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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 session a productive one, but more public policy debate needed

Ned Franks says he's surprised by how little Parliament has discussed important public policy issues, like the environment.


  
Raucous House should shut down early, says expert

But Conservatives say they're proceeding with 'successful' agenda.


  
Aboriginals issues hot in House, as bills pass Commons

Quebec Liberal Senator Aurélien Gill has introduced a private member's bill to establish an aboriginal people's assembly within Parliament.


  
Senator urges Prime Minister Harper to fill increasing Senate vacancies

Currently, there are 14 Senate vacancies, but there will be 30 vacancies by the end of 2009.


  
Only courts can decide on Tories' 'in-and-out' campaign financing scheme

Elections Canada says other parties were not questioned because parties made 'non-monetary' transfers.


  
PM Harper stalls, Governor General Jean should appoint Senators, says Grit

There could be at least 30 vacancies by the end of 2009, a 'grave' situation as Canadians would be underrepresented and hopes to address it in Bill S-224, says Grit N.S. Senator Wilfred Moore.


  
Conservatives confusing public on 'in and out' financing says Prof. MacIvor

It's the content of Tory Party's ads in question


  
Prime Minister's Senators Selection Bill C-20 'a joke,' claims NDP MP Charlie Angus

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says bill could confuse voters.


  
House Affairs Committee gripped by political difficulties

Whips met last week to talk about cooperation in this particularly testy minority Parliament but show no results.


  
Most 'dyfunctional Parliament' since Pearson's minority governments, says Franks

Leading Parliamentary expert Ned Franks says this Parliament is one of the worst he's ever seen.


  
Chief Government Whip Hill says Tories preventing 'tyranny of the majority'

But House Speaker Peter Milliken calls it a 'crisis' in House of Commons committees on the Hill.


  
Parliament's 'toxically political,' MPs say Tories filibustering committees

Bills are at a standstill at House committees.


  
Tories to Liberals: you can't handle the truth on 'in and out' spending controversy

Conservatives say no to progress on 'in and out' investigation so long as Liberal books closed, too.


  
PM 'has every right' to ask GG to dissolve Parliament on anti-crime bill: Tory Senator

If the omnibus crime Bill C-2 is not passed by March 1, Prime Minister Stephen Harper could head over to the GG's.


  
Conservatives have blocked ´in and out´ probe since August 2007

Liberals push for probe into Conservatives, but Tories criticize Grits for attempting to get around new election financing rules


  
Tories stall ´in and out´ probe, say others ´have something to hide´

Liberals suggest Conservatives want to delay ´in and out´ election spending probe until after another election.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, January 30, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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