Bloc Québécois MP who quit his caucus earlier this year wants more powers for elected representatives in the House of Commons. Jean-François Fortin, the member of Parliament for Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, plans to introduce a motion that he says would allow MPs to properly represent their constituents in Parliament.
Liberal Leader Brian Gallant won a tight election campaign that was beset by a vote-counting fiasco that still may take more time to settle. New Brunswick voters also made history by electing Green Party David Coon in Fredericton South. The well-known environmentalist has become the first-ever MLA elected under the Green Party’s banner in New […]
A new audio recording from the Islamic extremist group controlling parts of Iraq and Syria urging attacks on Canadians and other westerners cannot be dismissed as mere propaganda, security experts said Monday. The slick social media messaging of the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, coupled with its apparent recruitment of […]
The 30-day countdown on Canada’s initial mission to Iraq officially started when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the deployment, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson’s office has revealed. “The clock started on Sept. 5,” Nicholson’s spokeswoman Johanna Quinney said in an email to the Citizen after Nicholson dodged several NDP questions about the date in the House […]Read More
One MP’s latest attempt to add hate-crime protection for transgender people to the Criminal Code has failed, with the Speaker of the House of Commons dismissing a bid to force a vote by all MPs on the matter because it would repeat a vote that has already taken place.Read More
Canadians will get a better idea today of when disgraced Sen. Mike Duffy will go on trial on criminal charges. What happens when Duffy’s lawyer appears in an Ottawa courtroom could have an impact on the next federal election — specifically, whether it’ll be held as scheduled in the fall of 2015, or earlier. Donald […]Read More
The prime minister’s choice to head the country’s budget watchdog office will be formally delegating a majority of the office’s responsibilities and oversight to the assistant parliamentary budget officer, Global News has learned.Read More
A Quebec NDP MP is apologizing on Monday after offering a bizarre perk to anyone who donated $50 to her online fundraising campaign. Charmaine Borg, who represents the riding of Terrebonne-Blainville in Quebec, came under fire over social media when her crowdsourcing platform came to light over Twitter.Read More
Nathalie Normandeau may perhaps have an interest in re-entering politics, but at least one political party is slow to show its enthusiasm. Radio-Canada is reporting that Jean Charest’s former minister has been approached by both the federal Liberals and the Conservatives to run as a candidate in the 2015. CJAD`s political analyst Jean Lapierre says […]Read More
Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’m here because I believe our democracy is in trouble. Voter turnout is the most important indicator of citizens’ faith in the political system and the numbers are falling fast, especially among young people. We have to fix this. Some very sensible people think mandatory voting may be the answer. They say that youth need a gentle “nudge” to prod them out of their indifference and help them become responsible citizens.
Political spectacle combined with electoral fiasco to grudgingly produce what seemed to have been preordained at the outset: a Liberal majority government. But this was no smooth road to victory. Underneath, fault lines are gathering within the province on language and nationally on energy.
There he was, age 80, back at it, making news again. In his endless career, Jean Chrétien has thrown more punches and taken more hits than George Chuvalo. But he’s still standing. Not much has changed. The gravel voice, the broken diction, everything raw, unschooled and straight from the gut. This time, in talking to […]
It’s foreign-policy week for Stephen Harper, and not all international issues are equal. Trade and international security are what he wants to talk about. Climate change is on a list of things he doesn’t have much time for. The foreign issues themselves don’t change many votes, but what he really wants is to look like […]
In the audio file released on social media by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, Canadians and other “disbelievers” are told they are not secure “even in your bedrooms.” ISIS urged its supporters to kill westerners — military or civilian — from countries involved in the battle against it. Stephen Harper responded with a […]
Canadians need a plan for jobs and growth. After nearly a decade of Conservative government, unemployment is still stubbornly high and economic growth is sluggish. In the past 12 months, only 15,000 full-time jobs have been created in Canada. That’s why Liberals are focused on a jobs and growth agenda. Since I became leader of […]
Alberta’s new premier, Jim Prentice, was elected by less than 1 per cent of the Alberta electorate but during his first week in office he acted like a premier who had no doubt he was now in charge of just about everything. He doesn’t even have a seat in the legislature but that didn’t stop […]
Having decided to play loose with democracy, Premier Jim Prentice should keep calm and carry on, with earplugs, if necessary. If voices were tethers, Prentice would look like Gulliver in Lilliput. After 43 years of uninterrupted togetherness, one humdinger of a fight has been brewing between the reigning provincial Conservatives and political colleagues, columnists and […]
In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very little cheating, turnout was massive, and so on. But before we hold up the Scottish process as an example for […]
Hands off my Netflix. That’s what Canadian consumers should be telling the CRTC, and the federal government, after the disgraceful performance last Friday by CRTC president Jean-Pierre Blais during the organization’s ‘Let`s Talk TV’ marathon. A heated exchange with the Internet broadcaster’s global public policy director, Corie Wright, culminated in a threat by Blais: “The […]
Media expert on climate change, I am not. You want columnist climate connoisseur? Go read Lorrie Goldstein or Ezra Levant. “Humanity’s burning of fossil fuels is having a warming effect on the climate,” Goldstein has written. “But that it’s not as dramatic as we were initially led to believe.” Levant is slightly less nuanced. Climate […]Read More
Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit in New York is a glorified photo-op. Its main purpose — complete with global demonstrations and protests in the days leading up to it — is to promote another UN meeting on climate change next year in Paris. Also to pressure developed nations like Canada and the U.S. to contribute […]Read More
There were two big marches on opposite sides of the planet this weekend. At the Turkish border an estimated 130,000 destitute refugees flooded in from Syria. They were fleeing from the Islamic State terrorist group. It was the equivalent of a whole city on a death march. No electricity, no heat, no clean water and, […]Read More
New Conference Board research, ranking Canadian cities’ appeal to migrants, ranks Vancouver in fifth place among top performers, lauding “its over-all high quality of life.” The board’s 160-page report, released Monday, praises Vancouver’s “beautiful setting and temperate climate,” as well as its planning and good governance. However, it also points to the city’s high cost […]Read More
The Alaska man who divulged details about the bizarre brawl that broke out between the Palin family and a large group of other inebriated snowmobile enthusiasts has been fired from his job for the revelation, according to a bombshell report. Eric Thompson gave his account of the bizarre fight, which occurred earlier this month at […]