Prime Minister Stephen Harper will take “every opportunity” to make the Senate “democratic and accountable to Canadians” following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, says Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre. The Conservative government has asked the top court for guidance on reforming or abolishing the scandal-plagued Senate, and the much-awaited decision will be delivered on Friday.
There’s evidence that the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program nudges the unemployment rate higher in some sectors of the economy and parts of the country, think-tank C.D. Howe says in a report released Thursday. The Canadian government program allows companies here to employ non-Canadians to fill job openings that can’t be filled by a Canadian worker.
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre took the podium at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa today to “discuss the facts” surrounding his controversial proposal to rewrite Canada’s election laws.
A gap in transparency has allowed millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts to be awarded to friends and allies of political operatives in Ontario without the checks, balances and disclosures that accompany a public tendering process. A Globe and Mail review has found a pattern of payments, about which little information is available, involving a […]Read More
The federal government is proposing to create a new voluntary target benefit pension plan to help all Canadians save for their retirement, Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson said in Toronto today. The target benefit plan is “a new, innovative proposal that will help support affordable and sustainable pensions for Canadians,” Sorenson said during a lunch […]Read More
He hasn’t even said whether he will take a run at the job, but Jim Prentice has already got at least one member of the provincial cabinet endorsing him as a potential leader of Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative. Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar (MUN’-meet BYOO’-lahr) says he thinks Alberta would benefit greatly if Prentice were […]Read More
OSWIECIM, Poland - Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister paid a visit Thursday to the memorial museum at the Second World War Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp.John Baird and the Canadian ambassador to Poland, Alexandra Bugailiskis, walked through the "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) gate though which inmates were brought into the camp from across […]Read More
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in the region.Harper's office said the two leaders condemned Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and its continuing military provocations.Yatsenyuk expressed appreciation for the efforts Canada has made in support of Ukraine, citing in particular the plan to […]Read More
The latest Nanos tracking in the province of Ontario suggests that a polarization may be taking place. Jobs/ the economy are noticeably up as the most important provincial issue of concern. Although the provincial Liberals had a marginal three point lead over the Conservatives in March, it is now a dead heat at 36 percent […]Read More
Drat, drat and double drat. The hopes of the 2011 election Truth movement have been foiled again. The Council of Canadians, Leadnow and NDP leader Tom Mulcair have earned their corn for the last three years on the unshakeable assumption that the 2011 election was stolen by the Conservatives. The last election was “marred by […]
In this skill-testing exercise, see if you can spot the one who doesn’t belong:Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Douglas Roche, Pamela Wallin. Long-time Ottawa observers will have figured out that Douglas Roche is the one least likely to appear in an RCMP line-up. Certainly he has few of the behavioural traits we’ve come to associate with […]
Pick your battles wisely, Conservatives, New Democrats and all those battling Trudeaumania Redux. If you cry wolf over every little blip on the Justin Trudeau gaffe-o-meter, the public will get tired and stop paying attention.
Take a deep breath and relax, Toronto. That’s because, despite all his bluster about sweeping to victory, Rob Ford won’t be re-elected as mayor when voters go to the polls in October. Indeed, Ford stands a real chance of finishing a poor third in the race and could end up playing more of a role […]
In a weird way, the debate over Canada’s middle class is like medieval angelology. Then, theologians would argue over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Today, the questions from the political priesthood are equally abstruse. Is the middle class really hurting, as the Liberals and New Democrats claim? Or, as […]
So, it turns out you really are richer than you thought. In fact, Canada may just be the best place in the world to be middle-class, a delicious irony for Conservatives that could force Liberal and New Democratic strategists to scrap their entire 2015 campaign strategies.
“The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction,” the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing groundbreaking new research tracking incomes in the developed economies. And who do you suppose might have stolen its crown? The Times story never quite comes out and says it, but leaves readers in […]
It’s hard enough to keep track of all the scandals and scoundrel-outings that are now associated with the federal Temporary Foreign Workers program. If it isn’t those poor waitresses losing their jobs to foreign workers at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, it’s the gong show of McDonald’s franchises in Victoria using the […]
“Support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is now at its highest level ever.” Those aren’t our words. Those aren’t the words of someone in the oil industry — or anyone else who has skin in the game. That’s the opening line of the latest Rasmussen Reports release. The American pollster’s recent national telephone survey […]
As Philippe Couillard and his Liberal cabinet were sworn in Wednesday, the prominent place given the Canadian flag and the lieutenant governor — the Queen’s representative — made it plain that the Parti Québécois era was over. But it was a subtler gesture by Mr. Couillard that truly slammed the door on Pauline Marois’ 19 […]
Avril Lavigne’s brightly coloured music video for “Hello Kitty” has been removed from YouTube after being broadly criticized as insipid and, in some cases, offensive. The video, still viewable on Lavigne’s website as of Wednesday afternoon, features the Canuck pop-punk princess prancing about in front of four grimacing Asian dancers and squawking lyrics including: “Let’s […]