Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office is refusing to reveal just how carefully it vetted Senator Mike Duffy before he was appointed to the Senate.
Pamela Wallin, a senator from Saskatchewan, was back in the news this week, refusing to tell CBC News if she had repaid any expense money.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, once a staunch supporter of a reformed federal Senate, has given up the fight.
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hopes to swing by Nova Scotia again, maybe a few times, during an expected provincial election campaign that he says will be a top priority.Read More
Ontario’s Liberals and Progressive Conservatives are in a statistical dead heat among decided voters, suggests a new poll, which shows Liberal support up despite the ongoing gas plant controversy.Read More
THE ongoing living and travel-expense scandals surrounding a trio of Canadian senators has made it increasingly difficult for the upper chamber to do its job, according to a pair of their colleagues.Read More
A short history of scandals, lies and uproars that shook foundations of governmental powerRead More
Federal opposition parties are demanding more information on how Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office was involved in the Senate’s handling of an audit of Sen. Mike Duffy’s improper expense claims.Read More
The government was hounded Friday over allegations the Prime Minister’s Office steered key Tories on a secretive Senate committee to doctor a report into the Mike Duffy spending firestorm.Read More
Chantal Hébert — Patience with the Senate has run out on Parliament Hill and beyond. With the exception of the Liberals who have been arguing that the main problem with the upper house is that Justin Trudeau is not appointing its members, every party agrees that business…
Murray Mandryk — It’s not surprising that Premier Brad Wall seemed so eager Friday to distance himself from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s raging Senate mess. The Harper-created Senate crisis is not only real – it’s radioactive. Short of those few who might still harbour dreams of being called…
Stephen Maher — On May 9, the day the Senate released the audits of three senators who had received tens of thousands of dollars in entitlements to which they were not entitled, Senator Marjory LeBreton, the leader of the government in the Senate, read a statement to reporters.
Andrew Coyne — Someone is trying to frame the Conservative Party of Canada. Either that, or the party is the victim of a theft, possibly by its own supporters. Someone, at any rate, hacked into the party’s closely guarded voter database in the closing hours of the 2011 election…
Don Martin — The Prime Minister’s top senator describes an Ottawa populated by media lickspittles fawning over Liberals while relishing Conservative misfortunes. It’s nonsense, of course. But at the risk of being labeled one…
Tom Walkom — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives play on the edge when their interests are at risk. They are the extreme fighters of the political world. We know this from the parliamentary spending scandal, where a $90,000 intervention by top Harper…
Carol Goar — Nigel Wright is the third chief of staff to resign from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office in five years. At the same point in his tenure, Jean Chrétien still had his first one. Brian Mulroney was on his second. Parliamentary pundits have written off Wright, a Harvard…
Tasha Kheiriddin — Is there any integrity left in the Conservative party? If so, it’s getting harder and harder to find. Just as the Senate spending scandal was cresting in Ottawa and the prime minister was AWOL in South America, the Federal Court delivered a legal bombshell that…
David Akin — It has been a week without parallel in modern Canadian political history when it comes to the ethics of our political class — and while the Conservatives are reeling the most, reporters in the nation’s capital have been busy tracking ethically questionable behaviour in other parties.
Christie Blatchford — So distressing do I find the Rob Ford spectacle that covering a terrible murder trial in Ottawa, as I did for a couple of days this week and last, came almost as a reprieve, a step out of the gutter.
Sun Media — There’s only one Canadian politician who had a worse week than Stephen Harper who, like embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, saw his right-hand man depart and faces a firestorm from the media that smells blood.Read More
Conrad Black — In this column last week, I urged an end to the harassment of Nigel Wright, then Prime Minister Harper’s chief of staff, and Senator Mike Duffy. Not since I urged the election of Sarah Thomson as mayor of Toronto, bestowing my prophetic wisdom on the…Read More
Rick Salutin — There’s something to be said for the value of embarrassment. (There’d better be, considering how often it visits us.) I’m thinking especially of the civic value of embarrassment, in the Rob Ford context. This week it came at us from Jon Stewart on The Daily Showand…Read More
Navneet Alang — As news of the allegations against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford rolls and roils its way across the globe, a contingent of skeptics has cast doubt on the story of his alleged crack smoking by claiming the video purporting to show it could have been doctored or faked.Read More
Former “American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr. returns to TV with CMT’s “Orange County Choppers,” which begins filming next week for an expected fall premiere.