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Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.
One day, Liberals will be attacking New Democrats, who will be attacking Conservatives, who will be attacking both.
The next, the New Democrats will aim fire at the Liberals, who will be sniping at the Harper Conservatives, who will have discovered that Tom Mulcair's New Democrats are a major threat to them and lash out in their direction.
It will be a fun summer for sports fans -- and we're not talking about the Women's World Cup.
The truth is, however, that two of the parties, the New Democrats and the Liberals, have a lot more in common with each other than either does with the Harper Conservatives.
Nobody in politics is even trying to pretend otherwise.
Parliament is going on a long break and the election campaign is on, full blast.
Some who don’t watch politics daily are surprised to learn that the House of Commons will not sit again before the election on October 19th, four months away.
Depending on the election result, in fact, Parliament may not meet again until 2016.
If the Conservatives get the largest number of seats, but not a majority, they may be tempted to rag the puck for a while, in the hope of discouraging any move by the other parties to unite and form an alternative government.
Fair Elections Act's new ID rules -- tough for those who lack driver's licenses
On Tuesday, when Opposition members questioned the government about the findings of the massive Voices-Voix report, Dismantling Democracy, Public Security Minister Steven Blaney answered that the government would "take no lessons" from people who "support terrorist organizations."
Blaney was referring to a one-paragraph reference, in the 62-page Voices-Voix report, to IRFAN Canada -- the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy -- which the government recently classified as a terrorist organization.
You can find that brief reference on page 57, in the chapter entitled: "Silencing Voices Through Foreign Affairs and National Security."
The Canadian Senate has never had an obvious purpose.
The "fathers" of Confederation, who designed it 150 years ago, did not seem to have a clear idea as to what role they wanted their Senate to play.
In other federations -- that is, countries with federal systems similar to Canada's -- the upper houses usually fulfill a "federal" function. They were designed to be the eyes, ears and voices at the centre for the federations' "constituent units" -- the states, provinces, or what have you.
There is a hint of that in the role of the Canadian Senate, but only a hint.
Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has resigned from the Conservative caucus after learning that he is the subject of an RCMP investigation into his expenses.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Boisvenu to the upper house five years ago.
Boisvenu was a key, high-profile senatorial appointment for the prime minister.
He was a senior public servant for the government of Quebec.
He is also founder of a victims' rights organization. His daughter was raped and murdered.
In the Senate, Senator Boisvenu devoted himself to law and order and security issues. He has been one of the most vocal and enthusiastic government-side supporters of Harper's so-called anti-terror bill, C-51.