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Manning stands by decision to drop Flanagan from Manning Conference panel, says conservatives need to think before speaking, and need to own environmental issues

Reform Party founder recognizes conservative movement’s image problem with many Canadians and outlines strategy for change in annual conservative scouting report.

Canada ‘light years’ behind U.S. on data mining in election campaigns, time to catch up, say experts

NCC’s Stephen Taylor says Conservatives are getting ‘complacent’ and the Libs, NDP are catching up.

Bergen, Crockatt, Rempel say political parties don’t need quotas for female candidates, it's wrong

Conservative MPs Candice Bergen, Joan Crockatt, and Michelle Rempel talk about being female politicians at annual Manning Centre Conference.

Kenney recalls Dief’s historic 1958 majority election win, says Conservatives can win even bigger next time too

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Conservatives should stick to their guns with the kind of crime, refugee, and economic policies that won over swaths of new Canadians in the 2011 federal election.

Conservatives must be better at microtargeting voters and communicating ideas to win more seats: data experts

Using the 2011 election results and data from each riding, Politrain Consulting data expert Mitch Wexler tells Manning Centre Conference attendees that Conservatives would win 189 seats, the NDP would win 108 seats, and the Liberals would win 36 seats in the 2015 federal election with 30 new seats in the House of Commons.

Ron Paul a polarizing figure, but 'conservatives not afraid of self-examination,' says Manning on former U.S. Congressman's appearance at networking event

'People either love him or hate him,' says Manning Centre communications director Olivier Ballou, who credits the 50 per cent increase in student attendance to former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Environmentalists believe humans are a 'cancer' on the planet, says Sun TV's Levant

'Some environmentalists, they believe in the environment even more than they believe sometimes in people,' Ezra Levant told the Manning Centre conference on Friday, promoting his 'ethical oil' philosophy.

All 10 provinces plan to intervene in feds’ Senate reforms questions to Supreme Court

All 10 provincial governments have served notice at the Supreme Court of Canada they intend to intervene in the federal government’s reference asking for the court’s opinion on whether Parliament has the constitutional power to unilaterally limit Senate terms, hold elections to fill vacancies or even abolish the Senate entirely.

Justin’s got a juggernaut, but he’s not taking anything for granted in federal Liberal leadership campaign, say Trudeau backers

Liberal Party news that nearly 300,000 voting age Canadians have signed up to cast ballots in the party’s April 14 leadership election, with half recruited by leadership candidate Justin Trudeau’s army of volunteers, was sobering for the other candidates on Wednesday, even though Mr. Trudeau’s supporters on Parliament Hill warned against taking anything for granted.

Trudeau has federal Liberal leadership locked up, say Grit MPs, 'people want to see a leader they believe in'

Justin Trudeau has the Liberal leadership race locked up after rounding up the lion’s share of a new class of Liberal supporters who will be eligible to vote in the leadership election without actually joining the party, Liberal MPs say.

Conservative Sen. Duffy found one-page Senator’s living expenses form unclear, had to file it annually

The Senate residency form that Conservative Senator Mike Duffy originally claimed was confusing and led to what he said was a ‘mistake’ in claiming a Prince Edward Island summer cottage as his primary residence and allowing him to claim an estimated $30,000 since September 2010 as secondary residence expenses in Ottawa, must be filed every year, according to the detailed Senate rules about housing and travel expenses.

Feds suggest uproar over Senate residency, expense claims should speed up Supreme Court’s decision on Upper Chamber reforms

The federal government has cited the political uproar over residency claims and expenses of three Conservative Senators, all appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to put pressure on the Supreme Court of Canada for a speedy decision on whether Mr. Harper’s plan to overhaul Senate terms and hold nominee elections for Senators is constitutional, according to court documents.

Supreme Court speeds up hearings into Harper government's Senate reform questions, Quebec argues against the rush

The Supreme Court of Canada is expediting hearings into the federal government’s request for an opinion on whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan to unilaterally begin reforming the Senate without provincial approval is constitutional.

Candidates’ campaign meet-and-greet events new barometer for federal Liberal leadership strength

A new barometer for federal Liberal leadership contenders has emerged, aside from the sobering prospect the field of candidates faced when they saw Justin Trudeau’s daunting lead in financial donations last month.

Feds ask Supreme Court to fast-track Senate questions

The federal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to fast-track its request for a decisive opinion on whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan to limit Senate terms and establish a nominee election system for Senate appointments without provincial consent is constitutional.

Now’s not the time to jump into ‘constitutional upheaval’ over Senate, says Trudeau

The crisis now gripping the Senate over allegations of false residency claims and the temporary expulsion of newly-Independent Quebec Senator Patrick Brazeau is no time to jump into radical changes that would spark ‘constitutional upheaval,’ Liberal MP Justin Trudeau says.

Senate puts Sen. Brazeau on leave of absence; Senators say media should focus on good work of Upper Chamber too

Newly-Independent Senator Patrick Brazeau drew a crush of television cameras and surprised even Senate staff when he turned out for a Senate vote Tuesday forcing him on a leave of absence over assault charges, and was the only Senator in the nearly full Chamber to voice opposition to the government motion intended to protect the Senate’s 'dignity' and 'public trust in Parliament.'

Most Conservative Party supporters say Canada’s Parliamentary budget officer has done a good job: Forum Research poll

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government have been at loggerheads with Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page since his appointment five years ago, but nearly half of Conservative Party voters say they believe he has done a good job, a Forum Research poll has found.

Senate under attack, Supreme Court weighs Senate’s future, PM to continue to appoint Senators

Until the Supreme Court rules on the Senate questions, Prime Minister Stephen Harper to continue to name Senators to Upper Chamber.

Lockheed Martin’s top sales guys pitch F-35s in Ottawa; Canuck test pilot says fighter jets have 50 per cent further range than CF-18s

Two of Lockheed Martin’s top salesmen for the F-35 stealth fighter jet were in Ottawa Thursday for a round of media interviews, in the wake of a recent U.S. government report about development glitches for the trouble-plagued warplane and opposition criticism about high costs, to argue the F-35 is not only the best buy for Canada but also for future protection of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 27, 2015
Bottoms up at Hy's post-budget soirée April 27, 2015

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Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.

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CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.

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Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.

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Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.

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Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.

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House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.

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Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

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Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.

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Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

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Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

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Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

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Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

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RX&D Lobbyist Sarah Douglas and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello and Bea Vongdouangchanh.