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Liberal nominations causing divisions in party, potential candidates say

Feds try to ‘demotivate, demoralize’ opposition against controversial elections overhaul bill, says Leadnow’s Biggar

Leadnow executive director Jamie Biggar says online campaigns needed to fight Conservatives’ elections bill to counter the federal government’s strategy.

Former top Obama adviser Mitch Stewart talks about narrative building, melding cold, hard data, analytics at Broadbent Institute summit

A former top campaign organizer for U.S. President Barack Obama, now working on a political action committee backing Hilary Clinton should she seek the presidency in 2016, gave closed-door briefings and workshops to union organizers, activists and NDP volunteers Thursday as part of a Broadbent Institute ‘progress summit’ for political action.

Ending vouching, voter ID cards could disenfranchise 520,000 in next election, says elections expert Neufeld

The government came under its most severe criticism yet Thursday over controversial plans to amend federal election law, with a former chief electoral officer for British Columbia accusing the Conservatives of attempting to ‘tilt the playing field’ in their favour.

Feds to delay F-35 decision until after next federal election

The government has delayed its current schedule to sign a contract for an initial delivery of Lockheed-Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets to Canada until after the 2015 federal election year, The Hill Times has learned.

Tory MP Hawn recalls voter card shenanigans in 2006, but Elections Canada says cards not used in 2006 election

A second Conservative MP has come forward in Parliament with allegations of suspected wrongdoing over voter ID in a past election, in this case eight years ago, as prominent electoral experts warned MPs that a government plan to eliminate vouching for electors with insufficient ID would be unconstitutional.

Feds retreat from claims 2011 election report found widespread voter fraud

The government is retreating from claims that an independent audit of the 2011 federal election indicated the possibility of widespread fraud under a vouching system used by more than 120,000 otherwise qualifying electors who had insufficient ID or none at all.

Senate administration examining Conservative Sen. Meredith’s expenses

The Senate is conducting a detailed review of Tory Sen. Don Meredith’s expenses: sources.

Don’t expect drastic policy shifts under Oliver

But while Jim Flaherty did the heavy lifting to balance the budget by next year, Joe Oliver has to resolve the income-splitting issue and return Canada to long-term economic growth.

Feds to bring in budget bill, to focus on economy

But NDP says Bill C-23 is ‘one of the biggest fights of our lives.’

Feds’ election bill to make money more important in politics, say opposition parties

Bill C-23 will actually increase the amount of money that can flow into politics and will create a new loophole in expense rules.

Liberal Sen. Downe challenges Trudeau to act on commitment to transparency

And Liberals challenge NDP to use their supply day motion to force House vote on AG audit of MPs’ expenses.

Broadbent Progress Summit to focus on policy development, networking

The Broadbent Institute, the left-leaning think-tank, convenes its inaugural policy conference this week in Ottawa and Julia Gillard and Mitch Stewart are scheduled to attend.

Mulcair shuffles NDP shadow Cabinet, Julian new House leader, Cullen finance critic

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair surprised New Democrats Thursday as he shifted NDP MP Peggy Nash out of her finance critic post and realigned his shadow Cabinet more dramatically than expected in the wake of former NDP MP Olivia Chow’s departure.

Conservatives painting Government of Canada website blue, organizing by themes not departments, NDP says new look obscuring sensitive facts

A transformation of the old into a new has been taking place since December, a massive overhaul that is steadily changing the face of federal portals and appearance department-by-department—with 2016 as the target year for completion.

Neufeld says more than 100,000 to be disenfranchised under feds’ election bill, will testify at House Affairs Committee next week

The opposition parties have former B.C. elections chief Harry Neufeld at the top of their witness lists for testimony on proposed Conservative election law after he warned that ‘well over 100,000’ electors will be denied their right to vote if the government goes ahead with plans to prohibit voter vouching for electors with no official ID.

Elections Canada says it never aired 2008 election campaign ad cited by Conservatives

Elections Canada says a video ad the Conservative government cited as the type of advertising campaign it wants to prohibit the elections agency from using under the proposed new election law was never actually aired.

Feds didn’t like Elections Canada’s 2008 election campaign to ‘vote, shape your world’

The government has disclosed the type of Elections Canada advertising campaign the Conservatives want to prohibit under controversial legislation to radically amend federal election law—a 25-second video that contrasts urban pollution and emissions to an evergreen forest as it urges youth to ‘vote, shape your world.’

Elections Act overhaul bill to restrict Elections Canada’s promotional campaigns targeted at aboriginal communities, new Canadians, youth

A controversial government bill amending the Canada Elections Act would prohibit Elections Canada from mounting the kind of electoral and democracy promotion campaigns it has used in the past to inspire aboriginal Canadians, new Canadians, young voters and others into casting ballots, the office of the Cabinet minister in charge has confirmed.

Page to join Mulcair in Yukon to talk about public finance, democracy in Canada

Former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who took the government to court over its refusal to hand over details of federal spending cuts before his controversial term ended last year, is joining NDP Leader Tom Mulcair this week for a public airing of ‘public finance and democracy in Canada.’


Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
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.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.