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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Bringing women’s rights to election table an arduous task

  
Recession, deficit, declining consumer confidence not burdens we can afford to dismiss

The Conservatives’ obsession with budgetary balance overrides the need to do something about a stagnant economy.


  
Four things we can do to improve health care in Canada

If we want to improve health care in Canada, primary care is a good place to start.


  
What risk does Farm Credit Corporation pose to taxpayers?

Parliament has the obligation to shine a bright light on the massive public liabilities assumed by Crown corporations and to question whether this is the wisest use of scarce tax dollars in today’s economy.


  
Relations with Russia will be Canada's foreign policy barometre

We use foreign policy to talk to ourselves rather than to engage in international diplomacy


  
Meandering, centreless 2015 is the Seinfeld campaign

In a campaign about nothing, nothing is what Canadians are thinking about it.


  
Getting the national story straight

But how well we accommodate the rights and interests of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis is the test foreigners will apply to Canada as a potential global role model.


  
Five factors to watch for in this election

Unknown are the surprises that can influence the outcome of a campaign: the embarrassing blunder, the surprise policy commitment, counterproductive ads, and a debate knockout, not to mention external events and global incidents.


  
Stephen Harper’s mixed legacy

Within the decline of the federal government’s policy scope lies a great opportunity, the chance to redefine and reorient Ottawa’s purpose.


  
Will climate refugees in Canada finally spur action on climate change?

Saskatchewan today has thousands of climate refugees suffering as a result of climate change. Will that be enough to change minds and spur meaningful action? If our leaders have, as they should, the health and wellbeing of the population as their highest priority, it must.


  
Iranian nuclear deal disappointing diplomatic failure

We must remember that Iran’s isolation from the international community is not just the product of its illicit nuclear program. It is also a direct result of the country’s abuse of human rights at home and sponsorship of terrorism abroad.


  
Post-liberalism: The next ideological revolution?

An openness to the post-liberal way of thinking could go a long way in helping Canada devise a new sense of national purpose.


  
Forest products industry an innovation leader: FPAC president

'The rebirth of the Canadian forest products industry is now heavily reliant on our repositioning. We are transforming, we are innovating, we are environmentally progressive,' says David Lindsay


  
Canadian foreign policy must address tug of war between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

Canadian policy-makers have to ask themselves whether or not they can get away with supporting a minoritarian separatist movement to defeat terrorists overseas—and whether they can stomach standing by a supposed NATO ally who enabled the rise of ISIS.


  
How to democratically restrict third-party ad spending

The call by some for all political action committees that run ads to shut down is nonsensical as that would mean all these groups disbanding and individuals also refraining from such advertising.


  
First Nations can make a vote difference in 51 ridings, says AFN's Bellegarde

  
Canada should push for zero population growth

A commitment to zero population growth offers a large number of people more humanity long term and better conditions to sustain our current levels of prosperity.


  
Hope and fear are tried-and-true methods because they work

PM Harper knows where our fear button is, and he’s punching it like we’re all in a hot elevator stuck between floors.


  
NCC push for memorial site part of drive for politically planned Ottawa

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

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