Friday, Sept. 19, 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
Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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