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Feds bring down legislative hammer on massive budget implementation bill

But Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the Conservatives are allowing for more debate, not less.


  
House committee chairs should be elected by all MPs, Tory MP Trost says

Meanwhile, Parliamentary democracy is ‘sick,’ ‘tattered’ and needs help, say opposition MPs.


  
Feds dragging feet on election fraud legislation, still no sign of bill

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre has no comment on Elections Canada’s new high-powered advisory board to clean up elections.


  
Conservatives vow to look at reforming, scrapping closed-door Commons Board of Internal Economy

The House Affairs Committee met last Sunday on the Hill to reaffirm its commitment to modernize or scrap secretive Commons management board.


  
MPs sit for fifth week in a row until midnight, House to adjourn this week

House passes Omnibus Budget Bill, Yale Fist Nation Final Agreement, Matrimonial Real Property Rights Bill, and Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Lands Bill in one week.


  
House of Commons to sit until midnight for next four weeks, Tories say NDP forced them

The government would need unanimous consent to adjourn the House early and the NDP says it won’t give its consent.


  
Opposition MPs say new House Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women lacks direction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he skeptical of inquiries ‘run way over time, way over budget, recommendations prove to be of limited utility.’


  
Critics warn First Nations Matrimonial Property Rights bill ‘deeply flawed’

Opposition MPs say the government bill doesn’t take into account the resources necessary to support Bill S-2’s implementation.


  
Tory MP Clarke’s private member’s bill to repeal sections of Indian Act could have unintended consequences, say critics

Under An Act to Amend Indian Act (Publication of Bylaws), bylaws, wills, and estates will no longer need approval from the Aboriginal Affairs minister, but the Canadian Bar Association says Sec. 7 of the bill will likely result in ‘many harsh, unintended consequences’ for First Nations peoples.


  
Flaherty’s slimmed-down budget bill ‘less omnibusive,’ say opposition MPs

But Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she expects the government will table a second budget implementation bill in the fall.


  
Budget bill gives Harper Cabinet new powers over CBC

The federal government’s latest budget bill would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for other salaries and working conditions at the CBC and three other cultural or scientific Crown corporations.


  
PM says Federal Court ruling on PBO was ‘against partisan action of former budget officer,’ but current PBO picks up Page’s battle

Federal Court Justice Sean Harrington strongly upheld right of PBO to take the government to court if it refuses to release requested information.


  
Opposition MPs say feds must table robocalls legislation ‘well before’ next election

The government retreated from tabling legislation to stop dirty robocalls in elections, but says it will take the time necessary to get it right.


  
Transport Committee reports Rail Transport Bill back to House, stakeholders unhappy with changes

‘It’s fair to say that neither side is totally happy with the bill,’ says Conservative MP Larry Miller.


  
Economy, energy, First Nations, robocalls, Labrador byelection expected to dominate House

The government will be focused on passing the budget and on its $282.6-billion spending plans for the fiscal year.


  
Federal Court could take another six months to decide on PBO

Interim PBO, Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux, says she will wait for Federal Court decision, ‘before deciding whether any further action is required.’


  
First Nations Transparency Act passes, opposition critics call it ‘paternalistic’

But Grit MP Carolyn Bennett says she thinks Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is making an effort to reset First Nations-Crown relationship.


  
Opposition MPs concerned House committee probe into missing, murdered aboriginal women could be too politicized

NWAC says 600 aboriginal girls and women have been murdered or have gone missing since the 1960s.


  
PM should sanction MPs who break Conflict Act, says ethics expert

Monetary fines trivialize the Conflict of Interest Act, Greg Levine tells House committee conducting five-year statutory review.


  
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Tuesday, September 1, 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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