Monday, April 21, 2014
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The ideology of public broadcasting

Why dealing with the CBC poses such a problem for federal politicians: if they are considered either too ‘pro’ or too ‘anti’ public broadcasting, they will come under ideological attack.

Trudeau’s middle-class conundrum

Justin Trudeau needs to get his act together on the middle class, otherwise he risks coming across as a phony.

How to deal with a scandal

One more tip for aspiring political communication strategists: If you value idealism, stay out of politics.

The secret to Harper’s success

Emotion drives Quebec election debate

Quebec politicians, of course, understand this; they know that in La Belle province, like everywhere else, emotion reigns supreme.

Fair Elections Act probably contains flaws, but not anti-democratic evil

Is requiring voters to show ID really all that onerous? And is it truly evidence of Harper’s anti-democratic, vote suppressing tendencies? Maybe he wants to reduce or prevent voting fraud.

Putin doesn’t play by 21st century rules

The West must continue to play by these civilized 21st century rules, but the isolated— perhaps paranoid—man in Moscow knows so far his uncivilized rules are carrying the day.

Harper still stands on firm ground

Yes, there is grumbling, but the Tory base is not crumbling. And as long as Harper can count on that solid support, he’s still in the game.

Trudeau’s strategic box has escape hatches

Manning Centre has wrong focus

If you look at the conference’s program, it looks more like the Manning Centre’s goal is to help build the Conservative Party.

Convention resolutions tell us what makes Liberals tick: national strategies, says Gerry Nicholls

Liberals really like science and want lots of national strategies.

Senate reform leaves voters cold: Gerry Nicholls

Budget day important, despite Olympics: Gerry Nicholls

That’s why I will definitely tune in to watch next week’s budget speech, so long as it’s not airing at the same time as the Olympic luge competition.

Donor fear keeps Tory dollars flowing

Nothing mobilizes partisan political donors to contribute cash more than the hatred or fear of a common enemy.

How Harper went from being Mr. Spock to Darth Vader

Gerry Nicholls: what the party leaders must do in 2014

But politics in Canada has become completely unpredictable.

Reviewing the year in politics (sort of)

I like to take my eyes off the road ahead and stare intently for a long period of time at the rearview mirror of history.

‘Teddy Bear’ Trudeau shows his fangs

Indeed, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau recently showed his bite after the Liberals won two byelections, in which they held off strong NDP challenges.

Don’t count Harper out yet: Gerry Nicholls

Although the Senate scandal has given Prime Minister Harper a black eye, it has not by any means, knocked him out of the ring.

Ford a train wreck aboard Titanic about to be hit by Hindenburg

Had Rob Ford confessed to his cocaine use six months ago, when news reports first suggested he was caught on video smoking the drug, had he then apologized to the voters of Toronto, had he then agreed to temporarily step aside to get help, he would be in a much better situation today.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.