Saturday, April 19, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS II
Random, unfocused violence near impossible to predict

The RCMP says it was a tip from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service that twigged police to the alleged B.C. plot. If this turns out to be a real plot, good on CSIS.


  
Opposition leader must spend summer unravelling Mulcair mystery

If Justin Trudeau is Canada’s shiny object, then Tom Mulcair is Canada’s enigma wrapped in a beard.


  
Sorry spectacles in this Parliament, mud being tossed from one side of Commons and back again

  
Rathgeber proves to be sturdy political barometer of voter discontent

  
Takedown of Duffy and Wallin has just begun

It is either take down, or be dragged down with them.


  
I’m breaking up with pollsters

There are clearly problems with online methodology, which does not capture the views of those for whom English is the second language. Too many of those polled are not voting.


  
Two weeks in politics has brought a lot of change

But the frenetic pace of politicking here in the past couple of weeks has allowed for a close examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the three main political parties and their leaders.


  
Every time Trudeau’s criticized for being a celebrity, his political stock is sure to rise

That is likely the last mock striptease in the Justin Trudeau’s career. His d’Artagnan look will likely now be shelved and he should hang up the boxing gloves. But if he becomes too conventional, he will be playing into the hands of his opponents because Canadians are desperate for a little colour in a federal political palette awash in grey.


  
Long-reigning governments usually defeat themselves

And they can fall through a combination of arrogance, sloppiness, ethical wanderings, voter fatigue, leadership battles, backbench revolts.


  
Canada’s other pipeline battle

While the Keystone XL is attracting the most media and political attention at the moment, the $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline is the Conservative government’s route to Asia, via supertankers, from Kitimat, B.C.


  
Budget lays groundwork for next election campaign

If 2013 is the Stephen Harper mid-term year of Cabinet shuffles, new, younger, likely female faces on the front benches and a Throne Speech in the fall, the budget document was the first obvious pivot toward the next campaign


  
Time to drag Senate into 21st century

  
Baird goes to Cuba, does not lecture

Instead, John Baird gives a subtle nudge to Havana to continue to move in a direction that works for Canada and the hemisphere, a move which could position Ottawa well in the coming years and proof that sharp elbows are not always needed on the world stage.


  
Our watchdogs, auditors speak truth to power

Kevin Page is taking on folk hero status in some quarters, Sheila Fraser flirted with sainthood and Michael Ferguson has already made his mark on the proposed F-35 purchase.


  
Are we watching beginning of a (reluctant) Harper rebranding?

The suspicion is that there are internal numbers buried in one of those files that kept showing up in his pictures that indicate Harper has to loosen up a bit, lose the wax figure persona and give us a bit of leg.


  
Spence didn’t deserve to be maligned, mocked: Tim Harper

And if future meetings between the government and the AFN produce results, Theresa Spence will quite rightly be given credit. But last week’s final chapter was without closure.


  
Atleo supporters denounce ‘thuggery’ within AFN, attacks on national chief

  
MacKay: politically, a proud soldier of the No Apologies PMO

But morally, it wouldn’t have killed him—nor would he have sold his government down the river—to admit, just a little, that his overheated defence of a discredited process went way too far.


  
Like Woodworth, Warawa guarantees abortion issue will briefly seize House

  
May and Harper both winners in byelections

Elizabeth May, because of her party’s impressive vote totals in Victoria and Calgary Centre, and Stephen Harper, not because he held two Conservative seats, but because any Green growth will only further split the progressive left and ease the path for him or his successor to replicate his 2011 majority in 2015.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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