An exclusive poll by Nanos Research for CBC News Network’s Power & Politics suggests Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be paying a political price for his handling of the controversy over a $90,000 cheque written by his former chief of staff to pay Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz says Canadian consumers did their part for the economy by borrowing the country through the worst recession since the Great Depression and now it is the turn of businesses to show some confidence and start spending
Montreal will have its next interim mayor — the third mayor in less than a year — early next week. The city clerk’s office has announced a vote will be held during a special meeting of council next Tuesday.
There are promising signs for those hoping that a proposed west-east pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick becomes a reality.Read More
Preston Manning has some tough words for senators: reform the Senate or prepare to see it abolished.Read More
A bill that would ban the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly and carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence with a conviction of the offence is scheduled to become law today.Read More
Amid questions about the Prime Minister’s Office, Senate spending, Justin Trudeau’s work for charities and Thomas Mulcair’s run-in with Mounties on Parliament Hill, MPs have agreed to adjourn the House of Commons.Read More
A Conservative bill that would force unions to open their books to the public is running into resistance from an unlikely source: Conservative senators.Read More
The Opposition Liberals are demanding Premier David Alward fire Education Minister Jody Carr after an email showing showed he personally intervened in the cancellation of a high school class trip to a Justin Trudeau rally in February.Read More
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.