Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
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POLITICAL HISTORY
Sir John Eh? The play comes to Kingston

The musical features the story of a down and out rock band that accidentally brings our first Prime Minister back to life, allowing the Old Chieftain to explain himself and his government's contributions, and mistakes, to today's generations. It's produce


  
There's a lot of Borden in Harper

Just like Sir Robert Borden, not many believed a few short years ago that Stephen Harper could become Prime Minister, let alone reach the electoral promised land and achieve majority status.


  
On Sir John A. Macdonald Day 2011 all roads lead to Kingston

It's time for Harper Tories to reactivate Diefenbaker-John A. tradition.


  
Tory students want Sir John A.'s bicentennial recognized by PM

Young Conservatives in Kingston are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government to get on board with planning for national celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth in 2015.


  
Secret tapes say more about author than Clinton

Try as I might, I haven't been able to get past the revealing story the author tells about himself on page 263.


  
Milliken now longest-serving House Speaker

Presiding over minority Parliaments since 2004, conditions under which tie votes in the Commons are obviously more likely, Peter Milliken has cast four tiebreaking votes while in the Speaker's chair.


  
Bill Clinton and the CNE: a perfect mix

As Bill Clinton spoke about his efforts fighting AIDS in Africa, his positive message about how combating climate change and the role of the ordinary citizen as activist, one could have heard a proverbial pin drop.


  
U.S. president Carter was 'visionary leader,' despite 1979 'Malaise' speech

North Americans didn't follow Carter's plea to turn down thermostats, choose conservation over consumption and opt for public transit over gas-guzzlers.


  
Joe Who: Canada is a better place for his service

Joe Clark's legacy is much more than the victory over a man no other Tory vanquished.


  
Trudeau's 25th anniversary: Does he haunt Canada still?

  
Canadians too cynical in federal campaign 2008

Imagine it today, seven weeks where our Prime Minister and his opponents battled it out over an issue of fundamental importance to our future? An issue-based election? What a concept.


  
If Libs ever decide to defeat Harper's Conservatives, Rae should do bidding

This fall is the perfect time for Stéphane Dion to allow Bob Rae to set a record, the kind junkies will be talking about for years.


  
A missed opportunity: Canadian leaders too busy to greet McCain in Ottawa?

The political gamesmanship that consumed official Ottawa in the lead-up to the visit of presumptive U.S. presidential candidate Sen. John McCain to our capital city was an embarrassing moment.


  
Canadian MPs have a thing or two to teach high-level American Congressional candidates, says Dukakis

Failed U.S. presidential candidate Michael Dukakis says Canadian MP know how to 'work those ridings well, knock on each door.'


  
Turner's advice to Dion: narrow your priorities and speak to the point

Former prime minister John Turner has walked in Stéphane Dion's shoes


  
Rae used to be Nixon's paper boy

In 1957, Bob Rae and his brother John received a 10 cent tip during Christmas from the wife of then-Republican vice-president Richard Nixon for their service as the paperboys for the Nixons.


  
Red Kelly's advice? Don't blame the House Speaker

Former NHL great and Toronto MP Leonard 'Red' Kelly says 'if things aren't going right, they blame the Speaker. He's an easy guy to attack.'


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Parliament Buildings' multi-billion-dollar renovation and construction: in photographs, by Liban Mohamed Sept. 23, 2014

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Third year civil engineering student, Liban Mohamed, a co-op student with Public Works this summer, tweeted this photo from the West Block. This is the excavation work to construct the West Block's portion of the new underground Visitors' Welcome Centre.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Workers loading a fixture onto a construction elevator destined to top a chimney on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

The secret staircase inside the Mackenzie Tower is named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister. Mackenzie, whose office was in West Block, was apparently leery of lobbyists and used the secret staircase as an escape route.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Copper roofing and metal vents near the top of the West Block's Mackenzie Tower, named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister and first Liberal prime minister. Mackenzie, who was in office from 1873 to 1878, had his office in West Block. The Mackenzie Tower, the building's tallest tower, also to be completely dismantled and rebuilt as part of the restoration work.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Small copper-rimmed windows set to be installed on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower. The West Block is one of four Parliament Buildings under construction as part of the Public Works' multi-billion-dollar rehabilitation project. It's expected to cost $2.64-billion by 2018. West Block's renovation is expected to cost $863-million and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A worker wearing rubber gloves for protection is pictured cleaning West Block masonry with a toothbrush.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A rooftop view of the West Block's courtyard, which is currently being excavated for construction of the $115-million glass-domed infill that will be the temporary home to the House Chamber beginning in 2018.

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