Saturday, April 25, 2015
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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 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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, April 25, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Dean Allison.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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