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Senate claims Parliamentary privilege on secret 2013 internal audit at Duffy trial

Senate claims Parliamentary privilege on secret 2013 internal audit at Duffy trial

Suspended Senator Mike Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne mentioned the secret internal audit—which is not a public document because the government did not table it in the Senate—rocked the ranks of news media covering the trial Monday and led to off-the-record background comments from Mr. Bayne and Crown prosecutor Mark Holmes.



POLITICS

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.

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.

PEOPLE

Sights and sounds from inside the 2015 media budget lock-up in Ottawa

Sights and sounds from inside the 2015 media budget lock-up in Ottawa
The Hill Times asks lobbyists, reporters, researchers and stakeholders what they were looking for in the 2015 federal budget.

Construction unearths Parliament Hill’s past

Construction unearths Parliament Hill’s past
A majority of the 15,000 artifacts uncovered during Hill construction are believed to be from the 1830s and onwards.

LEGISLATION

Senate pre-study of Bill C-51 cuts through spin with fresh witnesses

With a few exceptions, the National Security and Defence Committee is hearing from key voices that didn’t get a chance to testify before the House during its rushed study.

New poll shows Canadians support making anthem gender neutral

New poll shows Canadians support making anthem gender neutral
Fifty-eight per cent of Canadians strongly or somewhat approve of changing the Canadian national anthem's lyrics from 'in all thy sons command' to 'in all of us command,' according to a new poll.

LOBBYING

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bottoms up at Hy's post-budget soirée April 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

RX&D Lobbyist Sarah Douglas and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello and Bea Vongdouangchanh.

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