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Conflict of Interest Act's five-year review past deadline, opposition MPs frustrated with 'toothless' bill

Ethics Commissioner's 'biggest challenge' to administering Conflict of Interest Act is when it comes to dealing with gifts or other advantages given to public office holders.


  
Parliament passes new copyright law; Geist says feds caved to U.S. on digital locks

‘This was by far the U.S.’s biggest issue,’ says University of Ottawa copyright expert Michael Geist.


  
Conservative-dominated Senate pushes through three contentious bills, PMO says PM will not prorogue Parliament this fall

The majority-governing Conservatives are planning to push three of their most controversial major bills through the Senate by Friday, fuelling speculation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper intends to prorogue Parliament this fall to set out an ambitious new agenda for the period leading up to the next federal election in the fall of 2015.


  
Prime Minister calls session ‘legislatively productive,’ opposition parties call it ‘a full frontal attack on democracy’

Everything you ever wanted to know about Bill C-38, but were afraid to ask.


  
Opposition MPs say marathon House filibuster was worth it

After 156 roll call votes and 23-and-a-half hours of straight voting, opposition MPs say they made their point on budget bill.


  
Tories treating Parliament with contempt, 'playing games to avoid scrutiny,' says Queen's professor Franks

Opposition's 1,000 amendments 'pure posturing,' says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, before preparing for a marathon voting session in the House of Commons.


  
NDP, Libs, Green table more than 1,200 amendments to feds’ omnibus budget bill

But when the Finance Committee’s report on Bill C-38 comes up for debate this week, the opposition parties won’t have a united front to kill the bill.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of Government Business

  
Grits, Green to table 200 amendments on feds’ omnibus budget bill, expect 60 hours of House roll call votes

The government’s sweeping Budget Implementation Act will change 70 laws, but opposition MPs plan to fight it.


  
Next four weeks of House session ‘challenging’ say feds

The government’s priorities will be to pass the Budget Implementation Bill, the Immigration and Refugee Reform Bill, the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Bill, the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, and the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of Government Business

  
House set to pass controversial Copyright Bill next week, after 10,000 consultations

But opposition MPs say feds listened to business, not creative interests, and that if Senate doesn’t amend the bill, it could be open to court challenges.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of Government Business

  
Tories, Liberals slam NDP’s budget bill ‘circus act’

The NDP flew solo last week in an effort to force the feds to split up the bill. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen says his party has no obligation to consult other parties.


  
Feds to repeal Kyoto Act in budget bill, critics slam move

But Environment Minister Peter Kent says the government is moving beyond Kyoto Protocol.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Parliamentary Calendar
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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