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MPs back in town, expect 'unruly and surly' House

Libs to table non-confidence motion on Sept. 30 or Oct. 1, but say the government wants to trigger an election. Tories say Liberals are to blame.


  
Next federal election trigger likely to happen after G20, not before: insiders

If the government's not defeated in the first week, the Libs will have other opportunities this month.


  
Parliamentary session failed to produce significant public policies, say experts

House session marked by 'name-calling, bullying, and mean-spiritedness.'


  
Feds say 80% of $29.4-billion stimulus 'being implemented,' report says 65.2% flowing

While the government says 80 per cent of $29-billion for one year is 'already being implemented,' only 65.2 per cent of the allocated money has actually begun to flow.


  
Tories push law and order bills through House, opposition 'hopping mad'

The Conservatives hope to move as many law and order bills through the legislative process as they possibly can before the House is scheduled to adjourn on June 23.


  
Libs want to limit pre-writ political advertising, Tories call it 'un-Canadian'

Faced with the government's rich campaign advertising machine, the federal Liberals call for some restrictions.


  
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.


  
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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