The latest Angus Reid Global poll on changes to the Elections Act proposed by the Harper government shows weeks of media headlines and disapproval from high-profile experts have done little to sway general public opinion since ARG first canvassed the issue in February. Support for the proposed legislation remains highest among those who aren’t aware […]
Two watchdog groups are calling for changes in the way the government doles out departure pay to political staffers, saying the process is too secretive and too much discretion is left to cabinet ministers. Gregory Thomas, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says the only thing taxpayers know is that since 2006 the government […]
Foes of the Keystone XL oil pipeline appear to be winning the battle for endorsements from Hollywood celebrities and prominent personalities. Will it make a difference? Actors Mark Ruffalo, Robert Redford, Kyra Sedgwick, Jared Leto, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have come out against the $5.4 billion project. “Splash” star Daryl Hannah has been arrested at least […]
Toronto MP Chrystia Freeland has been acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in the new riding of University-Rosedale for the 2015 election but that has not ended the party discord which saw another hopeful nominee barred by the Liberals from running against her – or anywhere else.Read More
On the eve of the looming Easter long weekend New Democrat MPs Mathieu Ravignat and Charmaine Borg hit the Centre Block press theatre to share the details of a new plan to improve government transparency by making information “available by default.” Also doing the media rounds on the Hill this morning: Congress of Aboriginal Peoples […]Read More
‘Most of major attacks on democracy in C-23 left untouched by Senators’ in committee report, say NDP, Libs
A puzzling aspect has emerged over nine amendments Senate Conservatives recommended to the controversial government bill that would radically alter federal election law: why would the Senators ignore a widely-denounced clause that could prevent tens of thousands of electors from casting ballots in the next election, while urging the government to remove a party fundraising […]Read More
The government’s proposed fair elections act will make it harder for some people to vote, by eliminating vouching and the use of voter information cards as ID. If some suggested amendments to the bill are accepted, parts of the voting process may become easier.Read More
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Coun. Doug Ford are promising to make a big splash tonight at the mayor’s official campaign kickoff. “It is going to be history in the making I believe,” said Coun. Doug Ford, who said he expects “thousands” of supporters to show up. The campaign launch will take place […]Read More
Just one day after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was hit with a defamation lawsuit by thwarted Trinity–Spadina byelection candidate Christine Innes, the Liberals are getting ready to acclaim Toronto Centre MP Chrystia Freeland as their 2015 candidate in the newly-created riding of University Rosedale.Read More
The RCMP’s decision not to charge Nigel Wright in the matter of the $90,000 payment to Sen. Mike Duffy will be enormously significant to you if you believe the only standard we should expect of those in public office is that they are not found to have committed a crime.
Now that the RCMP has decided not to file criminal charges against Nigel Wright for reimbursing Mike Duffy’s housing allowance out of his own pocket, there remains only a faint possibility that Canadians will ever know for sure whether the prime minister was in the loop of the controversial arrangement between his former chief of staff and the suspended […]
The other night on television, Stephen Harper’s former communications manager, Geoff Norquay, said that since the RCMP has assured Nigel Wright he will not be charged, nobody cares about the whole stinking mess any longer. Well, I do. As the saying goes, justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.
After years of relative obscurity in the splendour of the Upper Chamber, Senator Linda Frum’s plunge onto the national stage last week was odd, to say the least. Frum’s adamant insistence — at a Senate hearing and later in a series of well-publicized Twitter exchanges — that Elections Canada should not encourage people to vote sounded so […]
Even though the provincial election just ended in Quebec, some are still in full campaign mode. The New Democrats are considering having their own provincial entity next time around. They have registered the name “Nouveau Parti Démocratique du Québec” with Quebec’s director of elections, according to Joël-Denis Bellavance of La Presse.
On Halloween night 2006, eight months after he’d been sworn in as Canada’s 37th minister of finance, Jim Flaherty went on TV and told Canadians that, though he and newly elected Prime MInister Stephen Harper had just campaigned on a promise not to tax income trusts, he was, in fact, going to do just that. […]
At Tuesday’s state funeral for James Michael Flaherty — politician, minister of finance in two governments, master of self-deprecation, hockey player, husband and father — more than a few at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto mentioned that Mr. Flaherty was of Irish descent. What nobody could say, however, is that he should be inducted into the Irish […]
Funerals, they say, are about the living — not the dead. And it’s hard to argue with that. But it’s often at very public memorials — and the way a family bids farewell to its loved ones — that you learn a great deal about the private lives of people you’ve only known from headlines. […]
There is a search ongoing for the real problem with the Fair Elections Act. Over at the Globe and Mail Tuesday, Lawrence Martin pointed to the possibility that the problem may lie in the Act’s connection to Republican strategies. What it shows, he said, is a “parallel” with the way the GOP has been working to “limit […]
A new lawsuit alleges that “X-Men” director Bryan Singer sexually abused an underage boy at a lurid California sex party. The bombshell suit claims the director of blockbuster hits like “Superman Returns” used his position in Hollywood to exploit young men by taking part in a sex ring.