Monday, July 6, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS II
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.


  
Veterans Affairs minister an ocean away amid criticism

Julian Fantino shows no contrition, only combativeness and a talent for reading talking points in the House of Commons.


  
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.


  
Harper-Wynne war will worsen

But he will have to be careful in how he handles a brash and increasingly frustrated Liberal government in Ontario.


  
Bill C-377 orchestrated by Harper’s office, anti-union lobbyist

Data compiled by the non-profit Canadians for Responsible Advocacy leave no doubt about the access to Harper’s Langevin Block office given to an Ottawa lobbyist—a former employee of Harper’s opposition office—acting on behalf of eight provincial ‘open shop’ construction associations.


  
Terrorist or murderer? Distinction is important

How this craven killer is ultimately labelled will have an impact on Canadians far beyond the twin killings of soldiers.


  
When fear invades your neighbourhood

I’d like to think that the neighbourhood will be back, that the shortcut across the War Memorial will be routine and the greetings of the security guards will be the same, but once fear invades the neighbourhood, it feels like it will never be the same again.


  
Independence erupts in House of Commons

When independence does erupt in the Commons, indecision is sometimes confessed and MPs can veer from party lines on principle, without being branded mavericks or sparking a media feeding frenzy.


  
Conservatives use patriotism, fear to sell their war plan

  
Saying sorry properly becoming a lost art

Ezra Levant sparked a boycott of Sun News by Trudeau. Paul Calandra had faced days of criticism and appears to have been taken to the woodshed by his boss. Justin Trudeau was facing a demand for an apology by the ambassador, among others.


  
New Brunswick campaign a dry run of Liberal strategy

Federal lessons cannot always be gleaned from provincial experience, but New Brunswick parallels were too enticing to ignore.


  
Harper-Duffy fracas may end badly for both

The Prime Minister may have a number of perfectly legal reasons to testify, but should he do so, he loses, Duffy wins and the Senator sleeps soundly in the political world in which they both live.


  
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.


  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Fourth of July party at U.S. ambassador's residence July 6, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The dance floor was packed all evening, as The Digs played an assortment of Motown tunes. Even the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards got in on the fun.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, joined by his wife, Vicki, and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and his wife, Arlene.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, with his wife Arlene and Mr. and Mrs. Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman getting down on the dance floor, as Donna Chevrier, owner of Ola Cocina restaurant, looks on.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman, joined onstage by their two daughters, Liza and Caroline.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman testing out one of the vintage cars on display.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Cakes from Eli's Cheesecake were flown in from Chicago just for the event—salted caramel, chocolate chip and blackberry sour cream. Shockingly, no pie was served at these Fourth of July festivities.

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