Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves today for South Africa to join leaders from around the world who are paying final respects to Nelson Mandela. Harper will attend a public memorial for Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg, as well as his lying in state in Pretoria on Wednesday. Harper will be joined by three of his […]
The gauntlet has been dropped. Russian ambassador Georgiy Mamedov warned Team Canada this week not to expect a repeat of Russia’s crushing quarter-final defeat by the men’s hockey team in Vancouver’s 2010 games. And he promised Russia will give Canada a run for its money during the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
At an SD & SG Conservative breakfast special guest MP Candice Bergen slammed Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Bergen, MP for Portage-Lisgar (Manitoba), discussed long-gun registry issues before targeting Trudeau at the Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Conservative Association annual fall breakfast on Dec. 7 at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Welcome back, then, to Dimitri Soudas, who guided the communications for Canada’s Olympic effort almost all the way to the Olympics, then announced he was launching his own PR firm — a day before the PMO announced his appointment as Conservative Party executive director.Read More
A member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inner circle has been tabbed to run the Conservative Party. Dimitri Soudas has been given the job of the party’s executive director. A Conservative party source tells The Canadian Press that the decision was made Friday night at a meeting of party brass at 24 Sussex Drive.Read More
When loaded trains begin moving through downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., this month, they will pass through the heart of the damaged town and within sight of dozens of buildings that were levelled after an oil train exploded this summer, killing 47 people.Read More
Canadians are more attached to their country than the people of any other advanced democracy on Earth, says Ottawa’s EKOS Research Associates, which for decades has gauged the glue that holds the nation together. We beat out the Americans, who rank second, and are strides ahead of the Mexicans, according to a North America-wide survey […]Read More
Spending on extra legal services has increased fourfold under the Conservatives in Ottawa, ballooning from $106.7 million in 2006 to more than $462 million last year, a Star analysis shows. The drastic spike in outside legal support outstrips increases in every other category of contracted work for the federal government. A Star report revealed Tuesday […]Read More
To look back on the fall session of Parliament is to stare at a striking paradox: that of a government that is on balance successfully implementing its policy agenda even as it deserves a failing grade for its crisis management. The Conservatives have not had a good day in the House of Commons or in […]Read More
Look, I like Michael Chong, too. In fact, I’ve probably liked the Conservative MP longer than anyone else. Way back in November 2006, when we were being urged by elites to recognize Quebec as a “nation,” Chong objected, and resigned his cabinet seat. In another newspaper, I called him an “anti-nationalist hero.” A bit later, […]
Solon’s laws for Athens, the Magna Carta, the Emancipation Proclamation, all key milestones in the history of democracy which pale into insignificance when compared to Conservative MP Michael Chong’s Great Reform Act of 2013. Or so says the hype emanating from that alternate reality dimension known as the “Ottawa Bubble”.
Most members of Parliament will never have a better job than the one they have now, and you can count on them to pursue whatever course of action allows them to keep it. As H.L. Mencken put it: “If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” […]
Michael Chong says the main goal of his Reform Act is to restore MPs' ability to represent their constituents in the House of Commons. While there's been lots of debate over whether the bill can reverse thirty years of centralization, everyone seems to take for granted that, if it did, MPs' could just reclaim this traditional role. I disagree. Over the last 30 years policymaking has changed in ways that have all but eclipsed this role for good-and not just because of centralization.
Consulting the electorate is important for all three provincial leaders — for different reasons. Ever since she was sworn in as Ontario premier in February, pundits have been predicting when Kathleen Wynne will seek a mandate from the electorate. Most are now pointing to a spring election. The truth is all three party leaders need […]
The Jewish General Hospital will not be alone in its planned civil disobedience against the Charter of Quebec Values. The English Montreal School Board and the town of Hampstead in Montreal would also defy the Parti Québécois plan to ban religious clothing in the civil service and the broader public sector. These institutions are daring […]
Get a grip. He’s hardly the only mayor to have disgraced his office. With Mayor Rob Ford behaving like an obnoxious party guest who just won’t leave, it’s time for the rest of us to accept that reality and deal with it. Barring the laying of criminal charges against Ford that send him to prison […]
Last week the Telegram newspaper in St. John’s published a column entitled “Some truth about fracking wouldn’t hurt,” written by an oil and gas engineer from Calgary named Syd Peters. It was a devastating personal confession by a fracking industry insider who said he had spent 28 years polluting the environment across the U.S. and […]
A week ago, the CBC reported that it had received scores of e-mails from the RCMP pertaining to the evacuation of High River, Alta., following last June’s floods. Thankfully, the National Firearms Association (NFA) also received most of the same documents because to read the CBC’s story, you would get the impression that everything went […]
‘No one f—- with my family and gets away with it!!’ Paris Hilton wrote on Instagram after her brother Barron posted this photo of his injured face. Barron says he was the victim of an attack ordered by Lindsay Lohan. Sounding more like a Mafia boss than a hotel heiress, Paris Hilton told Lindsay Lohan […]