The cases of two senators who owned homes before joining the upper chamber – and who now claim a housing allowance for them – are not comparable to that of Sen. Mike Duffy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday. This week, Postmedia News reported that the two had homes in the capital before joining the Senate. Speaker […]
The trial into allegations that MP Dean Del Mastro broke campaign spending laws is expected to take place in late June. MP Del Mastro is facing four charges related to his 2008 campaign. His official agent Richard McCarthy also faces three of the same charges. The pair are accused of covering up a $21,00 personal […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Parliament Hill Thursday afternoon to discuss Ontario’s Ring of Fire, a mining development project worth an estimated $60 billion.
Sun Media Corp. (TSX:QBR.B) is cutting about 200 jobs across the company, of which about a quarter will come from its editorial operations. The company says it regrets the cuts but are necessary to ensure its sustainability in the face of the unprecedented changes in the print media industry.Read More
The federal Conservatives and New Democrats are battling over national energy policy with competing economic claims. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver tells the Vancouver Board of Trade that Canada is in a global race to secure markets for our oil and gas — an opportunity the Conservative describes as “perishable.”Read More
-Former defence minister Peter MacKay says he is troubled by reports of another veteran of the Afghanistan war taking his own life. Defence officials have confirmed that military police are investigating the death of a soldier at CFB Valcartier in Quebec as the fourth apparent Canadian Forces suicide in a week. MacKay, now minister of […]Read More
Stephen Harper has ordered government bureaucrats back to the drawing board to craft a more expansive international claim for seabed riches in the Arctic after the proposed submission they showed him failed to include the geographic North Pole, The Globe and Mail has learned.Read More
Can’t be done. Too risky. Goes too far. Doesn’t go far enough. Whenever and wherever someone actually makes some concrete proposal to repair our damaged democracy, the forces of inertia almost instantly gather to ensure it never happens. Of course, everyone agrees that something should be done. Just not, you know, this. So it is […]Read More
When the book is written on precisely the point at which the Conservative government lost the plot, two incidents — both involving the use of taxpayers’ money to pay for partisan advertising — will stand as milestones. The first was an ad campaign earlier this year promoting the Canada Job Grant — a program that […]Read More
Like a Twitter-bolt out of a clear blue sky, Michael Chong’s proposed Reform Act, which would give Canadian MPs greater independence and control over party leaders, has lit up the political landscape — at least for the wonkish among us. The enthusiastic reception Chong’s proposals received, much of it before even being fully revealed on […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new emphasis on economic diplomacy is not new. It is old — the logical outcome of a process that began at least 45 years ago under Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau. “All diplomatic assets will be marshalled on behalf of the private sector,” Trade Minister Ed Fast announced last week as […]
Given the pre-game hype and the immediate call to arms by supporters of Conservative MP Michael Chong’s democratic reform bill, anyone poking holes in it could stand accused of also opposing motherhood and apple pie. The train of support for Chong’s bill had not only left the station, it was hurtling down the track as […]
They are numbers that should concern each of Canada’s major political parties. A total of 27,743 votes were cast in last week’s Brandon-Souris byelection. Of that total, 12,205 votes were cast for Conservative candidate Larry Maguire, 11,816 for Liberal Rolf Dinsdale, 1,996 for New Democrat Cory Szczepanski, 1,349 for Green David Neufeld, and 271 for […]
As convenient as it is for the shared political enemies of Premier Brad Wall and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to suggest that both leaders are identical, it’s just not true. Yes, both are rooted the same political philosophy. But even the most rudimentary understanding of politics will tell you that all politicians have different moral […]
Give the corporal back his tunic. New Brunswick RCMP Cpl. Ronald Francis should be allowed to smoke marijuana during working hours. Francis has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has been granted medical permission to use marijuana to treat his condition. Because this is legal, he believes the RCMP should let him light up while on duty.
RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis ignited a small firestorm, or perhaps a billow of smoke and a case of the munchies, when he lit up a joint in fulldress reds, publicly, then claimed doing so was his right and that the Mountie brass were being cruel and unfair in crying “halt.” Cue the weeping violins as […]
Two more senators — one Tory, the other Liberal — appear to have been drawn into the Senate expenses scandal. Noel Kinsella, a Tory senator appointed by Brian Mulroney and now the upper chamber’s speaker, and Pierrette Ringuette, a Liberal appointed by Jean Chretien, both represent New Brunswick. Both have lived in Ottawa for more […]
Canada’s military training mission in Afghanistan will end in 2014. When the Canadian Forces are next sent overseas, members of Parliament will likely vote on the mission. The Conservative government has made it a point to consult the House of Commons on military deployment decisions since 2006, and there is now an expectation that MPs […]
After quietly entering into bargaining with public sector unions well ahead of next year’s scheduled contract expiration dates, the B.C. Liberals have scored some early, albeit tentative, success. A beaming Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced the latest sign of progress Tuesday – a trio of agreements with the B.C. Government and Service Employees and […]
In the by-election last week in Brandon-Souris, the Liberals lost by 391 votes. The Green Party, with no hope of winning, entered a candidate. He received only 1,354 votes, but they were meaningful. Those votes had the effect, as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May acknowledges, of giving the Conservative candidate the victory in the riding. […]Read More
Actor Paul Walker, star of the Fast and Furious film series, died of the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries” in last weekend’s car crash, the Los Angeles coroner announced today.