Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
Ignatieff may not have dodged election bullet

It does not mean Conservative strategists will be burning the midnight oil to engineer their own defeat, but it does mean Stephen Harper has no cause to bend over backward to avoid an election


  
Liberals need a solid narrative to draw Quebecers back to party

Unless the Grits' intellectual vacuum is addressed, the Liberal machine in Quebec will continue to rattle on empty.


  
Ignatieff absolutely must breathe new life into his moribund party in Quebec

It is virtually impossible for an opposition leader to dispose of caucus deadwood. Given that, finding attractive ridings for star candidates amounts to looking for a needle in a Quebec haystack.


  
Ignatieff's yet to articulate his own compelling leadership narrative

But since the Liberal leader has gone on the election warpath, he and his strategists have largely recreated the dynamics that led to their party's demise last year.


  
A devastating setback for Liberal brand if Ignatieff loses

On the plus side, though, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper all came from behind to win. And the Liberals are hardly the only ones for whom a potential fall campaign amounts to a big leap in the dark.


  
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.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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