Thursday, March 5, 2015
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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.

Opposition MPs ´still concerned´ about nuclear safety risks in Upper Ottawa Valley

Natural Resources reports 300 earthquakes in Ottawa-Gatineau since 1980

Afghanistan and economy to be top issues in House of Commons

A downturn in the economy not a good time for incumbent government to go to polls, say political watchers

Ethics Committee steps up probe deadline into Mulroney-Schreiber

On The Take author Stevie Cameron withdrawn as a witness, NDP MP Pat Martin concerned testimony would damage her 'journalistic integrity.'

House Ethics Committee to grill Doucet, MacKay, Pelossi, Rock and more

Commons committee looking into Mulroney-Schreiber Affair expects to finish its job by the end of February.

Copyright Act could affect Conservative fortunes in urban areas, says Geist

Industry Minister Jim Prentice calls Copyright Act 'fascinating'

Mulroney's dealings with Schreiber? $225,000 and 'a serious error in judgment.' Being the clerk of Mulroney-Schreiber committee? Priceless

Richard Rumas, clerk of House Ethics Committee, a 33-year veteran.

House Ethics Committee hopes to help judicial inquiry with Mulroney-Schreiber terms

Grit MP Paul Szabo defends committee, says it got more in first three hours than the RCMP got in 10 years.'

Conservatives still say Elections Canada unfairly singling out their expenses

Democracy Watch says Elections Canada hasn't looked closely enough at print advertising expenses for other parties

Government's seat increase bill 'flies in face of rep by pop,' says Aucoin

If passed, Bill C-22 would take effect after the 2011 census. House would be boosted to 330 seats after 2012.

Libs, NDP, and Bloc should open up election ad financing books too, say Conservatives

Chief Government Whip Jay Hill says, 'We're not doing anything differently under the rules than any of the other parties.'

Liberals, experts slam idea to hold referendum to abolish Senate

Tory Sen. Hugh Segal, who introduced motion to hold referendum, says he would vote against abolishing Senate in a referendum.


Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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.