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Fall fiscal announcements signal Conservatives’ unofficial campaign kickoff

New lobbying code lays out conflict over political activities, could lead to campaign ‘chill’

Lobbyists who campaign for a political candidate who later goes on to become a Cabinet minister could end up being prohibited not only from lobbying the minister but the entire department.

Police officer likely to win next month’s Yellowhead byelection, to join growing number of former cops in Conservative caucus

A retired Mountie who is virtually guaranteed to win the federal byelection next month in Alberta will become the ninth former or serving police officer elected to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s caucus—nearly half of all the police officers elected to Parliament since Confederation in 1867.

Canadian airstrikes in Iraq important as ‘a reliable ally’ but won’t increase influence

Liberals support troops not Iraq mission, Conservatives say Libs ‘can’t have it both ways’

Liberal MPs disclosed Tuesday the party intends to support the Canadian bombing mission against radical Islamic terrorists in Iraq once the government majority in the Commons passes a motion the Liberals have staunchly opposed supporting the new combat role for Canadian troops.

Conservative Party uses Trudeau’s ‘juvenile’ CF-18 remark to fundraise, ‘whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are’

The Conservative Party has launched a fundraising blitz attacking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for being on the ‘wrong side of history’ over his stand that Canada should be helping refugees in Iraq rather than sending Canadian warplanes to take part in U.S. led bombing of radical Islamic terrorists.

Conservative Senators expected to oppose Liberal motion calling on AG to audit MPs’ expenses

The Conservative majority in the Senate has signalled it will oppose a Liberal motion urging the House of Commons to invite Auditor General Michael Ferguson to conduct a sweeping audit of Commons spending, including MP expenses, in the same way the Senate called in Mr. Ferguson for an audit of its own expenses.

Climate change affecting Canada’s northern forests ‘faster than the global average,’ says government report

One day after a world conference on climate change in New York City last week that Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to attend, his Cabinet minister for natural resources quietly tabled a report providing detailed background on the effect climate change is wreaking on Canada’s forest, and fingering the oil and gas industry as the only growing source of deforestation in the country.

Opposition MPs say Chong’s reform bill evidence of government backbenchers’ frustration

Opposition MPs who plan to vote for a bill Conservative MP Michael Chong has proposed as a start to reigning in the power wielded by prime ministers and party leaders are citing the bill as evidence of the depth of government backbench frustration with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s control over his caucus.

Health Canada says it would have given ‘full control’ to doctors’ groups over content of anti-marijuana ad campaign

An agreement Health Canada was proposing this summer to obtain involvement of the country’s three national physician groups in a politically-charged youth campaign about marijuana included a clause that gave the medical associations ‘full control’ over the content of the advertising campaign, Health Canada says.

Harper suspended Commons committee reviews of Gascon’s Supreme Court appointment in June: House documents

Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended special Commons committee reviews in June of his nominations to the Supreme Court of Canada following an unprecedented public dispute in May over Conservative allegations that Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin had attempted to lobby against a 2013 appointment by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Harper launches campaign-style speech, rallies Conservatives as House resumes sitting

Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style rally at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Monday to launch his government’s fall season of Parliament as though it really were a prelude to the 2015 federal election—with hints the government is set to pass legislation that could eliminate the last remaining chance of parole in homicides where a lifetime prison sentence is imposed.

Mandatory voting would erode Conservatives’ strategic advantage, say experts

A system of mandatory voting now being crowd-tested by the Liberal Party would either erode or eliminate a strategic advantage the Conservative Party held over the past two federal elections through the disproportionate weight of its loyal base, U.S.-style campaign tactics, and negative attack ads, experts say.

NDP, House prepare for Federal Court fight over secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy, $1-million free mailings

Lawyers for the NDP and the House of Commons are squaring off for a Federal Court battle over whether the court has the power to order a secretive board that governs the Commons to disclose confidential files for a ruling that the NDP violated House bylaws with more than $1-million worth of free mailings.

Liberals on offensive over support to legalize marijuana

The Liberal Party blitzed an email to thousands of party supporters and members last Friday, arguing the Conservative position in favor of maintaining criminal laws prohibiting marijuana possession will only prop up a regime that has failed to keep teenagers from using cannabis, while evidence in the U.S. over the past year shows legalization works.

‘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.


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, October 20, 2014
Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary shindig in Ottawa: Oct. 15, 2014 Oct. 20, 2014

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The crowd at Earnscliffe's 25th anniversary party on Oct. 15 at its Chambers Building office in Ottawa. About 250 people came out to the party.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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Dan Rogers and Craig Robinson.
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Jim Patrick and Bernard Lord.
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Hugh Winsor and CTV's Power Play host Don Martin.
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William Stairs.
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Former prime minister Joe Clark.
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Hugh Segal, Harry Near, and Michael Robinson.
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Hugh Segal and Harry Near regaled the crowd with some colourful speeches.
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The crowd.
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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and Earnscliffe's Robin Sears chat inside Mr. Sears' office.
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It was a standing-room-only kind of an affair, with some guests standing in the stairway to hear the speeches upstairs.
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Pollster Bruce Anderson who used to work at Earnscliffe at one time.
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Earnscliffe's Peter Harris, left, Hill & Knowlton's Elizabeth Roscoe, centre.
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Bruce Young, head of Earnscliffe's B.C. office, talks about how the West Coast office of the firm came to be.
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Kaveri Braid leads the Saskatchewan office.
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Earnscliffe's principal in Ottawa, Daniel Bernier.
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Bill Fox, one of the founders of Earnscliffe along with Harry Near and Hugh Segal, chats up the crowd.
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The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vieira.
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CIBC's director of government relations Michel Liboiron.
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NDP national director Anne McGrath.
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Earnscliffe's Michael Robinson and his children, Katie Robinson and Craig Robinson.
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Tom Clark, host of Global TV's The West Block.
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Earnscliffe principal Velma McColl shares memories from her more than 10 years with Earnscliffe.