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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.


  
Prime Minister Harper does a few year-end media interviews, but still no major National Press Theatre year-end press conference

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has given his normal sprinkling of year-end Parliamentary Press Gallery interviews, but he has had only one news conference in the National Press Theatre since first winning power in 2006 and a comparison of G8 ranks shows Mr. Harper is least likely of the major leaders to open up to journalists who cover them and their governments on a daily basis.


  
All-Party Women’s Caucus tells Speaker Scheer they’re ‘happy to help’ inform on Hill sexual harassment policies

A handful of MPs on the All-Party Women’s Caucus met with House Speaker Andrew Scheer Monday morning to discuss how they can help to establish a harassment policy as both the Commons Board of Internal Economy and a Subcommittee of Procedure and House Affairs begin work on the explosive issue.


  
Suspended Senators Duffy, Wallin, Harb repay $465,000

Three of the four Senators who were suspended last year for filing false expense and living allowance claims have repaid a total of $465,000 over the past year-and-a-half, including interest on the money they wrongly received, public accounts and Senate records show.


  
Two unnamed NDP MPs decline to lodge formal complaints of ‘serious personal misconduct’ against Liberal MPs Pacetti and Andrews

Two female NDP MPs who allege serious personal misconduct on the part of two male Liberal MPs have declined to lodge formal complaints with the powerful House of Commons Board of Internal Economy, a government MP spokesman for the board said Tuesday.


  
Angry vets mount ‘Anyone But Conservatives’ campaign for 2015 election

Canadian veterans, angry over the government’s closure of nine regional veteran support offices in the past year as the federal Conservatives strove to balance the budget, are mounting an ‘Anyone But Conservative’ campaign to elect another party to government in 2015.


  
Hill shooter’s unreleased video could be key to defining him as a ‘terrorist’

Video evidence that the RCMP has not made public appears to be a key to deciding whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper was justified on Wednesday to describe the shooting death of a National War Memorial honour guard and the killer’s subsequent attack on Parliament Hill as acts of terrorism.


  
House Speaker won't talk about Hill security after gunman last week shot dead in Centre Block

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer has clamped down on information about security details for the Parliamentary Precinct after media scrutiny heightened following a barrage of gunfire that erupted in Centre Block last week when a gunman breached three lines in the security perimeter protecting MPs before being shot dead by security and RCMP officers.


  
RCMP release dramatic video footage of gunman behind Ottawa shootings

The official statement by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, delivered Thursday afternoon:


  
BREAKING: RCMP calls Parliament Hill, War Memorial shootings 'terrorist attack'

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says RCMP has identified 'persuasive evidence that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's attack was driven by ideological and political motives.'


  
NDP MP Godin claims his privileges breached after RCMP officer stopped him last month on the Hill

But RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said NDP MP Yvon Godin was delayed for no more than 70 seconds and that the RCMP officer escorted Mr. Godin through the entrance once the motorcade had passed.


  
Fall fiscal announcements signal Conservatives’ unofficial campaign kickoff

  
New lobbying code lays out conflict over political activities, could lead to campaign ‘chill’

Lobbyists who campaign for a political candidate who later goes on to become a Cabinet minister could end up being prohibited not only from lobbying the minister but the entire department.


  
Police officer likely to win next month’s Yellowhead byelection, to join growing number of former cops in Conservative caucus

A retired Mountie who is virtually guaranteed to win the federal byelection next month in Alberta will become the ninth former or serving police officer elected to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s caucus—nearly half of all the police officers elected to Parliament since Confederation in 1867.


  
Canadian airstrikes in Iraq important as ‘a reliable ally’ but won’t increase influence

  
Liberals support troops not Iraq mission, Conservatives say Libs ‘can’t have it both ways’

Liberal MPs disclosed Tuesday the party intends to support the Canadian bombing mission against radical Islamic terrorists in Iraq once the government majority in the Commons passes a motion the Liberals have staunchly opposed supporting the new combat role for Canadian troops.


  
Conservative Party uses Trudeau’s ‘juvenile’ CF-18 remark to fundraise, ‘whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are’

The Conservative Party has launched a fundraising blitz attacking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for being on the ‘wrong side of history’ over his stand that Canada should be helping refugees in Iraq rather than sending Canadian warplanes to take part in U.S. led bombing of radical Islamic terrorists.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bottoms up at Hy's post-budget soirée April 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

RX&D Lobbyist Sarah Douglas and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello and Bea Vongdouangchanh.

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