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Feds poised to bring in new ridings bill, Franks gives thumbs up to boosting Quebec seats

But expert Ned Franks also says the feds should bring the bill in sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the Tories will be accused of gerrymandering seats.

House ready to deal with controversial Copyright Bill

The last time the Copyright Act underwent significant amendments was in 1997.

House seats bill will be introduced, passed before Christmas, say Tories

The legislation will add an expected 30 seats to the current 308 in the House.

Tories use closure to push sweeping budget, omnibus bills through House

NDP and Grits call feds’ use of closure twice in less than two weeks an ‘abuse of Parliamentary process.’

Critics continue to slam feds’ omnibus crime bill

NDP says governing Conservatives playing to their base support on criminal justice reforms.

Tories focus on economy, opposition parties want action

Meanwhile, the NDP say Tories are trying to reverse 40 years of criminal justice system with omnibus crime bill.

Van Loan: economy must be ‘top priority for everyone’ in fall session

New Dems, Libs plan to challenge feds on job creation, crime bill while jockeying to expand political support.

New ridings likely to benefit Conservatives in 2015

Libs, NDP agree more seats are needed for Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., but urge government to respect Quebec’s distinct status within the House.

MPs note 'calm' atmosphere in Tory-majority House, NDP excited by powerful new status, Bloc not missed on committees

NDP says Tory MPs 'came on really strong to establish their primacy,' in the beginning but have since calmed down.

Quebec's claim to 25% of House of Commons seats should be recognized, say experts

The government has to get the new seats law passed by Oct. 19, 2014 in order to be in place for election in Oct. 19, 2015. It's going to be tight.

Feds' Senate reforms could reignite constitutional fights

Opposition members say reform efforts are destined for the Supreme Court, while former Mulroney adviser doubts there will be an elected Senate for generations.

If PM Harper's serious about reforms, abolish Senate, says NDP

Conservatives poised to reform Senate, but NDP says it's not capable of being reformed, it has to go.

House returns for short, substantive few weeks

Majority governing Conservatives to pass budget, omnibus crime bill and to scrap long-gun registry, per-vote political subsidies.

New Cabinet, new Speaker, a Throne Speech, and a tweaked budget in 41st Parliament

The Harper government will be showing significant progress in implementing its platform once the budget gets passed.

PM won't govern from ideological bent, say political insiders

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promises no surprises. Some say he should frame policies in economic, not ideological terms.

MPs vow to quickly revive Copyright Bill in next Parliament

Some 40 bills died on the Order Paper when the government was defeated.

Artists, creators could lose $126-million annually under Bill C-32, say stakeholders as Copyright Act heats up

CCA's Alain Pineau says Bill C-32's 'one-size-fits-all approach' a victory for the 'big players,' but not for the 'majority of Canadian artists.'

Feds willing to meet 'morning and night' on copyright bill, blame opposition parties for delays

Tories say they've been working on the controversial copyright legislation since the first day they were elected five years ago and in good faith.

Conservatives say partisanship interfering in Bill C-32 hearings

Copyright Modernization Act review could be delayed until the fall as opposition parties call for 200 more witnesses.

Budget, copyright, justice and immigration bills top House agenda

Expect heightened partisanship and political jockeying in the Commons as election posturing continues until March budget.


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Sunday, March 1, 2015
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.