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40 per cent of Canadians want a reformed Senate, 31 per cent want it abolished: Forum Research poll

'While the appetite for Senate reform is not overwhelming, it exceeds the interest in abolition, so we may have the Red Chamber to kick around for a while longer,' Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff told The Hill Times.


  
Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor

'Our government believes that the Senate must change in order to reach its full potential as a democratic institution serving Canadians,' says Democratic Reform Minister of State Tim Uppal.


  
Aboriginal issues, economy, Mali, F-35s to capture House attention

The feds are expected to clear the legislative deck for the next budget.


  
Long-gun firearms sales 'open to abuse,' says Ontario's Chief Firearms Officer

'We had a really good system beforehand, a means of checking that unlicensed persons or criminals weren’t legally acquiring firearms. Now we have something close to what they have in the States,' says Chris Wyatt.


  
House Speaker urges MPs to come back to a more cooperative Commons

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, who caused recent House dust-up, says Tories ‘got a lot of work done.’


  
First Nations vow to rise up against feds’ lack of consultation on budget bill

First Nations say this is just the beginning and are organizing across the country to make their voices heard.


  
MPs go into ‘10K run’ on House votes this week

House to vote on 47 grouped votes on Bill C-45, Second Budget Implementation Bill, it’s expected to take eight to 10 hours.


  
Feds open to amending Political Loan Accountability Act, Elections Canada calls bill ‘flawed’

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says Bill C-21 is ‘an overly complex regime that will be very difficult to apply for political entities and their supporters.’


  
MPs get only a few hours to review massive omnibus budget implementation bill, call it a ‘farce’

House committees will have to report back amendments by Nov. 20.


  
Privacy commissioner concerned about feds’ First Nations Accountability Bill

Jennifer Stoddart says Bill C-27 privacy issue is not lawfulness, but one of principle.


  
Canadian majority opposes omnibus legislation: Forum Research poll

The Forum Research poll, conducted last weekend after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled a second massive budget implementation bill, found 64 per cent of respondents opposed bundling several unrelated bills into one, which also failed to get support from a majority who ranked the Conservative Party as their current voter preference.


  
Opposition MPs claim partial victory in forcing federal government to back down on omnibus budget implementation bill

Second massive omnibus bill to be studied in 11 House committees, but NDP and Grits doubt they’ll be allowed to amend bill.


  
A ‘sleeper’ in Senate, food safety bill expected to heat up in Commons

Bill S-11, Food Safety Act, is considered hugely important for the food industry, especially since there was the largest beef recall last month in Canadian history.


  
Feds say Bill C-27 will bring accountability to First Nations, but critics call it paternalistic, redundant

  
House moves on restricting political loans bill, Liberals resisted legislation for last year

Bill will further tighten rules on political loans and calls for more transparency, but opposition parties want PM to release his own 2004 leadership contributors’ list.


  
MPs concerned about ensuring ‘communities of interest’ in redrawing riding boundaries

Ridings can vary 25 per cent below or above the average population. Incumbent MPs are making their cases.


  
House as ‘boisterous as when we left it’: MPs

MPs returned last week to Ottawa after a nearly three-month break. But their political, partisan games continue, on both sides of the House.


  
Conservatives say second budget bill a priority, MPs say there could be another House showdown

MPs say economy, energy, foreign policy, immigration, robocalls, crime, and F-35s to be top issues in House.


  
Tories will pay political price if another omnibus budget bill introduced this fall, say opposition parties

  
House rules should be changed to prevent 'frivolous' report stage amendments, says former House leader

Restricting amendments at report stage undemocratic, rubber stamp for committees: May


  
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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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