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ISSUE STORIES:

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television revising its regulations for 2012 awards
Democracy not a tyranny of majority
Economy: these are scary times, the IMF warns
Feds keeping close eye on Ontario provincial election campaign
Feds should be consulting Canadians, not handing out $19.8-million contracts for advice, say critics
Feds should have the expertise
Feds should legislate Air Canada’s responsibilities to provide bilingual service: Official Languages Commissioner Fraser
Harper’s inner conservative dying to get out
It’s time to make a difference, now
Keystone XL pipeline’s not in our best interests
Lobbying czar says lobbyists can be pundits, but critics still say she’s being ‘deliberately vague’
MPs and media flock to House Speaker Scheer’s BBQ shindig at Kingsmere
NDP plans pact with Labour parties in U.K. and Australia
O’Neil’s back reporting in the Hill, Martin updates Harperland, and Sen. Day paddles to Kingston for charity
Parliament needs to address Canada’s Rx drug problem
PM could be ensconced in power until 2020, say experts
Political parties ignore Quebec at their peril
Polls have been surprisingly unchanged
Power new issues manager in the PMO
Status of government business
Tories focus on economy, opposition parties want action
Tories woo cultural communities, but opposition parties catching on
Tough-on-crime agenda ideological
Understanding Canada’s crime statistics
Week Ahead in Parliament
What the rest of Canada can learn from B.C.
Why even Conservatives worry about rising income inequality
Wolf of Financial Times of London to discuss global economic issue on Sept. 26 at National Gallery in Ottawa
“With the country’s crime rate at an historic low, as reported by Statistics Canada, is the government’s omnibus crime bill a good idea?”

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE STORIES:

Bill to eliminate long-gun registry will also make records of rifle and shotgun sales or transfers no longer mandatory
Tory government using 'authoritarian tactics' to push through Wheat Board, long-gun registry bills, says Mendes
Cabinet's Directors of Communications and Chiefs of Staff List 2014: Updated
Tories accused of using majority muscle to keep G8 spending, other touchy issues, behind closed doors in House committees
Tories 'governing by fiat,' conducting Parliamentary business as 'warfare by any other means,' says Prof. Franks
Clement says he will answer questions on $50-million G8 spending at House Public Accounts Committee
Tories 'creating very bad precedent' by using majority muscle to shut down debate in secret, says NDP MP Caron
NDP says it still hasn’t heard from Elections Canada on Conservatives’ convention complaint
Conservatives expected to delay court hearings into 2006 ad campaign expenses
Conservatives continue attack against NDP union ties, to question in Commons committee
Tory MP Rathgeber refuses to apologize for criticizing director of national group devoted to helping women in prison
Mayrand says House committee should probe issue of paid advertising at political conventions, Tories claim victory
NDP MP Julian had three of four leadership candidate 'pillars' secure, but had no crucial support from senior New Democrat Davies
NDP leadership candidate Topp could be in for rougher road than expected, says NDP MP Cleary
Filippone says NDP membership signups same across country, contradicts Mulcair’s complaint about Quebec's delays
Who Supports Whom in NDP Leadership Race
NDP hold training session for rookie MPs to fight Tories in committees
NDP leadership hopeful Dewar's social media campaign compared to Obama's 2008 bid
Nash poised to announce candidacy for NDP leadership
Cullen’s pitch to join other parties’ forces against Tories in next election 'separates him from the rest of the pack,' says Martin
Majority-governing Tories shut down Wheat Board debate, third time to cut off debate since House resumed
Former GG Clarkson explores colourful immigrant experience in her new book
Dewar, Cullen and Topp trotting out specific campaign planks to set themselves apart from other NDP leadership candidates
Tories muscling through House legislation to clean up 'backwash' of five years of minority Parliaments
NDP MP Nash set to announce her leadership bid in Toronto Friday
Mulcair's accusation that Topp is 'beholden' to unions 'unhealthy' and 'not constructive' in NDP leadership race, say MPs
Tories push gun bill through, may have broken own record on cutting Commons debate short
Feds want to destroy long-gun registry records to appease ‘tinfoil hat’ elements of gun-owning community, says Champ
Conservative spin on destroying gun registry records 'very ideological,' similar to rhetoric coming from NRA in U.S.
RCMP’s Firearms Program banned or restricted five blank-firing guns just before Tories vowed to scrap long-gun registry
Tory, Bloc MPs have highest hospitality expenses, according to report on individual MPs' budgets
CBC in contempt of Parliament if it doesn't produce documents Access Committee requests: Del Mastro
Opposition MPs on Access Committee may boycott meetings after Tories demand that CBC produce documents
Former CBSA manager alleges he was harassed in workplace
Six-month NDP leadership race 'agonizing,' making official opposition difficult, says Martin
Conservatives fined for breaking elections laws, but Tories claim outcome a ‘big victory’
Clement, Raitt may be contravening Conflict of Interest Act by hosting Albany Club on Hill, say opposition MPs
Albany Club reception on Hill example of 'disturbing' informal lobbying that's growing under Harper's government: Angus
Ethics Commissioner gives Clement green light to appear at Albany Club reception on Hill
Tory MP Goguen moves motion to end committee hearings on omnibus crime bill
Tories relent after opposition parties filibuster on mega-crime bill in House Justice Committee
OPINION: The Gateway Airport: an important economic engine
Feds lost $173-million in public money, property in 2010: public accounts
NDP decision to limit leadership debates stirs more unrest
Tory intention to destroy long-gun records could break two laws, says Information Commissioner
Former Mountie says gun owners fear future government will use long-gun registry records to confiscate privately-owned guns
CBC would lose $532-million annually if forced to give up advertising, loss would have devastating impact on Canadian television production industry, says groundbreaking report
Conservative government proroguing Parliament 'plausible,' say opposition MPs
PMO says PM has no plans to prorogue Parliament
Tories will have 'blood on their hands,' if long-gun registry is eliminated, says survivor of 1989 Montreal massacre
Conservative MPs 'hypocritical' if they attend commemorations of the 1989 Montreal massacre after helping to eliminate the long-gun registry, says Rathjen
Federal government spent more than $36-million on tax credits for donations to political parties in 2010
PM wanted to do most damage to opponents by cutting political donations, opposition MPs say
Long-gun registry supporters exploiting Montreal massacre's 22nd anniversary for 'political agenda,' says sports shooting spokesperson
RCMP confirms records of make, model and serial numbers of guns sold no longer required when long-gun registry is dismantled
Canada’s federal prison ombudsman warns omnibus crime bill will exacerbate prison overcrowding, create more ‘complex’ penitentiary populations
Canadians generally split on current provincial distribution of House seats, says Abacus Data poll
Tories not rushing to pass long-gun registry bill so they can continue using it as a political wedge issue, say opposition MPs
Feds likely to fight Quebec's appeal to courts to save long-gun registry records
Conservative insistence on destroying long-gun records 'perverse,' say opposition MPs
Attawapiskat: it’s time for a national children’s commissioner
Immigration Minister Kenney moving ethnic-outreach strategy to Montreal ridings
Top Conservative avoids being called to House committee after Grit MP Cotler's point of privilege dismissed
Dewar building formidable campaign machine across country
New Democrats attack Tories’ ‘Republican-style’ assault on unions
NDP leadership candidate Singh could break new ground, say Dippers
Candidates for positions in the Liberal Party
Who supports whom for Liberal Party President
Reflections on John Napier Turner
More than 500 people expected at closed-door dinner celebrating long-time Liberal MacEachen
Liberals' best calling card for leader is Rae, say Grits
Grits don’t want ‘to get smoked’ again, plan $2-million counter-attack ad campaign against Tories
If Rae runs for leadership, party brass must assure ‘level playing field’ to rank and file Grits: Apps
Liberal A-listers fete MacEachen, Copps and Crawley host parties to shake hands and rub shoulders with supporters
Deciding whether Rae should be allowed to run for Liberal leader a 'minefield'
Liberals down, but not out as they look to rebuild a political movement again across Canada
Trudeau supports preferential ballot, even though he would have lost his seat under it
Dion says Senate reform bill will weaken Canada’s democratic system
Liberals see party’s future success in ‘transformative’ health care policies

Liberals want assurances Rae won’t use interim leadership, resources as ‘leverage’ to win next leadership
Liberals vote to be party of grass, roots
Rae says internal Grit party changes to ‘revolutionize’ Canadian politics
Crawley wins Grit party presidency by nail-biting 26 votes, Liberals vote for a ‘thirst for renewal’
Libs’ decision to open up party ‘perfect merger vehicle’ to attract NDP supporters, says Nanos
The fighter: starring Liberal MP Trudeau and Tory Senator Brazeau
Third-party advertising spending should be restricted between elections after NCC releases attack ad against Rae, say opposition MPs
National Citizens Coalition 'never has, never will' work for Conservative Party, says Coleman
NCC slammed for ‘disgusting character assassination’ attack ad against Rae
Taming health-care beast: PM Harper delivers a harsh, necessary message but shows little leadership
Conservative supporters max out to party, then give to National Citizens Coalition
NCC says it’s not supporting Harper’s Conservatives by launching internet attack ad against Rae
CROP poll unsettles NDP, but Boivin says Libs not making Quebec comeback from sponsorship scandal ‘for a long, long time’
Tories postpone Monday’s third reading to scrap long-gun registry, Libs accuse Tories of dragging out issue to raise more money
Toews' office contradicts RCMP on when it received potentially embarrassing report on long-gun registry
Second day back, Tories use time allocation on Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act
Opposition parties say Conservatives now vulnerable on pension issue, and ‘they’re desperate to change the channel’
Feds should've made information on long-gun registry available to MPs during debates on Bill C-19, says NDP MP Harris
Conservatives pushing back long-gun registry House vote to wait for PM’s return from China
Dewar pushes trust in his NDP leadership bid, plans to unveil detailed campaign plan Tuesday
NGOs nominating winners of Queen's Jubilee medal favourable to Conservative government, say opposition MPs
Conservative government will 'probably set record' for uses of time allocation on debate in House: Franks
‘Let’s just say my goal is not to be the Mitt Romney of the NDP leadership campaign’
NDP not taking anything for granted in Toronto-Danforth byelection, Conservatives say it’s the Libs’ to lose
Dewar’s camp suggests unnamed leadership contenders could ‘dishonour’ NDP principles, NDP players slam Dewar's poll
'Gun lobby is not going to stop,' says NDP MP Charlie Angus
Topp biggest fundraiser in NDP leadership campaign, but raises only $5,000 in Quebec
Bloc Québécois hires a new press secretary
Two Quebec NDP MPs throw their support to leadership candidate Dewar
Toews says short-lived Vikileaks an attempt to 'anonymously degrade' him
Human rights lawyer warns feds’ internet surveillance bill could lead to massive internet sweep
Tories to send Bill C-30 to House Public Safety Committee
The Hill Times' Top 100 Lobbyists, 2012: The List in brief
'Not terribly likely' Harper didn't know about robocalls, say opposition MPs
Conservatives imported 'American style dirty tricks' and now they're getting caught, says outraged NDP MP
Toronto developer’s $1,200 donation to Topp’s NDP leadership campaign draws some criticism
MP Martin accuses Tories of suppressing votes to further ‘starve’ opposing parties of federal subsidies, Conservatives call Martin ‘silly’
It’s a tale of two nations: political junkie land and regular Canadian land
POWER AND INFLUENCE IN OTTAWA: Reach of Harper’s power something to behold
Top 100 Most Inflential People in Government and Politics: Contributors
The Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics: The List
She keeps PM Harper real, he seeks her advice
Harper’s his own MacKenzie King and C.D. Howe
Finance has been a career-killer for many ambitious politicians, but not for Flaherty
Government’s Attack Dog and Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister
The Player: Jason Kenney
Wright an important asset to PM Harper as world economy continues its convulsions
Eye on interest rates, economy
Clement heads Cabinet committee to cut feds’ operating budgets
Top bureaucrat in the country
Horgan: In the right place at the right time
Overseeing public purse, people management office
Natynczyk’s people skills needed to keep tap dancing through Ottawa minefield in 2012
Ottawa’s voice of Canada’s industrial and financial CEOs
Hard-hitting Conservative political operator
Novak has more influence than most Cabinet minister and PMO staffers
Bachand will be knee deep in all Quebec files in 2012
Doer deals with the Washington, D.C., snake-pit every day
Trying to turn things around for Canada’s First Nations in 2012
Expect McLachlin’s Supreme Court to hear challenges to Harper government’s more
In this U.S. election year, Jacobson’s fortunes closely tied to U.S. President Obama’s
Fast Eddie a central government figure and a key player
No one in Ottawa wants to cross Senator Finley
Alberta premier one to watch in 2012
Plays key role in machinery of government operations
Quiet, effective minister who ‘enjoys low-key influence’
MacKay a top minister in Harper’s Cabinet
Menzies may emerge as next Don Mazankowski
PM Harper looks to Moore for input from B.C.
Abrasive, Toews a key minister in moving law-and-order government agenda
Quiet, loyal, leads tough-on-crime agenda federally
Pitching Canada’s oil and gas sectors to Chinese, American governments in 2012
He’s Prime Minister Harper’s Quebec Lieutenant
Star Cabinet minister entrusted with labour relations while feds plan to reduce civil service
Expect some McGuinty push-back on federal initiatives in 2012
Every Quebec premier has considerable sway in Ottawa
NDP leadership frontrunners showcase experience, vision
When it comes to grabbing headlines, these Dippers know how it’s done
Rae tough, experienced and a media darling
Goodale to play important role in rebuilding Liberal Party
Last pit stop for PMO policy
The PM’s fly on the wall
He’s a smooth operator with national media
McCarthy influential in Flaherty’s office
McCarthy influential in Flaherty’s office
Persichilli is PMO’s eminence grise of ethnic media
PMO policy adviser McGuigan covers not one, but three high-priority files
The partisan voice of the Finance Minister
Vanstone at centre of drive to remake senior tiers of public service, diplomatic corps, tribunals, regulatory agencies
PMO’s senior economic policy adviser, Speer
Woodcock in the pressure cooker in PMO
Where’s Velshi, there’s PMO influence
Key war room operative in last election, an NDP player
New leader would be unwise to cut McGrath loose
Bélanger’s important Quebec strategist
Helped develop new tendering process for new naval vessels
Quietly reforming Canada’s banking system
AG has strength of office behind him, reports can be politically explosive
Fonberg helping to reshape Canada’s military over the long-haul
DM Jean helps stickhandle big cuts in 2012
Michael Martin: literally setting the Cabinet agenda
Parliament’s spending watchdog, media star, and pain in feds’ neck
Canada’s man in China
‘Cop’s cop’ Paulson attempts to clean up Mounties’ image in 2012
Rigby briefs PM on secret security, intelligence
Piloting a major review of Canada’s foreign policy in the wake of the war in Afghanistan
