Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a campaign-style rally at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Monday to launch his government’s fall season of Parliament as though it really were a prelude to the 2015 federal election—with hints the government is set to pass legislation that could eliminate the last remaining chance of parole in homicides where a lifetime prison sentence is imposed.
A system of mandatory voting now being crowd-tested by the Liberal Party would either erode or eliminate a strategic advantage the Conservative Party held over the past two federal elections through the disproportionate weight of its loyal base, U.S.-style campaign tactics, and negative attack ads, experts say.
Lawyers for the NDP and the House of Commons are squaring off for a Federal Court battle over whether the court has the power to order a secretive board that governs the Commons to disclose confidential files for a ruling that the NDP violated House bylaws with more than $1-million worth of free mailings.
The Liberal Party blitzed an email to thousands of party supporters and members last Friday, arguing the Conservative position in favor of maintaining criminal laws prohibiting marijuana possession will only prop up a regime that has failed to keep teenagers from using cannabis, while evidence in the U.S. over the past year shows legalization works.
If the federal government believes terrorism is the biggest security threat in the coming years, taking extreme positions won’t help, says Paul Heinbecker.
The surge of Liberal Party support in four federal byelections on Monday includes signs of a dramatic recovery from an unprecedented 2011 plunge.
The government used time allocation to limit debate 17 times during the 19-day marathon of Commons sittings to midnight from the last week in May through most of June, as Conservative MPs passed or pushed forward a flood of bills before Parliament’s summer recess nearly two weeks ago.
The Conservative Party is warning its members and supporters of a barrage of attacks targeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his governing party in advance of the 2015 federal election.
A byelection battle in the downtown federal electoral district of Trinity-Spadina has become a pitched battle between Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan and New Democrat Joe Cressy, dramatic evidence from the turnout for advance voting indicates.
The main national political parties will each be able to spend up to $336,996 to help their candidates in the four federal byelections scheduled for next Monday, June 30—either in all four electoral districts where votes are taking place or two of the ridings or even just one.
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott has distributed a 1972 statement on abortion by Pierre Trudeau in an attempt to argue the late former prime minister would oppose the political position of his son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who is requiring all Liberal election candidates and re-elected MPs to support a woman’s right to choose in any future Commons vote on abortion law.
The final days of Commons sittings erupted Tuesday into heated exchanges between NDP and Conservative MPs, as the New Democrats accused the government of using an “ugly, secretive, partisan” trial behind closed doors to taint the NDP with a ruling that it violated House bylaws with political mailings that cost $1.17-million in ineligible House postage costs and free Canada Post franking privileges.
Conservative MPs, who claim the NDP is on the hook to repay the House of Commons up to $3-million for a satellite caucus office the New Democrats established in Montreal in 2011 and nearly two million flyers individual NDP MPs mass-mailed to other electoral districts, believe the money may be garnisheed from New Democrat MPs' salaries if a House governing board rules the spending broke Commons regulations.
An escalating Conservative and Liberal attack against the NDP, over allegations the NDP broke Commons rules with politically-charged mailings to voters and the establishment of an NDP office in Montreal staffed by aides on the Commons payroll in Ottawa, is an attempt to tarnish the party’s wider image as the Ontario provincial election looms, NDP MP Pat Martin says.
RCMP investigators likely decided not to lay charges against former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright over the $90,000 he personally gave former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy to repay Senate housing expenses because of evidence that would have given Mr. Wright grounds to say he believed he had Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s consent to make the payment, a former House of Commons law clerk says.
The Forum Research survey of the trust Canadians have in federal institutions found only one place that rivals the level of distrust Canadians have toward the PMO—the Senate.
The Privy Council Office ordered the preservation of email backup data for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office after the sudden discovery last November that email accounts for a legal adviser to the prime minister who had been involved in negotiations over a $90,000 payment to cover former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy’s impugned expenses had been found.
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.
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.
At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.
The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.
People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.
Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.
Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.
NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.
NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.
More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.
A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.
Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.
NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.
Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.
CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.
NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.
The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.
Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.
People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.
A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.
People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.
Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.
Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.
An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.
Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.
Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.
Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.
House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.
NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.
Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.
Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.
The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.