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Hill Dispatches

Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.

Blog - Hill Dispatches May 16
Karl Nerenberg | The whole affair, which has crept right up to the Prime Minister's door, is starting to look like a frantic and improvised cover-up operation.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 13
Karl Nerenberg | Corporations operate on a quarterly timeline. Science operates on a generational timeline. Theories, hypotheses, insights and discoveries feed into and build on each other, over time.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 9
Karl Nerenberg | Recently the House Finance Committee heard from a number of expert witnesses on -- believe it or not -- the subject of inequality.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 6
Karl Nerenberg | In reforming the refugee system in Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney declared Hungary a "safe country of origin." But what about the rise of fascist parties targeting Jews and Roma?
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 2
Karl Nerenberg | The CBC is designed, by the Broadcasting Act of 1991, to be an independent, 'public' broadcaster, not an instrument of 'state' propaganda.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 1
Karl Nerenberg | This is the latest indication of the Harper government's near hostility to science, especially when that science contradicts its ideology.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 29
Karl Nerenberg | The government eliminated a provision that has allowed employers to pay guest workers 15 per cent less than the prevailing, median rate at which Canadians are paid.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 26
Karl Nerenberg | For the Conservatives, the gloves are off when it comes to Kevin Page, the very recently departed Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 24
Karl Nerenberg | Politics can be theatre of the absurd, with members on opposite sides speaking past each other. That was the case Wednesday as the PBO was debated in Question Period.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 24
Karl Nerenberg | On Wednesday in the House of Commons, the opposition tried to get answers from Defence Minister Peter MacKay on the cutting of danger pay for some of the Canadian troops in of Afghanistan.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 23
Karl Nerenberg | There will be those who find the coincidence of the RCMP arresting two suspected terrorists just as the Bill is being debated to be suspicious.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 16
Karl Nerenberg | Justin Trudeau's first day as Liberal Leader in the House was inevitably a challenge for him. It was also a challenge for Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 15
Karl Nerenberg | Justin Trudeau is about being all things to all people. He is friend to rich and poor, alike. He is for the environment and Aboriginal people -- and for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 11
Karl Nerenberg | The hyper-glandular attackers in the Harper team's poorly ventilated war room have graduated from blasting the Official Opposition for being pro-environment.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 9
Karl Nerenberg | Those who have been watching Parliament and its various committees since the 2011 election know that the 57 NDP MPs from Quebec, almost all rookies, have been doing a diligent and competent job.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 8
Karl Nerenberg | The Royal Bank of Canada is furiously spinning a story about who is really responsible for bringing in foreign temporary workers to replace some of its Canadian employees.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 5
Karl Nerenberg | Barely a week goes by when the Conservative government does not issue at least one press release touting the value of a Canada-European Union (EU) trade deal.
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 3
Karl Nerenberg | Michael Sona has been charged with attempting to prevent someone from voting, an offence under the Canada Elections Act.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 28
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand
Karl Nerenberg | The Conservative government has not consulted Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, on possible changes to Canada's elections act.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 26
Karl Nerenberg | There is dissension in the Harper Conservative ranks. Social conservatives want to speak out, but the Party leadership is trying to silence them.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 25
Karl Nerenberg | Will the day ever come when the Prime Minister considers the extraordinary efforts of these young people to be at least as important as a cuddly panda bear?
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 22
Karl Nerenberg | But when it comes to repairing a broken system for financing First Nations education, the response is to "explore mechanisms" -- a bureaucratic way of saying: "Don't call us, we'll call you."
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 22
Karl Nerenberg | If the knowledgeable and determined PPO has been unable to find out the full details of the government's plans, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 21
Karl Nerenberg | On Tuesday, we reported in this space that Levant had delivered an on-air mea culpa to the Roma people. Levant's motive was not a sudden conversion to reasonableness.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 19
Karl Nerenberg | Jason Kenney might be breathing a sigh of relief that Ezra Levant waited until long after Kenney's refugee reform bill had passed before apologizing on air for comments he made about the Roma.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 19
Karl Nerenberg | The federal budget arrives on Thursday and the usual managing expectations exercise is in full swing.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 18
Karl Nerenberg | Karl Nerenberg remembers the life and career of Max Ferguson, a true broadcasting pioneer in Canada.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 14
Karl Nerenberg | If Flaherty were to decide to give away an additional $2 billion to the oil and gas industry, he would, of course, have to find an additional $2 billion in spending cuts and loophole closings.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 5
Karl Nerenberg | While they could be feasting on Conservative scandals, some media outlets have found a way to shine a light on some of the Official Opposition's notional warts, including on the issue of Quebec.
Blog - Hill Dispatches February 28
Karl Nerenberg | Tom Flanagan was one of Stephen Harper's key mentors, and remains perhaps the most influential ideologue of the current "Conservative movement."

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