Roy holds three important roles at PCO
The face of Macdonald-Laurier Institute, well-liked by Flaherty
Fox understands power and influence like others understand hockey or baseball
Nanos one of best-known pollsters in the country
New voice of Canada’s political left
Mulroney-era Cabinet minister who marries political experience with country-wide business connections
Pipelines and oil key issues in 2012
Head of country’s largest manufacturing group, eyes on international trade deals
Head of Canadian branch of one of world’s leading strategic communications firms
Former PCO clerk influencing Canada on innovation
Senior statesman, restrained partisanship means doors open in Ottawa
Powers ‘lighting it up’ at Summa
Experienced lobbyist, a heavy-hitter
Influential entrepreneur has pipeline into PMO and the Jewish vote
The National’s At Issue panel a must-watch in federal politics
Investigative reporter, well-connected to PMO
Star columnist Harper has soul and hard-hitting style
Well-connected, visible, a lot of clout with Liberal-leftie network
Clark keeps things real with Global TV’s The West Block
Keeper of keys to CTV’s federal political coverage
Good access, large Quebec audience
Tories may not always like what she says, but Hébert’s on mark and balanced
Ibbitson holds most prestigious print journalism job on the Hill
High soapbox, visible, Ivison can be unpredictable
Hot ticket: operates most popular news aggregating site in country
Postmedia News’ Kennedy a straight-shooting reporter
Stature rising in Ottawa with new Postmedia News gig: sweet
Politicians, pundits flock to Martin’s Power Play show
The columnist the Tories love to hate
Rick Mercer Report sometimes draws more than a million views
Oliver, Newman host venerable Sunday show, land some of country’s hottest political guests
Québécor’s Péladeau unleashes media to aid conservative cause in Canada
Russo is Ottawa face of CP, helps set Hill agenda
O’Malley pioneered live blogging from House committees
No ones has held top CBC radio and TV political shows at once before
Weston breaks some hot political stories
Robocall storm likely being generated by voters disaffected with Conservative government, says pollster Nanos
Voter identification 'massive job,' central Conservative campaign gives voter lists to local candidates, says Tory MP Vellacott
Tories' CIMS database 'phenomenal asset' but Conservative MP Kramp says his campaign identified voters locally too
Conservatives in Guelph riding ready to 'talk' to Elections Canada's investigators, says Campaign Research lawyer
MPs contemplating moving future budgets to fall to encourage tough look at annual government spending
Elections Canada hires 14 new 'frontline' staff to examine more than 31,000 'contacts' on voter suppression issue
Campaign Research lawyer urges Elections Canada to complete inquiry into robocall complaints within six months
Harassing phone calls in Ajax-Pickering fit fraudulent robocall pattern, cost Holland his seat, says former Liberal MP
Liberal MP Bennett’s campaign filed complaint to Elections Canada alleging voter suppression in St. Paul's in last election, still hasn't heard back
Budget advice for next NDP leader
Seventy per cent of ballots will already be cast when NDP leadership convention begins Friday
OPINION: In a desperate move, Broadbent damages his stalwart reputation
Topp's NDP leadership campaign 'not nearly as well organized' as Mulcair's, says NDP insider
NDP want to define new leader before Conservatives do
'No reason to believe' Topp losing ground or support in NDP leadership race, says former MP Wasylycia-Leis
No one can predict NDP leadership outcome with certainty, and it's getting interesting
NDP MP Davies suggests Layton would have wanted Topp to win leadership, ‘connect the dots’
Let Mayrand testify, explain Elections
Front-runner Mulcair has fight in store to win NDP bid as voting by thousands of New Democrats shows a fierce battle
Inside the NDP leadership campaigns: Hundreds of volunteers on convention floor, call centres and hotel rooms keep machines churning
NDP leadership camps to target ‘live’ voters after first ballot, crucial to creating upward momentum
Nash, Topp, Dewar party at the Sheraton with beer and pretzels, and free pizza at Cullen's Front Street shindig
The observers: hooked on politics, Tories, Grits, and Greens keep an eye on NDP leadership convention from Metro Toronto Convention floor
Desperate times, desperate measures
New Democrats say Mulcair has broad party support, and to prepare for a nasty House Question Period
Harper approved 'opportunist,' 'divisive,' 'blind ambition' attack against Mulcair, says NDP MP
NDP MP compares large-scale, organized attack on NDP leadership vote to robocalls scandal
NDP leader Mulcair overshadowing Liberals' Rae on trust, sincerity, best prime minister, says Forum Research pollster
Feds attack charitable sector in budget for being too political, say opposition MPs
Canadians want F-35 purchase scrapped: Forum Research poll
Liberal MP tables motion at Public Accounts Committee to investigate AG's findings that government hid F-35 costs
Joint Cabinet ministers’ statement suggests DND was briefed annually on cost of F-35 jets
PMO says it's '100 per cent incorrect,' denies Tories only want ministers to testify on F-35s at Public Accounts Committee, not DND, Public Works and Industry officials
NDP ahead of all parties in Quebec with Mulcair as leader
Conservative support among Quebec women plunges to 11%, scrapping long-gun registry a factor
Opposition MPs want special Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry into F-35s next week, before House is back
House Public Accounts Committee to hold emergency meeting Thursday into F-35 scandal
U.S. Republican and Conservative campaign managers met last month in Ottawa at height of robocalls controversy
Tories vow to hold ‘thorough’ House Public Accounts Committee probe into F-35 spending scandal
Harper, MacKay must have known $25-billion costs of F-35 fighter jets, and procurement rules, it’s ‘inconceivable,’ says expert
Conservative government won't buy 14 additional F-35s anticipated for fleet attrition
Opposition parties accuse government of being in contempt of Parliament over F-35s
Former CF-18 fighter jet fleet manager says feds making wrong choice on F-35s
Two-thirds of Canadians don’t trust feds on F-35s: Forum Research poll
Party Central: Going for the Gold at the Museum of Nature
Budget bill gives Cabinet veto in pipeline, oil sands projects, say critics
Top DND official says Cabinet made decision to exclude $10-billion in F-35 costs to Parliament, and DND says feds still plan to acquire controversial fighter jets
DND amended report on F-35 status two weeks after AG Ferguson released his report
Grit leader Rae accuses feds of lying about F-35s
OPINION: Culture of entitlement, legitimate grievances underlie Quebec student protests
Kennedy, Hall Findlay still mulling run for federal Liberal leadership
DND, procurement officials had no intention of conducting required competitive bidding process to find CF-18 replacement: Williams
Public Works downgraded 'secret' F-35 letter to AG's office two weeks after sending it
CRTC chair appointment likely any day now
High-level bureaucratic panel to oversee fighter jets process led by same departments accused of hiding extra $10-billion
Tories should look at alternatives to F-35s after U.S. subcommittee recommends cutting $528-million from its own purchase, say MPs
Conservative MP Hawn estimates CF-18 costs $12,000 less per flying hour than F-35 fighter jet
Wrzesnewskyj urges PM to call byelection in Etobicoke Centre after judge rules last year’s election result ‘null and void’
Optiz received only $1,500 in last election, had to take $50,000 personal loan to finance campaign
Conservatives still face overwhelming public opposition to F-35s: Forum Research poll
Feds confirm they’re shutting down Commons committee inquiry into F-35s
Opposition MPs push back on shutting down House probe into F-35s, Grit MP Bryne says it ‘smacks of corruption’ to close down committee
Conservative MPs rattled by grisly discovery of human foot sent to party’s HQ
NDP says it's ‘criminal’ feds want to shut down F-35 House probe; NDP MP Christopherson calls Grit MP Byrne a ‘dishonourable crybaby’ for leaking story to The Hill Times
Opposition MPs take issue with Public Works Minister Ambrose's appearance at CANSEC trade show
RIO DE JANEIRO SUMMIT: World’s tropical rainforests hold 229 billion tonnes of carbon, but deforestation on the rise
NDP says Defence deputy minister Fonberg may be in contempt of Parliament for Public Accounts Committee testimony on F-35 fighter jets
Tory MP Opitz wants Supreme Court to hear his appeal in October
NDP mounts unusual filibuster in closed-door Public Accounts Committee probe into F-35 fighter jets
RIO DE JANEIRO SUMMIT: How many ways are there to skin a climate crisis? A lot
Feds plan to limit debate twice on sweeping omnibus budget bill this week
Conservatives impose 18 hours of debate on controversial omnibus budget bill
PM Harper’s sweeping omnibus budget bill lays political track for next federal election, say Nanos
RILEY: ‘Painful warrior’ is classy, if conflicted, to the end
Tories treating Parliament with contempt, 'playing games to avoid scrutiny,' says Queen's professor Franks
U.S. government spending watchdog raises more red flags about F-35's soaring costs, delays and major failures
Vic Toews' winning pesto chicken philly melt
$%$&ing the Constitution
OPINION: Arctic search and rescue lacking
Finding room for happiness at Rio+20 Conference: it’s time for Canada to offer constructive leadership to global efforts for human well-being
Rae’s exit from permanent Liberal leadership; smart political move, but party loses a true ‘mensch’
Outside experts called in to verify reliability of F-35 stealth fighter costs to be denied original information provided to DND
NDP filibustering Conservatives' attempt to shut down F-35 committee hearings
Public Works denies outside experts won’t get access to original U.S. F-35 stealth fighter cost information provided to National Defence
Feds to limit debate on massive omnibus budget bill in Senate
F-35 stealth fighter jets’ terms of independent review vindicate AG; winning firm must include all lifetime costs
HT's Quizzical Hill Twitter Challenge: Summer, Books, Arts, Culture, & Leisure
Opposition MPs slam feds’ $1-million to $5-million move to contract out independent review of F-35 costing forecasts; Parliamentary Budget Office could have done it
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Auditor general calls for more transparency in Parliament, but secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy continues to tighten it
Conservative-dominated Senate pushes through three contentious bills, PMO says PM will not prorogue Parliament this fall
Feds’ move to close world-renowned freshwater environmental research centre strikes a nerve: Forum Research poll
The summer barbecue and kissing babies circuit
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Ottawa Jazz Fest
Doctors protesting refugee health cuts claim small victory as CIC appears to backpedal on some reforms
‘We were kind of the last man standing’; outgoing National Round Table on the Environment and Economy president defends its track record as closure approaches
Flanagan credits central management of voter and donor ID for party's continued fundraising success
Conservatives have most to gain with six new seats in Alberta, but NDP sets sights on new Edmonton ridings too
This week’s Quizzical question: write a dynamite headline for PM’s Cabinet mini-shuffle
‘At last, I can behave like a grownup’: Victor Wong is this week’s HT Quizzy winner
