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Feds could try to bring one ethics regime to House, Senate, according to RCMP affidavit

  
Chong’s bill expected to get ‘rough ride’ at House Affairs Committee

Conservative MP Michael Chong’s bill to empower MPs could be gutted at committee.


  
Opposition MPs say feds’ anti-cyberbullying bill ‘ghost of Vic Toews’ e-snooping bill’

But Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the opposition parties’ claims are ‘misleading’ and the reforms are necessary.


  
Still no election reform robocalls bill, 14 months past House deadline

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has said the bill needs to be implemented by the spring of 2014 in time for next election.


  
Tories trying to prevent other safe injection sites from being opened across Canada, say NDP, Libs

Supreme Court said the feds must keep a safe injection site in Vancouver open, but opposition parties say the Tories are now trying to prevent any other safe injection sites from opening anywhere.


  
Five provinces line up to reject federal proposals to change or abolish Senate

The request for a Supreme Court opinion on the government’s reform or abolition possibilities would not be binding, but without the court’s support it would be politically impossible for PM Stephen Harper to renew legislative efforts to introduce consultative elections to select candidates for appointment to the Senate and to limit Senate terms without majority provincial approval.


  
Feds bring down legislative hammer on massive budget implementation bill

But Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the Conservatives are allowing for more debate, not less.


  
House committee chairs should be elected by all MPs, Tory MP Trost says

Meanwhile, Parliamentary democracy is ‘sick,’ ‘tattered’ and needs help, say opposition MPs.


  
Feds dragging feet on election fraud legislation, still no sign of bill

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre has no comment on Elections Canada’s new high-powered advisory board to clean up elections.


  
Conservatives vow to look at reforming, scrapping closed-door Commons Board of Internal Economy

The House Affairs Committee met last Sunday on the Hill to reaffirm its commitment to modernize or scrap secretive Commons management board.


  
MPs sit for fifth week in a row until midnight, House to adjourn this week

House passes Omnibus Budget Bill, Yale Fist Nation Final Agreement, Matrimonial Real Property Rights Bill, and Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Lands Bill in one week.


  
House of Commons to sit until midnight for next four weeks, Tories say NDP forced them

The government would need unanimous consent to adjourn the House early and the NDP says it won’t give its consent.


  
Opposition MPs say new House Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women lacks direction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he skeptical of inquiries ‘run way over time, way over budget, recommendations prove to be of limited utility.’


  
Critics warn First Nations Matrimonial Property Rights bill ‘deeply flawed’

Opposition MPs say the government bill doesn’t take into account the resources necessary to support Bill S-2’s implementation.


  
Tory MP Clarke’s private member’s bill to repeal sections of Indian Act could have unintended consequences, say critics

Under An Act to Amend Indian Act (Publication of Bylaws), bylaws, wills, and estates will no longer need approval from the Aboriginal Affairs minister, but the Canadian Bar Association says Sec. 7 of the bill will likely result in ‘many harsh, unintended consequences’ for First Nations peoples.


  
Flaherty’s slimmed-down budget bill ‘less omnibusive,’ say opposition MPs

But Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she expects the government will table a second budget implementation bill in the fall.


  
Budget bill gives Harper Cabinet new powers over CBC

The federal government’s latest budget bill would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for other salaries and working conditions at the CBC and three other cultural or scientific Crown corporations.


  
PM says Federal Court ruling on PBO was ‘against partisan action of former budget officer,’ but current PBO picks up Page’s battle

Federal Court Justice Sean Harrington strongly upheld right of PBO to take the government to court if it refuses to release requested information.


  
Opposition MPs say feds must table robocalls legislation ‘well before’ next election

The government retreated from tabling legislation to stop dirty robocalls in elections, but says it will take the time necessary to get it right.


  
Transport Committee reports Rail Transport Bill back to House, stakeholders unhappy with changes

‘It’s fair to say that neither side is totally happy with the bill,’ says Conservative MP Larry Miller.


  

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Monday, March 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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