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Why Tory MPs Could Be Looking For Work

Last month, Brian Jean announced that he is leaving the federal political scene this month. When opportunity knocks some MPs will decide enough is enough. No one can predict how many, but it is pretty safe to say we haven't seen the last member of the Conservative caucus decide that their future is not in Ottawa.
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Why Harper Should Hug His Backbenchers Tight

It appears that backbenchers are starting to play a bigger and bigger role, albeit confidentially. Some senior Conservatives are warning Harper to replace House Leader Peter Van Loan and Government Whip Gordon O'Connor; if not, more Tory MPs will defect. Should 10 Conservative MPs leave the caucus, the Conservatives will be reduced to a minority.

Watching the Watchdog: An Ode to Kevin Page

Last week saw the end of the tenure of Canada's first and, so far, only Parliamentary Budget Officer. He is a genuine Canadian hero. While so many other Canadian civil servants (and politicians) went along with the Harperite parliamentary thuggery, Page simply did his job.
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'Muzzled' Tories Make Progress

OTTAWA - There are few quiet moments in a House of Commons committee, but one pregnant pause spoke volumes about the tensions and discomfort on Parliament Hill.It came on a day when Conservative MPs w...