the cultural community should take advantage of this moment in the Commons sun.


  
Harper increasingly emerging as major sovereigntist asset in Quebec today

The door to a Conservative election campaign fought on Quebec's back has been left open.


  
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.


  

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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