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High-profile Federal Court Judge Mosley picked to hear voter suppression allegations case, hearings begin Dec. 10

The Federal Court has assigned one of its most high-profile judges, who made a key ruling ordering government disclosure of key interrogation video of accused Afghanistan war terrorist Omar Khadr, to hear the first court claims stemming from allegations of voter suppression in the 2011 federal election.


  
Liberal leadership candidate Murray calls for ‘one-time’ cooperation with major parties to defeat Conservatives in next federal election

Liberal MP Joyce Murray launched her bid for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party on Monday with a call for “one-time” only cooperation among the three major opposition parties in the next federal election in order to defeat Prime Minister Harper and bring in lasting reform to Canada’s electoral system.


  
Major projects of Parliament Buildings’ Long Term Vision and Plan

  
Press Gallery avoids lawsuit, grants veteran journalist six-month accreditation as it reviews new online news service

The Parliamentary Press Gallery issued a six-month temporary membership last week to veteran journalist Holly Doan three days before the new online news service she works for as features editor planned to launch an unprecedented lawsuit against senior gallery officials.


  
Independent audit release on F-35s could be delayed until after House adjourns next month, says Public Works

Public release of an independent audit of billions of dollars in costs for the acquisition and maintenance of the controversial F-35 stealth warplane could be delayed until after Parliament adjourns for its winter holiday recess in three weeks, according to a statement by the Public Works Department.


  
Grit fundraiser actively soliciting ‘pre-launch’ financing for Liberal MP Garneau

One of the Liberal Party’s veteran fundraisers is actively soliciting ‘pre-launch’ financial contributions to finance the Liberal leadership bid by former astronaut and Montreal MP Marc Garneau, according to emails between Mr. Garneau’s supporters and organizers.


  
Bertschi opposes Trudeau’s support for China's CNOOC $15.2-billion Nexen bid, creating first hard policy shift in Liberal leadership race

Liberal leadership candidate David Bertschi is opposing prominent contender Justin Trudeau’s support for the contentious $15.2-billion bid by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. to take over Calgary-based oil and gas company Nexen Inc.


  
Liberals to introduce 3,000 amendments to feds’ massive omnibus budget bill, NDP vow to do same; parties say to expect another Commons voting marathon

The federal Liberals plan to table 3,000 amendments to the government’s most recent omnibus budget bill, setting the stage for the same kind of Commons voting marathon the opposition parties mounted last June to protest the first massive omnibus bill from the spring budget.


  
Trudeau officially registers as Liberal leadership contender

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau registered as a candidate a day after former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay announced her candidacy at a news conference in Calgary.


  
Toews never issued ministerial press release on feds’ destruction of long gun registry, so gun advocates broke news

When Public Safety Minister Vic Toews disclosed early this month that the federal government’s promise to destroy millions of records of registered long guns had finally been delivered, with the exception of court-protected data from Quebec, he kept the news in the family.


  
Trudeau leadership win won't be a cakewalk, says Hall Findlay organizer

Stephen Carter, a star organizer in Alberta who ran recent successful campaigns for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Premier Alison Redford, told The Hill Times most observers are pundits overlooking the significance of how the party-wide, one-member-one-vote system will take place.


  
Federal Court battle hearings over allegations of voter suppression in last election to begin next month in Ottawa

A Federal Court battle over allegations of voter suppression in six federal ridings during the 2011 election is set to begin five days of hearings on Dec. 10, with the first skirmish over expert testimony from Ekos pollster Frank Graves.


  
Feds’ offer to send omnibus bill to 11 Commons committees 'a farce,' charge opposition MPs

The government’s offer to send portions of its second and controversial omnibus budget implementation bill to 11 Commons committees for detailed scrutiny has been exposed as 'window dressing,' and a 'farce,' opposition MPs say, as most of the committees have been able only to skim over key sections before beginning and completing their reviews by the end of this week.


  
Bertschi expected to announce bid for federal Liberal leadership Wednesday

Ottawa lawyer and former federal Liberal election candidate David Bertschi is entering the federal party’s leadership race, with a campaign kickoff Wednesday evening in Ottawa Orleans, the riding he hopes to win in the next federal election.


  
Australian AG says each F-35 fighter jet to cost $131.4-million, same version Canada slated to buy

The F-35 stealth fighter jet costs that the U.S. Department of Defense provided to Canada’s Department of National Defence last May showed the price for the F-35 version, which the Harper government intends to buy, had risen to $131.4-million per plane, according to the same cost estimates the U.S. gave to Australia, which is slated to buy a fleet of the same version of the warplane.


  
PBO says Parliament has ‘long way to go’ before it wins power of public purse, could still pursue legal action

PCO, Treasury Board, Finance now partially cooperating with PBO.


  
NDP calls feds’ $645,000 outside audit of F-35 fighter jets acquisition ‘a ploy’

New information that Treasury Board President Tony Clement has provided to the House of Commons shows a $645,000 outside audit of the controversial F-35 fighter jets acquisition was a ploy to delay public release of new cost forecasts for the stealth jets that the government had nearly seven months ago, says NDP MP Matthew Kellway.


  
NDP calls feds’ attempts to convince Parliament they're considering alternatives to F-35s a ‘red herring’; Public Works rejects claims it prefers F-35 fighter jets

The federal government is under fire over what critics call a “red herring” attempt to convince Parliament it intends to consider alternatives to the F-35 stealth warplane to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets.


  
Supreme Court rules in Opitz’s favour, Wrzesnewskyj says Tories now playing politics with top court ruling

The governing Conservatives were accused of dragging the Supreme Court of Canada into the federal political arena Thursday after seizing on a split court decision that upheld a razor-thin Conservative win in the last election in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Centre, Ont., in order to attack the Liberal who went to court to challenge the results.


  
Feds locked into F-35 fighter jets, despite Ambrose’s promise to consider alternatives, say opposition MPs, point to DND's requirements

Opposition MPs say the federal government is locked in to only one choice for Canada’s new fighter jet—the hotly contested F-35 stealth warplane—despite a pledge from Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose that the Department of National Defence will consider other alternatives.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE