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With 35 days to go in the House, what can really get done?

Vassy Kapelos, host of Power & Politics

This election will be different for the Liberals for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is they have to run on their record, and they only have about 35 days to cement that record.

That’s how many days are left in which the House of Commons is scheduled to be sitting. Yes, there is the potential for longer, evening sittings and to stretch the calendar, but the likelihood of that making a big difference is negligible.

So why does that matter, you ask? Who will suffer when the riveting excitement of votes and question period comes to a close?

It totally matters. There are a lot of bills either in the House or in the Senate and time is ticking to turn them into law.

A short sample of what still isn’t law:

  • Bill C-69, which would overhaul the pipeline approval process.
  • Bill C-48, which would ban oil tankers on the northern coast of B.C.
  • Bill C-92, First Nations child welfare legislation.
  • Bill C-71, new gun laws.
  • Bill C-59, new national security laws and a redress system for people stuck on the no-fly list because their name matches someone who is actually on the list.

And that doesn’t include the other stuff the government has talked about for years: a possible handgun ban, regulating social media companies and pharmacare.

To be fair, the Liberals aren’t the only party to face this issue. I remember going to a police station in late spring of 2015 to watch then-justice minister Peter MacKay introduce new drunk driving legislation that would never see the light of day unless the Conservative were re-elected.

When I asked why they would introduce a bill with almost no time left to pass it, I was met with looks of incredulity as if I had just proposed unicorns were real.

In any event, that list up there, like I said, is just a short sample. In total, there are 10 bills still before the House and 13 in the Senate.

Government House Leader Bardish Chagger rises to cast her vote during a marathon voting session in the House of Commons Thursday March 21, 2019 in Ottawa. The Parliamentary session began Wednesday and has continued through the night into Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Oh yeah, the Senate!

It’s new! It’s more independent! Is that true? Is that good or bad? These are the questions we’ve asked ourselves at various junctures over the past three and a half years. I remember standing outside the red chamber doing live hits when the Senate was studying the assisted dying legislation and everyone was abuzz wondering if Senators would try and put the kibosh on it.

WHAT WILL THE SENATE DO? I asked as I stared into the camera, trying to convince myself and viewers this was wild and exciting stuff.

Now, the leadership of all Senate parties and groups (it’s never simple there) did strike a deal to hold third reading votes on or before June 6 for 10 of the 13 bills before senators. But some of the outstanding ones — I’m thinking especially of Bill C-69 — are real doozies. They won’t be easy to push through.

There’s also the prospect that the drama that preceded this two-week Easter break could repeat itself. The Conservatives, protesting the decision of Liberal MPs on the justice committee to shut down the committee’s probe of the SNC-Lavalin affair, used every means possible to delay proceedings in the House. Will it happen again? I know you’re on the edge of your seats.

All of this is not to say the process should be rushed. I’m not a cynic and I believe parliamentarians debating and examining bills perform an essential function — the result is nearly always stronger, and better-thought-out laws.

But politically, a lot hangs in the balance. “We gotta get this done,” one staffer in House Leader Bardish Chagger’s office told me (but like, how?, I replied. They then asked me where my blazer was from. It was a short conversation).

So much…

Dori: Liberal identity politics knocked Gonzaga out of NCAA tourney

Josh Perkins #13 and Corey Kispert #24 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrate a play against the Florida State Seminoles during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday. Two days later, Gonzaga got knocked out of the tournament after a defeat at the hands of Texas Tech. (KIRO 7)

I love everything about the Gonzaga basketball program. Great players … and one of my all-time favorite coaches in any sport — Mark Few — at the helm.

Gonzaga was the #2-odds choice — right behind Duke — to win the national championship. But, after this past week, God made sure that would not happen.

You…

Liberals’ Reaction to Mueller Report Shows They Prioritize Politics Over Truth

So now special counsel Robert Mueller has issued his report, and it turns out after two years of investigation, at an estimated cost of $40 million, that “Russiagate” was fake news.

Much to the dismay of Democrats, Mueller found no collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election.

Who are the winners here? Of course, the American people—and, of course, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

And, we might say, also House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

At the age of 79, with 32 years in the House of Representatives, Pelosi has a well-honed nose for sniffing out which political road to take.

She told The Washington Post earlier this month: “I’m going to give you some news right now, because I haven’t said this to any press person before. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

Either the speaker’s time-tested political sniffer is so fine-tuned that she smelled the fake news driving the Russia conspiracy investigation or she knew that driving the whole thing were dirty tricks that originated in her own party and that Mueller would not and could not cover this up.

This is the big and troubling story left in the wake of the Mueller investigation.

How is it that the FBI, including former…

Beto’s excellent adventure drips with white male privilege

Beto O'Rourke hits the road as 2020 decision looms

(CNN)Imagine this: A 46-year-old former congresswoman and mother of three, who just lost a Senate bid to one of the most despised incumbents, sets off on a road trip adventure to clear her head.

She instagrams part of her trip to the dentist. She gives a two-hour interview to The Washington Post where she shows no real knowledge of policy.

Like a first-year college student, she pontificates on whether the Constitution is still a thing that matters after all these many years.

And then she writes a stream of consciousness diary entry, where she is all in her sad and confused feelings, over … something:

Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk. My last day of work was January 2nd. It’s been more than twenty years since I was last not working. Maybe if I get moving, on the road, meet people, learn about what’s going on where they live, have some adventure, go where I don’t know and I’m not known, it’ll clear my head, reset, I’ll think new thoughts, break out of the loops I’ve been stuck in.

This was the most intense fog I’d seen. A thick all encompassing blanket. I figured that by the time I’d finished breakfast at the Pancake House in Liberal (top three pancakes I’ve ever…

We asked 1,000 people what defines a ‘good’ job, and there was a clear political divide

  • According to an INSIDER survey, the definition of a “good” job varies based on your politics, age, and geographic location.
  • Liberals were more likely than conservatives to say paid parental leave is essential to a good job.
  • Older respondents were more likely to say a pension is essential to a good job than younger respondents.
  • Liberals were also more likely to say a living wage is essential to a good job.

A “good” job looks different to everyone.

An INSIDER survey through SurveyMonkey Audience in early December 2018 asked about 1,000 people to choose the factors that are essential to a good job. The list included items like salary, benefits, prestige, work/life balance, and the availability of office snacks.

Two of the biggest and most interesting differences along political lines had to do with the importance of paid parental leave and pensions. Specifically, liberals were significantly more likely than conservatives to say paid parental leave is essential, while older respondents were more likely than younger ones to say a pension is essential.

The issue of parental leave may not quite transcend politics

In the INSIDER survey, liberals were 25 percentage points more likely than conservatives to say paid maternity leave is essential. Liberals were also 26 percentage points more likely than conservatives to say paid paternity leave is essential.

Geographic data yields much the same conclusion: The survey found that respondents in the mid-Atlantic and Pacific regions of the US were 18 percentage points more likely to say paid paternity leave is essential than respondents in the east south central region. According to Gallup polls, mid-Atlantic and Pacific states tend to skew liberal, while the southeast tends to skew conservative.

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Meanwhile, the youngest survey respondents (ages 18 to 29) were 15 percentage points more…

Gutfeld on soaring number of liberal staff at colleges

Gutfeld on soaring number of liberal staff at colleges

Survey: Liberal college staff members outnumber conservative staff members by a 12-to-1 ratio.

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Moderate student pushed to right by ‘Ivy League liberalism’

Moderate student pushed to right by 'Ivy League liberalism'

Princeton University student Akhil Rajasekar, who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, says he was alienated by the left’s transformation after the election.

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Campaign to abandon liberalism goes viral

Campaign to abandon liberalism goes viral

#WalkAway social media campaign urges liberals to walk away from the Democratic Party. Founder Brandon Straka explains on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

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The central axiom of partisan politics: what conservatives and liberals believe

Originally published on July 26, 2002

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

For the first side of this equation, I need no sources. As a conservative, I can confidently attest that whatever else my colleagues might disagree about – Bosnia, John McCain, precisely how many orphans we’re prepared to throw into the snow so the rich can have their tax cuts – we all agree that liberals are stupid.

We mean this, of course, in the nicest way. Liberals tend to be nice, and they believe – here is where they go stupid – that most everybody else is nice too. Deep down, that is. Sure, you’ve got your multiple felon and your occasional war criminal, but they’re undoubtedly depraved ’cause they’re deprived. If only we could get social conditions right – eliminate poverty, teach anger management, restore the ozone, arrest John Ashcroft – everyone would be holding hands smiley-faced, rocking back and forth to “We Shall Overcome.”

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Liberals believe that human nature is fundamentally good. The fact that this is contradicted by, oh, 4,000 years of human history simply tells them how urgent is the need for their next seven-point program for the social reform of everything.

Liberals suffer incurably from naivete, the stupidity of the good heart. Who else but that oracle of American liberalism, The New York Times, could run the puzzled headline: “Crime Keeps On Falling, but Prisons Keep On Filling.” But? How about this wild theory: If you lock up the criminals, crime declines.

Accordingly, the conservative attitude toward liberals is one of compassionate condescension. Liberals are not quite as reciprocally charitable. It is natural. They think conservatives are mean. How can conservatives believe in the things they do – self-reliance, self-discipline, competition, military power – without being soulless? How to…

Tucker: Hypocrisy is the heart of modern liberalism

Tucker: In the wake of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation as New York attorney general, some of his longtime allies on the left are professing shock. It doesn’t make sense, they say. But of course it makes perfect sense. Self-righteousness is always a marker for secret creepiness. #Tucker

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