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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.


  
Elections commissioner needs power to compel, say experts, critics

Bill C-23 introduces ‘minimalist’ system to address voter contact concerns and it’s full of holes, says NDP MP Craig Scott.


  
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

  
PS morale at ‘all-time low,’ but Wouters says it’s a good time to be a public servant

  
Senators say reform ‘now up to us’ after Supreme Court slams door on PM’s hopes for quick-fix Senate reforms, abolition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper washed his hands Friday of attempts to reform the Senate with elections and term limits and said Senate reform is ‘off the table’ after a jolting setback from the Supreme Court of Canada.


  
Elections commissioner ends robocalls investigation, but opposition MPs say report shows Bill C-23 needs to be beefed up

A report from a three-year Elections Canada investigation that found insufficient evidence of widespread attempts to mislead voters with fraudulent telephone calls in the 2011 federal election nonetheless supports calls to beef up the federal election commissioner’s investigative powers, opposition MPs say.


  
‘Most of major attacks on democracy in C-23 left untouched by Senators’ in committee report, say NDP, Libs

NDP, Liberal MPs find the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s amendments puzzling.


  
Senate committee’s proposed changes to feds’ elections bill look like a lifeline for Poilievre

A Senate committee on Tuesday proposed amendments to the Harper government’s controversial election legislation that looked more like a lifeline for besieged Minister of State for Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre than a response to nearly unanimous opposition to the bill that MPs and Senators heard during more than three weeks of condensed hearings from electoral experts and citizen groups.


  

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Monday, July 28, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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