'A lot of people who voted Conservative are going to be voting for the Liberals. Our tent is growing, and I think it’s a great sign,' says Toronto Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland about her new caucus colleague, former Conservative MP Eve Adams.
Pierre Poilievre steps into a senior ministerial portfolio, but he will have to work to gain the influence John Baird had as Ottawa’s regional political minister.
A rarely-used closure manoeuvre the government is using to kill Commons debate as early on a Conservative motion opposition MPs say would give Cabinet unconstitutional control over Parliament’s security forces has prompted Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger to skirt his party’s position in support of the government motion with a last-ditch amendment preserving the independence of Parliament.
Liberal MPs learned only 15 minutes prior to party leader Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa news conference Monday that he was set to announce former Conservative MP Eve Adams was joining his caucus and would seek nomination as a Liberal candidate for the 2015 election, The Hill Times has learned.
All but three of the 14 federal ridings in the west Toronto region where former Conservative MP Eve Adams was expected to run as a newly-minted Liberal have already nominated their candidates for the 2015 election.
A government plan to put the RCMP in command of a unified Commons and Senate security service came under heightened scrutiny on Thursday, with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May saying the national police force should stay out of internal Parliamentary affairs, and that the Parliamentary Protective Services should even replace the Mounties providing security and policing grounds around the Parliamentary Buildings.
A government plan to put the RCMP in command of the House of Commons and Senate protective services is drawing strong criticism in Parliament, with the union representing Commons security officers denouncing the move as a threat to Parliament’s independence.
The NDP is resuming a suspended Federal Court case over allegations its MPs violated House of Commons rules by placing staff on the Parliamentary payroll in satellite offices outside Ottawa, after the powerful internal Commons Board of Internal Economy unexpectedly broke the court truce with a published statement on Feb. 3 saying it is directing the MPs to personally reimburse a total of $2.7-million.
'You’ve got the Prime Minister of Canada standing in the House and saying "we want you to kill them." I think he’s dragging us more and more into fights that we don’t need to be in,' says Liberal MP Judy Sgro.
‘We’re sort of in a waiting mode,’ says suspended Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti.
Opposition MPs say the House schedule means the government could deliver a budget on April 1 or April 2, then use the two weeks off to sell it across the country without a House forum for opposition criticism and questions.
'Every knowledgeable person I've spoken to believes, and history tells us, that prices will eventually move well above current levels,' Finance Minister Joe Oliver told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page criticizes Conservative goverment's fiscal record, says feds not good fiscal managers and 'secrecy new normal,' at NDP strategy session Friday.
'I think we keep our eye firmly on the target, which is one Stephen Harper,' Victoria MP Murray Rankin told The Hill Times in an interview. 'I think the people of Canada will understand that we are the better alternative; it’s keeping our eye on that ball that’s keeping us busy today. We’re looking straight ahead.'
But NDP MP Pat Martin says, 'Public financing of political parties is far more fair and equitable than the frantic frenzy of begging and groveling they’ve been reduced to today.'
The last three months has been the Liberal Party's best fourth quarter since 2006 when corporate and union donations were still legal.
In mini shuffle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints Erin O'Toole as new Veterans Affairs minister and demotes Julian Fantino to associate minister of National Defence.
In a stunning move, NDP MP Glenn Thibeault quit the federal caucus and announced he was joining Liberal Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s party. Political observers say it’s too early to read too much into it, but say NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s biggest challenge is to convince his caucus he can win the next election.