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NDP, Liberals suspicious of timing on alleged terrorism plot arrests Monday and anti-terrorism bill debate in House

The New Democrats say they suspect the federal government may have had an advantage Monday when it began debate over controversial anti-terrorism legislation at the same time—disclosed only later in the day— that the RCMP were planning a news conference to disclose the first arrests on alleged terrorism-related charges in Canada since 2010.


  
Feds now calling it Canadian 'Armed' Forces, critics say move illustrates government’s preoccupation with military

The federal government has begun officially referring to the Canadian Forces as the Canadian Armed Forces in departmental statements and speeches, a name change that one of Canada’s leading peace groups says will turn the Defence Department into a ‘political actor’ in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s efforts to expand his party’s conservative base.


  
Liberals, New Democrats tied at 32% as most effective opposition: Forum Research poll

The federal Liberals have gained ground over the past year as the party voters believe is the most effective opposition and risen significantly at the expense of the NDP, according to a Forum Research poll.


  
Liberals buoyed by polls, money, plot summer strategy

The federal Liberals, buoyed by an injection of financial donations generated by their recent leadership race and the public spotlight on new leader Justin Trudeau, are plotting summer strategy.


  
Liberals launch ‘hope and hard work’ campaign, but have lots of work ahead in Quebec, British Columbia

The federal Liberal Party has launched a so-called ‘Hope and Hard Work’ campaign on the heels of its record-setting leadership election of Justin Trudeau—but leadership vote numbers in Quebec show it may take more hard work than just hoping to win back the province that has overwhelmingly rejected the Liberals for two decades outside the party’s Montreal strongholds.


  
Trudeau wins Grit leadership with 80% of vote, Libs say ‘ground game’ on to win next election, campaign already has 11,000 volunteers

Basking in the glow of an enormously successful leadership election with 104,552 Canadians casting ballots, the federal Liberal Party, its six leader candidates, and MPs and organizers, made it clear Sunday they want to build on the vast network, built up primarily by landslide winner Justin Trudeau, and vault past the NDP to win government in the next federal election.


  
Mulcair says NDP to run 338 candidates in next election, sets sights on Toronto’s suburbs, Eastern Canada

NDP will continue holding the government to account on ethical lapses, ‘fiascos’ such as the F-35 fighter jets procurement process, to show Canadians, they capable of replacing the government, says NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.


  
NDP says its policies will win over more voters, tout its growth in membership

NDP MPs say the party’s resolutions, officially approved by nearly 2,000 delegates at its policy convention in Montreal, will become party policy and eventually the building blocks to winning the next federal election in 2015.


  
NDP MPs dismiss poll showing Liberals ahead of Conservatives, say voters want substance, not ‘fluff,’ a dig at Trudeau

New Democrat MPs are brushing off a recent poll showing the federal Liberal Party polling ahead of, not only their party, but the majority-governing Conservative Party for the first time since 2009.


  
Former Obama adviser tells NDP to build strong ground game, meaningful relationships with voters, and Moneyball-style analytics to win election

Traditional campaigns treat voters like political consumers, but in the 21st century, political parties need to use all means possible to engage voters as citizens in a ‘meaningful way,’ says Jeremy Bird.


  
NDP needs to ‘dramatically’ expand party's digital campaigning efforts, focus on fundraising in ‘big way,’ say party officials

The NDP policy convention in Montreal this weekend includes campaign training and election preparations, but some delegates say more time is needed for actual policy talk.


  
NDP MPs embrace Stiglitz’s message to share prosperity, want to run on it in next federal election

Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told NDP delegates that inequality is inherently unstable for Canadian society, and that shared prosperity is needed in the country. It’s something that New Democrats are embracing heading into the 2015 federal election.


  
Liberals say more than 60 per cent have cast votes for next leader, so far

The Liberals will release a complete rundown of votes cast for each Liberal leadership candidate, in each of the 308 federal electoral districts, once the winner of the party’s ground-breaking online vote is announced on Sunday.


  
Liberals say 42 per cent have voted for next leader, five days to go, e-voting got off to a shaky start

An increase in Quebec voting in the week-long federal Liberal Party online leadership election has boosted the overall turnout significantly over the day to 42 per cent of more than 127,000 registered voters, with five days of voting to remain.


  
Liberals receive more than 1,000 calls from members, supporters who couldn't vote online

Liberal Party beefing up telephone help lines to cope with a flood of calls from people having trouble voting in leadership campaign.


  
Liberal leadership ‘minivention’ draws wanted media attention, buzz, but awakens Grits for challenges ahead

The event was primarily designed as a media phenomenon to substitute for the drama and hoopla that would have accompanied a traditional convention of delegates rather than a party-wide vote over seven days. It also highlighted the enormous challenges ahead for the party.


  
Meet the top campaign players behind the federal Grit leadership candidates

The Trudeau brain trust is drawn from the party’s new guard, Liberal insiders who worked as staffers and campaigners soon after graduating from university in the 1990s.


  
Trudeau raises another $43,000 for war chest, Hall Findlay announces support from five senior Liberals

Liberal Leadership candidate Justin Trudeau gained another 949 contributors over the week’s reporting period. His campaign war chest, two days before voting begins, is $1,078,866, after a 10 per cent cut to the party that all candidates have been submitting to pay for the contest debates, events and cost of the election.


  
Trudeau’s $1-million campaign machine formidable as Liberals, ‘supporters’ prepare to begin voting this weekend

With roughly 127,000 eligible voters, a mix of about 37,500 card-carrying Liberal Party members who have registered to vote and roughly 89,500 in the new Liberal Party supporter category, the setup means getting out the vote, with the kind of cross-country organization only Justin Trudeau has, will be as crucial as it is in a general election.


  
Trudeau first ballot victory not guaranteed, says Liberal leadership candidate Cauchon

'If Trudeau doesn’t, and I believe Trudeau doesn’t make it on the first ballot, then the second choice will kick in. It will be a surprise box,' says former Justice minister Martin Cauchon.


  
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bluesky Strategy hosts Hillites, local politicos for drinks at Beckta Feb. 1, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Great Work Systems' Jen Hunter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristen Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Attendees at the Tuesday, Jan. 27 event filled the glass atrium of the Performance Court Building adjoining to the back of Beckta restaurant on Elgin Street. A DJ was playing upbeat tunes all evening.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MP Scott Simms and Bluesky's Raphael Brass.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, CHEO CEO Alex Munter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristin Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NSERC President Mario Pinto talking to Phil Fontaine, former AFN national chief.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NDP National Director Karl Bélanger.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bruce Heyman speaking with Huawei's Scott Bradley, and Liberal transition head Peter Harder.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MP Kim Rudd talks to Huffington Post Canada's Althia Raj.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Director of Communications to the House Speaker, Heather Bradley.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky Strategy's Codie Taylor, and Emily Smith in behind.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Kyle Harrietha, left, a staffer to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mike Storeshaw, director of media relations to interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Dentons' Scotty Greenwood.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki Heyman, Jen Hunter, and CMA's Kristin Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reuters bureau chief Randall Palmer, Carleton journalism professor Allan Thompson, and The Hill Times editor Kate Malloy.

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