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Section of Canadian Human Rights Act excludes aboriginals

Tory Sen. Kinsella is tabling legislation to repeal section 67 of Canadian Human Rights Act.


  
Conservatives threaten to defeat Liberals even if it means a cold Christmas federal election

Conservatives aren't ruling out defeating the government late next month, in the seemingly never-ending game of political chicken on Parliament Hill.


  
Federal government 'dragging its feet' on electoral reform: NDP MP Ed Broadbent

The government says it can't meet the House's deadline to bring in major reforms to Canada's electoral system. And the government snuck its response in through the Commons Clerk's Office, not through the House of Commons.


  
Tories say Liberals have no respect for Parliament

If the Prime Minister has so much regard for MPs, then why did he and his government push all opposition days off to mid-November: Conservatives


  
Senate shuts down, has nothing to do

The Senate shut down last week and won't be back until Oct. 18 because it has no bills to scrutinize.


  
Commons legislative agenda to be dominated by election call

The House is back, but the upcoming session won't have anything to do with legislative issues. It's all about the election.


  
DFAIT split is Prime Minister's prerogative: International Trade

An 'eminent persons panel' will now wade into the controversial fray on splitting up Foreign Affairs and International Trade.


  
Conservatives expect another poisonous House session

The Conservatives say the government hasn't consulted with any of the parties since last June on the 'skimpy' House agenda, but the Government House Leader's Office says it's still working on the legislative game plan.


  
MPs want CBC's Rabinovitch to give 'full accounting'

The House's Heritage Committee is gearing up to call the CBC's president to account for the costs of the lockout of the Crown corporation's 5,500 employees.


  
Support for asbestos makes Canada an 'international pariah'

Tory MP Chuck Strahl's stunning announcement that he has cancer should be a wakeup call for the government to support a global ban on asbestos, says NDP's Pat Martin.


  
'No ambiguity' in government's accountability system: TB

Treasury Board rejects misconceptions about the loopholes in the government's accountability system guiding the relations between ministers and deputy ministers.


  
MPs to debate ban on floor crossing

Two backbench MPs are poised to trigger emotional debates on crossing the floor this fall with separate private member's bills that would ban the controversial practice.


  
Pat Martin wants to change party policy on abolishing Senate

NDP MP Pat Martin wants to change his party's long-standing position to abolish the Senate, and is also calling for a new round of constitutional talks on Senate reform, western alienation, and Quebec separatism.


  
Bank merger issue immobilizing government to move: NDP

Finance Minister Ralph Goodale's July 21 letter to opposition party finance critics seeking their views on bank mergers is stirring up some controversy, again.


  
Tories promise to fight same-sex marriage law in election

The Conservatives say they won't drop the divisive same-sex issue this fall and promise to try to repeal it if they form the next government.


  
C-48 is an 'abomination': PC Sen Lowell Murray

The Senate National Finance Committee reported the controversial bill back to the Senate without amendments, but not before hearing from several witnesses who slammed the two-page bill for violating the government's normal budgetary process.


  
Senators rubber stamp child porn bill

'It's a bill that doesn't convince us that it will satisfy the objective for which it has been tabled': Liberal Sen. Serge Joyal


  
MPs celebrate whistleblower bill in House

'I really believe it's the most important piece of legislation that has come through from the government in this session': Tory MP Leon Benoit


  
Grit MPs reluctantly return to the Hill

Bitter, fatigued and confused is how some Grit backbenchers describe the way they feel about the way Paul Martin has been governing in the dying days of this session.


  
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Thursday, September 3, 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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