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House releases beefed up harassment prevention policy

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer distributed the changes to MPs this week, as part of a sweeping overhaul of anti-harassment measures on Parliament Hill following the weeks-long controversy last fall over internal complaints from two female NDP MPs about alleged actions by former Liberal MPs.



POLITICS

Adams attends first Liberal caucus meeting, colleagues put on brave face among signs of discontent

Adams attends first Liberal caucus meeting, colleagues put on brave face among signs of discontent
'A lot of people who voted Conservative are going to be voting for the Liberals. Our tent is growing, and I think it’s a great sign,' says Toronto Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland about her new caucus colleague, former Conservative MP Eve Adams.

He’s ‘Ottawa’s new John Baird,’ Poilievre moves into Harper Cabinet’s big leagues

He’s ‘Ottawa’s new John Baird,’ Poilievre moves into Harper Cabinet’s big leagues
Pierre Poilievre steps into a senior ministerial portfolio, but he will have to work to gain the influence John Baird had as Ottawa’s regional political minister.

Grit Bélanger says Parliament could contract RCMP independently on Hill security oversight

Grit Bélanger says Parliament could contract RCMP independently on Hill security oversight
A rarely-used closure manoeuvre the government is using to kill Commons debate as early on a Conservative motion opposition MPs say would give Cabinet unconstitutional control over Parliament’s security forces has prompted Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger to skirt his party’s position in support of the government motion with a last-ditch amendment preserving the independence of Parliament.

Trudeau’s chief of staff held teleconference with Liberal MPs 15 minutes before Adams’ floor-crossing news conference Monday

Trudeau’s chief of staff held teleconference with Liberal MPs 15 minutes before Adams’ floor-crossing news conference Monday
Liberal MPs learned only 15 minutes prior to party leader Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa news conference Monday that he was set to announce former Conservative MP Eve Adams was joining his caucus and would seek nomination as a Liberal candidate for the 2015 election, The Hill Times has learned.

Adams exploring Eglinton-Lawrence, Finance Minister Oliver’s riding

Adams exploring Eglinton-Lawrence, Finance Minister Oliver’s riding
All but three of the 14 federal ridings in the west Toronto region where former Conservative MP Eve Adams was expected to run as a newly-minted Liberal have already nominated their candidates for the 2015 election.

‘If Kevin Vickers were here, he would not let this happen’: May

‘If Kevin Vickers were here, he would not let this happen’: May
A government plan to put the RCMP in command of a unified Commons and Senate security service came under heightened scrutiny on Thursday, with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May saying the national police force should stay out of internal Parliamentary affairs, and that the Parliamentary Protective Services should even replace the Mounties providing security and policing grounds around the Parliamentary Buildings.

House security union slams move to put Mounties in charge of Hill security

House security union slams move to put Mounties in charge of Hill security
A government plan to put the RCMP in command of the House of Commons and Senate protective services is drawing strong criticism in Parliament, with the union representing Commons security officers denouncing the move as a threat to Parliament’s independence.

NDP resumes Federal Court fight after BOIE orders NDP MPs to pay back $2.75-million

NDP resumes Federal Court fight after BOIE orders NDP MPs to pay back $2.75-million
The NDP is resuming a suspended Federal Court case over allegations its MPs violated House of Commons rules by placing staff on the Parliamentary payroll in satellite offices outside Ottawa, after the powerful internal Commons Board of Internal Economy unexpectedly broke the court truce with a published statement on Feb. 3 saying it is directing the MPs to personally reimburse a total of $2.7-million.

PM Harper's rhetoric on Canadians killing terrorists heightening public anxiety during election year, say opposition MPs

PM Harper's rhetoric on Canadians killing terrorists heightening public anxiety during election year, say opposition MPs
'You’ve got the Prime Minister of Canada standing in the House and saying "we want you to kill them." I think he’s dragging us more and more into fights that we don’t need to be in,' says Liberal MP Judy Sgro.

PEOPLE

Harper appoints Communications Security Establishment chief Forster new DND deputy minister

Greta Bossenmaier will take over for John Forster at CSE on Feb. 9.

43 people to watch in this winter Commons session: a rundown of top political players

43 people to watch  in this winter Commons session: a rundown of top political players
The overarching focus of each party will be electoral posturing. Everything that happens in Parliament will be about further defining party identity.

Harper shuffles senior ranks of public service

Harper shuffles senior ranks of public service
Richard Fadden becomes PM's national security adviser, among other moves in bureaucratic shuffle

LEGISLATION

Anti-terrorism bill 'more about politics than public safety,' says civil liberties lawyer

Anti-terrorism bill 'more about politics than public safety,' says civil liberties lawyer
'The Harper government has introduced this bill, in an election year, to create a political wedge issue of sorts, and unfortunately the opposition parties not only have recognized that but they are responding in kind rather than taking a principled stand on civil liberties,' says Paul Champ.

LOBBYING

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, February 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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

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