The Speaker of the Senate has shot down a Liberal bid to investigate allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered in an independent audit of Mike Duffy’s expenses. Noel Kinsella has rejected Liberal Senate leader James Cowan’s argument that the alleged interference constituted a breach of senators’ privileges.
Conservatives are fighting a move to review Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Office policy to immediately delete e-mails of staff who leave, after e-mails related to the RCMP investigation into Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses were thought for months to have been permanently lost.
Canada’s aerospace industry could be in line for slightly more benefits than previously estimated, if the Harper government decides to buy the oft-maligned F-35. Documents tabled late Tuesday, as Parliament adjourned for its Christmas break, project that businesses in this country could land as much as $9.9 billion in contracts to construct and sustain parts […]
Conservative MP Scott Reid attacked Canada’s election watchdog Tuesday, calling him “overly aggressive” and arguing it was “inappropriate” to notify the House Speaker about a dispute with an MP. Marc Mayrand, the chief electoral officer who oversees Elections Canada, appeared before the procedure and House affairs committee to discuss the dispute between Elections Canada and Manitoba […]Read More
Progressive Conservative Peter Shurman is resigning as the MPP for the Toronto-area riding of Thornhill. Shurman was demoted as the Opposition finance critic earlier this year after he claimed a $20,000 housing allowance for a residence in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Read More
Ontario Power Generation fired two vice presidents and its chief financial officer Tuesday after a damning report from the province’s auditor general about generous salaries, pensions and bonuses at the government-owned utility. Compensation packages at OPG are “significantly more generous” than for comparable positions in the civil service, and have a financial impact on the […]Read More
Ontario’s auditor general says the cost of selling off the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission could soar as high as $820 million, far more than what the governing Liberals had claimed. Bonnie Lysyk says that figure could go even higher because not all the costs are known, such as the environmental cleanup of ONTC properties and […]Read More
Several NDP MPs on the island of Montreal risk losing their seats if an election were held in the near future — most of them to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, according to a new public opinion poll. However, the poll by Mainstreet Technologies found that both Trudeau and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair would win their seats […]Read More
The most ambitious land-grab is under way, and the unexpectedly expansionist nation is…Canada! In a bold move, Ottawa plans to make a claim on the North Pole. In a submission to the United Nations, Canada says its nautical border should be extended by around 1.2 million square kilometers, adding an area the size of Alberta and […]Read More
Where are Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair on democratic reform? What an opportunity they’re missing. Instead of coming forward with bold new ideas to rebuild Canada’s democracy, they have been passive, leaving the field open to theproposal put forward by Conservative MP Michael Chong. He’s the one getting all the attention and his party is benefiting […]
As the year draws to a close, it’s time to review the Big Political Events of 2013. I’m sticking to federal politics, because the thought of writing another Rob Ford column this year makes me want to curl up in the fetal position. As for provincial politics, they either featured predictable elections (Nova Scotia), surprising […]
There is an old debate in politics over the “Great Man” theory of history. In this view, history is made by individuals who amass power and then have the foresight to use it to change the course of events for the better. Thus Abraham Lincoln ended slavery and John A Macdonald founded a country. Both can fairly be counted as Great Men.
Flush from keeping the traditionally Liberal Montreal riding of Bourassa in the party fold last month, Justin Trudeau boldly decreed that the NDP without Jack Layton was no longer the “hopeful, optimistic” party that Quebecers had massively voted for in 2011. A crime of lèse-Layton it may not have been, but a case of overreaching […]
The more the debate on CPP reform drags on — a motion in Parliament here, a threat that Ontario might go it alone there, all leading up to next week’s meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers — the more baffling it becomes. Years later, it’s still not exactly clear what problem reformers are trying […]
Justice Minister Peter MacKay has said his government is examining legislation that would authorize seizing DNA samples from people who have been accused — but not found guilty — of criminal offences. The idea is, of course, getting support from the police. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said that allowing police to take DNA from people […]
Something strange and wondrous happened in the House of Commons the other day. The prime minister acted like a prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition looked like a prime minister, and our politics was better for it. At 6:05 p.m. on Dec. 5, the Speaker suspended the rules and invited statements on the […]
Nelson Mandela oversaw the birth of the modern South Africa, but in his death he is handing a major challenge to the country he loved. Never before has this country — likely never before has this planet — seen such a gathering of world leaders past and present who will gather at a giant soccer […]
Oscar-nominated Sound of Music star Eleanor Parker has died at 91. The actress played the Baroness in the hit movie musical, which was revamped for TV just last week. She was nominated for an Oscar three times and appeared in close to 50 movies, including the 1950s classics Scaramouche, Lizzie, Detective Story, The Naked Jungle […]