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‘Quintessential happy warrior’ Van Vugt steps into big job at Conservative HQ

Canada’s ‘one-sided’ position on Mideast conflict could undermine its international influence

If the federal government believes terrorism is the biggest security threat in the coming years, taking extreme positions won’t help, says Paul Heinbecker.

Trudeau has ‘good shot’ at being Prime Minister Harper’s main challenger in next election, says Nanos

The surge of Liberal Party support in four federal byelections on Monday includes signs of a dramatic recovery from an unprecedented 2011 plunge.

Opposition MPs slam Conservatives’ lack of good governance, say legislative process ‘dysfunctional’

The government used time allocation to limit debate 17 times during the 19-day marathon of Commons sittings to midnight from the last week in May through most of June, as Conservative MPs passed or pushed forward a flood of bills before Parliament’s summer recess nearly two weeks ago.

Conservative Party warns supporters in fundraising pitch of expected attack ads against Harper ahead of 2015 election

The Conservative Party is warning its members and supporters of a barrage of attacks targeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his governing party in advance of the 2015 federal election.

High number of advance voters in Trinity-Spadina reflects tight race, voter interest

A byelection battle in the downtown federal electoral district of Trinity-Spadina has become a pitched battle between Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan and New Democrat Joe Cressy, dramatic evidence from the turnout for advance voting indicates.

Political parties can spend up to $336,996 on byelections

The main national political parties will each be able to spend up to $336,996 to help their candidates in the four federal byelections scheduled for next Monday, June 30—either in all four electoral districts where votes are taking place or two of the ridings or even just one.

Conservative MP Vellacott digs up old Pierre Trudeau quote to oppose Justin Trudeau’s political stance on abortion today

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott has distributed a 1972 statement on abortion by Pierre Trudeau in an attempt to argue the late former prime minister would oppose the political position of his son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who is requiring all Liberal election candidates and re-elected MPs to support a woman’s right to choose in any future Commons vote on abortion law.

NDP accuses government of ‘ugly, secretive, partisan’ in-camera trial ordering party to pay back $1.17-million

The final days of Commons sittings erupted Tuesday into heated exchanges between NDP and Conservative MPs, as the New Democrats accused the government of using an “ugly, secretive, partisan” trial behind closed doors to taint the NDP with a ruling that it violated House bylaws with political mailings that cost $1.17-million in ineligible House postage costs and free Canada Post franking privileges.

NDP MPs' salaries could be garnished if Commons Board of Internal Economy finds New Democrats broke Commons rules: Conservative MP

Conservative MPs, who claim the NDP is on the hook to repay the House of Commons up to $3-million for a satellite caucus office the New Democrats established in Montreal in 2011 and nearly two million flyers individual NDP MPs mass-mailed to other electoral districts, believe the money may be garnisheed from New Democrat MPs' salaries if a House governing board rules the spending broke Commons regulations.

NDP MP says Tories, Libs going after NDP mailings to influence Ontario election, Grit calls claim ‘absolute paranoid fantasy’

An escalating Conservative and Liberal attack against the NDP, over allegations the NDP broke Commons rules with politically-charged mailings to voters and the establishment of an NDP office in Montreal staffed by aides on the Commons payroll in Ottawa, is an attempt to tarnish the party’s wider image as the Ontario provincial election looms, NDP MP Pat Martin says.

RCMP may have found evidence bolstering a defence PM knew of $90,000 payment to Duffy: former House law clerk

RCMP investigators likely decided not to lay charges against former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright over the $90,000 he personally gave former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy to repay Senate housing expenses because of evidence that would have given Mr. Wright grounds to say he believed he had Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s consent to make the payment, a former House of Commons law clerk says.

Prime Minister’s Office one of least trusted of federal institutions: poll

The Forum Research survey of the trust Canadians have in federal institutions found only one place that rivals the level of distrust Canadians have toward the PMO—the Senate.

PCO email chain raises more questions about RCMP’s decision to drop investigation into Wright, says NDP

The Privy Council Office ordered the preservation of email backup data for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office after the sudden discovery last November that email accounts for a legal adviser to the prime minister who had been involved in negotiations over a $90,000 payment to cover former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy’s impugned expenses had been found.

Rigby helped senior PCO adviser send Paulson letter about missing Senate scandal documents last December

A senior Cabinet aide in the Privy Council Office received assistance from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s national security adviser in order to send RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson a copy of a letter informing one of Mr. Paulson’s division commanders about the discovery of missing documents in the Senate scandal investigation last December.

Conservative MP Woodworth allowed to use Commons cellphone in 2011 election campaign

A House of Commons interpretative manual backs up Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s claim he was allowed to use his Commons cellphone during the 2011 election—despite a separate House regulation that explicitly prohibits using Parliamentary services for re-election.

Conservative MP who grilled Mulcair over NDP’s satellite office spending had to repay House $326 on his own re-election campaign

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, who helped grill NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for nearly two hours Thursday at the House Affairs Committee over allegations the NDP used public money for partisan work at a Montreal office the party established for its flood of rookie MPs in 2011, had to repay the Commons for $326 worth of telephone and printing services he used for his own election campaign that year, Elections Canada records show.

Thirty-two government, opposition MPs missed vote on Bill C-23

A total of 32 government and opposition MPs missed the House of Commons vote this week on one of the most contentious bills that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has introduced since 2006—the Fair Elections Act—but the government says the mystery is the absence of a dozen NDP MPs, not the 14 missing Conservatives.

Elections overhaul bill includes loophole that could hinder investigations into fraud between election cycles

Opposition MPs mounting a last stand Tuesday in the face of government closure of debate on controversial election bill discovered yet more 'bread crumbs for a starving man' as they realized last-minute Conservative amendments include a loophole that could hinder completion of investigations into fraud on voters between elections.

Conservatives have chance in Scarborough-Agincourt, June 30 byelections could mean low voter turnout on four-day holiday for many voters

Voting day timing that is bound to suppress turnout in four federal byelections for June 30 on the eve of Canada Day next month, July 1, and the bitter departure of former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis from national politics and its aftermath, could give the Conservatives an otherwise unexpected chance to take over his long-held former riding in Toronto.


Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, August 2, 2014
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre.