Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS II
Harper’s phony 30-day Iraq timeline absurd: Tim Harper

We can’t just cheer from the sidelines. But the government should treat Canadians as adults, drop the phony 30-day reassessment deadline and explain why we will do more.


  
Tory track record shows torching Trudeau may work

Conventional wisdom will tell you Justin Trudeau is on the ascendancy and this is frightening Conservatives, as evidenced by their over-the-top torch jobs on his judgment and character.


  
Harper says it’s up to Hamas to end conflict

In Ottawa, mutual ceasefires and peace talks are only for the weak-kneed and faint of heart.


  
MacKay offers pocket change to help young victims escape an unchosen life: Tim Harper

Under the government’s bill, Emily Symons of Prostitutes of Ottawa, Work, Educate and Resist, says those who want out of the trade have all the human rights, at the expense of those who wish to stay in the trade.


  
Stalemate between Mulcair, Trudeau will likely be broken

One of these two men will emerge as the real alternative to the Conservatives in 2015.


  
Prostitution bill does nothing to keep women in sex trade safe

  
Did police forces put cases of missing aboriginals down list of priorities?

If there were 1,181 murdered or missing women in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, or any other Canadian city, would the government have already acted? The answer is yes, of course, so that leads to questions of police bias and government indifference


  
Amended elections bill not a full victory for opposition, still flawed

  
Trudeau hands Conservatives a dubious gift with abortion shift

Justin Trudeau’s announcement coincided with the news that Campaign Life is working to have as many of its supporters as possible selected as candidates for the 2015 election. The anti-abortion group is specifically targeting the 30 federal ridings that will be in the mix for the first time next year.


  
Kenney fighting on at least four fronts to fix Tories’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Employment Minister Jason Kenney tells us human trafficking under the Conservatives’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program is extremely rare, but it is just one tentacle of a complicated program that Kenney is working overtime trying to fix.


  
Canada’s youth unemployment remains stubbornly high: Tim Harper

  
Kenney drops food service sector from foreign worker program

  
Push by Conservative Senators has all the elements of a marvelous yarn

The Senate has given them the cover they need to try it all again. It is still up to the elected opposition to push back.


  
Flaherty could throw a partisan punch, but he left his politics at the door

Jim Flaherty’s death reminded those of us who are honoured to call Parliament our workspace that the men and women who do combat there day in and day out had lives outside the Commons and there was a shared respect in the place regardless of political ideology.


  
Harper more isolated, less in control than a year ago

Consistently mediocre poll results; heightened caucus unrest; public Cabinet squabbles; a poorly handled Senate scandal and what has turned out to be a bad hire for the top party job indicate as much.


  
Feds now move election reform bill as if the building were on fire

  
PM can ill afford to ostracize progressives

A red Tory coup-in-the-making there may not be except in the self-serving imagination of Conservative MP Rob Anders, but cracks in the fragile foundation of Harper’s hard-earned majority there most certainly are and they are becoming harder to paper over.


  
Quebecers not interested in bickering match between NDP and Liberals

As they prepare for the larger 2015 Quebec battle both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair would be well advised to keep that in mind.


  
Not a good day at the office for Conservatives

To sum up: the RCMP alleges that people placed by Harper in the government’s and the Senate’s chain of command either broke the law or took part in a cover-up designed to make a scandal go away, but leaves the prime minister himself off the hook.


  
Upcoming byelections provide an early opportunity to see Trudeau lead a campaign

Whatever the results on Nov. 25, the Liberals should not be fooled into thinking that their leader is ready to part with his training wheels just yet.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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