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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.


  
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.


  
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.


  
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
Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

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The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
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Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
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Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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William Stairs.
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Former prime minister Joe Clark.
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Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
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Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
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The crowd.
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
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It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
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Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
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Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
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Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
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Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.

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