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POLITICS

Mulcair begins campaign for support as leadership review nears

Mulcair begins campaign for support as leadership review nears
NDP MPs expect final report on election post-mortem at party's convention in Edmonton in April. 'I think people are upset about the election and they want to be heard,' says an NDP MP.

New Democrat donor support plunges by more than $6-million in fourth quarter

New Democrat donor support plunges by more than $6-million in fourth quarter
From a record quarterly high of $9-million in donations in the months leading up to the long campaign and its first two months, the NDP took in only $2.7-million in individual contributions during the last three months of the year.

MPs spend more than $60,000 to travel to Australia on Parliamentary junket

MPs spend more than $60,000 to travel to Australia on Parliamentary junket
Due to the distance and number of time zones between Ottawa and their destinations—Sydney, New South Wales and Hobart, Tasmania—the three MPs spent $45,489.86 on transportation alone.

Liberal Cabinet meeting infused up to $100,000 into New Brunswick town

Liberal Cabinet meeting infused up to $100,000 into New Brunswick town
St. Andrews mayor Stan Choptiany estimated that his New Brunswick town and its business and residents benefitted from at least $80,000 worth of spending by roughly 200 government, media, support staff and others who visited during a Cabinet retreat.

NDP blame failure to sell platform, Trudeaumania for election loss

NDP blame failure to sell platform, Trudeaumania for election loss
'I think the issue in the campaign is that we ran an extremely positive platform, the question is: did we sell it as a progressive platform?' says NDP caucus chair Charlie Angus.

Trudeau holds Cabinet meeting in New Brunswick as reward for electoral victory, looking to future

Trudeau holds Cabinet meeting in New Brunswick as reward for electoral victory, looking to future
Of nine electoral districts the Liberals won with less than 50 per cent of the vote when they swept all 32 ridings in the Atlantic provinces last Oct. 19, six are in New Brunswick, and all of them cluster around historic quaint waterside town near the U.S. border.

Senate reinstates Wallin's pension plan

Senate reinstates Wallin's pension plan
A brief motion to reinstate Senator Pamela Wallin's pension passed unanimously last Dec. 11 with no debate.

The year’s somewhat-less-obvious political winners and losers in Canadian politics

The year’s somewhat-less-obvious political winners and losers in Canadian politics
Craftiest political move goes to the Liberal pledge to never ‘go neg.’

'There’s no such thing as a safe seat anymore,' says UPEI prof

'There’s no such thing as a safe seat anymore,' says UPEI prof
There are 23 MPs in this new 42nd Parliament who won their riding by 50 per cent or more of the vote.

MPs in close ridings can't afford to take win for granted

MPs in close ridings can't afford to take win for granted
'You’ve got to earn it and in this case, you’ve got to demonstrate that you want it more than the next person,' says former Liberal MP Joe Jordan who won his 2000 election by only 55 votes.

PEOPLE

New year, new way to petition Parliament

New year, new way to petition Parliament
Return to the House will see the first ever government responses to e-petitions. Submissions so far include banning Donald Trump from Canada, stopping animal cruelty, and holding a referendum on electoral reform.

Liberal MPs Ratansi, Regan, Paradis, Conservative MP Stanton vying for Speaker

Liberal MPs Ratansi, Regan, Paradis, Conservative MP Stanton vying for Speaker
MPs will elect their next House of Commons Speaker on Thursday.

LEGISLATION

Liberals to open up secretive Commons governing board

Liberals to open up secretive Commons governing board
'I have a responsibility at some point to bring in amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act, for example, around opening up the Board of Internal Economy,' says Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc.

LOBBYING

Lobbyists in uncharted territory with new Liberal government, 59 per cent new MPs

Lobbyists in uncharted territory with new Liberal government, 59 per cent new MPs
Experts at Hill Times Events panel on lobbying share their tips for gaining access in a new political age.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, February 15, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

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Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE



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