Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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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.


  
Appreciation for Kim Campbell’s legacy grows

  
Cable, roaming fee promises may prove to be elusive

Suddenly the CRTC is thrust into the centre of the Conservatives’ re-election strategy.


  
Weiner says Quebec charter to break up Canada

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

Photograph courtesy of Public Works
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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