Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Idle No More a ‘remarkable assertion of aboriginal identity, confidence’: Coates

Author Ken Coates says he was amazed by the breadth of the Idle No More movement, the fact that it was in big cities and small towns, that it was primarily driven by young aboriginal people, and that it was so incredibly peaceful.

Progressives can change political landscape, says Broadbent

Ed Broadbent talks about winning conditions for the NDP in the next federal election.

VOX POPULI: On Tories’ Anti-Terrorism measures

Aboriginal issue ‘biggest unresolved, fundamental issue in Canada,’ says Saul

Rickford confident Keystone XL will be approved, despite Obama’s veto

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford talks about the future of the Keystone XL project, the government’s close monitoring of oil prices, public support and consultation for pipelines, and clarifying the government’s position on carbon pricing.

‘Climate change is an existential crisis’: Klein

‘We’re a big country, and there are not many occasions when the big players can actually get together’ 

Preston Manning talks about ‘the movement’ ahead of this week’s Manning Conference. ‘There are different flavours of conservatism. We’re constantly working on how do you keep them all under the one big blue tent.’

Steele offers a no-holds-barred account of politics

Graham Steele entered Nova Scotia politics as a well-meaning political player. He quit 15 years later, disillusioned. His book is a straight-shooting account of his time in NDP premier Darrell Dexter’s government.

Politicians ‘breaking democracy,’ need a new enlightenment to save politics, says author Heath

Chrétien agrees there was a real possibility a Yes vote would have terminated his political career

He does not rule out that he could have resigned after a referendum defeat, but not right away and possibly not unless he was under great pressure to do so.

The Top 100 Lobbyists 2015

It’s getting harder to do good political satire in this town, say Majumder, Kent

This Hour Has 22 Minutes stars Susan Kent and Shaun Majumder talk about their show ahead of this week’s taping in Ottawa, the first ever outside Halifax.

Photo of the day, Jan. 20

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Canada 2020 luncheon

The Top 100 Most Powerful & Influential People in Government and Politics: 2015

Cabinet's Directors of Communications and Chiefs of Staff List 2015: Updated

Macdonald set bar for English-French relations

Canada’s commitment to both official languages is rooted in our history.

Macdonald was also a spymaster who fought terrorism

In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall extract a multi-dimensional portrait of the man who is still surprisingly relevant today.

Sir John A. Macdonald’s call to greatness: Canada itself

This wily politician, a man who reeked of humanity and all its juices, played the key role in bringing the Fathers of Confederation to the table. Once he had them in his pocket, he went on to extend his vision for Canada all the way to the Pacific Coast.

Clearing the plains, Sir John A. Macdonald’s policy of starvation

Years of hunger and despair that coincided with extermination of the bison and relocation of groups to reserves, exacerbated by inadequate food aid from the dominion government, created ecological conditions in which the disease exploded. Half-hearted relief measures during the famine of 1878-80 and after, which kept plains people in a constant state of hunger, not only undermined the government’s half-baked self-sufficiency initiative but also illustrated the moral and legal failures of the Crown’s treaty commitment to provide assistance in the case of a widespread famine on the plains.

‘I now see something well worthy of all I have suffered in the cause of my little country’

Sir John A. Macdonald’s Toast to Colonial Union, delivered in Halifax after the Charlottetown Conference, September 1864.


Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.