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Climate change affecting Canada’s northern forests ‘faster than the global average,’ says government report

Climate change affecting Canada’s northern forests ‘faster than the global average,’ says government report

One day after a world conference on climate change in New York City last week that Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to attend, his Cabinet minister for natural resources quietly tabled a report providing detailed background on the effect climate change is wreaking on Canada’s forest, and fingering the oil and gas industry as the only growing source of deforestation in the country.



POLITICS

Climate change affecting Canada’s northern forests ‘faster than the global average,’ says government report

Climate change affecting Canada’s northern forests ‘faster than the global average,’ says government report
One day after a world conference on climate change in New York City last week that Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to attend, his Cabinet minister for natural resources quietly tabled a report providing detailed background on the effect climate change is wreaking on Canada’s forest, and fingering the oil and gas industry as the only growing source of deforestation in the country.

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.

PEOPLE

Every Monday morning, some 300 NDP staffers meet on the Hill

They say the weekly meetings boost the team’s effectiveness and morale.

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.

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
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Chantal Hébert's Morning After book launch at Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa: Sept. 24 Sept. 30, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser, a former Toronto Star Hill journalist, and Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, a former Conservative and Reform Party staffer.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist for The Toronto Star and author of The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was. Ms. Hébert launched her book on Sept. 24 in Ottawa at the Métropolitain Brasserie where plenty of political players turned up from the Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada's former chief electoral officer, and Quebec Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bruce Anderson, a partner at i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising, who hosted the book launch. Mr. Anderson is a panellist on CBC's At Issue along with Ms. Hébert and Andrew Coyne.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kate Purchase, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Quebec Liberal Sen. Dennis Dawson, Jim Patrick of Shaw Communications, and Global TV's Tom Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Bruce Anderson of i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Patrick Kennedy, director of government relations for CF Industries, flips through a copy of Chantal Hébert's book, The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, is the happy new owner of The Morning After.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Chantal Hébert and former Conservative MP Ted Menzies.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Journalist Daniel L'Heureux, Mylène Dupere, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Jean Lapierre, who helped Ms. Hébert write the book. Mr. Lapierre is also a former Bloc Québécois MP who later joined Paul Martin's Liberals and was a federal Cabinet minister. Today, he's a pundit.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Leslie Swartman, director of public affairs at MDA Information Systems, and former Liberal Cabinet minister Jean Lapierre. Ms. Swartman used to work for Mr. Lapierre when he was in the Paul Martin Cabinet.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Anne Marie Creskey, publisher of The Hill Times, and Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Former Conservative MP Ted Menzies and Global TV's Tom Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bruce Anderson and Chantal Hébert.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Michel Liboiron, director of government relations at CIBC, and Postmedia News reporter and columnist Stephen Maher.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE