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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.



POLITICS

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.

Conservative Party warns supporters in fundraising pitch of expected attack ads against Harper ahead of 2015 election

Conservative Party warns supporters in fundraising pitch of expected attack ads against Harper ahead of 2015 election
The Conservative Party is warning its members and supporters of a barrage of attacks targeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his governing party in advance of the 2015 federal election.

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.

Tanker liability bill not enough to satisfy critics

Tanker liability bill not enough to satisfy critics
Safeguarding Seas Bill could be part of resource agenda push.

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
Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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