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POLITICS

Health Canada says it would have given ‘full control’ to doctors’ groups over content of anti-marijuana ad campaign

Health Canada says it would have given ‘full control’ to doctors’ groups over content of anti-marijuana ad campaign
An agreement Health Canada was proposing this summer to obtain involvement of the country’s three national physician groups in a politically-charged youth campaign about marijuana included a clause that gave the medical associations ‘full control’ over the content of the advertising campaign, Health Canada says.

Harper suspended Commons committee reviews of Gascon’s Supreme Court appointment in June: House documents

Harper suspended Commons committee reviews of Gascon’s Supreme Court appointment in June: House documents
Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended special Commons committee reviews in June of his nominations to the Supreme Court of Canada following an unprecedented public dispute in May over Conservative allegations that Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin had attempted to lobby against a 2013 appointment by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting

Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting
Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style rally at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Monday to launch his government’s fall season of Parliament as though it really were a prelude to the 2015 federal election—with hints the government is set to pass legislation that could eliminate the last remaining chance of parole in homicides where a lifetime prison sentence is imposed.

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts
A system of mandatory voting now being crowd-tested by the Liberal Party would either erode or eliminate a strategic advantage the Conservative Party held over the past two federal elections through the disproportionate weight of its loyal base, U.S.-style campaign tactics, and negative attack ads, experts say.

NDP, House prepare for Federal Court fight over secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, $1-million free mailings

NDP, House prepare for Federal Court fight over secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, $1-million free mailings
Lawyers for the NDP and the House of Commons are squaring off for a Federal Court battle over whether the court has the power to order a secretive board that governs the Commons to disclose confidential files for a ruling that the NDP violated House bylaws with more than $1-million worth of free mailings.

Liberals on offensive over support to legalize marijuana

Liberals on offensive over support to legalize marijuana
The Liberal Party blitzed an email to thousands of party supporters and members last Friday, arguing the Conservative position in favor of maintaining criminal laws prohibiting marijuana possession will only prop up a regime that has failed to keep teenagers from using cannabis, while evidence in the U.S. over the past year shows legalization works.

Canada’s ‘one-sided’ position on Mideast conflict could undermine its international influence

Canada’s ‘one-sided’ position on Mideast conflict could undermine its international influence
If the federal government believes terrorism is the biggest security threat in the coming years, taking extreme positions won’t help, says Paul Heinbecker.

Trudeau has ‘good shot’ at being Prime Minister Harper’s main challenger in next election, says Nanos

Trudeau has ‘good shot’ at being Prime Minister Harper’s main challenger in next election, says Nanos
The surge of Liberal Party support in four federal byelections on Monday includes signs of a dramatic recovery from an unprecedented 2011 plunge.

Opposition MPs slam Conservatives’ lack of good governance, say legislative process ‘dysfunctional’

Opposition MPs slam Conservatives’ lack of good governance, say legislative process ‘dysfunctional’
The government used time allocation to limit debate 17 times during the 19-day marathon of Commons sittings to midnight from the last week in May through most of June, as Conservative MPs passed or pushed forward a flood of bills before Parliament’s summer recess nearly two weeks ago.

Conservative Party warns supporters in fundraising pitch of expected attack ads against Harper ahead of 2015 election

Conservative Party warns supporters in fundraising pitch of expected attack ads against Harper ahead of 2015 election
The Conservative Party is warning its members and supporters of a barrage of attacks targeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his governing party in advance of the 2015 federal election.

PEOPLE

Dairy Farmers looking for new top lobbyist as sector faces challenges

Dairy Farmers looking for new top lobbyist as sector faces challenges
Executive director Richard Doyle is known across party lines as one of the most influential lobbyists, but his time on Parliament Hill is coming to an end this month.

'Blowing the whistle on the government is, for many people, like blowing their brains out': Joanna Gualtieri

'Blowing the whistle on the government is, for many people, like blowing their brains out': Joanna Gualtieri
Whistleblower and advocate Joanna Gualtieri says her ethics and upbringing wouldn’t allow her to ignore wasteful practices at Foreign Affairs in the 1990s.

LEGISLATION

House goes to bitter end of adversarial sitting, adjourns

House goes to bitter end of adversarial sitting, adjourns
Government claims legislative victory while opposition bemoans passage of a raft of ‘sketchy’ legislation.

LOBBYING

International PR firm Edelman acquires Devon Group, expands national public affairs practice in Canada

Edelman says it has acquired the Devon Group, an expansion that will help Edelman build a national public affairs offering, particularly in government relations, digital public affairs and digital campaigns.


Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Parliament Hill: Sept. 17, 2014 Sept. 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17, mingling with the crowd on Parliament Hill after addressed a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Sept. 17, 2014, waiting on Parliament Hill for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to arrive.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Lynne Yelich, minister of state for foreign affairs and consular affairs.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who represents Mississauga East-Cooksville, Ont., pictured on the Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Ted Opitz, who represents Etobicoke Centre, Ont.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko walking down the red carpet.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, standing by as Mr. Poroshenko is honoured with a 21-gun salute.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviews the military guard.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard on Parliament Hill shortly after arriving on Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard before going inside to address the joint Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs the House and Senate visitors' book while House Sgt.-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, Acting House Clerk Marc Bosc, House Speaker Andrew Scheer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella stand by and watch.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in the Commons Rotunda.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Supporters of Ukraine outside on the front steps of Parliament Hill, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman, wearing sunflowers in her hair, stands on Parliament Hill holding a sign that reads, 'Democracy for Ukraine.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More supporters, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A young woman wearing the very colourful Ukrainian traditional dress.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Another young woman wearing Ukrainian traditional dress.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Embassy News photographer Sam Garcia.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17 on Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes a little girl's hand after she gave him flowers.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to the crowd of supporters on Parliament Hill after addressing a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, surrounded by his security detail, steps down to join the front steps to get closer to the supporters on Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets the crowd.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the crowd of well-wishers and supporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes another hand.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Yaroslav Baran.

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