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What’s with over-the-top reaction to renaming of Museum of Civilization to the Canadian Museum of History?

Now there is a national scandal worthy of the name: our largest national museum might now focus more tightly on preserving and celebrating the collective memory of Canadians, while not excluding the history of other parts of the world.


  
U.S. thinks its deficit is a sideshow, it’s not: Brian Lee Crowley

Every government that grasped the nettle of reform didn’t merely defeat the deficit, but enjoyed tremendous public support and was handily re-elected.


  
If we demand respect, Quebecers will come around

  
The great myth of Senate reform

Ironically Alberta’s big idea, Senate reform, would be a tragic mistake from conservatism’s point of view, and one that Albertans would come bitterly to regret.


  
A climate change policy hardly anyone talks about

  
There’s no realistic alternative to the F-35s

And the government should have the courage to say so and defend the price tag that goes with it.


  
Most successful fishing nations give fishers right a share of catch before they go out to fish

These tradeable shares, owned by the fishermen, are called Individual Transferable Quotas, or ITQs.


  
Sell to China, but never change who we are to do so

The only possible response is for us to speak away, while taking all the counter-measures necessary to protect ourselves, including aggressive counter-espionage and a healthy skepticism about the independence of Chinese companies from the regime in Beijing.


  
Canada’s monumental economic challenge: our increasingly schizophrenic attitude to natural resource development

The provinces may control natural resources, but Ottawa controls enough of the jurisdictional, legal, tax, environmental and regulatory levers that it can set the tone and get provincial buy-in for a cooperative national framework equal to the opportunity Canada faces.


  
U.S. Congress can’t find way out of fiscal purgatory

This inability of the American political class to tackle an issue that transcends party, but strikes at the heart of America’s national interest is the defining issue of the day.


  
We could have a renaissance in rural Canada, but need to fight the bureaucracy

The heavy bureaucracy charged with regulating new products and methods in the field of food production and processing is creating obstacles to innovation and new product development that are out of all proportion to the health and safety benefit created for Canadians and their worldwide customers.


  
Claims of wholesale Americanization of our criminal justice system highly exaggerated

Crime will be high on Parliament’s agenda this fall, given the priority that the Conservatives attached to the issue in the last election. Canada must indeed be vigilant to avoid the excesses of the American justice system.


  
America has right to expect we be vigilant, but U.S. can go too far the other way

Fortunately, it looks like Prime Minister Stephen Harper has some powerful Congressional allies in the effort to negotiate a perimeter border agreement with the Obama administration. Unfortunately, it looks like he's really going to need them.


  
Canada can ill afford to be blasé about a weak, fractious government at centre

Besides an increasingly ideological tone, one of the chief reasons why parties now find it so hard to form strong stable majority governments is that federalist vote-splitting has allowed the BQ essentially to take 50 Parliamentary seats out of play.


  
The lost art of the apology

The true significance of an apology has been lost and today's acts of alleged contrition often end up exacerbating the problem rather than solving it. And the most important apologies never get made at all.


  
New world order arrives in Middle East and West is playing catch-up

Here in Canada and in Europe, while the news has been all about Tunisia, Egypt and Libya for weeks, our political leaders carry on regardless, blithely debating the size of our prisons or whether to subsidize sports arenas, while the world is being reshap


  
Back to the future: A guide to budget-making

The size of government is no measure of social progress, and a well-oiled economy is still the best weapon against poverty.


  
Media speculation on Canada-U.S. agreement on a continental perimeter border premature

We have to see the final agreement and see what border openness we have won, and what we had to give up to get it. Only then will we have the evidence to reach a reasoned view. But the logic of such negotiation is not just sensible for Canada—it is


  
High moral tone, meaning well, do not make foreign policy

The reason Canada needs a well-equipped military and the resolve to use it is this is the price of admission to the table where decisions are actually made about the great issues that afflict the world, the issues that Canadians care about.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
2014 in photos Dec. 19, 2014

Mark Burgess
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat, and Patrick Brown at the Canadian Tire Canal Classic, a charity shinny game between parliamentarians and the press on the Rideau Canal in January. The MPs prevailed.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, Chris Frogatt of National Public Relations and Blue Sky’s Sandra Buckler at the Manning Centre party in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Peter Stoffer in his Parliament Hill office in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre prepares to testify before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the party’s policy convention in Montreal in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner and Conservative MP James Rajotte at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer showing off his stickhandling skills at the February Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Wayne Easter and Conservative MP John Duncan at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Minister of Sport Bal Gosal at a Nature Canada event on the Hill on Feb. 3 alongside an owl.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The late Jim Flaherty pictured on Feb. 11 2014, the day he delivered his last federal budget.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The post-budget day party at Hy’s Steakhouse.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper heading out to greet Shi Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader Aga Khan on Feb. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper, the Governor General’s wife Sharon Johnston, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper pictured Canadian as soldiers came home from Afghanistan on March 18, 2014. Also pictured, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Andrew Cash and Canadian songstress Serena Ryder at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards in March, in Toronto.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MPs Pierre Nantel, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Peggy Nash and Laurin Liu on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gabrielle star Alexandre Landry at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Actor Viggo Mortensen shows his true colours with Heritage Minister Shelly Glover at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth attend the launch of the iVote-jeVote campaign at the University of Ottawa in March to encourage young voters to engage in the political process.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair talk democratic engagement at the University of Ottawa in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and NDP MP Megan Leslie, pictured on April 2, 2014, at the Politics & the Pen gala, which raised $350,000 for the Writers Trust. The two hosted the evening, cracked a lot of jokes and sang Gloria Gaynor's song, I Will Survive.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivering remarks to his caucus upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10, while an emotion Laureen Harper looks on.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Susan Truppe comforts Labour Minister Kellie Leitch upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP John Weston comes up for air while swimming laps at the Chateau Laurier’s pool in May. Mr. Weston is one of “The Chief Fun and Fitness Officers,” a group of MPs that take part in physical activities together.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A pro-choice protestor holds a sign reading “my body, my choice” during the annual National March for Life demonstration on the Hill, on May 8.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs John Williamson and Rob Moore.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Megan Leslie.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Another lawn summer night at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
First Nations protesters on Parliament Hill as part of the Peoples’ Social Forum gathering in Ottawa in August.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Peoples’ social forum in August.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada’s board members took on the Ice Bucket Challenge outside of the Chambers building on Aug. 29.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch interviewing NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic at the September edition of Movie Night on the Hill, the Canadian premier of Elephant Song.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Postmedia’s Stephen Maher dressed in his cowboy best, with Camille Labchuk, for the Jaimie Anderson Fundraiser at the Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield on Sept. 26.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
At 9:52 a.m. Oct. 22, the first calls come in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. People try to save Cpl. Nathan Cirilo’s life.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
Mid-afternoon on Oct. 22, police head down Metcalfe Street to secure buildings that had been on lockdown for fear of a gunman on the loose. Reports later confirmed the lone gunman had been killed inside Centre Block.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, NDP MP, had come to the Hill on Oct. 22 with her baby and was breastfeeding in the lobby when the gunman entered. She hid in a phone booth until Hill security brought them to a safer place
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers carries the mace during the first Speakers Parade into the House of Commons following the shooting, on Oct. 23.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Flowers at the National War Memorial to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A soldier stands guard at the National War Memorial on Nov. 11.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Canadian rock icon Burton Cummings backstage with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire at the Hope Live gala at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Oct. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Competing culinary team from the Lowertown Brewery at the 10th annual Gold Medal Plates on Nov. 17 at the Shaw Centre.

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