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Smaller parties join forces to fight proposed election law changes

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From the Animal Alliance to the Marxist-Leninists to the Rhinos, some of Canada's lesser-known registered political parties have joined forces to combat the government's bid to rewrite the country's election laws.

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Tom Mulcair takes election bill fight to Trinity Spadina

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New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair hits the pre-byelection hustings of Trinity -- Spadina, where he'll kick off the day with an announcement on his party's efforts to block what it has dubbed "the Unfair Elections Act" before heading out for a round of handshaking and mainstreeting in Little Italy alongside candidate-in-waiting Joe Cressy and local politician Joe Pantalone.

Later tonight, he'll attend a "pub night" with the party's "Toronto team."

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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question

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Yesterday we asked: Do you trust the government to safeguard your personal information? 
- Yes: 71 votes (4 %) 
- No: 1644 votes (95%) 
 - Not sure: 19 votes (1%)

Parliament Hill continues to mourn Jim Flaherty with public book of condolences

Tags: blackberry jungle, orders of the day

With the Chamber shuttered for the two-week Easter recess, the mood on the Hill will likely remain pensive as the Hall of Honour opens its doors to allow members of the public to sign a book of condolences in memory of the late Jim Flaherty, who will be further memorialized at a state funeral in Toronto on Wednesday. 

Outside the precinct, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt hits the stage at the Toronto Empire Club, where he's slated to give a keynote address "highlighting the important role of Canada's Aboriginal community in the country's economic growth and long-term prosperity."


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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question

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Friday we asked: What will you remember most about Jim Flaherty's time as Finance Minister?

- Handling of economic crisis: 205 votes (14 %)

- Tax cuts: 39 votes (3%)

- Tax Free Savings Account: 115 votes (8%)

- Not sure: 1080 votes (75%)

House of Commons to pay tribute to Jim Flaherty during special session

Tags: blackberry jungle, orders of the day

After shutting down early yesterday afternoon in the wake of the sudden, tragic news that swept the Hill just before Question Period was scheduled to get underway, the Commons reopens this morning to give MPs on all sides of the House the opportunity to pay tribute to their former colleague, Jim Flaherty.

Speeches are expected to get underway shortly after 10am, after which the House will likely agree to rise for the two-week Easter recess.


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Election bill, First Nations education top today's House agenda

Tags: blackberry jungle, orders of the day

As previewed yesterday, the Liberals will use one of their few designated opposition days to argue in favour of a blanket ban on using time allocation or closure to curtail House debate on bills related to the electoral process.

Before that gets underway, however, the government will unveil the much-anticipated First Nations education bill, which will be tabled in the Commons this morning.

Meanwhile, Procedure and House Affairs wraps up its review of the election bill with testimony from LeadNow.ca, Apathy is Boring and the Quebec federation of college students.

Before that panel assembles, however, Conservative MP Laurie Hawn will provide more detail on his claim to have been offered illicitly obtained voter information cards during a long-past election, while former Conservative turned Independent MP Bill Casey is expected to enlighten the committee on how he believes the changes will make it more difficult for candidates not aligned with a major party to run in future campaigns.

That same point will be emphasized at the Senate legal affairs committee 'pre-study', which will hear from Pirate Party representative Ric Lim and Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency Leader Michael Nicula, as well as Elections Commissioner Yves Cote and former BC chief electoral officer Harry Neufeld

Power & Politics' Ballot Box question

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Wednesday we asked: Do you think it's safe to file your taxes online?
Yes: 383 votes
No: 966 votes
Not sure: 50 votes
Undaunted, it seems, by the virtual certainty of defeat, the Liberals are planning to devote Thursday's opposition day debate to a motion that, if passed, would prohibit the use of time allocation or closure motions on any bill that seeks to change Canada's election laws.

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