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POLITICS

Throne Speech promises die with stranded bills

Throne Speech promises die with stranded bills
The government managed to check off most of its promises from October 2013.

Laureen Harper to appear at fundraiser for Tory MP Armstrong's riding

Laureen Harper to appear at fundraiser for Tory MP Armstrong's riding
Former Conservative MP Bill Casey now running for Liberal nomination against incumbent Scott Armstrong in Cumberland-Colchester, N.S.

PM's decision to participate in fewer French election debates than English 'absolutely unacceptable,' says Trudeau

PM's decision to participate in fewer French election debates than English 'absolutely unacceptable,' says Trudeau
Conservative MP Peter Kent, a former journalist, says broadcast consortium doesn't have monopoly on televised federal election debates. 'We quibbled over format, we quibbled over set design, we quibbled over timing,' he says.

Blair favourite to win close race in Scarborough Southwest in next election: poll

Blair favourite to win close race in Scarborough Southwest in next election: poll
Bill Blair led in a public opinion poll in the riding of Scarborough Southwest with 42 per cent support, compared to incumbent NDP MP Dan Harris at 34 per cent, according to a Forum Research poll of 587 voters conducted April 26 and released yesterday.

Harper will continue to win majorities if NDP, Liberals don't join forces, says former NDP MP

Harper will continue to win majorities if NDP, Liberals don't join forces, says former NDP MP
'I believe the public would like to see them get together, before the election. That would ensure the defeat of the Harper government,' says former NDP MP Ian Waddell.

NDP, Liberals blame government tactics, late-night notice on ISIL mission, for empty seats on opposition benches

NDP, Liberals blame government tactics, late-night notice on ISIL mission, for empty seats on opposition benches
One Liberal, who did not want to be quoted, told The Hill Times the vacant Liberal seats were signs of division over the anti-terrorism legislation.

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.

PEOPLE

Hill construction hiding former PM Pearson statue

Hill construction hiding former PM Pearson statue
Unlike three other statues of former prime ministers the Public Works Department moved to safer spots—because they were directly located on excavation or temporary building sites—Public Works managers kept the statue of Pearson where it was and surrounded it with the plywood hoarding for protection.

May press gallery speech a stumble, not a fall, say strategists

May press gallery speech a stumble, not a fall, say strategists
While some say Elizabeth May’s performance raises legitimate questions and will serve as future partisan fodder, others argue reaction to the failed comedy act, hardly the first of its kind, has been overblown.

Akin heads new Sun Media Hill bureau under Postmedia Network

Akin heads new Sun Media Hill bureau under Postmedia Network
David Akin is back writing a column three times a week for the Sun Media, now owned by the Postmedia Network.

LEGISLATION

Tories get consent to rise early after backroom negotiations go to eleventh hour

Tories get consent to rise early after backroom negotiations  go to eleventh hour
Political gamesmanship, personalities all played into talks that lasted all week.

LOBBYING

Lobbyists worry about ‘chill,’ some MPs still unclear about rules on lobbyist gifts, meals

Lobbyists worry about ‘chill,’ some MPs still unclear about rules on lobbyist gifts, meals
Conservative MP James Rajotte says ‘there is some confusion now in terms of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.’


Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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