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Government pushes crucial confidence vote back, Liberals talk up election

The House confidence vote will likely take place between June 16-18, says Government House Leader Jay Hill.

Conservatives still don't have draft regulations for environment plan three years later

The Tories have been in power for more than three years, and still don't have a plan.

Oil and gas industry looking for clear leadership on carbon emissions

And commissioner of environment Scott Vaughan to release first audit of climate change plans under Kyoto Implementation Act.

Conservatives push for referendum on Senate

Conservative Senator Hugh Segal says let the people decide, put 'legitimacy' question to rest.

Government moves ahead on gun control, crime and justice agenda

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police calls Bill C-301 'retrogressive' and won't benefit safety, security of Canadians.

Conservatives say economy is No. 1 issue, but opposition MPs say Tories will try to 'change the channel'

Liberals says Question Period questions will be all about the economy.

Carbon capture and storage 'being oversold as a panacea'

But critics and experts say there are geological risks, it's a waste of taxpayers' money and the 'economics are deadly.'

MPs push on $3-billion transparency

Government creates a new committee of deputy ministers to track progress of budget's extraordinary spending.

Budget is passed, Senate continues to study it

Four separate Senate committees will scrutinize Flaherty's massive budget and will report back by June 11.

Senate won't rubber stamp $258.6-billion budget, say Liberals

Conservatives call it 'political bluster,' and hope Grits will pass key budget bill 'as quickly as possible.'

Parliament to pass budget at 'lightning speed': MPs

House Finance Committee will get only two days to study budget spending.

No way to know if Canada's $1.5-billion ecoTrust is effective

But Environment Minister Jim Prentice says the federal government will 'learn from what has been said.'

Federal government to 'aggressively' implement spending measures

Feds say economy must be stimulated within the next 120 days to be most effective.

'Unprecedented,' 'historic' interest in Flaherty's federal budget, say Conservatives

Expect Tories' campaign promises on the agenda and bills that died on the Order Paper from 39th Parliament.

Prorogation now grinds government's legislative agenda to a halt

PM appealing to 'mob rule,' says Ned Franks.

Get ready for 'the Harper and Flaherty show' in critical fall Parliament session

Economic priorities mean this session of Parliament will be important, say players and analysts.

Some bills to be revived in 40th Parliament

Queen's University professor Franks says about 80 per cent of bills introduced in House would have been introduced by either party, mostly 'housekeeping' bills.

PM's democratic reform agenda mostly stuck at second reading in Commons

Most bills still have significant hurdles and Commons committees to get through House yet.

Conservative Senator suggests a new Senate, 'a true House of Provinces'

Alberta Tory Senator Bert Brown calls it the 'Elton Override,' so Senate wouldn't overpower House, but Liberals say it would create impasse.

Tories can't get late-night sittings, opposition parties don't like their 'cavalier' ways

Expert says 'poisonous' environment exhausting for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Grit Leader Stéphane Dion.

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Twitter

On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.


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