Monday, March 30, 2015
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Harper will continue to win majorities if NDP, Liberals don't join forces, says former NDP MP

'I believe the public would like to see them get together, before the election. That would ensure the defeat of the Harper government,' says former NDP MP Ian Waddell.

NDP, Liberals blame government tactics, late-night notice on ISIL mission, for empty seats on opposition benches

One Liberal, who did not want to be quoted, told The Hill Times the vacant Liberal seats were signs of division over the anti-terrorism legislation.

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.


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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.