Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS II
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.


  
Harper in a place no politician wants to be

The Prime Minister is out on a ledge, hewing to a version of events that appears less credible each day.


  
In took only minutes for Ottawa to return to its normal state

We have manufactured confrontation, a prime ministerial evacuation, Throne Speech obfuscation and trade deal exultation. It all started hours before the pomp and pageantry of the Throne Speech with another Conservative tradition, the contrived controversy.


  
Don’t be shocked by allegations of Canada spying

  
Public defiance, quiet compromise have served PM Harper well

It’s a style he will ride in the second half of his mandate.


  
House needs to debate assisted suicide

  
We’ll never know how Jack Layton would have dealt with Trudeau threat

What Brad Lavigne’s book does is remind us of the challenges thrown at Tom Mulcair since he assumed the job, challenges that Jack Layton would have faced had he had the chance to be opposition leader.


  
Mulcair delivers strongest indictment of Marois’ so-called values charter

It is a sure bet that one of the three federal parties will ultimately pay an electoral price in Quebec for this speedy repudiation of the charter. It is to the credit of all three of them that they looked beyond that inconvenience and chose human rights over political timidity.


  
On Syria, Harper retreats into role of the quiet Canadian

The world is split into many camps on the most serious international dilemma since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power.


  
Wallin blaming everyone except herself

  
Once a curiosity, foreign service union strike now verging on crisis

Much has been written about the plunging morale in a Canadian bureaucracy which feels diminished by its Conservative government masters and you can now add our representatives abroad to that list.


  
Canadian government must condemn Russia’s retrograde anti-gay laws at next month’s G20 summit

'We've been working hard behind the scenes, and obviously we're deeply disturbed, deeply concerned about President Putin signing this bill into law,' says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.


  
Approval could still come, but a rejection of Keystone could be part of Obama’s larger climate change legacy

A man who will not again face the electorate may be looking for a legacy issue and Canadian politicians may have unwittingly helped hand it to him.


  
Cabinet shuffle a spectacular feat of political marketing: Tim Harper

As for the tone and demeanour of this government, very little happened on July 15 to indicate a change there.


  
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

  

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Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Movie Night on the Hill: Elephant Song's premiere Sept. 29 in Ottawa Oct. 6, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Elephant Song, directed by Montreal's Charles Binamé, and film crew at the Movie Night on the Hill pictured with sponsors and host, Heritage Minister Shelley Glover.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The scene at the NAC.
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Conservative Sen. Don Meredith.
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Heritage Minister Shelley Glover, Telefilm's Michel Roy, and Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau.
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Husband and wife team, Laura Peck and Barry McLoughlin of McLoughlin Media.
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Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes' comedian Mark Critch.
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Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé.
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Telefilm's Michel Roy, Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau and Patrick Roy of Les Films Seville, all pictured at the film's premiere on Sept. 29 at the NAC in Ottawa.
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Conservative Senator Don Meredith and Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon.
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McLoughlin Media's Laura Peck.
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CPAC's Colette Watson.
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Conservative Senator Janice Johnson.
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Heather Bradley, director of communications to House Speaker Andrew Scheer.
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Conservative MP Mike Wallace.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch with Elephant Song director Charles Binamé.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch begins to interview NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic.
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NDP MP Pierre Nantel and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes Mark Critch.
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And another thing. NDP MP Pierre Lantel and This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch.
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And another, extra thing, Nantel.
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Okay, back off, buddy. Mark Critch really gets into his skit with a good-natured NDP MP Pierre Nantel.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
And I really, really like this movie, Elephant Song. Okay? Got it? Do you hear me, Nantel? Yeah, love it.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
And you better love it too, Nantel. Got that?

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE