Monday, July 6, 2015
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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.

Tories mock 'surplus of ministers' on dem ref file

There's some confusion about who's in charge of democratic and electoral reforms in the Prime Minister's Cabinet. But advocates are hopeful that, out of the confusion, the Martin government will revive its flagging agenda.

House Finance Budget showdown on C-43 and C-48 petering out

The Liberal, NDP and Bloc parties have all signaled a desire to see both budget bills passed before the summer break; only the Tories are making noises about standing in the way, but their enthusiasm is waning fast.

Budget bills showdown to begin on Hill, more drama

As MPs prepare to battle over Paul Martin's two budget bills, NDP's Judy Wasylycia-Leis says the House should order the House Finance Committee to speed bills along if Bloc and Tories use delaying tactics.

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.


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