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Bumpy road for Trudeau, Mulcair, and Harper

Bumpy road for Trudeau, Mulcair, and Harper

The stage will be set during the next few months as we approach the call of the 2015 election, be it in the spring or the fall. The three parties have plenty of work to do to get ready, and at this stage no party has a lock on victory.



Liberals have inside track on final sprint to 2015

Liberals have inside track on final sprint to 2015
If an election were held today, the Liberals would win it. The Conservatives and NDP have a year to change that.

A successful society values its public goods, Oliver should understand that

A successful society values its public goods, Oliver should understand that
Next year’s $6.4-billion budget surplus will only be possible because of cutbacks and constraints in federal spending, with the Harper government deliberately choosing less growth and more unemployment now in order to have a surplus to finance an election-year budget.

#Can2020 Conference is fuel for 2015 and beyond

With an election on the horizon, it’s time to inject new thinking into the policy mix, ignite the idea-generation process that will shape the 2015 election agenda.

A successful society values its public goods, Oliver should understand that

Next year’s $6.4-billion budget surplus will only be possible because of cutbacks and constraints in federal spending, with the Harper government deliberately choosing less growth and more unemployment now in order to have a surplus to finance an election-year budget.

Canada’s Dementia Research needs a home in a national strategy

Canadians want a national plan with leadership from Ottawa.

Fantino: I want to improve veterans’ access to gainful employment once they leave Canadian Forces

Standing alongside companies such as Cenovus, Shell Canada, Queens University, Bell, the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, and many, many others, our message is clear: we’re ready to hire them.

First Nations and the Canadian government: why don’t we get along?

The native-newcomer relationship has never recovered from the shift from kinship to domination. Most of the problems that Canada has encountered in dealing with First Nations are rooted in government’s insistence on telling its legal children what they must do, rather than discussing with its indigenous kinfolk what they might do together. Until Canada learns that lesson, the prospects for getting along remain poor.

Meh, to public opinion polls right now

Maybe Harper will experience defeat in 2015 after his long marriage to victory, but maybe not. There are just so many variables, known and unknown, that can influence voting intention over the next 14 months, not the least of which is, you know, that 36-day writ thing; just ask former future premiers Adrian Dix and Danielle Smith.

Moving beyond Canada’s commercial seal hunt

The WTO ruling has provided Canadian leadership an opportunity to critically evaluate the future of commercial seal hunt, and gracefully extricate itself from this financial boondoggle. It is time to consider better ways to support rural communities in Atlantic Canada.

Mulcair better hop to it, and fast

It’s encouraging to see the NDP take a first small step in addressing the next election’s key issue. But without dealing with the issue of revenue and taxation a challenge to Harper on the economy will come up short.

Policy arrogance and innocent bias

While ‘fearless advice and loyal implementation’ remains the valid fundamental principle, some discussion of notional “guidelines” on its application may be helpful to both the political and bureaucratic level.

Premiers’ dithering blocks meaningful trade talks

For all the pre-conference grandstanding, internal trade did not even show up on the premiers’ pre-meeting list of discussion priorities.

Why I’m riding 5,000 km on a unicycle across Canada to raise issue of climate change

Why I’m riding 5,000 km on a unicycle across Canada to raise issue of climate change
The 2015 federal election is rapidly approaching. Climate change is the most significant and urgent global challenge that we’re faced with, and one in which Canada has an important role to play.

COLUMNS

Warren Kinsella, Karl Bélanger, Tim Powers

We’re in for a ferocious period of politics

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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