Prime Minister Stephen Harper is welcoming South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Parliament Hill. Park is finishing up her state visit to Canada with a meeting in Harper’s Centre Block office. The two countries announced the completion of a free trade agreement earlier this year after a decade of on-again, off-again negotiations.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet committees are reviewing everything that will be announced before the next election and are in the midst of an “intense” workload time, say Conservative insiders, but once the budget’s released and as the next election nears, essentially all political strategy and decision-making will come from the PMO and party headquarters.
Ontario’s deficit for fiscal 2013-14 came in at $10.5 billion, $800 million lower than forecast in last spring’s provincial budget. Finance Minister Charles Sousa used a $1-billion reserve to offset a decline in revenues, and he still projects a $12.5-billion budget shortfall for 2014-15. Sousa says the public accounts — the actual year-end numbers — […]
New Brunswickers are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in an election where Progressive Conservative Leader David Alward is trying to avoid becoming the second consecutive one-term government. New Brunswick voters hadn’t turfed a government after only one term in more than a century until Alward defeated Shawn Graham’s Liberals in 2010. […]Read More
Responding to a new propaganda audio recording encouraging Islamic State supporters to kill Canadians, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that Canada will not be “cowed” by threats from the extremist group. In a statement to CTV News Monday, the prime minister’s director of communications, Jason MacDonald, said that Canada will work with […]Read More
South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrived on Parliament Hill this morning for a welcoming ceremony and meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The leaders are expected to talk about trade and will make a joint statement this afternoon following their meeting. CBCNews.ca will carry their press conference live, beginning with a traditional walk in the […]Read More
It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! No, it’s … a window washer? Actually, Ottawa residents who look up in the air today might well see a group of fearless volunteers rappelling 20 storeys down a downtown office building a few blocks away from Parliament Hill. The event is in support of children and youth […]Read More
One of Parliament’s most high-profile bills appears set to become law without major changes – as one senator says the committee considering Bill C-36, aimed at reining in the sex trade, is “highly unlikely” to call for changes. The approval of the bill by the Conservative-dominated Senate committee would be a strong signal it will […]Read More
Canadians has been without a chief federal public health officer for 15 months, while a renowned federal microbiology lab has now gone six months without a leader. Critics say the government’s tardiness in filling the two key posts – the first vacated in 2013 by Dr. David Butler-Jones, the second held until earlier this year […]Read More
People expecting to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper marched into court to testify in Senator Mike Duffy’s fraud and bribery trial are in for a big disappointment. The case really gets going tomorrow, but the PM won’t be there and never will be. As prime minister or in his incidental role as MP for Calgary […]
“The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights.” This was Liberal party Leader Justin Trudeau’s tweeted response to seven former Liberal MPs who publicly objected to his decision that Liberals must speak with one voice on […]
Rob Merrifield joined a growing parade last week. He’s the latest to bid so long to that old gang, the Conservative class of 2011. In accepting the post as Washington envoy for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, Merrifield became just the latest Conservative MP to turn his or her back on Ottawa and to choose something […]
“We have to realize that the way of thinking that got us to this place no longer holds. We have to rethink elements as basic as space and time, to go all science fictiony on you in this sense,” said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, speaking to university students in London, Ontario. When you hear Justin […]
In the week of September 22, 2014, Stephen Harper will address the UN General Assembly, the global forum that not only he has shunned in his almost nine years of office but also one that his Foreign Minister, John Baird, has so infamously dismissed as a debating club for dictators. So one can be rightly […]
A case of pink eye couldn’t stop Pierre Karl Péladeau from heading to Edinburgh to witness History in the flesh. The rookie Parti Québécois MNA was not alone. For Péquistes demoralized by the pitiful poll numbers of their party and their cause, the Scottish referendum was like Woodstock for separatists.
The request would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Last week, 10 citizens who couldn’t afford lawyers sent an open letter to Canada’s judges. “When you meet us, please do not assume that we are enjoying ourselves. We are not,” they wrote. “Please do not assume that we have chosen to represent ourselves because […]
Have I got a monster movie for you. It’s about this guy. Name’s Jim. Done good for himself. Became a lawyer. One of the one percenters. Important folk. Not like you and me. No shame in success. Just saying. Now he’s at that age. You know the one. The what’s-it-all-about years. The mid-life-crisis-new-Porsche years. Not […]
Last Thursday, I cleared the dinner dishes, put the kids to bed and threw in a last load of laundry for the night. Then I sat down on my couch, opened up my laptop and streamed BBC Scotland to watch history in the making. In what I found was a brilliant exercise of democracy, the […]
When you need a calm, soothing voice to get you through a traumatic event, you don’t think of Mike Tyson … but that’s exactly what happened to a motorcycle crash victim. Ryan Chesley tells TMZ … he was on his way to Las Vegas this week when a cab cut him off on the freeway […]