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40 per cent of Canadians want a reformed Senate, 31 per cent want it abolished: Forum Research poll

'While the appetite for Senate reform is not overwhelming, it exceeds the interest in abolition, so we may have the Red Chamber to kick around for a while longer,' Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff told The Hill Times.


  
Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor

'Our government believes that the Senate must change in order to reach its full potential as a democratic institution serving Canadians,' says Democratic Reform Minister of State Tim Uppal.


  
Aboriginal issues, economy, Mali, F-35s to capture House attention

The feds are expected to clear the legislative deck for the next budget.


  
Long-gun firearms sales 'open to abuse,' says Ontario's Chief Firearms Officer

'We had a really good system beforehand, a means of checking that unlicensed persons or criminals weren’t legally acquiring firearms. Now we have something close to what they have in the States,' says Chris Wyatt.


  
House Speaker urges MPs to come back to a more cooperative Commons

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, who caused recent House dust-up, says Tories ‘got a lot of work done.’


  
First Nations vow to rise up against feds’ lack of consultation on budget bill

First Nations say this is just the beginning and are organizing across the country to make their voices heard.


  
MPs go into ‘10K run’ on House votes this week

House to vote on 47 grouped votes on Bill C-45, Second Budget Implementation Bill, it’s expected to take eight to 10 hours.


  
Feds open to amending Political Loan Accountability Act, Elections Canada calls bill ‘flawed’

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says Bill C-21 is ‘an overly complex regime that will be very difficult to apply for political entities and their supporters.’


  
MPs get only a few hours to review massive omnibus budget implementation bill, call it a ‘farce’

House committees will have to report back amendments by Nov. 20.


  
Privacy commissioner concerned about feds’ First Nations Accountability Bill

Jennifer Stoddart says Bill C-27 privacy issue is not lawfulness, but one of principle.


  
Canadian majority opposes omnibus legislation: Forum Research poll

The Forum Research poll, conducted last weekend after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled a second massive budget implementation bill, found 64 per cent of respondents opposed bundling several unrelated bills into one, which also failed to get support from a majority who ranked the Conservative Party as their current voter preference.


  
Opposition MPs claim partial victory in forcing federal government to back down on omnibus budget implementation bill

Second massive omnibus bill to be studied in 11 House committees, but NDP and Grits doubt they’ll be allowed to amend bill.


  
A ‘sleeper’ in Senate, food safety bill expected to heat up in Commons

Bill S-11, Food Safety Act, is considered hugely important for the food industry, especially since there was the largest beef recall last month in Canadian history.


  
Feds say Bill C-27 will bring accountability to First Nations, but critics call it paternalistic, redundant

  
House moves on restricting political loans bill, Liberals resisted legislation for last year

Bill will further tighten rules on political loans and calls for more transparency, but opposition parties want PM to release his own 2004 leadership contributors’ list.


  
MPs concerned about ensuring ‘communities of interest’ in redrawing riding boundaries

Ridings can vary 25 per cent below or above the average population. Incumbent MPs are making their cases.


  
House as ‘boisterous as when we left it’: MPs

MPs returned last week to Ottawa after a nearly three-month break. But their political, partisan games continue, on both sides of the House.


  
Conservatives say second budget bill a priority, MPs say there could be another House showdown

MPs say economy, energy, foreign policy, immigration, robocalls, crime, and F-35s to be top issues in House.


  
Tories will pay political price if another omnibus budget bill introduced this fall, say opposition parties

  
House rules should be changed to prevent 'frivolous' report stage amendments, says former House leader

Restricting amendments at report stage undemocratic, rubber stamp for committees: May


  

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Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
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Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
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Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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William Stairs.
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Former prime minister Joe Clark.
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Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
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Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
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The crowd.
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
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Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
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Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
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Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
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Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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