Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
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WISE GUYS
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.


  
Will Taxman Topp’s winnability outside NDP be impaired by gamble?

You don’t win leadership races or succeed in anything without taking risks. Give Brian Topp credit for taking a risk by spawning this discussion as he seeks to mow down his leadership opponents.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, November 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill, Oct. 22, 2014: in photographs Oct. 27, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

The Parliament Buildings from Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

More police officers on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on the Hill shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters on Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

The media on Sparks at Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Broken glass inside the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More broken glass in the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

An Ottawa Police officer gives the thumb's up standing near the National War Memorial, the day after the shootings on Oct. 23.

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