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It's the democratic deficit, stupid

Liberals were angry with Paul Martin over his speech at Toronto's Osgoode Hall last week in which he criticized the Prime Minister's stranglehold on government. Mr. Martin proposed a series of Parliamentary reforms to allow individual MPs more say in government policy, but he may as well have shot a cannon through the windows of the Langevin Block. Mr. Martin was lambasted as a Johnny-come-lately, a Johnny-come-lightly and a blistering hypocrite. All true enough perhaps, but this is the world's longest Liberal leadership race and it's about time the favoured candidate put some meat on his leadership promises. He did that last week. Only time will tell if he's a hypocrite. And we're not going to crucify him for introducing good ideas in the meantime.

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It's the democratic deficit, stupid

Liberals were angry with Paul Martin over his speech at Toronto's Osgoode Hall last week in which he criticized the Prime Minister's stranglehold on government. Mr. Martin proposed a series of Parliamentary reforms to allow individual MPs more say in government policy, but he may as well have shot a cannon through the windows of the Langevin Block. Mr. Martin was lambasted as a Johnny-come-lately, a Johnny-come-lightly and a blistering hypocrite. All true enough perhaps, but this is the world's longest Liberal leadership race and it's about time the favoured candidate put some meat on his leadership promises. He did that last week. Only time will tell if he's a hypocrite. And we're not going to crucify him for introducing good ideas in the meantime.

  

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Monday, April 20, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
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The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
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Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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