Monday, March 30, 2015
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WISE GUYS
We’re getting into final stages of an election

But what happens in Parliament this session will matter in as much as it helps some voters, more particularly, the unaligned, switchers, non-committed consumers—or whatever you want to call them—form some impression of the leaders seeking to lead them.


  
We’re in for a ferocious period of politics

House stage set for positioning in 2015 campaign. In come the gnashing teeth, flying elbows, and political volatility that precede a federal election.


  
Adler made a mistake and he should have said so

Conservative MP Mark Adler’s a smart guy. Hopefully he’ll learn from this mistake.


  
Throne Speech gets star billing in our beloved Ottawa

It is like the firing of a starter’s pistol beginning the latest installment of the race to the 2015 election finishing line.


  
Feds have gone through worst two weeks of their rule

The PM’s reckoning with the public will come over time based on whether or not he has responded effectively to address all the problems that have come to the surface in the past two weeks of Tory hell. He knows that better than anyone.


  
Duncan made a mistake, and resigned, period, says Tory pundit Powers

The opposition will try and milk this for all it’s worth, but I don’t imagine they’ll get too far with it. The story came down at 4 p.m. Friday and seemed to be dead on the Monday.


  
Didn’t watch Liberal leadership debate, was busy watching NFL

I get their strategy, but the Liberals need a serious, thoughtful, open donnybrook of just what the hell they stand for and why Canadians ought to consider voting for them again.


  
Expect a Cabinet fresh-up in months ahead, don’t expect Tories to get in faces of Canadians, says Powers

Canada still remains the economic envy of the world and Stephen Harper will be working hard to keep it that way as he knows that is the key to his ongoing political success.


  
Byelections matter if you’re Crockatt, O’Toole, and Rankin: wiseguys

But the incumbent parties, despite closer battles, kept their seats and all the hype is gone, until another day.


  
PM’s iron-fist management style effective, but he may want to tone it down a smidge: Powers

No need to go all Lawrence Welk, but dialing down the Iron Maiden wouldn’t hurt. He who sets the agenda, wins the day!


  
Clark plays dangerous game to save herself from defeat in next B.C. election

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is looking for an Alison Redford Hail Mary pass and running a play that other premiers have executed to great success.


  
Liberals think Trudeau is the second coming of Christ, don’t you know

But they should stop drinking that liquored-up bath water that somehow leads to a drunken disconnect between them and the Canadian public.


  
I don’t buy Mulcair’s argument that it’s all about sustainable development

Thomas Mulcair is trying to wedge together an electoral coalition in the manufacturing heartland of Ontario and Quebec for his own political purposes.


  
Alberta’s economic fortunes vital, so any election acrimony will pass

But I guess the only absolute certainty to be taken from the Niagara Falls of failed predictions is that elections aren’t won or lost until the last vote is cast then counted.


  
‘Ringy, Dingy, Thingy,’ or the robocalls storm

To me it is just one damn big confusing mess that in many ways reflects poorly on all parties regardless of how legitimate it is for parties to connect with voters through automatic telephone technology.


  
Welcome to politics in Twitter-driven news cycle, it’s malicious

Do we always have to care what Twitter is saying even as it is a babbling brook of fecal matter?


  
My acupuncture treatment reminds me Parliament’s coming back

Will it be a case of another year of annoying squabbling or some useful refreshing dialogue on the issues of our times? Jab me again if you know the answer.


  
This just in: governments require discipline and direction to be successful

Certainly there could be more service with a smile, but this Prime Minister was not elected to be the president of Hallmark.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, March 30, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 3 panels March 28, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Charles Taylor spoke about diversity, secularism and the path to an inclusive, progressive Quebec and Canada.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Charles Taylor did a Q&A with author Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Political philosopher Charles Taylor.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt moderated a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Kill the Messengers author Mark Bourrie spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Party of One author Mike Harris spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

University of Montreal's Frederic Merand spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Fair Vote Canada executive director Kelly Carmichael spoke on a panel called The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The Great Unravelling: Why It Matters How Canada has Become Less Democratic panel: Kelly Carmichael, Frederic Merand, Michael Harris, Mark Bourrie and moderator Susan Delacourt.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Facebook's Kevin Chan, spoke about how Facebook can help power campaigns and engage Canadians.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Don Guy introduced the Great Debate panelists.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Armine Yalnizyan and Tom Clark, moderator of the Great Debate on Spending versus Austerity: Time to invest or cut?

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The Great Debate on Spending versus Austerity: Time to invest or cut? panel: Monte Solberg, Philip Cross, Linda McQuaig, Armine Yalnizyan and Tom Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Former Conservative Cabinet minister Monte Solberg, left, and former StatsCan chief analyst Philip Cross.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economist Armine Yalnizyan.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

NDP Toronto Centre candidate and author Linda McQuaig.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The Fikcle Mellennials? Progressive values and political engagement panel -- Millennial Project policy adviser David Kitching, Juno award-winning rapper and host of CBC's Q Shad, Toronto District School Board trustee Ausma Malik, University of Saskatchewan professor David McGrane and Macleans' Aaron Wherry.

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Toronto District School Board trustee Ausma Malik.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

University of Saskatchewan political scientist David McGrane and Macleans' Aaron Wherry.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Juno award-winning rapper Shad, host of CBC's Q.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Carbon progress: Paris and Beyond panelists Johanne Whitmore, Gerard Fuchs, moderator Mike De Souza, Coralie Deny, and Sidney Ribaux

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