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Conservative Party paid for Laureen Harper fundraising appearances in Nova Scotia

Conservative Party paid for Laureen Harper fundraising appearances in Nova Scotia

It appears that the Harpers have adopted some aspects of the American model for electioneering, more than five months before the expected Oct. 19 election, says Liberal candidate Bill Casey.



POLITICS

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.

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.

PEOPLE

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.

Feds 'missing great chance' to tackle climate change: Mitchell

Feds 'missing great chance' to tackle climate change: Mitchell
'We know this is an issue. You can’t see the president of the United States and the Pope talking about this in such vehement terms and not think there’s something we should do,' says Sea Sick author Alanna Mitchell.

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

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
Sunday, May 24, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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