Saturday, April 18, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS II
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.


  
Politics trumps reality in Tory budget

Don’t worry about the fact the Conservatives essentially spent the surplus they had last autumn and have pushed the next federal budget into the new fiscal year. The new Conservative math is political math.


  
Desire for change PM’s biggest threat

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a winner. But how many times can you go to the well?


  
Governing Harper different from campaigning Harper

Where once he might have hunkered down, election-year Harper demoted his man Julian Fantino in broad daylight on a working day, ignoring the urge to act during the Christmas break when holiday festivities and official inertia provide cover of darkness.


  
Prime minister has political winds at his back

Stephen Harper’s 2015 part is still very much unsettled and as we have just learned, events off the Parliamentary stage will largely define that role.


  
Doubts about motives persist as RCMP keeps evidence secret: Tim Harper

These videos are not there to satisfy any morbid yearning for detail, but to shed light on important questions about an event that will be taught in history classes for generations to come.


  
Sometimes it feels like we’re working in a giant frat house on the Rideau

An institution that can’t find a way out of this mess has only itself to blame for the perception under which it now labours.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 20, 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.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE