Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Adams attends first Liberal caucus meeting, colleagues put on brave face among signs of discontent

'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.


  
He’s ‘Ottawa’s new John Baird,’ Poilievre moves into Harper Cabinet’s big leagues

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.


  
Grit Bélanger says Parliament could contract RCMP independently on Hill security oversight

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.


  
Trudeau’s chief of staff held teleconference with Liberal MPs 15 minutes before Adams’ floor-crossing news conference Monday

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.


  
Adams exploring Eglinton-Lawrence, Finance Minister Oliver’s riding

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.


  
‘If Kevin Vickers were here, he would not let this happen’: May

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.


  
House security union slams move to put Mounties in charge of Hill security

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.


  
NDP resumes Federal Court fight after BOIE orders NDP MPs to pay back $2.75-million

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.


  
Nominated Federal Candidates for 2015 Election So Far

  
PM Harper's rhetoric on Canadians killing terrorists heightening public anxiety during election year, say opposition MPs

'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.


  
A primer on what’s going on at House, Senate committees this winter session

  
Work to address Hill harassment continues, MPs still in limbo

‘We’re sort of in a waiting mode,’ says suspended Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti.


  
Feds could table budget early April then use two-week recess to avoid questions in House, say opposition MPs

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.


  
Plunge in world oil prices means $4.9-billion surplus Conservatives promised for 2015 election year has 'eroded to nothing,' say economists

'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.


  
NDP in 'much stronger position' now than 10 months before last election, says Mulcair

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.


  
NDP MPs say they're looking to form next government, despite polls showing them in third place

'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.'


  
Parties to lose per-vote subsidy permanently April 1, Liberals now support elimination

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.'


  
Liberals raise $5.2-million in fourth quarter of 2014

The last three months has been the Liberal Party's best fourth quarter since 2006 when corporate and union donations were still legal.


  
PM Harper keeps Fantino in Cabinet because Tories can't afford to lose seats in GTA, say critics

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.


  
Too soon to judge how ‘stunning’ NDP MP Thibeault defection to provincial Liberals will play out

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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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