Saturday, May 30, 2015
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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
Saturday, May 30, 2015
As Justice Minister Peter MacKay prepares to announce he's is leaving politics, here's a look back at his time on the Hill May 29, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay joined by Senator Bob Runciman, Tim Uppal, and Corneliu Chisu met with the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Canadian Urban Transit Association to mark the passing of Bill S-221, which amends the Criminal Code to address assaults against public transit operators.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

On May 12, the day UN rapporteur James Anaya released his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Canada, families of missing and murdered women demonstrated on the steps of Parliament Hill. Mr. MacKay and fellow Conservative MP Joy Smith happened to be on the steps at the same time, for a photo opportunity, where a life jacket-donning Mr. MacKay was confronted by the women asking for his help. He said he would be willing to sit down and talk about the issue of missing and murdered women. When the meeting in Mr. MacKay’s office was scheduled, it was arranged symbolically to be held on the six-year anniversary of Mr. Harper’s apology to First Nations for residential schools, said Mr. Fiddler.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay behind the bench at a 2013 Conservative Party hockey game.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay with his wife Nazanin Afshin-Jam and their son Kian.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay with Laureen Harper at the 2013 Sandbox Canada event on Sparks Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay, getting meta with his BlackBerry, alongside fellow caucus colleagues in 2013. From left: Bernard Valcourt, Shelly Glover, Peter Van Loan, Leona Aglukkaq, and Diane Finley.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In committee with junior defence minister Julian Fantino, on March 13, 2012. During the meeting the pair said the government would commit to procuring the F-35 joint single strike fighter jets.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert M. Gates and Peter MacKay during his tenure as Defence minister.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay and Tim Powers. Mr. MacKay broke his arm while being tackled in a rugby game on the Hill on May 27, 2009. He was playing for the Canadian Forces team, against the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, which Mr. Powers is a part of. Apparently Mr. MacKay barely flinched when the medics pushed his elbow back in place, and was doing interviews five minutes later.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay with the Brazilian foreign minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim in a 2007 joint press conference following their bilateral meeting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay signing... as he was sworn in with the rest of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Cabinet Feb. 6, 2006.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

July 20, 2006 Mr. MacKay speaks to press after a technical briefing in Ottawa over concerns about the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. MacKay tossing around a football on the Hill with Mr. Harper in 2005. Other photos from this afternoon on the lawn were cause for some contention for Mr. Harper at the time.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Peter MacKay, Jack Layton, and Anne McLellan in 2004, seen here debating the Throne Speech with CBC's Don Newman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Then-leader of the Progressive Conservatives Peter MacKay, and Stephen Harper, then-leader of the Canadian Alliance announced on Oct. 16, 2003 that they agreed to join their two parties. 'Our swords will henceforth be pointed at the Liberals, not at each other,' Mr. Harper said at the time.