Thursday, May 28, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS II
Mulcair NDP increasingly appears to be Canada’s party of change

For the first time since Trudeau was chosen party leader two years ago, the change candidate now appears to be Tom Mulcair. At very least, the NDP is building momentum at the right time.


  
Search for a just jury representation

The Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision, which ruled that the constitutional rights of Clifford Kokopenace were not violated when he was convicted of manslaughter by a jury that included no aboriginal members, again raises the question as to whether governments in this country are really doing enough to get aboriginals on our jury rolls.


  
‘Trap’ to snare Trudeau far from infallible plan

It may indeed be a diabolical Tory strategy, but it is hardly infallible.


  
Tories should stop using our money for their ads

The Conservatives have provided a national background Muzak of sloganeering and propaganda that aims to lull Canadians into a false sense that everything will be okay if you just vote for them.


  
Conservative budget a foundation for re-election

Budgets are not always pathways to re-election. But, six months out, Conservative strategists have likely given themselves a bit of a boost with this one.


  
Pay no attention to that little man in the courtroom

The Conservative government may be stealing furtive glances over its shoulder at the downtown Ottawa courthouse, but it is mainly going about its business, flexing the muscle of incumbency.


  
Duffy didn’t come to the courtroom alone

Mike Duffy didn’t just enter the courtroom with his wife, Heather, and lawyer Donald Bayne in tow, of course, he was dragging the Stephen Harper government, the Prime Minister’s one-time inner circle and the Conservative leadership in the Senate into the tiny courtroom with him.


  
Trudeau being squeezed on terror, war

On these two issues, at least, Justin Trudeau is finding it difficult to claim a middle ground that has long been his party’s traditional turf.


  
PM’s Syria decision shows laziness, arrogance

Sending Canadians into harm’s way is the most solemn decision a government can make, but Harper is doing this in the most arrogant, sloppy and lazy way imaginable. This is not to argue against the Islamic State threat, its barbarism, or this country’s responsibility.


  
Polls may force issue of progressive alliance

Voters may find it madness to be discussing a potential coalition government seven months before an expected election, but NDP Leader Mulcair has again pushed the concept to the forefront of political debate in this country.


  
Ten reasons why Canadian progressives coming together to oust Cons a non-starter

Tom Mulcair can have his fun, and the columnists can fell forests to print opinion pieces about it all. But an NDP-Liberal coalition is never, ever going to happen.


  
Harper’s 11th-hour embrace of unelected judges

It will be up to judges to allow any CSIS action that could be deemed potentially unconstitutional or illegal.


  
Terror shouldn’t be defined to further political goals

The government is doing nothing to reassure Canadians fearful of an anti-terror law if we can’t define terrorism. If one can be arrested for promoting terror on a computer in their parents’ basement, we should know what terror is.


  
Canadian Sniper of federal politics now in charge of Harper’s employment file heading into an election

A Calgary-born former hockey player and a one-time Reform Party worker elected at 25, Pierre Poilievre is the political equivalent of the hockey pest, the guy who yaps at you in the faceoff circle and gives you a glove in the face in the corner.


  
If it was time for Baird to get out, who’s next?

Something appears to be hanging unsaid as John Baird detaches from a job he clearly loved.


  
We need an adult conversation on climate change, carbon pricing at federal level now

But if there is timidity at the federal level right now, you can blame the tao of Stephen Harper.


  
Adult conversation on carbon pricing needed at federal level

As an international outlier, Prime Minister Stephen Harper must drop his insistence on continental action and move on some type of regulations against large greenhouse-gas emitters in the lead up to this year's global climate summit in Paris, says Tim Harper


  
Harper's re-election hopes hinge on anti-terrorism legislation, war in Iraq and an April budget

If you subscribe to the theory that incumbent governments defeat themselves, particularly those headed into their second decade, any one of these grenades mishandled will mean Conservative damage could be extreme, says Tim Harper.


  
Harper government feeling its way, not taking confident pre-election strides it had hoped

  
Byrne, McGrath, Telford three of most powerful women in Canada

For the first time in history, the three major federal campaigns in this country are being run by women and this might be the biggest leap forward in gender politics in recent memory.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, May 28, 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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