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NEW COMMUNICATIONS
MacDonald’s death marks ‘the end of an era’

Flora MacDonald’s funeral attracted folks from all political parties which also said something about the bygone era of Red Toryism and the disappearing broad political consensus of basic Canadian values that used to cross party lines.


  
The pros and cons of micro-targeting

While it can be very effective politics sometimes, micro-targeting can also be extremely dangerous, not to mention terribly unprincipled.


  
How about a royal commission on advancing democracy?

Times are changing and we need a royal commission to advance our democracy.


  
Trudeau attracting a strong economic team, has some stars

Trudeau is attracting a strong team but the message doesn’t seem to be getting out.


  
Canadian flag turns 50, let the celebration continue!

  
It’s election year, only 10 per cent of Canadians feel financially secure

Public displays high levels of financial stress, low confidence in social mobility, and pessimism about the future of Canada’s middle class.


  
The Maple Leaf Flag turns 50, we need to celebrate it meaningfully

Museums, schools, city halls, town halls, and Parliament should be engaging people about Flag Day on Feb. 15.


  
Michaëlle Jean a new look for Canada on the world stage

Canadians don’t get to head up major international bodies often, and the chances are getting scarcer. Michaëlle Jean provides a new look for who we are as Canadians on the world stage. Not bad.


  
Toronto mayoralty race a lesson for federal election

  
Iraq war could trigger a snap fall election

If the polls remain high for Liberals and stagnant for the government, Stephen Harper has to wonder whether his choices are to go into an election next fall against Trudeau and lose, or do the right thing for his party and conservatism and leave by the end of this year, giving his successor a good chance to turn things around.


  
What if pick-and-pay TV costs you more?

All in all, the mother of a hearing is grappling with a lot of big issues at stake. The Conservative government is sending all sorts of messages, which will be hard for the commission to ignore.


  
We’re clearly in post-Jack Layton period

  
Lessons from the Ontario election

  
Yussuff new face in national politics, labour movement

As the new president of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff has brought more positive media coverage to the labour movement in the last week than it’s had in a year.


  
Albright, Axworthy urge more multi-lateral involvement: Andrew Cardozo

  
Election reform bill needs cross country hearings

Cynicism towards politicians is high and growing and perceptions that the governing party is rigging our election laws in its favour will only further the cynicism towards our political system.


  
Election reform bill needs cross country hearings

Cynicism towards politicians is high and growing and perceptions that the governing party is rigging our election laws in its favour will only further the cynicism towards our political system.


  
Trudeau makes gutsy move, but many shoes to fall yet

The Supreme Court is yet to rule on the reference from the government and the Tories might yet go for bolder stands, at which time, Trudeau’s move may look like only a half measure.


  
Former prime ministers: do their legacies have a future?

  
Balanced Liberalism is what Chrétien delivered

Jean Chrétien was no Boy Scout. He knew how to play politics rough and he knew how to be the boss, but he also let his ministers be ministers.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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