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Rigby helped senior PCO adviser send Paulson letter about missing Senate scandal documents last December

A senior Cabinet aide in the Privy Council Office received assistance from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s national security adviser in order to send RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson a copy of a letter informing one of Mr. Paulson’s division commanders about the discovery of missing documents in the Senate scandal investigation last December.

Conservative MP Woodworth allowed to use Commons cellphone in 2011 election campaign

A House of Commons interpretative manual backs up Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s claim he was allowed to use his Commons cellphone during the 2011 election—despite a separate House regulation that explicitly prohibits using Parliamentary services for re-election.

Conservative MP who grilled Mulcair over NDP’s satellite office spending had to repay House $326 on his own re-election campaign

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, who helped grill NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for nearly two hours Thursday at the House Affairs Committee over allegations the NDP used public money for partisan work at a Montreal office the party established for its flood of rookie MPs in 2011, had to repay the Commons for $326 worth of telephone and printing services he used for his own election campaign that year, Elections Canada records show.

Thirty-two government, opposition MPs missed vote on Bill C-23

A total of 32 government and opposition MPs missed the House of Commons vote this week on one of the most contentious bills that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has introduced since 2006—the Fair Elections Act—but the government says the mystery is the absence of a dozen NDP MPs, not the 14 missing Conservatives.

Elections overhaul bill includes loophole that could hinder investigations into fraud between election cycles

Opposition MPs mounting a last stand Tuesday in the face of government closure of debate on controversial election bill discovered yet more 'bread crumbs for a starving man' as they realized last-minute Conservative amendments include a loophole that could hinder completion of investigations into fraud on voters between elections.

Conservatives have chance in Scarborough-Agincourt, June 30 byelections could mean low voter turnout on four-day holiday for many voters

Voting day timing that is bound to suppress turnout in four federal byelections for June 30 on the eve of Canada Day next month, July 1, and the bitter departure of former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis from national politics and its aftermath, could give the Conservatives an otherwise unexpected chance to take over his long-held former riding in Toronto.

Conservative Party not rushing to replace Soudas: Tory sources

Elections Canada best way to ensure fair nominations, say former MPs

Feds spent $80,000 on four-month search for Nadon

The government spent $80,000 on legal costs during the four-month selection process that led to its controversial appointment of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada last fall, more in legal fees than for any previous Supreme Court appointment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Justice Department’s proactive disclosure suggests feds sought Binnie’s advice on Nadon's Supreme Court appointment two months before McLachlin attempted to flag ‘potential issue’

A Justice Department contract last year with former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie’s Toronto law firm indicates Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought Mr. Binnie’s opinion on the constitutionality of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon’s appointment to the Supreme Court nearly two months before Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin attempted to flag a “potential issue” with the appointment.

Lawyer who challenged Harper’s Nadon Supreme Court appointment convinces judge to keep challenge open

A constitutional lawyer who mounted a court challenge against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attempt to fill a vacant Supreme Court of Canada seat for Quebec by appointing a Federal Court judge who had not practiced law in the province for more than two decades has convinced the judge in his challenge to keep it open—in case Mr. Harper tries to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling against the appointment.

Majority sides with Supreme Court ruling on Senate reform, not Prime Minister's Office

A majority of Canadians sides with a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that Canada’s Constitution would prevent the federal government from unilateral reforms to the Senate, over Prime Minster Stephen Harper’s position that Parliament should be able to impose a form of Senate elections and new term limits on its own, a Forum Research poll has found.

Feds ‘making haste’ with massive elections overhaul bill ‘dangerous,’ says expert

A government deadline that drew an abrupt end Thursday to detailed committee examination of its controversial election legislation is a ‘dangerous’ tactic for a new law that is at the core of Canada’s democratic system, one of the country’s leading parliamentary experts says.

Trudeau says PM Harper’s comments on vouching suggest he doesn’t trust Canadian voters

An assertion from Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday in the House that there may be Canadian electors who have no intention of proving their identity at the polls even if they have it demonstrates he and the Conservative government ‘don’t trust’ Canadians, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Harper suggests some voters have no intention of providing ID at polls

Prime Minister Stephen Harper escalated the Conservative government’s fear and suspicion of possible voting fraud in Canada when he said in the House of Commons on Tuesday that there may be electors who use vouching by other voters to cast ballots because they 'have no intention' of proving their identity.

Director of public prosecutions says feds’ elections bill could lower public confidence

A provision in the government’s sweeping new election legislation contains a provision that could lower public confidence in the way alleged Canada Elections Act violations are investigated, the federal director of public prosecutions warns.

Conservatives question acclamation of Tory MP Devinder Shory

Feds ‘aware’ of climate change risks, but IPCC authors say politics delaying action

Solidarity with NATO

Saul says secrecy a growing global trend, Hill journalists should speak up more too


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 2014
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.