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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.

Tories to focus on economy when House returns, but opposition say feds focused on election

PM says the economy is the top issue, but Liberal and NDP MPs say the Conservatives have no plan for Canada's future.

First time in a generation Tories dominate Senate, expect minor legislative battles

Public Policy Forum's David Mitchell says he expects to see the Senate play a more important role both in ratifying government and rejecting private members' bills.

Senators make 'big ballyhoo' about setting term limits, but none do it

MPs doubt Conservative Senate will pass term-limit bill.

Grit Senators made procedural error on climate-change bill, but slam feds on lack of climate plan

The Conservative defeat of the bill in the Senate comes after Republicans, who are not interested in cap-in-trade, take over U.S. Congress.

Grit Senators made procedural error on climate-change bill, but slam feds on lack of climate plan

The Conservative defeat of the bill in the Senate comes after Republicans, who are not interested in cap-in-trade, take over U.S. Congress.


Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.