Bevilacqua’s advice for Opitz: don’t wallow and worry and remain focused on the riding as Supreme Court mulls decision
Elections Canada due for an ‘upgrade’ running elections; parties could be ‘gaming’ election system through increasingly sophisticated technology, say political players
Senate reform bill still stuck in House, one expert warns once passed its consequences will be unknown
Franke James wins HT Quizzical Twitter Challenge for writing best mini-Cabinet shuffle headline
What does it take to be a great political staffer? Offer your best advice
Tories need to ‘protect brand of Stephen Harper,’ the ‘linchpin of Conservatives’ success,’ says Nanos
Political attack ads won’t define leaders without big airtime buys, say pundits
Grit MPs Dion, Cotler plan to challenge ‘arbitrary’ riding boundary changes, Tory MP Gourde ‘surprised’ his riding split in two
Doctors, scientists vow to continue protests against Prime Minister Harper government’s agenda
Let the Summer Olympic Games begin, please: Copps
Ottawa Bluesfest brings out top talent to nation's capital
Chow-Style BBQ Sandwich Recipe
Triemstra, Noble win HT’s Quizzical Twitter Challenge for offering snappiest advice on what it takes to be a great political staffer
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May wants more Green MPs before 2015, not interested in party merger with Grits
Conservatives expect Calgary Centre’s hotly-contested nomination race to be more competitive than the byelection
New Democrats look to solidify East Coast support with Newfoundland summer caucus retreat
Whiffen wins HT Quizzy Challenge on how the PM can boost his popularity: 'Meet my wife'
HT Quizzy Challenge: which federal politician would win an Olympic gold medal and in what sport?
OPINION: Stop spending millions on prohibition, instead tax and regulate cannabis, says NORML Women’s Alliance of Canada
Conflict of Interest Act's five-year review past deadline, opposition MPs frustrated with 'toothless' bill
Ritz should not wait 45 days, must offer Ontario farmers unequivocal sign of support now, ‘don’t bail on your farms,’ says Grit MP Valeriote
Conservatives raise more money than NDP, Grits combined, but keep an eye on number of contributors to political parties too, says expert
HT Quizzical Challenge: Mulcair's gold medal in poll vaulting
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'Working premise' that Canadians don't engage in vote suppression wrong, says Wrzesnewskyj
Opposition MPs criticize government's War of 1812 ads during Olympics, 'smacks of militaristic jingoism'
Elections Canada's argument that Ontario justice's interpretation of Elections Act too rigourous 'frightening,' says CCLA
Behind closed doors: HT Quizzy Challenge winner's take on caucus meetings, polls, and EI
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War of 1812 ads during Olympic television coverage cost $1.64-million
Final report on F-35 costs likely won't get Parliamentary scrutiny until 2013, 'seems very suspect': opposition MPs
Conservative government likely under pressure from U.S. to purchase F-35s
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How should political parties be playing nice between elections?
Lockheed Martin executive says F-35s will deter 'potential adversary countries' Russia, China
NDP to campaign against F-35 purchase in next election, fight is about democracy, says opposition MP
Opposition MPs criticize PM Harper for riding non-Canadian ATV in rare Yukon ecosystem
HT Quizzy Challenge: PM Harper appoints Lawson as new chief of defence staff, write a photo caption
Public Works hiring private firm to review F-35 procurement process, possibly challenge AG's report
Lawson's appointment to chief of defence staff will affect F-35 debate, says NDP
Tory government likely to continue with F-35 purchase: Williams
Liberals to set fall strategy, talk Grit leadership at Montebello caucus retreat
@Oemissions, Everett Coldwell win HT Quizzy Challenges
What insights would you pass on from U.S. Republican, Democratic conventions?
Trudeau, LeBlanc front runner prospective candidates in Liberal leadership race
Liberals exempt travel costs, will allow candidates to keep high-profile House critics’ roles in newly-released leadership rules
Liberals say they want a competitive leadership race, ‘best thing,’ especially if Trudeau enters fray
Conservatives, NDP, Liberals distance themselves from House’s Federal Court fight with AG
MPs could vote to waive Parliamentary privilege and allow AG to release his documents
AG’s spring report on feds’ F-35 fighter jets attracted ‘massive’ media attention: documents
Grits Hall Findlay, Bertschi question Liberal leadership rules; say they could favour front-runners and sitting MPs
Potential Grit leadership candidates should 'stay home' if they can't raise half a million dollars: Sgro
Conservative MPs put end to Commons committee inquiry into AG’s report on F-35s
Wrzesnewskyj apologizes to former RCMP deputy commissioner George for accusing her of perjury in 2007; George’s $4-million lawsuit now settled
Liberal leadership contest should only have five candidates: Liberal MP McCallum
Three former NDP leadership contenders all spent more than they raised: Elections Canada documents
Grit MPs Pacetti, Simms back Trudeau for leader; Trudeau’s national campaign poised to start
Trudeau attracting buzz, but Murray, Garneau, LeBlanc, Cauchon and others still exploring options to run for Grit leadership
Nexen versus Dalai Lama: a fine political pickle
After 21 years, a Canadian children’s commissioner is long overdue, says UNICEF
Quebecers don’t support federal government's embassy-sharing initiative: Forum Research poll
Trudeau makes it official and Liberals riding a wave of voter interest, 30,000 outside party sign up for leadership election
Tories go behind closed-doors in House committee to kill opposition motion to prevent omnibus bills
Did educators show their real cards to Parliament?
