Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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‘Most of major attacks on democracy in C-23 left untouched by Senators’ in committee report, say NDP, Libs

NDP, Liberal MPs find the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s amendments puzzling.

Senate committee’s proposed changes to feds’ elections bill look like a lifeline for Poilievre

A Senate committee on Tuesday proposed amendments to the Harper government’s controversial election legislation that looked more like a lifeline for besieged Minister of State for Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre than a response to nearly unanimous opposition to the bill that MPs and Senators heard during more than three weeks of condensed hearings from electoral experts and citizen groups.

House breaks, Cabinet ministers publicize $31.2-million in government funding announcements so far

Nine Cabinet Ministers and at least one backbench MP launched Parliament’s two-week spring recess with a binge of $31.2-million in government funding announcements, records of the statements show.

Flaherty’s death inspires overwhelming sentiment of loss in House of Commons

Jim Flaherty had only political foes facing him across the green-carpeted floor of the House of Commons, but his sudden and unexpected death on Thursday inspired an overwhelming sentiment of loss and posthumous praise even among those who once fiercely decried the Conservative budgets he tabled in his eight years as Canada’s federal finance minister.

Conservative MP claims Elections Canada ‘leaks’ reason behind feds moving elections commissioner to Director of Public Prosecutions Office

A government backbencher, whose razor-thin victory in the 2011 general election came under scrutiny in a Federal Court challenge, says he believes ‘leaks’ from within Elections Canada led to explosive news reports about fraudulent robocalls during the election and are likely one of the reasons the government wants to transfer Elections Canada’s investigative branch to the Director of Public Prosecutions Office.

Feds’ elections overhaul bill to end Elections Canada’s ‘campaign compliance strategy’

Contentious government legislation that proposes to prohibit the chief electoral officer from communicating anything but basic voting information to the public will effectively kill a ‘campaign compliance strategy’ that Elections Canada developed last year in response to the notorious robocall attempts to dupe electors in the 2011 general election, MPs say.

First Nations leaders call on feds to maintain vouching, voter information cards as House Affairs Committee hearings get testy

Alberta Conservative MP Blake Richards had to be interrupted by the Conservative chair of a Commons committee Thursday while drowning out a response from an aboriginal women’s leader who, along with other First Nations witnesses, was calling on the government to lower barriers to voting rather than prohibiting the use of vouching and voter information cards as elector eligibility provisions under the Canada Elections Act.

Senate to pass feds’ controversial elections overhaul bill by end of June: Carignan

The government majority in the Senate has set the end of June as the deadline to pass one of the most controversial bills the Conservatives have introduced in eight years.

Blind voters could also be disenfranchised under feds' elections law overhaul

Meanwhile, the House Affairs Committee begins a rush to jam in as many witnesses as possible in the two weeks remaining before a government-imposed May 1 deadline for the committee to complete its business and send the bill back to the House for final passage.

Most say Flaherty was a good finance minister: Forum Research poll

A clear majority of Canadians rate former finance minister Jim Flaherty as either a good finance minister or one of Canada’s best, some even saying they believe he was the best finance minister, a new poll has found.

Unions raise questions about Workplace 2.0 crowding

Two public sector unions are raising questions after a government-wide strategy to modernize the public service is relocating 164 employees into a federal building that was already near maximum capacity.

Holder gets a shot at ‘learning the ropes of Cabinet’ with science appointment

New Science and Technology Minister Ed Holder well-liked, but critics don’t see change in federal science policy.

Election bill consumes political class, fails to resonate beyond: pollsters

Pollster Nik Nanos says ‘if you read the newspapers, you’d think war had been declared on democracy.’ But the government’s controversial changes to the elections laws are not resonating.

Politicos talk youth engagement at University of Ottawa

Harper plays statesman on Ukraine, crisis could help energy exports

Foreign policy provides a ‘controlled platform’ that leaves little room for opposition leaders to crowd, and the situation in Ukraine has won sustained media attention, making it more likely to capture Canadians’ interest.

Defiant Conservative Sen. Meredith says Washington trip worth ‘every dime’

Tory Sen. Don Meredith vehemently denies it but sources reconfirmed to The Hill Times that the Senate administration is conducting a special review of his expenses.

Alberta MPs long shots for PC leadership job

Rickford’s star rises, but faces major challenges in Natural Resources file

Oliver’s staffers follow him to Finance, many of Flaherty’s leaving

Press gallery should take collective action to counter government control: critics


Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.