Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is closing in on its 75th birthday and still entertains. Maybe that’s because it’s the best-filmed example of a powerful myth: that all politicians are crooks, and that things would be so much better if we could just send honest, plain-talking folk to our elected assemblies.
‘They saw themselves as in the information collecting business and sometimes it went to the media stuff and sometimes it went to the government. But that’s just not how Western reporters operate,’ says freelance journalist Mark Bourrie.
Former Globe editor John Willison ‘came from virtually nothing, with a grade school education—basically self-taught—and made himself into a knight and a man who was considered a leading journalist in English-speaking Canada.’
‘You don’t see photographs of refugees streaming through desolate country sides or being strafed by airplanes. You don’t see images of burned up cities and this kind of thing. War is presented to us as this glorious enterprise. To me that is a very disturbing tendency,’ says Warrior Nation co-author Jamie Swift.
CTV National News reporter Daniele Hamamdjian, 30, one of the youngest national TV network reporters on the Hill, has lots to say about covering the beat. And more.
Retiring Tory Sen. David Angus talks about money and politics and modernizing the Senate.
Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux wants the Library of Parliament be more relevant to MPs.
PM’s chief of staff Wright voted best Hill staffer in Terrific 25 Staffer Survey
Sir John A. had much of the force of a Cromwell, some of the compacting and conciliating tact of a Pitt, the sagacity of a Gladstone, and some of the shrewdness of a Disraeli. In an era of political giants and legends, Canada’s Macdonald was frontbench material on the world stage.
Award-winning Ken Rockburn set to begin his third season of Rockburn Presents on CPAC on July 8, interviewing authors, actors, musicians, and newsmakers.
Janice Williamson says Omar Khadr, Oh Canada tries to ‘unearth a better truth’ about the Omar Khadr story.
Children on the Hill offers 34 childcare spots for children aged 18 months to five years old. And it’s been doing so since 1981.
End of Growth author and former CIBC chief economist Jeff Rubin tells The Hill Times that Canada’s Dutch Disease is going to make Rae Days seem like a good idea.
Thieves of Bay Street author Bruce Livesey tells The Hill Times about the dark side of Canada’s financial system.
Andrew Scheer, 33, is inspired by Margaret Thatcher, still seeks advice from former House Speaker Peter Milliken, and says he’s doing his best to improve the tone in the Commons, despite what the critics say.
SOCKO system to stay on message when speaking or writing is a good one.
CBC The National reporter Nahlah Ayed talks about living in a Palestinian refugee camp, the oppression of ordinary Arabs, and reporting in the Middle East today as a Canadian of Palestinian descent who speaks Arabic fluently.
But Richard Stursberg says it’s time to have a serious discussion about the CBC, fund it properly, and move on.
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.
Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.
House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.
The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.
Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.
The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.
Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto).
CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.
Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.
Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.
Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.