Want to get the vote out? Start with a youth summit
Five prospective Liberal leadership contenders still want to run, despite Trudeau strength, juggernaut
Seven or more prospective Liberal leadership candidates mulling run against media rock star Trudeau
U.S. report on overcrowding prison populations a harbinger for Canadian prisons, say critics, experts
Time for global dignity, help transform young lives
Grit MPs say Dalton McGuinty likely won’t run for federal Liberal leadership, doesn’t jive with his message for party ‘renewal’
Butts resigns from job to work full-time on Trudeau’s Liberal leadership bid, creates more speculation over McGuinty's federal intentions
Liberal MP Sgro says David McGuinty interested in Grit leadership bid, 'shocked' if Dalton enters fray
Insiders, Liberals say they doubt Dalton McGuinty will run for federal Liberal leadership
Dalton’s out, David could be in; McGuinty’s decision to opt out of federal Liberal leadership also frees up his network of political organizers
Conservatives trying to 'whitewash' Public Accounts Committee report on F-35s, say opposition MPs
Feds locked into F-35 fighter jets, despite Ambrose’s promise to consider alternatives, say opposition MPs, point to DND's requirements
Supreme Court rules in Opitz’s favour, Wrzesnewskyj says Tories now playing politics with top court ruling
NDP calls feds’ attempts to convince Parliament they're considering alternatives to F-35s a ‘red herring’; Public Works rejects claims it prefers F-35 fighter jets
Canadian majority opposes omnibus legislation: Forum Research poll
Conservatives on House Public Accounts Committee striking out references to PBO testimony in draft report on F-35s
NDP calls feds’ $645,000 outside audit of F-35 fighter jets acquisition ‘a ploy’
Better benefits needed for veterans and their families: Stoffer
Australian AG says each F-35 fighter jet to cost $131.4-million, same version Canada slated to buy
Bertschi expected to announce bid for federal Liberal leadership Wednesday
Qaqish: relax, people, and take a step back from Trudeaumania
Feds’ offer to send omnibus bill to 11 Commons committees 'a farce,' charge opposition MPs
Federal Court battle hearings over allegations of voter suppression in last election to begin next month in Ottawa
Trudeau leadership win won't be a cakewalk, says Hall Findlay organizer
Toews never issued ministerial press release on feds’ destruction of long gun registry, so gun advocates broke news
Trudeau officially registers as Liberal leadership contender
Liberals to introduce 3,000 amendments to feds’ massive omnibus budget bill, NDP vow to do same; parties say to expect another Commons voting marathon
Bertschi opposes Trudeau’s support for China's CNOOC $15.2-billion Nexen bid, creating first hard policy shift in Liberal leadership race
Canadian Heritage spends $1.45-million on one War of 1812 TV ad during Olympics, feds spend $8-million total to commemorate British-U.S. war
Grit fundraiser actively soliciting ‘pre-launch’ financing for Liberal MP Garneau
Tory Public Accounts Committee members studying F-35 purchase avoid criticizing senior officials, opposition MPs deliver own reports
Independent audit release on F-35s could be delayed until after House adjourns next month, says Public Works
Liberal leadership candidate Murray calls for ‘one-time’ cooperation with major parties to defeat Conservatives in next federal election
High-profile Federal Court Judge Mosley picked to hear voter suppression allegations case, hearings begin Dec. 10
Trudeau shrugs off Conservative attacks over his 2010 Alberta comments, says he won’t play Tory games; NDP back up Libs in Natural Resources Committee to try to stop Tory tactics
Tories to haul Trudeau before House Natural Resources Committee to explain his Alberta statements, opposition parties call it a 'witch-hunt'
Coyne: Grits don't have to apologize for long-gun registry
Trudeau could be called before House Natural Resources Committee in February to explain controversial Alberta comments
Feds have had independent F-35 review report for a week but have yet to table it in House
Fraudulent phone call complaints allowed in Federal Court case to overturn six election results
Yukon voter recalls ‘fishy’ telephone call in last election; Tory MP Aspin says he has clear conscience in his Nipissing-Timiskaming riding’s election results
Lawyer accuses Conservatives of delaying tactics in voter suppression Federal Court hearings
Federal Court judge chastises pollster Graves for using Twitter to eavesdrop on court proceedings after told to leave courtroom
Federal Court hearings: RMG’s lawyer says company didn’t make any misleading calls to voters in last election
Pollster Graves apologizes in Federal Court case for eavesdropping on Twitter after told to leave courtroom
Election result can be overturned if one voter kept from ballot box because of widescale fraud: Elections Canada lawyer
Council of Canadians says ‘Canadians have won’ no matter what; Barlow says voters will appeal to Supreme Court if Federal Court rejects arguments
Critics slam feds’ decision to scrap records of rifle, shotgun sales in wake of Newtown shootings in U.S.
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Canadian productivity coming at a cost: Carleton 2012 National Study
Feds should review decision to cut refugee claimants' access to health care, says health coalition
Canada's challenge for 2013: New national economic plan
Long-gun firearms sales 'open to abuse,' says Ontario's Chief Firearms Officer
Crane: Canada needs a new national economic plan, now
Seven candidates registered for Liberal leadership, Takach says next leader could determine Grits' fate
Liberals say they expect 100,000-plus eligible voters for leadership vote, and at least three candidates borrow money to cover initial $25,000 entrance fees
Cauchon set to enter Liberal leadership race, Bertschi registers too
Public Works writes to five major European, U.S. fighter jet makers to replace F-35s, critics call it a ‘market’ analysis
Mulcair ready to take on new Liberal leader on 'substantive level'
NDP pitches Mulcair's leader’s summit in fundraising letter for next election campaign
Liberal leadership candidates to talk ‘electoral cooperation’ in upcoming televised debates
Mulcair takes charge of any talks on electoral cooperation, orders NDP MPs not to respond to Green Leader May’s letter
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Some 48 per cent think feds will go ahead with F-35 fighter jets, despite Cabinet’s decision to compare costs: Forum Research poll
May slams Mulcair’s order to NDP MPs not to respond to her electoral cooperation letter
Canadians evenly split on feds scrapping long-gun registry, but 51% also want stronger gun control, says new poll
Conservatives selling out Canada's future for short term economic gain in oil sands and other petroleum developments, say critics
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Public Works indicates it’s considering a short-term alternative to replace aging fighter jets
PCO says use of its letterhead touting feds' more tough-on-crime bills in works an error by news wire service, now corrected
Liberals opt for individual TV interviews in Winnipeg, not a televised leadership debate, say it's 'to get know' candidates
Parliament needs a democracy check-up, says new report
Business can bridge the gap for Canada’s aboriginal peoples: Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The Château Laurier: Parliament’s third chamber
BODY ART: MPs on why they got tattoos
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Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor
Supreme Court’s decision on Senate's future could pit Ottawa against Atlantic Canada, says expert
Lockheed Martin’s top sales guys pitch F-35s in Ottawa; Canuck test pilot says fighter jets have 50 per cent further range than CF-18s
40 per cent of Canadians want a reformed Senate, 31 per cent want it abolished: Forum Research poll
Most Conservative Party supporters say Canada’s Parliamentary budget officer has done a good job: Forum Research poll
Senate puts Sen. Brazeau on leave of absence; Senators say media should focus on good work of Upper Chamber too
Now’s not the time to jump into ‘constitutional upheaval’ over Senate, says Trudeau
Feds ask Supreme Court to fast-track Senate questions
Candidates’ campaign meet-and-greet events new barometer for federal Liberal leadership strength
Supreme Court speeds up hearings into Harper government's Senate reform questions, Quebec argues against the rush
Feds suggest uproar over Senate residency, expense claims should speed up Supreme Court’s decision on Upper Chamber reforms
Conservative Sen. Duffy found one-page Senator’s living expenses form unclear, had to file it annually
PMO says Flanagan's child pornography comments 'repugnant, ignorant and appalling'
Trudeau has federal Liberal leadership locked up, say Grit MPs, 'people want to see a leader they believe in'
Investor confidence in advisers can translate into improved financings and growth, says IIAC
Feds' reasons for acquiring fighter jets implausible, says Liberal MP
Justin’s got a juggernaut, but he’s not taking anything for granted in federal Liberal leadership campaign, say Trudeau backers
All 10 provinces plan to intervene in feds’ Senate reforms questions to Supreme Court
Environmentalists believe humans are a 'cancer' on the planet, says Sun TV's Levant
Ron Paul a polarizing figure, but 'conservatives not afraid of self-examination,' says Manning on former U.S. Congressman's appearance at networking event
Conservatives must be better at microtargeting voters and communicating ideas to win more seats: data experts
Kenney recalls Dief’s historic 1958 majority election win, says Conservatives can win even bigger next time too
Bergen, Crockatt, Rempel say political parties don’t need quotas for female candidates, it's wrong
Canada ‘light years’ behind U.S. on data mining in election campaigns, time to catch up, say experts
Manning stands by decision to drop Flanagan from Manning Conference panel, says conservatives need to think before speaking, and need to own environmental issues
Most, including Quebecers, say Quebec should require well over 50 per cent to separate: Forum Research poll
U.S. Congressional watchdog says delays in F-35s could put costs of fighter jets out of reach
Garneau’s campaign admits phone survey didn’t comply with CRTC rules on political polling
It ain’t over till it’s over, Trudeau hasn’t won Liberal leadership yet, say Murray and Hall Findlay
Irregularities in Liberal leadership voter registrations being challenged by scrutineers
Grit Party president Crawley says he has ‘full confidence’ in integrity of Lib leadership voters’ list
Economic, social value of flow-through share gifting should not be underestimated
Cabinet ministers fan out across Canada to sell Flaherty’s budget
Trudeau clear front-runner in Liberal leadership campaign, but Murray’s got momentum
Liberal MPs criticize Hall Findlay’s lengthy attack on Murray’s cooperation proposal
MPs receive 1.6 per cent pay increase, annual salary now $160,200

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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