The number of donors to the Liberal party climbed steadily to 69,000 last year, a total that is up by more than a third from 2012 under the new leadership of Justin Trudeau and suggests the Liberals are building the kind of expertise that could challenge the Conservative fundraising juggernaut as the 2015 election nears. […]
Public Works Minister Diane Finley says a key report that will determine whether the Harper government sticks with the F-35 jet fighter program is complete, and the federal cabinet will take a few weeks to consider its next step. An analysis of what fighter jets already on the market would be best suited to replace […]
Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts. The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Quarterly Expenditure Report, dated April 11, said more than 20,000 full-time federal public-service jobs have been cut since March 2010.
The federal government has rejected a request from the NDP to withdraw its controversial bill to overhaul Canada’s election law in favor of a new draft that reflects parliamentary consensus. The request came Thursday from NDP MP Craig Scott, who wrote to Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre. Without a “fresh start” to the bill, Scott […]Read More
On Wednesday afternoon during a somber ceremony, Canada’s former finance minister was laid to rest. The message of funeral etiquette however appears to have been lost on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Upon arriving at the funeral, Trudeau was caught on camera posing for ‘selfies’ with his admirers outside St. James’ Cathedral.Read More
Former Harper cabinet minister Jim Prentice is seriously considering a run for the leadership of Alberta’s beleaguered Progressive Conservative Party. Sources close to Mr. Prentice, who left federal politics in 2010 for one of Canada’s Big Five banks, say he is actively preparing the ground for a campaign in the event he should decide to […]Read More
A decision on whether to lay criminal charges against suspended SenatorMike Duffy is expected within weeks, and could shine a light on Duffy’s discussions with Conservative Sen. Irving Gerstein, sources told the Star.Read More
The federal Liberals plan to name two ombudsmen to keep the peace in upcoming nomination battles for the 2015 election, as all three main parties struggle to balance their promises of open party contests with their desire to maintain some control.Read More
The latest Angus Reid Global poll on changes to the Elections Act proposed by the Harper government shows weeks of media headlines and disapproval from high-profile experts have done little to sway general public opinion since ARG first canvassed the issue in February. Support for the proposed legislation remains highest among those who aren’t aware […]Read More
The RCMP’s decision not to charge Nigel Wright in the matter of the $90,000 payment to Sen. Mike Duffy will be enormously significant to you if you believe the only standard we should expect of those in public office is that they are not found to have committed a crime.
Now that the RCMP has decided not to file criminal charges against Nigel Wright for reimbursing Mike Duffy’s housing allowance out of his own pocket, there remains only a faint possibility that Canadians will ever know for sure whether the prime minister was in the loop of the controversial arrangement between his former chief of staff and the suspended […]
As a Liberal staffer during the 2008 federal election, I often received incredulous emails from Jewish friends who wondered how I could possibly be trying to defeat Stephen Harper, a prime minister who was such an adamant supporter of Israel. When I worked for Michael Ignatieff, I was treated to regular pronouncements that my boss […]
The other night on television, Stephen Harper’s former communications manager, Geoff Norquay, said that since the RCMP has assured Nigel Wright he will not be charged, nobody cares about the whole stinking mess any longer. Well, I do. As the saying goes, justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.
After years of relative obscurity in the splendour of the Upper Chamber, Senator Linda Frum’s plunge onto the national stage last week was odd, to say the least. Frum’s adamant insistence — at a Senate hearing and later in a series of well-publicized Twitter exchanges — that Elections Canada should not encourage people to vote sounded so […]
Even though the provincial election just ended in Quebec, some are still in full campaign mode. The New Democrats are considering having their own provincial entity next time around. They have registered the name “Nouveau Parti Démocratique du Québec” with Quebec’s director of elections, according to Joël-Denis Bellavance of La Presse.
On Halloween night 2006, eight months after he’d been sworn in as Canada’s 37th minister of finance, Jim Flaherty went on TV and told Canadians that, though he and newly elected Prime MInister Stephen Harper had just campaigned on a promise not to tax income trusts, he was, in fact, going to do just that. […]
At Tuesday’s state funeral for James Michael Flaherty — politician, minister of finance in two governments, master of self-deprecation, hockey player, husband and father — more than a few at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto mentioned that Mr. Flaherty was of Irish descent. What nobody could say, however, is that he should be inducted into the Irish […]
Funerals, they say, are about the living — not the dead. And it’s hard to argue with that. But it’s often at very public memorials — and the way a family bids farewell to its loved ones — that you learn a great deal about the private lives of people you’ve only known from headlines. […]
There is a search ongoing for the real problem with the Fair Elections Act. Over at the Globe and Mail Tuesday, Lawrence Martin pointed to the possibility that the problem may lie in the Act’s connection to Republican strategies. What it shows, he said, is a “parallel” with the way the GOP has been working to “limit […]
Frédérique Delaprée’s time on Jeopardy! wasn’t going very well. The Ottawa woman had spent most of the game in third place, and the Final Jeopardy category — 19th-century U.S. presidents — wasn’t her forte. “I didn’t think my odds were very good on that,” Delaprée said. “When I saw that I lost a little bit […]