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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.

Sir John A. Macdonald: 200 years old, but do we really know him?

Here are some things Canadians don’t know about their first prime minister.

The Hill Times’ list of the best 100 books in 2014

Party of One author Harris calls his book an ‘indictment’ of PM Harper

Michael Harris says he gets criticized as someone who doesn’t like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but he says he doesn’t know Mr. Harper or dislike him. He just doesn’t like what Mr. Harper has done to the country.

Mulcair voted most valuable politician in 2014, Trudeau and May ranked second, third

Justin Trudeau’s high ranking for both Most Valuable Politician and Least Valuable suggests ‘we’re in for a really brutal partisan election coming up,’ says Lorne Bozinoff.

Thumper devoid of usual self-praise, partisan claims

Donald S. Macdonald: friend to all, including John Diefenbaker, enemy to almost none, this is the tall, devoted man we meet in this revealing book.

Author offers a personal narrative to help explain complexities of the West’s role in Iraq

Leilah Nadir says Canada should have restricted its involvement to humanitarian assistance in Iraq.


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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.