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FEATURE
Sure, Mr. Smith went to Washington, but he was never elected

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.


  
Dysfunctional Canadian political system ‘crying out for change’

  
Xinhua reporters didn’t find it wrong to collect information for government, says Bourrie

‘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.


  
Sir John Willison was a political insider, but he was no political puppet, says Clippingdale

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.’


  
Governments conveniently ‘portray wars as glorious’ but ignore human costs

‘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.


  
‘I think you’re seeing younger and younger reporters on the Hill and more and more women’

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.


  
‘Political parties are a fundamental element of the democratic system,’ says outgoing Tory Senator Angus

Retiring Tory Sen. David Angus talks about money and politics and modernizing the Senate.


  
Meet Canada’s first female Parliamentary librarian: Sonia L’Heureux

Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux wants the Library of Parliament be more relevant to MPs.


  
12th Annual Terrific 25 Staffers Survey

PM’s chief of staff Wright voted best Hill staffer in Terrific 25 Staffer Survey


  
A rousing stump speaker, riveting in Parliament; Sir John A. was our greatest Prime Minister, says former PM Turner

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.


  
‘I get to travel all over North America and don’t have to go into an office’: Rockburn

Award-winning Ken Rockburn set to begin his third season of Rockburn Presents on CPAC on July 8, interviewing authors, actors, musicians, and newsmakers.


  
Tories cursed May, but House marathon vote drew out some old-fashioned Commons camaraderie too

  
Editor wants us to see through ‘fog of 9/11’

Janice Williamson says Omar Khadr, Oh Canada tries to ‘unearth a better truth’ about the Omar Khadr story.


  
Children on the Hill turns 30

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.


  
‘We need to take the foot off the accelerator pedal,’ says economist Rubin

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.


  
Canada a country of city states on regulatory enforcement, says Livesey

Thieves of Bay Street author Bruce Livesey tells The Hill Times about the dark side of Canada’s financial system.


  
House Speaker Scheer celebrates one-year anniversary in ‘best seat’ in Commons

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.


  
Bonner shows people how to say what they mean and stay on message

SOCKO system to stay on message when speaking or writing is a good one.


  
‘People are not quotes or clips, used to illustrate stories about war and conflict. People are the story, always.’

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.


  
CBC’s historically split on what it should be, says Stursberg

But Richard Stursberg says it’s time to have a serious discussion about the CBC, fund it properly, and move on.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, August 2, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

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.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

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.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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