Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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INSIDE POLITICS II
Amended elections bill not a full victory for opposition, still flawed

  
Kenney fighting on at least four fronts to fix Tories’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Employment Minister Jason Kenney tells us human trafficking under the Conservatives’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program is extremely rare, but it is just one tentacle of a complicated program that Kenney is working overtime trying to fix.


  
Canada’s youth unemployment remains stubbornly high: Tim Harper

  
Kenney drops food service sector from foreign worker program

  
Push by Conservative Senators has all the elements of a marvelous yarn

The Senate has given them the cover they need to try it all again. It is still up to the elected opposition to push back.


  
Flaherty could throw a partisan punch, but he left his politics at the door

Jim Flaherty’s death reminded those of us who are honoured to call Parliament our workspace that the men and women who do combat there day in and day out had lives outside the Commons and there was a shared respect in the place regardless of political ideology.


  
Couples may stay together, but power is fleeting

Dimitri Soudas’ power has been clipped and Conservative MP Eve Adams’ future is uncertain.


  
Foreign policy rarely wins votes at home

Prime Minister Stephen Harper carefully kept daylight between his pro-Ukrainian, anti-Russian views and potential new markets for Canadian resources.


  
Flaherty’s successor to reap benefits of his hard work and Oliver ‘won’t scare the horses’

  
Global repercussions of a split Ukraine just too grave

It now demands the quick attention of every western nation, regardless of any ancestral ties.


  
Liberals credible opposition party, but hard work lies ahead

  
Short on bling, Conservatives did provide some bang

  
Harper to navigate a pretty tough ’hood as he heads to Mexico

  
Feds now move election reform bill as if the building were on fire

  
Timing of the sudden declaration of Senate Independence Day curious

Only when that court guidance comes back will we really be in the realm of Senate reform, and, in the meantime, there are still 32 unelected, unaccountable Senators roaming the red-carpeted Chamber, whether they call themselves Independents, Independent Liberals, Liberal Independents or the Marx Brothers.


  
Flanagan has been let back into the ‘family’

It is a reminder that the freedom to debate, particularly in the academic setting, is important in this country and that all transgressions are not met with life sentences.


  
It’s here: live Senate coverage of a Tory cover-up

  
Senate-PMO scandal ‘kind of smells, really a lot’

  
Flaherty doesn’t need to be source of Ford’s ‘come to Jesus’ moment

But Jim Flaherty is clearly concerned about his family friend and it is laudable that he has transcended politics to deal with this matter on a human scale.


  
McQuaig could be Linda Lightning Rod

Linda McQuaig, by her own admission, is facing an uphill battle in Toronto Centre. An old-style NDP moral victory could be at hand. Anything more would not only shake up Toronto, but provide a jolt to Ottawa.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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