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MPs receive 2.3 per cent pay raise

Under an automatic yearly hike pegged on an average from private-sector contract settlements, MP base salaries will jump nearly $4,000 to $167,400.



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.

NDP resumes Federal Court fight after BOIE orders NDP MPs to pay back $2.75-million

NDP resumes Federal Court fight after BOIE orders NDP MPs to pay back $2.75-million
The NDP is resuming a suspended Federal Court case over allegations its MPs violated House of Commons rules by placing staff on the Parliamentary payroll in satellite offices outside Ottawa, after the powerful internal Commons Board of Internal Economy unexpectedly broke the court truce with a published statement on Feb. 3 saying it is directing the MPs to personally reimburse a total of $2.7-million.

PEOPLE

Progressives can change political landscape, says Broadbent

Progressives can  change political landscape, says Broadbent
Ed Broadbent talks about winning conditions for the NDP in the next federal election.

Harper appoints Communications Security Establishment chief Forster new DND deputy minister

Greta Bossenmaier will take over for John Forster at CSE on Feb. 9.

43 people to watch in this winter Commons session: a rundown of top political players

43 people to watch  in this winter Commons session: a rundown of top political players
The overarching focus of each party will be electoral posturing. Everything that happens in Parliament will be about further defining party identity.

LEGISLATION

Rathgeber hopes to force the government’s hand by introducing balanced-budget legislation

Rathgeber hopes to force the government’s hand by introducing balanced-budget legislation
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber will also table private member's bills on CSEC, the size of cabinet, and recall legislation.

Anti-Terrorism Act House committee hearings a ‘sham,’ say opposition MPs

Anti-Terrorism Act House committee hearings a ‘sham,’ say opposition MPs
Tories rushing Bill C-51 and opposition MPs say it’s difficult to explore the massive bill in-depth.

Conservatives 'beating drum' on terrorism, says civil liberties lawyer

Conservatives 'beating drum' on terrorism, says civil liberties lawyer
The Finance committee, which normally might be tasked with work on economic or government fiscal issues in advance of a budget expected by late April, will instead turn its sights on terrorism soon after Parliament resumes next Monday.

LOBBYING

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, March 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 2 panels March 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd, Working Families Party co-chair Bob Master, CCPA-Ontario economist Kaylie Tiessen and Canadian Labour Congress political action director Nathan Rotman on a panel discussing "why unions can lead the progressive fight."

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Working Families party co-chair Bob Master

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Brian Topp and David Akin

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The packed room at the "Fighting the Frame: How Progressives Can Win Back the Debate" panel discussion.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Summa Strategies' Tim Powers.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Tasha Kheiriddin and Tim Powers.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

David Akin and Anna Greenberg.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The NDP's Rebecca Blaikie and Anne McGrath.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian spoke about feminism 3.0 and online harassment.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
Indigenous rights activist and instructor at University of Winnipeg Leah Gazan
The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
Quebec activist Dalila Awada

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