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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.


  
Coyne: Grits don't have to apologize for long-gun registry

Toronto lawyer Deborah Coyne, one of four women vying for the federal Liberal leadership, says no Liberal has to ‘apologize’ for the federal long-gun registry, a political quagmire for the party for more than a decade.


  
Tories to haul Trudeau before House Natural Resources Committee to explain his Alberta statements, opposition parties call it a 'witch-hunt'

Conservative MPs have pushed through an unprecedented motion at the Commons Natural Resource committee calling Liberal leadership front-runner Justin Trudeau for a grilling over political comments he made two years ago alleging a negative Alberta influence over federal, social, and democratic policies through Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government.


  
Trudeau shrugs off Conservative attacks over his 2010 Alberta comments, says he won’t play Tory games; NDP back up Libs in Natural Resources Committee to try to stop Tory tactics

Liberal leadership front-runner Justin Trudeau shrugged off on Wednesday a barrage of Conservative attacks over comments he made in 2010 about Alberta’s disproportionate influence on Canadian social policy under Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a political 'game' he won’t play.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Chantal Hébert's Morning After book launch at Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa: Sept. 24 Sept. 30, 2014

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Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser, a former Toronto Star Hill journalist, and Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, a former Conservative and Reform Party staffer.
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Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist for The Toronto Star and author of The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was. Ms. Hébert launched her book on Sept. 24 in Ottawa at the Métropolitain Brasserie where plenty of political players turned up from the Hill.
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Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada's former chief electoral officer, and Quebec Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.
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Bruce Anderson, a partner at i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising, who hosted the book launch. Mr. Anderson is a panellist on CBC's At Issue along with Ms. Hébert and Andrew Coyne.
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Kate Purchase, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
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Quebec Liberal Sen. Dennis Dawson, Jim Patrick of Shaw Communications, and Global TV's Tom Clark.
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Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Bruce Anderson of i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising.
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Patrick Kennedy, director of government relations for CF Industries, flips through a copy of Chantal Hébert's book, The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was.
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Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, is the happy new owner of The Morning After.
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Chantal Hébert and former Conservative MP Ted Menzies.
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Journalist Daniel L'Heureux, Mylène Dupere, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Jean Lapierre, who helped Ms. Hébert write the book. Mr. Lapierre is also a former Bloc Québécois MP who later joined Paul Martin's Liberals and was a federal Cabinet minister. Today, he's a pundit.
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Leslie Swartman, director of public affairs at MDA Information Systems, and former Liberal Cabinet minister Jean Lapierre. Ms. Swartman used to work for Mr. Lapierre when he was in the Paul Martin Cabinet.
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Anne Marie Creskey, publisher of The Hill Times, and Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello.
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Former Conservative MP Ted Menzies and Global TV's Tom Clark.
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Bruce Anderson and Chantal Hébert.
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Michel Liboiron, director of government relations at CIBC, and Postmedia News reporter and columnist Stephen Maher.

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