The Nanos Party Power Index Scores were relatively unchanged over the past week with the federal Liberals registering 55 points out of 100, the Conservatives 50 points, the NDP 49 points, and the Green Party 33 points. When measuring the potential maximum vote for each of the parties, the Liberals still have the largest accessible […]
Olivia Chow led Rob Ford and John Tory in the latest poll on the mayoral election, maintaining an advantage she has held in most of the polls conducted in these early days of the 2014 campaign. Chow had 34 per cent support, Ford 27 per cent, and Tory 24 per cent in the survey, taken […]
Liberal infighting could cost the Grits a byelection victory in Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding even before the campaign begins, a party insider says. “I think this whole fight is leaving a bad taste in more than a few Liberals’ mouths, and they may be just inclined to vote Joe Cressy who is the nominated candidate for […]
The Bank of Canada says it sees solid signs that the global economy is picking up steam and will take Canada along for the ride, but still expects that it will take some time for this country to fully recover from the crippling effects of the recession. Despite the rosier outlook, the bank has shaved […]Read More
The government’s Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, will hurt Canada’s reputation as a leader in fair elections, say electoral scholars from Canada and abroad. Dropping the failsafe voucher provision, whereby voters can vouch for citizens without up-to-date identification, would harm Canada’s reputation as one of the most inclusive and trustworthy systems in the world, said […]Read More
Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright is no longer being investigated by the RCMP over his $90,000 payment to Senator Mike Duffy, The Globe and Mail has learned. Instead the matter is going back to federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson for further review.Read More
Questions about bill to reform the Elections Act are coming from government’s own caucus. A Senate committee report, tabled Tuesday, endorsed by Conservative committee members, calls for nine changes to the government’s election reform bill, some of them substantial. Also Tuesday, Conservative MP James Rajotte released a letter he sent to Democratic Reform Minister Pierre […]Read More
The possible deployment of Canadian military forces into Eastern Europe will be top of mind Wednesday when senior NATO officials present alliance members with options for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine. The so-called “re-assurance package” to be presented to NATO members was drawn up amid concerns from Poland, Latvia and other Eastern European NATO […]Read More
The Prime Minister’s Office is emphatically denying a former adviser’s allegation that Stephen Harper is subject to bouts of depression that leave him incapable of making decisions. Former Conservative Party strategist Tom Flanagan makes the claim in an excerpt from a forthcoming book.Read More
For a prime minister in need of good news, he got a pretty good dose of it yesterday. Two of the major problems his government confronts are not gone, but they’re certainly downgraded. No charges will be laid against Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, over the Senate expenses scandal. Secondly, the Conservatives, […]
The push by Conservatives senators to amend Stephen Harper’s elections act had all the elements of a marvelous yarn. The unelected senators had taken their revenge, biting back and riding in on their white steed to save democracy, showing their relevancy and putting the government on its heels. Unfortunately, it is nonsense.
The so-called Fair Elections Act, however it eventually turns out, will have shown again the hard face of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. Everything about the bill was wrong, from the way it was conceived to the method of presentation to the scorn for expert evidence. From conception to eventual adoption, even if amended by […]
The latest partisan talking point in favour of the Fair Elections Act — specifically, for eliminating the ability of one voter to “vouch” for another’s identity and place of residence — is that Ontario got rid of vouching and nobody noticed. It has the virtue of truth: The provincial elections law says voters in rural […]
If you’re going to rearrange the family china, you might not want to put the neighbourhood demolition expert in charge. Yet that’s basically what the federal Tories have done with their Fair Elections Act (FEA). They have put passage of the delicate bill in the hands of their in-house partisan pit bull, Minister of State […]
Perhaps the worst part about belonging to a big tent party is having to keep your mouth shut when one of your colleagues off in his corner behaves like a tool. So it was likely with a sigh of relief that the non-bonkers contingent of the Conservative caucus responded to the news that Rob Anders […]
One of the dividends of dying in the Age of the Internet is that it offers you a second life, even momentarily. Rummaging around electronic memory, we come upon what we missed the first time. Since his death, we have heard much about Jim Flaherty — his decency, his gentility, his Irishness. We have also […]
On Wednesday night, the last-ever CBC production of the Stanley Cup playoffs will start. That will mark the beginning of the end of a public broadcasting tradition that goes back to 1932, when hockey first crackled over the CNR Radio network, jumping to television on CBC in 1952.
Despite the federal government’s recent attempts to rein in the cost of several pension plans it maintains for its 450,000 employees, its unacknowledged and unfunded liabilities continue to mount, a new study concludes. Canada’s investment climate is recovering from the 2008 recession, yet the shortfall in money set aside to cover Ottawa’s future pension obligations […]
As he nears his shelf-life expiry date, Canada’s prime minister desperately aches to be on the right side of history. There is something going on with Stephen Harper. He has the look of a leader who, at game’s end, is trying to burnish his legacy. How else to explain his increasingly hawkish rhetoric over Ukraine? […]
Tired of being demonized by the media, denounced in Parliament and disciplined by Employment Minister Jason Kenney, Canada’s small business owners are starting to push back. The reason they hire foreign temporary workers when 1.3 million Canadians are unemployed, they insist, is that they have a better work ethic than domestic job applicants. “If we’re […]Read More
Three days after Frazier Glenn Miller tried to kill some of the Jews he has spent his life despising (the self-styled paramilitary warrior actually wound up gunning down three Christians instead), the National Rifle Association’s website remains silent about the attacks. Instead, the site features, among other things, a Fox News appearance by the NRA’s […]Read More
John Furlong, a CBC journalist who covered every facet of Newfoundland and Labrador, has died just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 63. Furlong hosted his last edition of Radio Noon on March 3, ending a journalism career that ran over four decades.