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Most say Flaherty was a good finance minister: Forum Research poll
A clear majority of Canadians rate former finance minister Jim Flaherty as either a good finance minister or one of Canada's best, some even saying they believe he was the best finance minister, a new poll has found. Tim Naumetz Mon, 2014-03-31 16:39   PARLIAMENT HILL—A clear majority of Canadians rate former finance minister Jim Flaherty as either a good finance minister or one of Canada’s best, some even saying they believe he was the best finance minister, a new poll has found. But a lot of young people, experiencing the highest jobless rates in the country, and Atlantic Canadians think he was just average or worse, a poor finance minister, the Forum Research poll conducted last week. Evangelical Christians were his biggest fans. Seventy per cent said he was either a good finance minister, one of the best finance ministers or the best finance minister Canada has had. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 18:33:12



Tories strategy to ram elections bill through Parliament effective
Sheila Copps Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Most Canadians don’t give a damn about the Fair Elections Act.  Nor do they lie awake nights worrying about how political parties nominate their candidates. So the Ottawa chatter about party infighting in Trinity-Spadina and Calgary-Signal Hill makes for great Twitter fodder but little political blowback. read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:29



The secret to Harper's success
Gerry Nicholls Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   OAKVILLE, ONT.—A lot of unexpected things can happen in politics over the span of just a decade. For instance, who in 2004 could have guessed that the recently formed Conservative Party, a union of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party, two down-on-their-luck, right-wing political factions, with a history of hating each other, would eventually become an efficient, finely-tuned machine strong enough to knock the mighty Liberals from their perch of power? read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:29



Foreign policy rarely wins votes at home
Prime Minister Stephen Harper carefully kept daylight between his pro-Ukrainian, anti-Russian views and potential new markets for Canadian resources. Tim Harper Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   BERLIN, GERMANY—For Stephen Harper, the intersection between foreign policy and Canada’s economic interests is usually within easy reach. But during a six-day sojourn through three countries in the midst of a crisis in Crimea which has echoes of the worst days of the Cold War, the Prime Minister has carefully kept daylight between his pro-Ukrainian, anti-Russian views and potential new markets for Canadian resources. read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:28



Do you think the House and MPs should open up their books to the AG for regular audits or not?
Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Cory Hann Conservative strategist  “It was in 2012 the auditor general determined that the House administration has appropriate control systems in place when it comes to the finances of MPs. Add that to the fact that Conservative MPs are already proactively posting their expenses online since last fall and you’ve got an open system in place that works. read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:28



Two-shindigs in one night: Environics Communications celebrates three years in Ottawa; Dan Leger launches Duffy book
Abbas Rana Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   With Parliament back from a two-week March break last week, the ever-crowded social calendar for MPs, Senators, Hill staffers, lobbyists, political insiders and Parliamentary journalists was in full gear again.  Last week, Party Central attended two shindigs—Environics Communications’ third anniversary in Ottawa held at D’Arcy McGee’s, and author and a veteran journalist Dan Leger’s book launch of Duffy: Stardom to Senate to Scandal, held at the Parliament Pub.   read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:27



NDP MPs return from break by train to save endangered Via line
Mark Burgess Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   A group of NDP MPs made their return to Ottawa last week from various points east the old-fashioned way, taking the train to raise awareness for a line in New Brunswick that will lose service without new funding. They want to save 70 km of track between Bathurst and Miramichi, N.B., that CN Rail won’t maintain since it’s no longer used for freight, and Via Rail can’t afford to purchase.  read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:27



Longtime Trudeau aide Lanthier leaving Hill
After 20 years, longtime executive assistant to Grit leader Justin Trudeau Louis-Alexandre Lanthier is leaving the Hill. Laura Ryckewaert Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s longtime executive assistant and campaign manager, has left the Hill and starts his new job as a senior adviser at Summa Strategies this week, after 20 years working for the federal Liberals. read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:26



Feds should listen to experts on elections bill, amend it
Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada’s former chief electoral officer who recently gave the government’s Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, an A- in an interview with CBCNN, last week changed that grade when he testified before the House Affairs Committee. Mr. Kingsley said if significant changes are not made to the proposed legislation, then it shouldn’t pass. That’s no A-, anymore. That’s a fail.  read more
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Feed: Editorial Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:20





Politicos talk youth engagement at University of Ottawa
Conner Schaeffer Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Members of the four main political parties agreed that young people hold tremendous value in the political world and encouraged them to reverse the trend of declining voter turnout at a youth democratic engagement event in Ottawa last week. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:19



Press gallery should take collective action to counter government control: critics
Laura Ryckewaert Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Hill reporters are juggling rapidly-changing technology, a ceaseless and fast-paced news cycle, and increasingly tighter access to both government information and officials, Canadian Journalism Foundation chair Robert Lewis says, and it’s time for a public discussion about the state and role of the Ottawa media. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:18



Election bill consumes political class, fails to resonate beyond: pollsters
Pollster Nik Nanos says 'if you read the newspapers, you'd think war had been declared on democracy.' But the government's controversial changes to the elections laws are not resonating. Mark Burgess Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)     Despite the loud and persistent outcry over the federal government’s controversial electoral reform bill from experts, editorialists and opposition politicians, the issue isn’t resonating with the broader public, and pollsters say they aren’t convinced it will.  read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:18



Oliver's staffers follow him to Finance, many of Flaherty's leaving
Laura Ryckewaert Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Most of former finance minister Jim Flaherty’s ministerial staff have followed him out the door, including his chief of staff and director of policy, sources say. New Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s staff team is largely new to the Finance portfolio, which could mean more intervention from the Prime Minister’s Office. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:17



Holder gets a shot at 'learning the ropes of Cabinet' with science appointment
New Science and Technology Minister Ed Holder well-liked, but critics don't see change in federal science policy. Chris Plecash Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)     New Minister of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder is well-liked across party lines and has a solid background of committee work, but critics of the government’s science policy agenda aren’t anticipating any change in direction under the gregarious Cabinet up-and-comer.   read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:17



Defiant Conservative Sen. Meredith says Washington trip worth 'every dime'
Tory Sen. Don Meredith vehemently denies it but sources reconfirmed to The Hill Times that the Senate administration is conducting a special review of his expenses. Abbas Rana Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Ontario Conservative Senator Don Meredith denies the Senate’s reviewing his expenses and the Senate leadership won’t comment, but sources say the Senator’s spending is being scrutinized. Meanwhile, Sen. Meredith says he doesn’t know why he was dropped from the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights and that, despite disapproval from the Conservative Senate whip and the Senate finance department, his trip last month to Washington, D.C., for the National Prayer Breakfast was worth the cost. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:16



Liberal nominations causing divisions in party, potential candidates say
Abbas Rana Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)   Potential federal Liberal nomination contestants, including some former Liberal MPs, are crying foul over nominations, accusing top Liberals of playing favourites and warning that an unfair process is already causing fissures that could backfire on party leadership and hurt the party in the next election.  read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:16



Alberta MPs long shots for PC leadership job
Chris Plecash Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)     Alberta MPs don’t have a lot of incentive to wade into a race for the leadership of the ailing Progressive Conservative Party in their home province, but if former Cabinet minister Jim Prentice entered the race it could be “a coronation,” say political insiders. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:15



Rickford's star rises, but faces major challenges in Natural Resources file
Chris Plecash Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)     New Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford has emerged as a rising star in Cabinet, but his latest appointment comes at a time of major challenges to the government’s resource development agenda that could determine his political future.   read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:15



Harper plays statesman on Ukraine, crisis could help energy exports
Foreign policy provides a 'controlled platform' that leaves little room for opposition leaders to crowd, and the situation in Ukraine has won sustained media attention, making it more likely to capture Canadians' interest. Mark Burgess Mon, 2014-03-31 (All day)     Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s reputation as a statesman has been enhanced with his diplomacy on Ukraine and the crisis could also be a boon for the export of Canada’s energy resources, experts say as the PM returned from a week of diplomacy in Europe. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-31 06:33:15



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. Chris Plecash Sun, 2014-03-30 16:55   The federal government sees the public isn’t interested or engaged in its controversial elections overhaul bill and is using that to “demotivate and demoralize” political opponents, says Jamie Biggar, executive director of Leadnow.?? Asked what could be done to mobilize the public against Bill C-23, Mr. Biggar suggested that Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton, Ont.) recently “lied” when he said that only academics and journalists, but not the general public, oppose the legislation.? Mr. Biggar made the comments on Sunday at the Broadbent Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit in Ottawa.  read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-30 18:33:12



Cities have power to influence human well-being, says Happy City author
Charles Montgomery's Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is one of five books shortlisted for this year's prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Kate Malloy Mon, 2014-03-24 (All day) Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, which is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, says he first got interested in the link between good urban planning and happiness when he took a bike ride through Bogotá, Colombia. He was chasing after the mayor, Enrique Peñalosa who, Mr. Montgomery says, had transformed the city in the name of happiness. read more
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Feed: Columns Date: 2014-03-30 10:33:24



Public sector unions call for 'one united voice' against Conservative government?
Union leaders at Broadbent Institute Progress Summit say labour movement under attack following more changes to collective bargaining in latest omnibus budget bill? Chris Plecash Sat, 2014-03-29 19:29 Union leaders representing federal public servants are calling for a united front against the Conservative government’s ongoing efforts to weaken collective bargaining rights and reform compensation following the latest federal omnibus budget bill. Representatives from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) appeared at the Broadbent Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit on Saturday to discuss the Conservative government’s hard-line approach to collective bargaining and rally union activists to develop strategies for revitalizing the public support for organized labour.?? read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-30 06:33:15



Elections bill opponents need to 'root down' into communities for message to resonate, experts say
Panelists discussing online campaigns at the Broadbent Institute summit say opponents of the government's Fair Elections Act need to go offline and local Mark Burgess Sat, 2014-03-29 19:53 Opponents of the Conservative government’s proposed electoral reforms have branded their message effectively and earned mainstream media coverage but need to bring the discussion to the local level, digital campaign experts said Saturday in Ottawa. Newspaper editorials, open letters signed by dozens of academics and expert testimony at a Parliamentary committee have all called for the government’s Fair Elections Act to be overhauled, and Bill C-23 has been a hot topic of online debate since it was tabled in February. But polls show most Canadians don’t know much about the proposed changes. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-30 06:33:14



Tougher policies needed to tackle inequality in Canada, say former high-level federal bureaucrats?
Former PCO clerk Alex Himelfarb and former Finance assistant deputy minister Don Drummond say that federal government needs to do more to address wealth disparity? Chris Plecash Sat, 2014-03-29 21:23 The federal government is not doing enough to address poverty among the most vulnerable members of society, say two former high-ranking federal bureaucrats who presided over austerity measures in the 1990s.?? Two former titans of the federal public service held court in Ottawa on Saturday as part of the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit. Retired Privy Council clerk Alex Himelfarb and former Finance assistant deputy minister Don Drummond were among the panelists to participate on a debate on income inequality and austerity at the inaugural policy conference for progressives.?? read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-30 06:33:14



Global shift to greener economies happening because of economic benefits, panelists say
The global transition to clean energy is underway and Canada is lagging, experts speaking at the Broadbent Institute's Progress Summit said Saturday. Laura Ryckewaert Sat, 2014-03-29 14:42 Governments and economic leaders around the world are increasingly speaking out about the economic impetus to address climate change and the need to shift to green economies, but Canada is dragging its feet and investing money and attention into further developing existing, traditional energy sources, experts said Saturday at a Broadbent Institute summit panel on green economies. read more
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Feed: News Headlines Date: 2014-03-29 18:33:14



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