Prime Minister Stephen Harper says any federal Conservative who is in politics to seek personal gain from public office should get out of his caucus.
With the deepening of the Senate’s multi-front expense scandal, several senators are speaking about the need for change in the red chamber.
Amid the wreckage, the Conservatives in Ottawa still must govern. How they do that when two of their own Senators quit caucus late last week, and then their boss’s top aide resigned in the middle of a long weekend, is no easy task. Their headaches, mostly fuelled by the relentless…
Dozens of people appointed to plum patronage jobs have been donating to the Conservative party, despite government rules that forbid it.
Lloyd Kerry’s “Stuff the Duff” t-shirt design speaks for itself. And in Kerry’s opinion, it speaks for many other Islanders and Canadians as well.Read More
The Senate expense scandals sweeping Ottawa have met a particularly poor reception in the Conservative government’s Western heartland, where calls are now emerging for the resignation – and criminal prosecution – of several senators.Read More
The Canadian government still does business with companies that were involved in criminal bid-rigging schemes.Read More
Senator Mike Duffy arrived back in Ottawa Monday afternoon amid questions about his future in the Red Chamber.Read More
The prime minister is jetting out of Ottawa today, leaving behind one of the worst political storms ever faced by his Conservative government, to contemplate a trade alliance membership in South America that many consider unnecessary.Read More
Public Works officials will be on the hot seat Tuesday when MPs ask them to explain steps taken to fix a multi-million-dollar deal that was repeatedly rigged by bureaucrats over a decade to favour a supplier, actions that could cost taxpayers $40 million…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.