Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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INSIDE POLITICS II
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.


  
Long-reigning governments usually defeat themselves

And they can fall through a combination of arrogance, sloppiness, ethical wanderings, voter fatigue, leadership battles, backbench revolts.


  
Canada’s other pipeline battle

While the Keystone XL is attracting the most media and political attention at the moment, the $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline is the Conservative government’s route to Asia, via supertankers, from Kitimat, B.C.


  
Budget lays groundwork for next election campaign

If 2013 is the Stephen Harper mid-term year of Cabinet shuffles, new, younger, likely female faces on the front benches and a Throne Speech in the fall, the budget document was the first obvious pivot toward the next campaign


  
Time to drag Senate into 21st century

  
Baird goes to Cuba, does not lecture

Instead, John Baird gives a subtle nudge to Havana to continue to move in a direction that works for Canada and the hemisphere, a move which could position Ottawa well in the coming years and proof that sharp elbows are not always needed on the world stage.


  
Our watchdogs, auditors speak truth to power

Kevin Page is taking on folk hero status in some quarters, Sheila Fraser flirted with sainthood and Michael Ferguson has already made his mark on the proposed F-35 purchase.


  
Are we watching beginning of a (reluctant) Harper rebranding?

The suspicion is that there are internal numbers buried in one of those files that kept showing up in his pictures that indicate Harper has to loosen up a bit, lose the wax figure persona and give us a bit of leg.


  
Spence didn’t deserve to be maligned, mocked: Tim Harper

And if future meetings between the government and the AFN produce results, Theresa Spence will quite rightly be given credit. But last week’s final chapter was without closure.


  
Atleo supporters denounce ‘thuggery’ within AFN, attacks on national chief

  
MacKay: politically, a proud soldier of the No Apologies PMO

But morally, it wouldn’t have killed him—nor would he have sold his government down the river—to admit, just a little, that his overheated defence of a discredited process went way too far.


  
Like Woodworth, Warawa guarantees abortion issue will briefly seize House

  
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

  

Parliamentary Calendar
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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