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Canadians evenly split on feds scrapping long-gun registry, but 51% also want stronger gun control, says new poll

A new public opinion survey has uncovered evenly-divided opinion about the government’s dismantling of the federal long-gun registry, nearly a year after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives used their majority to pass legislation in Parliament to end the gun-tracking system.


  
May slams Mulcair’s order to NDP MPs not to respond to her electoral cooperation letter

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she questions how NDP MPs can ‘stomach’ their party leader Thomas Mulcair’s edict forbidding them from taking her up on a proposal to begin discussing electoral alliances to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the next federal election and go on to reform Canada’s election system with a new government.


  
Some 48 per cent think feds will go ahead with F-35 fighter jets, despite Cabinet’s decision to compare costs: Forum Research poll

Belief that the fix is in for the F-35 is highest among the young, the least wealthy, Quebec, and the Prairies, as well as among Liberal, and NDP supporters.


  
Mulcair takes charge of any talks on electoral cooperation, orders NDP MPs not to respond to Green Leader May’s letter

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has taken charge of public statements from his caucus over the possibility of electoral cooperation with other opposition parties in the next federal election and instructed New Democrat MPs not to respond to a letter Green Party Leader Elizabeth May sent to NDP and Liberal MPs last month broaching the politically explosive topic.


  
Liberal leadership candidates to talk ‘electoral cooperation’ in upcoming televised debates

The federal Liberal Party is putting potential cooperation with other opposition parties in the next federal election front and centre as it launches a series of five candidate debates in the party’s leadership election this coming weekend in Vancouver.


  
NDP pitches Mulcair's leader’s summit in fundraising letter for next election campaign

The NDP e-blasted a fundraising letter to party members and supporters Wednesday morning, pinning an appeal to begin building a war chest for the next federal election on the show of unity and publicity federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair generated at a summit he held with provincial NDP leaders on Parliament Hill Tuesday.


  
Mulcair ready to take on new Liberal leader on 'substantive level'

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair discounts front-runner Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau as threat to NDP.


  
Public Works writes to five major European, U.S. fighter jet makers to replace F-35s, critics call it a ‘market’ analysis

The Public Works Department has written five major European and U.S. fighter jet makers to survey potential replacements for Canada’s aging fighter fleet, including the Lockheed Martin defence firm which is testing and developing the controversial F-35 stealth fighter jet, but the end result is likely to be only a ‘market’ analysis of costs and aircraft abilities, according to critics of the F-35 project and to a major U.S. aerospace firm that is taking part in the review.


  
Idle No More movement led by aboriginal women

And activists say the Idle No More movement is a challenge both to the traditional aboriginal leadership and to the Harper federal government.


  
Cauchon set to enter Liberal leadership race, Bertschi registers too

Former justice minister Martin Cauchon, at odds with front-runner Justin Trudeau over his abandonment of one of the party’s hallmark accomplishments, the federal long gun registry, was set to begin a mad-dash weekend gathering the 300 nomination signatures he requires to enter the race before midnight Sunday.


  
Liberals say they expect 100,000-plus eligible voters for leadership vote, and at least three candidates borrow money to cover initial $25,000 entrance fees

More than 100,000 Liberal Party members and voting-age Canadians who register as party supporters are expected to be registered as eligible voters for the Liberal leadership election set for next April, a senior party official says.


  
Seven candidates registered for Liberal leadership, Takach says next leader could determine Grits' fate

With less than a week left before the registration deadline for the federal Liberal party leadership race, only seven candidates were officially registered with Elections Canada as of Tuesday, despite a prediction from one of the contenders, Toronto lawyer and longtime Liberal George Takach, that the contest could be the party’s last chance.


  
Critics slam feds’ decision to scrap records of rifle, shotgun sales in wake of Newtown shootings in U.S.

The widening U.S. debate over tighter gun laws in the wake of a massacre of 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14 has focused critics of the government’s decision last June eliminating a requirement for gun dealers in Canada to keep records of rifle and shotgun sales.


  
Council of Canadians says ‘Canadians have won’ no matter what; Barlow says voters will appeal to Supreme Court if Federal Court rejects arguments

Dramatic Federal Court hearings into allegations the results in six federal ridings from the 2011 general election should be overturned because of electoral fraud ended Monday, with a final argument from voters challenging the outcomes, depending heavily on a telephone survey that purportedly shows hundreds of voters fell prey to election day trickery.


  
Pollster Graves apologizes in Federal Court case for eavesdropping on Twitter after told to leave courtroom

Ekos pollster Frank Graves apologized in Federal Court on Friday for using Twitter to eavesdrop on what was being said about him after he was excused from a courtroom earlier this week while a judge spoke to the Conservative Party lawyer during a legal challenge over fraud allegations in the 2011 general election.


  
Federal Court hearings: RMG’s lawyer says company didn’t make any misleading calls to voters in last election

The Conservative Party’s principal voter-contact firm, at the centre of a Federal Court challenge of 2011 election results in six federal ridings because of alleged voting-day telephone fraud, made no calls to mislead voters, either ‘knowingly or unknowingly,’ a lawyer representing the company told court on Thursday.


  
Federal Court judge chastises pollster Graves for using Twitter to eavesdrop on court proceedings after told to leave courtroom

Ekos Research pollster Frank Graves, a key witness for the eight voters who want the 2011 federal election results overturned in six ridings over alleged fraud, was chastised by Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley on Wednesday for using Twitter to eavesdrop on a lawyer’s comments about his own credibility in the case after the judge asked him to leave the courtroom so Mr. Graves would not hear what the lawyer had to say.


  
Lawyer accuses Conservatives of delaying tactics in voter suppression Federal Court hearings

Six Conservative MPs whose 2011 elections are being challenged over allegations of widespread attempts to suppress votes with fraudulent or misleading telephone calls have used delaying tactics to hold off Federal Court hearings on the complaints, a lawyer for voters challenging the election results told court on Tuesday.


  
Yukon voter recalls ‘fishy’ telephone call in last election; Tory MP Aspin says he has clear conscience in his Nipissing-Timiskaming riding’s election results

One of eight voters in a Federal Court challenge of the results in six ridings from the 2011 general election disputed on Monday arguments from the Conservative Party lawyer that the voters waited too long to complain about allegedly fraudulent phone calls on voting day and were in effect pawns for a public interest group, the Council of Canadians, that has campaigned against Conservative government social and economic policies.


  
Trudeau could be called before House Natural Resources Committee in February to explain controversial Alberta comments

The Conservatives’ plan to haul Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau before the House Natural Resources Committee over statements he made claiming undue Alberta influence over national social and democratic affairs will be delayed until at least February, in the thick of his run for the Liberal Party helm, a senior Conservative says.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, December 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill, Oct. 22, 2014: in photographs Oct. 27, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

The Parliament Buildings from Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

More police officers on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on the Hill shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters on Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

The media on Sparks at Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Broken glass inside the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More broken glass in the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

An Ottawa Police officer gives the thumb's up standing near the National War Memorial, the day after the shootings on Oct. 23.

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