National Newswatch

RCMP investigator moved to make Senate scandal ITO public

Nov 22 2013 — Glen McGregor — The RCMP took an unusual step to ensure the sensational court document laying out fraud and bribery allegations involving the Prime Minister’s Office was made public this week. The Mountie investigating the Senate expense scandal, Cpl. Greg Horton, went before a judge on Wednesday to consent to the public release of the Information to Obtain […]

Bertschi owes $150,000 for failed Liberal leadership bid

Nov 19 2013 — