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Dale Smith writes about the ability of the PMO to control the Senate.

Dale Smith writes about the ability of the PMO to control the Senate.

011SEN-Chamber2 Become A Loonie Builder Over the past year, the Senate of Canada has been front and centre in the media which has reignited a debate among Canadians as to whether or not the Senate should be reformed or abolished.  Let’s face it, before the “Senate scandal,” the institution was practically not discussed.  Truth is, it takes a significant event for the Senate to receive any airtime or print at all. Read the Senator's column on reform.

011SEN-Chamber2 Become A Loonie Builder Over the past year, the Senate of Canada has been front and centre in the media which has reignited a debate among Canadians as to whether or not the Senate should be reformed or abolished. Let’s face it, before the “Senate scandal,” the institution was practically not discussed. Truth is, it takes a significant event for the Senate to receive any airtime or print at all. Read the Senator's column on reform.

In the week leading up to Parliament’s return, the NDP decided to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Senate as part of their ongoing abolition campaign.  Their preferred tactic this time?  Supposed facts around attendance and votes.  The problem, of course, was in the framing of those figures, and how they were denuded of context. Read Dale Smith's column.

In the week leading up to Parliament’s return, the NDP decided to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Senate as part of their ongoing abolition campaign. Their preferred tactic this time? Supposed facts around attendance and votes. The problem, of course, was in the framing of those figures, and how they were denuded of context. Read Dale Smith's column.

Late last week, the Liberals put out an infographic to brag about how much Justin Trudeau has been on the road to meet “real Canadians” instead of being in the House of Commons.  Read Dale Smith's column. #cdnpoli

Late last week, the Liberals put out an infographic to brag about how much Justin Trudeau has been on the road to meet “real Canadians” instead of being in the House of Commons. Read Dale Smith's column. #cdnpoli

Pinterest drawing interest from small-business owners  Ease of use a real selling point; trails only Facebook, Twitter in popularity.   Courtesy of the Social Network for Expatriates at, www.mexico-myspace.com

Pinterest drawing interest from small-business owners Ease of use a real selling point; trails only Facebook, Twitter in popularity. Courtesy of the Social Network for Expatriates at, www.mexico-myspace.com

Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani has taken a rather large stake in this site. That's right, Pinterest!

Pinterest stake: Rakuten seeks to be global player

Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani has taken a rather large stake in this site. That's right, Pinterest!

ndp-mcquaig-nomination-meeting With the countdown on to the planned 2015 general election now underway, and with riding redistribution a reality that is playing out at the ground level, we’re starting to see a renewed focus on the role of the party nominations.

ndp-mcquaig-nomination-meeting With the countdown on to the planned 2015 general election now underway, and with riding redistribution a reality that is playing out at the ground level, we’re starting to see a renewed focus on the role of the party nominations.

I don’t ordinarily rant and rave about infrastructure projects, but this time the bridge in question is only a few miles from where I live and I just acquired a car, so bear with me.  Read David Desbaillets' column.

I don’t ordinarily rant and rave about infrastructure projects, but this time the bridge in question is only a few miles from where I live and I just acquired a car, so bear with me. Read David Desbaillets' column.

ustin Trudeau’s surprise move of booting all senators from the Liberal caucus was certainly bold.  That it came as a surprise to his caucus, both MPs and senators, is problematic considering the ramifications of such a move, and it makes him look capricious. Read Dale Smith's column.

ustin Trudeau’s surprise move of booting all senators from the Liberal caucus was certainly bold. That it came as a surprise to his caucus, both MPs and senators, is problematic considering the ramifications of such a move, and it makes him look capricious. Read Dale Smith's column.

Stephen Harper stood in the Israeli Knesset today and, depending on whether you think Israel is an apartheid state or whether it is the shining bastion of democracy in a sea of oppression, either called all criticism of Israel anti-semitic, or signalled a new, brilliant bromance with Canada and the Jewish state. Read Justin Ling's column.

Stephen Harper stood in the Israeli Knesset today and, depending on whether you think Israel is an apartheid state or whether it is the shining bastion of democracy in a sea of oppression, either called all criticism of Israel anti-semitic, or signalled a new, brilliant bromance with Canada and the Jewish state. Read Justin Ling's column.

"Harpers Lincoln Continental" - Justin Ling comments on the PMO which PM Harper designed to shield him unlike previous administrations.

"Harpers Lincoln Continental" - Justin Ling comments on the PMO which PM Harper designed to shield him unlike previous administrations.

Ling's column on the latest MP to cross the floor.

Ling's column on the latest MP to cross the floor.

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This "Ask The Hub" blog post looks at will the federal Liberals keep their affordable housing promises?  Our #2015 election guide compared party plans for #housing to the recommendations made in the #2014 State of #Homelessness in Canada report. While there was no firm plan to end #homelessness in their platform, the #Liberal party seems to value evidence-based decision-making (such as Housing First, restoring the long-form census) and committed to continue funding existing subsidies.

This "Ask The Hub" blog post looks at will the federal Liberals keep their affordable housing promises? Our #2015 election guide compared party plans for #housing to the recommendations made in the #2014 State of #Homelessness in Canada report. While there was no firm plan to end #homelessness in their platform, the #Liberal party seems to value evidence-based decision-making (such as Housing First, restoring the long-form census) and committed to continue funding existing subsidies.