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Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration

Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration

Opposition MPs who plan to vote for a bill Conservative MP Michael Chong has proposed as a start to reigning in the power wielded by prime ministers and party leaders are citing the bill as evidence of the depth of government backbench frustration with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s control over his caucus.



POLITICS

Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration

Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration
Opposition MPs who plan to vote for a bill Conservative MP Michael Chong has proposed as a start to reigning in the power wielded by prime ministers and party leaders are citing the bill as evidence of the depth of government backbench frustration with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s control over his caucus.

Health Canada says it would have given ‘full control’ to doctors’ groups over content of anti-marijuana ad campaign

Health Canada says it would have given ‘full control’ to doctors’ groups over content of anti-marijuana ad campaign
An agreement Health Canada was proposing this summer to obtain involvement of the country’s three national physician groups in a politically-charged youth campaign about marijuana included a clause that gave the medical associations ‘full control’ over the content of the advertising campaign, Health Canada says.

Harper suspended Commons committee reviews of Gascon’s Supreme Court appointment in June: House documents

Harper suspended Commons committee reviews of Gascon’s Supreme Court appointment in June: House documents
Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended special Commons committee reviews in June of his nominations to the Supreme Court of Canada following an unprecedented public dispute in May over Conservative allegations that Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin had attempted to lobby against a 2013 appointment by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting

Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting
Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style rally at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Monday to launch his government’s fall season of Parliament as though it really were a prelude to the 2015 federal election—with hints the government is set to pass legislation that could eliminate the last remaining chance of parole in homicides where a lifetime prison sentence is imposed.

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts
A system of mandatory voting now being crowd-tested by the Liberal Party would either erode or eliminate a strategic advantage the Conservative Party held over the past two federal elections through the disproportionate weight of its loyal base, U.S.-style campaign tactics, and negative attack ads, experts say.

NDP, House prepare for Federal Court fight over secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, $1-million free mailings

NDP, House prepare for Federal Court fight over secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, $1-million free mailings
Lawyers for the NDP and the House of Commons are squaring off for a Federal Court battle over whether the court has the power to order a secretive board that governs the Commons to disclose confidential files for a ruling that the NDP violated House bylaws with more than $1-million worth of free mailings.

Liberals on offensive over support to legalize marijuana

Liberals on offensive over support to legalize marijuana
The Liberal Party blitzed an email to thousands of party supporters and members last Friday, arguing the Conservative position in favor of maintaining criminal laws prohibiting marijuana possession will only prop up a regime that has failed to keep teenagers from using cannabis, while evidence in the U.S. over the past year shows legalization works.

Canada’s ‘one-sided’ position on Mideast conflict could undermine its international influence

Canada’s ‘one-sided’ position on Mideast conflict could undermine its international influence
If the federal government believes terrorism is the biggest security threat in the coming years, taking extreme positions won’t help, says Paul Heinbecker.

Trudeau has ‘good shot’ at being Prime Minister Harper’s main challenger in next election, says Nanos

Trudeau has ‘good shot’ at being Prime Minister Harper’s main challenger in next election, says Nanos
The surge of Liberal Party support in four federal byelections on Monday includes signs of a dramatic recovery from an unprecedented 2011 plunge.

Opposition MPs slam Conservatives’ lack of good governance, say legislative process ‘dysfunctional’

Opposition MPs slam Conservatives’ lack of good governance, say legislative process ‘dysfunctional’
The government used time allocation to limit debate 17 times during the 19-day marathon of Commons sittings to midnight from the last week in May through most of June, as Conservative MPs passed or pushed forward a flood of bills before Parliament’s summer recess nearly two weeks ago.

PEOPLE

Dairy Farmers looking for new top lobbyist as sector faces challenges

Dairy Farmers looking for new top lobbyist as sector faces challenges
Executive director Richard Doyle is known across party lines as one of the most influential lobbyists, but his time on Parliament Hill is coming to an end this month.

'Blowing the whistle on the government is, for many people, like blowing their brains out': Joanna Gualtieri

'Blowing the whistle on the government is, for many people, like blowing their brains out': Joanna Gualtieri
Whistleblower and advocate Joanna Gualtieri says her ethics and upbringing wouldn’t allow her to ignore wasteful practices at Foreign Affairs in the 1990s.

LEGISLATION

House goes to bitter end of adversarial sitting, adjourns

House goes to bitter end of adversarial sitting, adjourns
Government claims legislative victory while opposition bemoans passage of a raft of ‘sketchy’ legislation.

LOBBYING

International PR firm Edelman acquires Devon Group, expands national public affairs practice in Canada

Edelman says it has acquired the Devon Group, an expansion that will help Edelman build a national public affairs offering, particularly in government relations, digital public affairs and digital campaigns.


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Parliament Buildings' multi-billion-dollar renovation and construction: in photographs, by Liban Mohamed Sept. 23, 2014

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Third year civil engineering student, Liban Mohamed, a co-op student with Public Works this summer, tweeted this photo from the West Block. This is the excavation work to construct the West Block's portion of the new underground Visitors' Welcome Centre.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Workers loading a fixture onto a construction elevator destined to top a chimney on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

The secret staircase inside the Mackenzie Tower is named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister. Mackenzie, whose office was in West Block, was apparently leery of lobbyists and used the secret staircase as an escape route.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Copper roofing and metal vents near the top of the West Block's Mackenzie Tower, named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister and first Liberal prime minister. Mackenzie, who was in office from 1873 to 1878, had his office in West Block. The Mackenzie Tower, the building's tallest tower, also to be completely dismantled and rebuilt as part of the restoration work.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Small copper-rimmed windows set to be installed on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower. The West Block is one of four Parliament Buildings under construction as part of the Public Works' multi-billion-dollar rehabilitation project. It's expected to cost $2.64-billion by 2018. West Block's renovation is expected to cost $863-million and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A worker wearing rubber gloves for protection is pictured cleaning West Block masonry with a toothbrush.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A rooftop view of the West Block's courtyard, which is currently being excavated for construction of the $115-million glass-domed infill that will be the temporary home to the House Chamber beginning in 2018.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE