Friday, July 25, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS II
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

  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, July 25, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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