Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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The Top 101 Most Influential People in Government and Politics in 2013: The List

  
HE’S GOT THE POWER: Prime Minister Stephen Harper most influential in 2013

The Top 25 Most Influential People in Politics and Government


  
Power & Influence bigger, better

  
This just in: those who hold the real power in Ottawa

The Top 101 Most Influential People in Government and Politics in 2013


  
Canada’s world war leaders, Borden and King are ‘particular Canadian warlords,’ says historian Cook

Author Tim Cook says that the great irony of the two world wars is that they helped shape Canada into a nation and its prime ministers into leaders.


  
The Hill Times’ 16th Annual Most Valuable Politician & All Politics Poll conducted by Forum Research Inc.

PM Harper picked as most valuable politician in 2012


  
The campaign people behind the Liberal leadership candidates

Stephen Carter: ‘You don’t start big. You start small and you grow.’


  
Grit MP Karygiannis on life on the Hill

Veteran Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis says it’s not as collegial as it used to be on the Hill, and technology and social media haven’t helped.


  
‘You can’t argue credibly that Muslims are going to become a majority in the West’: Saunders

Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders talks about his latest book, The Myth of the Muslim Tide, and how Canada gets it right, and wrong on immigration.



  
Baldwin founder of ‘the basics of modern Canada,’ says author Cross

Author Michael Cross says Robert Baldwin was the first political leader to see that Canada had to be a bi-cultural society and laid out the country’s future, way ahead of John A. Macdonald.


  
Spouses, siblings, family working on the Hill

  
‘Canada has almost lost its capacity to make good policy’: Nikiforuk


Bitumen-raking journalist Andrew Nikiforuk talks about his new book. He tells The Hill Times that fossil fuels are undermining democracy and enslaving consumers.



  
Sometimes called ‘a walking Irish bar fight,’ scrappy Kinsella says it’s time to fight the right

Grit pundit Warren Kinsella talks about his new book, Fight The Right: A Manual For Surviving The Coming Conservative Apocalypse.


  
Federal government quiet on health care, an opportunity for opposition parties, says Simpson in new book and Q&A

Globe and Mail national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson on his new book and how he says it’s time to shake up the delivery of medical services in Canada.


  
Page won’t rule out legal action in fight with feds over details on $37-billion cuts

PBO Kevin Page also says the feds have changed Parliament’s spending authorities. And he’s fighting for Parliament.


  
CPAC celebrates 20 years on air

CPAC’s Colette Watson says the industry challenge is trying to maintain long-form programming relevance in the 140-character Twitterverse.


  
National media face ‘enormous’ challenges in 24-hour news cycle, says Waddell in exclusive Q&A

Christopher Waddell says today’s national media should rethink how they cover federal politics and elections.


  
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.


  
Vibrant democracy depends on informed citizenry, but journalism needs a ‘profound’ re-examination to survive, say media experts

There’s no one silver bullet to saving newspapers in Canada. But in the end people will have to be willing to pay for reliable news.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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.

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