BBQs & Babies: Summer as a season for political angling

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Parliament may not be sitting through the summer but that doesn't mean its members have an empty calendar, at least not with the events in Lac-Megantic and Calgary. We sit down with a panel of Hill watchers to talk polls, a coming cabinet shuffle and other staples of the summer political scene.



Over the weekend, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Lac-Megantic yesterday to offer his support after a horrific train derailment and fire. Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau were also quick to express their concern.

Meanwhile in Calgary, all three politicians donned crisp cowboy hats to attend the Stampede, salute the resilience of flood-struck Calgarians, and kick-off the summer barbeque circuit. It was the kind of photo-op that might be just what the strategist ordered ... especially for Prime Minister Harper after the type of year his Conservative party has weathered.

Nik Nanos - President and CEO of Nanos Research

The Prime Minister is widely expected to shuffle his cabinet soon  to bring in some new faces. It's an effort to stop Conservative support from slipping further, support which several new polls suggests is going to the Trudeau Liberals. We spoke to Nik Nanos for more.

Summer Politics Panel

For more on how federal leaders will use the summer season to try to shift the polls, our guest host Mike Finnerty was joined by three Parliament Hill watchers:

This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Jessica deMello.


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