A UBC law professor is firing back at CTV after being linked to the ongoing senate expense scandal involving Senator Mike Duffy and others. In a statement Benjamin Perrin calls the CTV story “false.”
The Senate expense scandal of the past week may soon claim an unlikely victim.
Thomas Mulcair stood to a hearty cheer from his caucus and, when the applause had quieted, he attempted a joke. “Mr. Speaker, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, to Peru apparently,” he quipped.
All you need to know is this: Everything is a mess. The Mike Duffy expenses scandal, which now includes a $90,000 payment from the prime minister’s ex-chief of staff, Nigel Wright, is spinning into unknown territory, and if anything is…
Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he was contacted by police in 2011 because of an alleged bribe offered many years earlier by a now-controversial mayor.Read More
This story will get buried by all the other news today. That’s understandable, but I wish it weren’t so. It’s about a long-term government failure. In 2007 Maxime Bernier created the Science, Technology and Innovation Council to measure…Read More
The Senate will debate its own committee’s reports into living expenses claimed by three senators Tuesday night in a session that could see Senator Mike Duffy’s claims sent back for a second audit.Read More
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former special counsel and legal advisor worked on the legal deal between Nigel Wright and Sen. Mike Duffy’s lawyer that called for Wright to help Duffy pay off $90,000 in invalid expense claims, CTV News has learned.Read More
It could be the most expensive meeting on Parliament Hill. Two senators are each pocketing several thousand dollars annually to head a committee that meets once a year – and sometimes not at all.Read More
With the deepening of the Senate’s multi-front expense scandal, several senators are speaking about the need for change in the red chamber.Read More
Tasha Kheiriddin — Mr. Prime Minister, you have got to be kidding. Within two months, three senators appointed by Stephen Harper have resigned from the Conservative caucus. At issue are questionable expense claims totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars…
John Ivison — Stephen Harper had a golden opportunity to say sorry to Canadians and his caucus for the Senate expenses scandal; to explain what he knew, when; and, to put forward some concrete proposals to restore the public’s faith in Parliament.
Colin Horgan — Words matter. It matters if you say you repaid money you owed to taxpayers, and it matters how you say you did that. And it matters when, faced with the backlash from those words allegedly not….
Andrew Coyne — Section 17 (1) of the Senate Conflict of Interest code states: “Neither a Senator, nor a family member, shall accept … any gift or other benefit, except compensation authorized by law, that could reasonably be considered to relate to the Senator’s position.”
Carlo Dade — This week’s trip by the Prime Minister and Trade Minister to Colombia for the Pacific Alliance Summit is more than just another trip south; it is shaping up to be the most critical test of the country and government’s seriousness and ability to diversify Canadian trade away…
Michael Harris — Amateur astronomers were afforded a rare sight over the weekend in the skies over Ottawa: the explosion of the Harper Universe. It all started with Senator Mike Duffy performing his Hindenburg imitation, crashing and burning over false Senate expenses…
David Akin — “People who work hard, pay their taxes, and play by the rules want accountability from their political leaders. We don’t expect politicians to be perfect. But we do want to know that our tax dollars – money we’ve worked for – are being spent properly and wisely.
Lawrence Martin — There’s some who still hold to the line. Ethical abuses? No big deal. The people don’t care. It won’t hurt the Harper Conservatives much. These people should try telling the Liberals that they weren’t damaged by the sponsorship scandal or Brian Mulroney…Read More
Geoffrey Stevens — “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.” — Retired House of Commons law clerk Rob Walsh, on the Mike Duffy/Nigel Wright Senate expenses uproar, CBC-TV, May 17. Politicians don’t like it when people get really mad at them. Anger creates political damage.Read More
Rosie DiManno — Plea to my publisher: Buy it. Buy that video which allegedly shows Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. Because somebody will. And if that somebody happens to be an ally of the mayor or just a Ford junkie with deep pockets, the purported evidence of Toronto’s chief magistrate sucking on a crack pipe will…Read More
John Ivison — Stephen Harper will be in mid-air to Peru when NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, rises in the House of Commons to grill the Conservative government on the Duffy Affair Tuesday. But whichever minister is drafted in to defend the indefensible, the Prime Minister…Read More
Sid Green — “For every thing there is a season” Ecclesiastes 3:1 The time has come. Most Canadians must now agree that the democratic anomaly of an unelected government-appointed Senate has finally served its non-purpose and should be abolished.Read More
Ezra Levant — Opposition leader could have blown the whistle on Laval mayor, but didn’t. Why? Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the NDP, says that in 1994 he was offered a bribe by the mayor of Laval, Que., Gilles Vaillancourt. He says he didn’t accept it.Read More
Warren Kinsella — After the B.C. fiasco, Canada’s polling industry is — once again — engaged in a painful existential debate about what they do and how they do it. Because, make no mistake, they were dramatically mistaken about last Tuesday’s…Read More
Paul Adams — The other day I got an email from a friend in the news division of a major American television network, asking me what I thought of an article rehearsing the many defects of today’s media.Read More
Bob Rae — The recent flurry about patriating the Canadian constitution has brought back a flood of memories, and some reflections. Pierre Trudeau, Frank Scott and Bora Laskin were friends in the 1950s and ’60s, all three law professors and advocates of the need for a bill of rights…Read More
Toronto Star — As the head of Library and Archives Canada, a seemingly sleepy position, Daniel Caron was remarkably controversial. He stepped down Wednesday after being castigated by Heritage Minister James Moore for spending $4,500 of federal funds on Spanish lessons.Read More
A DRIVER yesterday revealed she nearly ran over George Michael after he fell from his car on the M1 at around 70mph.