Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi says some parts of Canada’s pending free-trade deal with the European Union make him “nervous.”
“I mean, whatever. Not like backbench MPs have any ability to do anything…. It’s worth noting that in the heartland of the Conservative party, that Ms. Crockatt was elected with the smallest plurality of a Conservative candidate that anybody can remember…”
A massive trove of books, maps and manuscripts from the War of 1812 now belong to Canada. The federal government has paid nearly $700,000 at an auction in England to acquire what’s know as the Sherbrooke Collection.
Finally our MPs are taking a break and they have departed from the Hill for the summer break. That must be a great relief for the taxpayers and voters of this country who through the media had front row seats every day to the acrimony in the House.Read More
Premier Christy Clark says she made a mistake and has rescinded post-election pay increases for the government’s top political staff.Read More
The NDP is claiming a “little victory” after a government bill addressing same-sex divorce passed in the House of Commons Tuesday night.Read More
The theft of sensitive design data by hackers targeting programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter takes away a big U.S. advantage by allowing rivals to speed up development of their own stealth aircraft, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday.Read More
Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair says the acrimonious spring session in the House of Commons has exposed a “tired, used” Conservative government, after weeks of controversy over Senate spending.Read More
Delacourt: Exactly one month since Prime Minister Stephen Harper was forced to accept the resignation of his chief of staff in the Senate expenses scandal, the effects of Nigel Wright’s loss are becoming evident within the Conservative government.Read More
Tom Walkom — Bob Rae may be leaving the House of Commons. But, to use an Elvis metaphor, he almost certainly hasn’t left the building.
Michael Den Tandt — Justin Trudeau has been overshadowed by Tom Mulcair in question period. He’s been out-muscled on Senate abolition. And now he’s been shamed into repaying, or offering to repay, $277,000 in speaking fees. Zounds!
L. Ian MacDonald — He’s all clear on the ethics front; the problem isn’t ethics, it’s judgment. Even though Justin Trudeau voluntarily disclosed his outside income from speaking fees four months ago, there was a sense then that the story would come back to bite him.
Paul Schneidereit — To his credit, Justin Trudeau has made transparency a high-profile priority in the way he conducts politics. In that spirit, I wonder if the federal Liberal leader would tell us about the moment it finally hit him that stiffing a charity…
George Jonas — No one can accuse me of being a partisan for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, but I can’t fathom why anyone would attack him for taking a fee for a job. There’s nothing he ever did for which he deserves less censure, as far as I can see…
Frances Russell — The office of Parliament’s “ethics” commissioner has become a bad, sad joke. But the “new” relationship between the RCMP and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is alarming for a First-World democracy.
John Ivison — Maybe we all need a bit of County Fermanagh in our life. The verdant nature of the Lough Erne resort seems to have made everything possible. Stephen Harper rhapsodized about how the G8 meeting had turned out much better than…
Sean Holman — ‘Whipped’ shows that until more politicians across Canada buck the party line, the fantasy that we live in a democracy between elections will continue. In B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s fantasy world, her party’s members…
Christie Blatchford — There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, as per the singer/songwriter Paul Simon and his 1975 song of the same name, but there are apparently at least 99 ways to leave your government job — and all of them have you merrily deleting and shredding as you go.
Jeffrey Simpson — How many American movies and television programs have you seen about corrupt police, municipal civil servants on the take and mayors above the law? There’s usually some crusading district attorney or incorruptible police unit that…
Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy “Mars Attacks!,” died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90.