Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
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MPs slam Flaherty's fiscal update delivered outside House

Opposition MPs say Finance Minister Jim Flaherty should have announced it in Parliament and criticize his lack of vision, detail.

Tories to pay price on census issue, vow opposition parties

The Conservatives say it won't be an issue in the next election campaign, but opposition MPs promise it will.

Rural Grit, NDP MPs prepare for aggressive Tory attacks ads

But NDP MP Charlie Angus says it will take more than 'big assed' Tory billboards to push legislation through the House.

Tories aim to push 'significant agenda' through House this fall

Government has 42 bills on the Order Paper. Copyright Act heats up this fall.

Long-gun registry issue a 'vote-getter among certain pockets,' says pollster

Pollster Nik Nanos says it could 'make or break individual seats' across the country for the NDP.

NDP MP Comartin predicts if long-gun registry scrapped it will be temporary

House vote on Sept. 22 is on concurrence motion on whether the bill should be allowed to proceed.

Massive omnibus budget bill shakes up Parliament

Opposition Senators warn government they're serious, 'it's the wrong way to do a budget bill.'

Senate 'rubber stamps' nine bills, massive omnibus budget bill up next

The Senate Finance Committee still wants to hear from a number of Cabinet ministers and will report back by July 9.

Senate to sit as long as it takes to pass budget bill

NDP critics say massive, 900-page omnibus budget Bill C-9 must be split.

Libs can't have it both ways on massive omnibus budget bill, say NDP

Government pushes 900-page sweeping budget bill through in days. Most Libs sit out House vote.

Cabinet minister should usher in long-gun registry changes, not a backbencher

NDP MP Joe Comartin calls it a 'farce in terms of democracy,' describes issue as highly emotional and House committee process as stressful.

MPs working on prorogation rules to restrict Prime Minister's control

If the House really wants to restrict the PM's use of prorogation, all parties should agree to a Parliamentary convention, say experts.

Bloc's motion on House seats defeated, promises to push issue again

Bloc House Leader Pierre Paquette says party has 'no choice' but to continue fight.

House seats bill could affect 19 Tory, 10 Grit ridings, and one NDP riding

Bill C-12 attempts to address under-representation in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., the fastest growing provinces in Canada.

Government introduces only nine bills, opposition calls recalibrated session 'shallow'

NDP won't support any government move to revive bills at stage they were at in last session.

Poilievre says Elections Canada using money to 'awesomely lose' two court cases involving Tories

But opposition MPs defend the agency, describing it as a 'watchdog over democracy' and that it should not have to worry about its own funding.

Tories should move quickly to increase House seats, says NDP

Ontario, Alberta, B.C. to get 34 new seats

Parliament's budget boosted to $583,567,000 this year

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page will get $2.8-million budget after high-profile national fight.

Feds to focus on economic recovery, all budget bills

Expect a 'bare bones' Speech from the Throne highlighting justice, electoral reforms, Canada-U.S. relations, a strong economy and innovation.


Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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.