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POLITICS

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.

High number of advance voters in Trinity-Spadina reflects tight race, voter interest

High number of advance voters in Trinity-Spadina reflects tight race, voter interest
A byelection battle in the downtown federal electoral district of Trinity-Spadina has become a pitched battle between Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan and New Democrat Joe Cressy, dramatic evidence from the turnout for advance voting indicates.

Political parties can spend up to $336,996 on byelections

The main national political parties will each be able to spend up to $336,996 to help their candidates in the four federal byelections scheduled for next Monday, June 30—either in all four electoral districts where votes are taking place or two of the ridings or even just one.

Conservative MP Vellacott digs up old Pierre Trudeau quote to oppose Justin Trudeau’s political stance on abortion today

Conservative MP Vellacott digs up old Pierre Trudeau quote to oppose Justin Trudeau’s political stance on abortion today
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott has distributed a 1972 statement on abortion by Pierre Trudeau in an attempt to argue the late former prime minister would oppose the political position of his son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who is requiring all Liberal election candidates and re-elected MPs to support a woman’s right to choose in any future Commons vote on abortion law.

NDP accuses government of ‘ugly, secretive, partisan’ in-camera trial ordering party to pay back $1.17-million

NDP accuses government of ‘ugly, secretive, partisan’ in-camera trial ordering party to pay back $1.17-million
The final days of Commons sittings erupted Tuesday into heated exchanges between NDP and Conservative MPs, as the New Democrats accused the government of using an “ugly, secretive, partisan” trial behind closed doors to taint the NDP with a ruling that it violated House bylaws with political mailings that cost $1.17-million in ineligible House postage costs and free Canada Post franking privileges.

NDP MPs' salaries could be garnished if Commons Board of Internal Economy finds New Democrats broke Commons rules: Conservative MP

NDP MPs' salaries could be garnished if Commons Board of Internal Economy finds New Democrats broke Commons rules: Conservative MP
Conservative MPs, who claim the NDP is on the hook to repay the House of Commons up to $3-million for a satellite caucus office the New Democrats established in Montreal in 2011 and nearly two million flyers individual NDP MPs mass-mailed to other electoral districts, believe the money may be garnisheed from New Democrat MPs' salaries if a House governing board rules the spending broke Commons regulations.

NDP MP says Tories, Libs going after NDP mailings to influence Ontario election, Grit calls claim ‘absolute paranoid fantasy’

NDP MP says Tories, Libs going after NDP mailings to influence Ontario election, Grit calls claim ‘absolute paranoid fantasy’
An escalating Conservative and Liberal attack against the NDP, over allegations the NDP broke Commons rules with politically-charged mailings to voters and the establishment of an NDP office in Montreal staffed by aides on the Commons payroll in Ottawa, is an attempt to tarnish the party’s wider image as the Ontario provincial election looms, NDP MP Pat Martin says.

PEOPLE

'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.

Look who’s swimming, running, walking together in Ottawa

Look who’s swimming, running, walking together in Ottawa
Since 2009, a group of MPs led by Conservative MP John Weston, has been meeting to promote physical fitness. They’ve become friends along the way.

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.

Lobbyists looking to give back with new pro bono advocacy organization

Lobbyists looking to give back with new pro bono advocacy organization
A group of young Ottawa lobbyists is launching a pro bono service offering their unique skills on a volunteer basis to organizations that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, July 28, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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