The federal government has rejected a request from the NDP to withdraw its controversial bill to overhaul Canada’s election law in favor of a new draft that reflects parliamentary consensus. The request came Thursday from NDP MP Craig Scott, who wrote to Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre. Without a “fresh start” to the bill, Scott […]
On Wednesday afternoon during a somber ceremony, Canada’s former finance minister was laid to rest. The message of funeral etiquette however appears to have been lost on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Upon arriving at the funeral, Trudeau was caught on camera posing for ‘selfies’ with his admirers outside St. James’ Cathedral.
Former Harper cabinet minister Jim Prentice is seriously considering a run for the leadership of Alberta’s beleaguered Progressive Conservative Party. Sources close to Mr. Prentice, who left federal politics in 2010 for one of Canada’s Big Five banks, say he is actively preparing the ground for a campaign in the event he should decide to […]
A decision on whether to lay criminal charges against suspended SenatorMike Duffy is expected within weeks, and could shine a light on Duffy’s discussions with Conservative Sen. Irving Gerstein, sources told the Star.Read More
The federal Liberals plan to name two ombudsmen to keep the peace in upcoming nomination battles for the 2015 election, as all three main parties struggle to balance their promises of open party contests with their desire to maintain some control.Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could vastly expand the ranks of people considered Indians under the Constitution. A Federal Court ruling last year brought Metis and non-status Indians into the ranks of people considered “Indians” under the Constitution.Read More
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 […]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 […]
Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning magic realist behind the beloved novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has died at the age of 87, according to sources close to the family.