Thursday, April 24, 2014
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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
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
Thursday, April 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
The Hill Times file photograph by Terry McDonald
Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
The Hill Times file photograph
Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
The Hill Times file photo
Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy
Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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