Saturday, March 28, 2015
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THE FULL NELSON
The barriers to Liberal-NDP cooperation

The two parties settle for dancing alone. They may date occasionally but matrimony is out of the question.


  
The night of the next election

In another Conservative minority situation, the opposition parties will have to act expeditiously and with greater resolve than they did in 2008.


  
Time to reinvigorate Parliament, right now

  
Is Canada a failed democracy?

To be sure, not everyone is equal neither in wealth nor in opportunity, but Canada offers all abundant opportunities.


  
Policing as an anomaly in federal-provincial relations

  
Canada’s got phony fixed election date laws and that may be a good thing: Nelson Wiseman

A virtue of the Canadian system is its fixed electoral cycle.


  
Elections overhaul bill will barely affect conduct of elections, results

When the wind of electoral change blows, the bill’s changes to the Elections Act and to what Elections Canada does will prove to be of little significance to the outcome.


  
To vouch or not to vouch: that is the question

To mollify both the critics and supporters of vouching there is a solution: maintain the practice but place the vouched ballots in a sealed envelope at each polling station.


  
NDP fortunes shrinking

Charisma only goes so far. Trudeau senior had it and triumphed very soon after becoming the Liberal leader in 1968. The Tories are unpopular and the Trudeau effect could wear off as it did for his father, whose popularity really only revived after his death. Meanwhile, Mulcair is biding his time.


  
Nelson Wiseman: the low voter turnout a problem?

  
The road to Senate reform is a cul-de-sac

The Supreme Court, like the Quebec Court of Appeal, will almost certainly tell the government that its Senate reform proposals do not pass constitutional muster and, since an accord with the provinces is a non-starter, the Senate status quo will prevail. Get used to it.


  
Politics shouldn’t always be a team sport

In Canada, MPs, and MLAs are compelled to be team players under their coach’s thumb.


  
Designating Canada’s monarch

Parliament’s new act opens a potential assortment of problems. A better tack might have been for the Prime Minister to tell the British that their BNA Act of 1867 offers a sufficient basis for Canada’s compliance with whatever new act the British adopt with respect to the office of the Queen.


  
Comparing Harper and Diefenbaker

Both John Diefenbaker and Stephen Harper were born in Ontario. Both moved to the Prairies and became prime ministers.


  
The PM and the challenge of Senate reform

  
The mystique and the promise of Trudeau

The danger to the Liberals is that if they fail to break through in the next election and at least form the official opposition, the consequences may be fatal. It could be game over.


  
Ontario: Region-state? Dependant-State? Kingmaker

Ontario will gain 15 seats in the next federal election; together, Alberta and British Columbia will gain 12. The key to 24 Sussex Drive in 2011 was in Ontario. It will continue to be so for a while.


  
How prorogation may be leading to coalition governments

The new practice of political prorogation, therefore, may lead to increased receptivity to coalition governments. Much of the democratic world has them, but Canada has been a laggard on this score. Catch-up may be coming.


  
To my Godfather Preston

What has happened to our promised free votes in Parliament, the loosening of party discipline, the plans for citizen-initiated referenda, and the ability to recall MPs?


  
Undoing the Prime Minister

The greatest danger to the PM is therefore from within, not without. Paradoxically, it is from those MPs who have the least enviable jobs in Parliament: muzzled government backbenchers, those who must shut up and cannot publicly rail or criticize as opposition MPs are free to do.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, March 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 2 panels March 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd, Working Families Party co-chair Bob Master, CCPA-Ontario economist Kaylie Tiessen and Canadian Labour Congress political action director Nathan Rotman on a panel discussing "why unions can lead the progressive fight."

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Working Families party co-chair Bob Master

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Brian Topp and David Akin

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The packed room at the "Fighting the Frame: How Progressives Can Win Back the Debate" panel discussion.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Summa Strategies' Tim Powers.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Tasha Kheiriddin and Tim Powers.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

David Akin and Anna Greenberg.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The NDP's Rebecca Blaikie and Anne McGrath.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian spoke about feminism 3.0 and online harassment.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
Indigenous rights activist and instructor at University of Winnipeg Leah Gazan
The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
Quebec activist Dalila Awada

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