Party Lines Master of the Senate Days in the lives of Ottawa staffers by Jeet Heer Illustration by Ethan RillyDecember 10, 2013 • 7 words This appeared in the January/February 2014 issue. Jeet Heer will publish Sweet Lechery, a collection of political and cultural essays, in December 2014.Ethan Rilly has won many awards for his comic book series, Pope Hats. Get the Walrus Weekly newsletter Newsletter Events Sign up Recommended Politics Parting Ways with the Queen Why the time has come for Canada to abandon England altogether by Stephen Marche Politics Tribalism, Writ Large The Brexit vote recasts the age-old question humans have been asking since we were apes: How big is my tribe? by Jonathan Kay The Latest Sports Canada Will Never Beat Iceland We have the population of 100 Icelands, and we still can’t field a decent soccer team by Richard Poplak Society Raiding History Why can’t Canada’s LGBTQ community tell its story correctly? by Matthew Hays Media Private Lives There are no easy explanations for the death of Raveena Aulakh by Jon Filson Society Our Secret Love Affair with Assault Rifles Canada’s lax gun regulations means an Orlando-style shooting could happen here by A. J. Somerset Theatre Off Script A dust-up between a playwright and a critic demonstrates the insidious sexism of the Canadian theatre world by Erika Thorkelson Join the Conversation VictorianShuter The series is a good mildly-amusing effort, even though the dry, knowing humour really isn’t my thing. However, when I had friends in Ottawa imparting me with juicy gossip on Parliament Hill, it was a lot more interesting that this.