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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.


  
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.


  
Feds endorse UN indigenous rights declaration, abolish Indian Act, says Atleo

AFN Chief Shawn Atleo says 'there's no room for the archaic Indian Act at all.'


  
Economy, crime bills top priorities for Tories in final legislative stretch in 2010

Government House Leader John Baird doesn't expect any contentious issues that could cause an early election.


  
MPs say mood bleak, and 'asks' down on pre-budget consultations hearings

House Finance Committee members say they've seen a change in tone in this year's pre-budget consultations.


  
Grit Sen. Joyal attacks latest Senate reform bill, calls it 'unconstitutional'

Ontario Conservative Senator Hugh Segal calls argument 'profoundly troubling.'


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Parliament Buildings' multi-billion-dollar renovation and construction: in photographs, by Liban Mohamed Sept. 23, 2014

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Third year civil engineering student, Liban Mohamed, a co-op student with Public Works this summer, tweeted this photo from the West Block. This is the excavation work to construct the West Block's portion of the new underground Visitors' Welcome Centre.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Workers loading a fixture onto a construction elevator destined to top a chimney on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

The secret staircase inside the Mackenzie Tower is named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister. Mackenzie, whose office was in West Block, was apparently leery of lobbyists and used the secret staircase as an escape route.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Copper roofing and metal vents near the top of the West Block's Mackenzie Tower, named after Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister and first Liberal prime minister. Mackenzie, who was in office from 1873 to 1878, had his office in West Block. The Mackenzie Tower, the building's tallest tower, also to be completely dismantled and rebuilt as part of the restoration work.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

Small copper-rimmed windows set to be installed on the West Block's Mackenzie Tower. The West Block is one of four Parliament Buildings under construction as part of the Public Works' multi-billion-dollar rehabilitation project. It's expected to cost $2.64-billion by 2018. West Block's renovation is expected to cost $863-million and is expected to be completed in 2018.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A worker wearing rubber gloves for protection is pictured cleaning West Block masonry with a toothbrush.

The Hill Times photograph courtesy of Liban Mohamed

A rooftop view of the West Block's courtyard, which is currently being excavated for construction of the $115-million glass-domed infill that will be the temporary home to the House Chamber beginning in 2018.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE