Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS I
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Dean Allison.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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