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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.

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.


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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.