A new court filing by the RCMP alleges Sen. Mike Duffy charged taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and that he gave money to four people under the guise of a consulting contract. Here is an updated timeline of events in the Senate expenses scandal:
Some Canadian charitable organizations under recent audit for their political activities. Revenues and percentages based on the groups’ most-recent filings with Canada Revenue Agency. Rules dating from 2003 limit spending on political activities to no more than 10 per cent of all expenses:
The mayor of a Montreal-area community has died after being stung by wasps. Municipal authorities in La Prairie say Mayor Lucie F. Roussel passed away in hospital Sunday night. The 51-year-old Roussel had been mayor since 2005.
The Mike Duffy scandal is bad news for the Conservatives, but PMO issues management strategists will have to make sure it doesn’t damage the Tory government like the Sponsorship Scandal did Liberal prime minister Paul Martin’s, say political observers. “The Duffy stuff is going to be particularly problematic for Harper as they don’t seem to […]Read More
MPs are failing to fulfill their primary roles as legislators and are influenced more by career advancement and party loyalty than serving their constituents as the PMO makes all the decisions, says Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, who quit the Conservative caucus last year and has written a book on the decline of democracy in Canada.Read More
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the parties responsible for the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the loss of nearly 300 lives must be brought to justice – and that will require a full and independent investigation by the international community.Read More
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s pro-choice stand is reverberating through New Brunswick, where abortion-rights activists are vowing to make the closing of the Fredericton Morgentaler clinic an election issue – and the provincial Liberal leader is offering little support. As the Sept. 22 provincial election quickly approaches, activists are putting pressure on the 32-year-old leader, […]Read More
If question period these summer days at Queen’s Park were a soccer match, Speaker Dave Levac would be said to have been issuing “yellow” cards to some MPPs — a warning about their un-parliamentary behaviour. But, no “red” cards so far and, that has meant no escorts out of the House for MPPs with a […]Read More
The mint-green pipes jutting out of the ocean contrast starkly with the picturesque Bug Light lighthouse. Far less pretty, the pipes have perhaps played an equally important role as the lighthouse has in the development of this city into a major seaport. Built in 1941, the Portland-Montreal pipeline was conceived as a way to circumvent […]Read More
When Alex Salmond fought for the voting age in the Scottish independence referendum to be dropped to 16, his opponents gritted their teeth at this political master stroke. It was a blatant, cynical ploy, they argued, to suddenly bring in a group of neophyte voters who could be swayed by the Yes side’s romantic nationalism.
Never mind Mike Duffy and the Senate expense scandal, Stephen Harper has much bigger problems — Canada’s economic numbers are going the wrong way heading into an election year. The loonie closed at 93.14 cents against the U.S. dollar on Friday, a gain of 19 basis points on the day. Earlier in the day, the […]
In the slipstream of Quebec’s provincial election last April, Canadians have been granted a reprieve from talk of national referendums. On the other side of the pond, however, things are heating up. There is less than 10 weeks to go until the Scotland referendum on independence. On Sept. 18, Scots will decide whether to end […]
Stephen Harper and John Baird, foreign-policy innovators and grandmasters of soft power? Nonsense, Liberals pining for the Pearson era will say. Balderdash, the Tories themselves will scoff, at least about the “soft power” part. And yet it’s true. Prime Minister Harper, meet Lloyd Axworthy. You two have so much in common. It is axiomatic for […]
Sometimes it’s hard to notice Canada when Parliament is in session. It’s like when a bunch of people are over to watch the Grey Cup game. Everyone is talking and the TV is turned up too loud, and for three or four hours it’s a wall of noise and we are completely focused on our […]
As they set about trying to eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit in a three-year span, the Ontario Liberals will risk angering the left-of-centre supporters who helped power them back to majority government. What remains very much in question is whether those voters, not to mention the unions and interest groups that gave Kathleen Wynne’s party a […]
If Toronto Mayor Rob Ford were a premier, he would be out of office. Why would he be out of office? Because at the provincial and federal levels of government in Canada, we have what is called “responsible government.” If the elected leader of a “responsible” government loses the confidence of the elected assembly, the […]
Are you enjoying your newfound global tranquility? If so you can thank Barack Obama. At least, that’s what he says. Seriously. Asked about an eruption of global instability, especially in the Middle East, and the impression “that the president is a bystander to all these crises,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “I think […]
Hollywood stars have paid tribute to actor James Garner, who died on Saturday aged 86. The star died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home. Sally Field, who starred alongside the actor in the 1985 romantic comedy Murphy’s Romance, said her “heart just broke”.