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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.'


  
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.


  

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

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

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