Monday, April 21, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS II
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.


  
Temporary Foreign Worker program open to abuse

While the number of immigrants arriving in Canada under the family class, economic and refugee programs has declined under the Conservatives, there has been a 50-per-cent jump in the temporary workers class since Stephen Harper took power.


  
Canadians can learn something from protracted, often messy circus called a presidential election

But images of voting lines snaking for blocks, waits of up to six hours, people in Miami chanting ‘let me vote’ and Virginians still waiting to vote even as the national result had become clear, show everything that is inspirational and disgusting about the U.S. electoral system.


  
Alarm bells already ringing on polling numbers in U.S. election

  
Government rationale in stonewalling Page has been a shifting one

But the case of Kevin Page vs. the federal government is simply too fundamental to the way this place is supposed to operate, and too vital to the tracking of taxpayers’ money, that it can’t be ignored.


  
Son of Omnibus Bill is second chapter of a very cynical story by Harper government

  
Harper determined not to be squeezed by U.S. politics on energy resources

Even having been stung, the government’s uphill slog on the Northern Gateway project will mean it will celebrate the taps being opened on Keystone, something Harper once characterized as a ‘no-brainer.’


  
Is Canada being naive or progressive on Nexen?

The case of the Shenzhen-based telecom giant Huawei illuminates the different attitudes in North America as the Nexen decision looms.


  
Beauty of social media is it holds us to account

Yes, it can be used to bait or to ridicule, it can drown in the trivial, it can bore with its repetitiveness. But, ultimately, the increased scrutiny makes it the best time in which to write.


  
Public servants being asked to sacrifice, MPs should share the pain

  
Baird and Harper obliged to be more forthright with nature of Iranian threat

The tragic death of four American diplomats in Libya and the storming of U.S. missions in Egypt and Yemen does not justify Baird’s decision to close the Tehran embassy.


  
This is going to be a very close election

This year, not everything can be so easily remedied by that ready smile or the soaring speech that seemed to melt any troubles four years ago.


  
NDP’s continued political strength ‘paranormal feat’

The party is being held together through its own construction, but also because of a ‘government that overplayed its hands on crucial files, and others come compliments of a Liberal Party still casting about for policy, leadership and its own raison d’être,’ says Tim Harper.


  
Layton movie reigniting calls to privatize CBC

Canadian political heroes should be celebrated, whatever their political stripe


  
MPs went from giddy, to some looking like they were taken hostage in marathon House filibuster

  
Simcoe North could be a laboratory for a major change over next three years

Whatever you wish to call it, talk of cooperation between Liberals, New Democrats and Greens keeps popping up like a stubborn weed in a springtime lawn, only to be rooted out by party headquarters.


  
Wilks is wrong: one MP can make a difference

There are rookie MPs in Ottawa making a difference, although they all have advantages not afforded the lonely member from Kootenay-Columbia, Conservative MP David Wilks.


  
No market in Tory-run Ottawa for martyrs

In a town where dissenting advice is routinely stifled, where a UN envoy is lectured then given the bum’s rush out of town, Kevin Page is still standing.


  
Mulcair tries to target Harper’s lack of respect for Parliamentary institutions

The NDP may hold the high ground, but the Conservatives hold the majority and the government is calculating that a series of protest procedural manoeuvres from the opposition will be dismissed by voters as white noise from the nation’s capital.


  
Albertans move into future, as Redford said they would

Defying every pre-election poll—and every expectation—in this province, the Progressive Conservative dynasty lives on.


  

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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