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POLITICS

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.

Work to address Hill harassment continues, MPs still in limbo

Work to address Hill harassment continues, MPs still in limbo
‘We’re sort of in a waiting mode,’ says suspended Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti.

Feds could table budget early April then use two-week recess to avoid questions in House, say opposition MPs

Feds could table budget early April then use two-week recess to avoid questions in House, say opposition MPs
Opposition MPs say the House schedule means the government could deliver a budget on April 1 or April 2, then use the two weeks off to sell it across the country without a House forum for opposition criticism and questions.

Plunge in world oil prices means $4.9-billion surplus Conservatives promised for 2015 election year has 'eroded to nothing,' say economists

Plunge in world oil prices means $4.9-billion surplus Conservatives promised for 2015 election year has 'eroded to nothing,' say economists
'Every knowledgeable person I've spoken to believes, and history tells us, that prices will eventually move well above current levels,' Finance Minister Joe Oliver told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

NDP in 'much stronger position' now than 10 months before last election, says Mulcair

NDP in 'much stronger position' now than 10 months before last election, says Mulcair
Meanwhile, former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page criticizes Conservative goverment's fiscal record, says feds not good fiscal managers and 'secrecy new normal,' at NDP strategy session Friday.

NDP MPs say they're looking to form next government, despite polls showing them in third place

NDP MPs say they're looking to form next government, despite polls showing them in third place
'I think we keep our eye firmly on the target, which is one Stephen Harper,' Victoria MP Murray Rankin told The Hill Times in an interview. 'I think the people of Canada will understand that we are the better alternative; it’s keeping our eye on that ball that’s keeping us busy today. We’re looking straight ahead.'

Parties to lose per-vote subsidy permanently April 1, Liberals now support elimination

Parties to lose per-vote subsidy permanently April 1, Liberals now support elimination
But NDP MP Pat Martin says, 'Public financing of political parties is far more fair and equitable than the frantic frenzy of begging and groveling they’ve been reduced to today.'

Liberals raise $5.2-million in fourth quarter of 2014

Liberals raise $5.2-million in fourth quarter of 2014
The last three months has been the Liberal Party's best fourth quarter since 2006 when corporate and union donations were still legal.

PM Harper keeps Fantino in Cabinet because Tories can't afford to lose seats in GTA, say critics

PM Harper keeps Fantino in Cabinet because Tories can't afford to lose seats in GTA, say critics
In mini shuffle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints Erin O'Toole as new Veterans Affairs minister and demotes Julian Fantino to associate minister of National Defence.

Too soon to judge how ‘stunning’ NDP MP Thibeault defection to provincial Liberals will play out

Too soon to judge how ‘stunning’ NDP MP Thibeault defection to provincial Liberals will play out
In a stunning move, NDP MP Glenn Thibeault quit the federal caucus and announced he was joining Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s party. Political observers say it’s too early to read too much into it, but say NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s biggest challenge is to convince his caucus he can win the next election.

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

Families earning more than $233,000 will gain most from Conservatives' income splitting plan, says new report

Families earning more than $233,000 will gain most from Conservatives' income splitting plan, says new report
'For low-income families with children, the probability of making even $1 is very low with only one in 10 getting that much,' says CCPA report.

LOBBYING

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, February 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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