Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
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INSIDE POLITICS II
PM Trudeau has adopted Harper's language on Canada's 'non-combat' mission in Iraq

'The Liberals have announced they would continue the ground mission—in fact triple the number of the Canadians on the ground—and call it “advise and assist.’’ It wasn’t “non-combat’’ then and it certainly isn’t now,' writes columnist Tim Harper.


  
Trudeau delivers important message of patience

Alberta will be competing against big city mayors, First Nations, the middle class … the list is long. Only then can we measure whether Trudeau put some money where his mouth was this week.


  
Privacy report reinforces need for overhaul

A promised overhaul of anti-terrorism and security legislation in this country, including a parliamentary oversight committee, promised by the Liberal government, is needed more urgently than ever.


  
Resourcefulness may eventually trump resources, but a resource collision still looms

The Canadian delegation to Davos illustrated this change of emphasis by Trudeau and the repudiation of the hewers of wood era of Stephen Harper.


  
Instead of seeking to form a government, Mulcair will be campaigning to keep his job as NDP leader

The NDP caucus meets today in Montebello, Que., to plot parliamentary strategy.


  
Toughest part of Syrian resettlement still ahead

For the first time, government-sponsored refugees have topped the numbers of privately sponsored refugees, and another 15,000 displaced Syrians—a mix of both programs—will arrive by the end of February.


  
Why must the nation’s capital be ‘soulless’?

Ottawa seems determined to prevent people from doing things. If you want to watch the NHL Senators, the arena is 30 kilometres from downtown.


  
Twelve Canadians who will wield influence in 2016

By word or by deed, 12 people, five women and seven men, including a prime minister, a mayor, three premiers, and a First Nations leader, are set to be the most influential dozen political personalities in 2016.


  
Liberals about to navigate an ethical minefield, on deadline

This is where the positive public view of physician-assisted suicide runs into the ethical minefield found in the details that will have to be crafted before the federal Liberal government unveils a response that would guide the provinces and territories on such a highly emotional topic.


  
Duffy a fading rocker on a farewell tour

The big top has come down, the circus has left town and Mike Duffy is stuck in the witness box in Courtroom 33, showing us pictures of his new foundation and parking pad at his Prince Edward Island home.


  
Trudeau promises electoral reform in time for 2019 election

It’s a rare government that will hold firm to a promise that could hurt its prospects of re-election, but we’ve been told this is a new era.


  
Conservatives must play long game against Liberals

We’re going to see a parliamentary configuration not seen in this country for more than a generation, and the opposition is going to have to go slow in trying to dent the Liberal armour.


  
Canada’s accepting Syrian refugees already pre-screened by UN

Canada is accepting Syrian refugees from those in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Most have been there for years.


  
Taking refugees a worthy endeavour

Much of this Liberal plan seems modelled on the late 1990s airlift of Kosovar refugees under Jean Chrétien’s government when arrivals were housed on military bases then cleared here, which appears to be part of the 2015 plan.


  
Canada’s image on world stage about to go from vanilla to pistachio

There’s a seat waiting for Trudeau at the G20 gathering in Turkey, an APEC summit in the Philippines, a Commonwealth meeting in Malta and an international summit on climate change in Paris.


  
Trudeau, Harper visited by ‘October ghosts’ in campaign’s final hours

Our neighbours to the south have a name for a late-campaign jolt, the legendary ‘October surprise.’


  
Mulcair strategy, born of necessity, may give us unintended results

Instead of flipping 12 Ontario seats into his column, he could depress Liberal support in key ridings, allowing Conservative victories.


  
Conservative candidate sees Muslim ‘agenda’

Don Valley North candidate addresses refugee crisis at campaign event.


  
Problems inside Harper’s campaign real, deep

They stem as much from the team around him in 2015 as the ghosts of architects of victories past who are no longer there for the Conservative leader.


  
Harper’s world built on dispassionate political ledger sheets

But Canadians are now studying a refugee policy that seems unnecessarily hard-hearted.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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