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New House seats bill fails to address urban-rural riding divide, say experts

Riding boundary commissions can adjust ridings within 25 per cent above or below the average population in the province, but experts say it should be changed to five to 10 per cent.


  
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Former Mountie says gun owners fear future government will use long-gun registry records to confiscate privately-owned guns

In the final round of witness hearings for Bill C-19, women’s groups against violence squared off with Conservative MPs, gun owners, hunters and the most prominent university expert who has fought against the registry since its inception, each side battling with conflicting statistics to make their case.


  
Bill to eliminate long-gun registry will also make records of rifle and shotgun sales or transfers no longer mandatory

Registrar of Firearms must not 'retain any record' of inquiries into licence confirmation under Bill C-19, even though the law requires that sellers ensure buyers have valid gun ownership licenses. This could prevent anyone from being prosecuted under the Firearms Act. 'It's crazy,' says NDP MP Joe Comartin.


  
Tory intention to destroy long-gun records could break two laws, says Information Commissioner

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says destroying records could contravene 'spirit and letter' of Access to Information law and Library and Archives Canada Act.


  
Tories now pushing House seats bill, want it passed by Christmas

House Affairs Committee should work overtime to get Fair Representation Bill through Parliament, says Tory MP Scott Reid.


  
Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
Tory MP Goguen moves motion to end committee hearings on omnibus crime bill

'This puts the mock in democracy,' says NDP MP Jack Harris about the Conservation manoeuvre


  
Tories to push new seats bill, Wheat Board bill, budget bill through House in five weeks

House Leader Peter Van Loan says he doesn’t expect omnibus crime bill, long-gun registry, and copyright bills to pass before Christmas break.


  
Feds bring in political loans limits, opposition parties want PM to disclose leadership contributors

PM Stephen Harper and other Tory leadership candidates should say who funded their campaigns before the rules were changed, say opposition MPs.


  
The Week Ahead in Parliament

  
Status of government business

  
Opposition parties expect majority governing Tories to close off debate on House seats bill

What’s the hurry? Opposition parties want to know why the feds are in such a rush to move bills and cut off debate with majority.


  
Feds poised to bring in new ridings bill, Franks gives thumbs up to boosting Quebec seats

But expert Ned Franks also says the feds should bring the bill in sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the Tories will be accused of gerrymandering seats.


  
House ready to deal with controversial Copyright Bill

The last time the Copyright Act underwent significant amendments was in 1997.


  
Tories use closure to push sweeping budget, omnibus bills through House

NDP and Grits call feds’ use of closure twice in less than two weeks an ‘abuse of Parliamentary process.’


  
House seats bill will be introduced, passed before Christmas, say Tories

The legislation will add an expected 30 seats to the current 308 in the House.


  
Critics continue to slam feds’ omnibus crime bill

NDP says governing Conservatives playing to their base support on criminal justice reforms.


  
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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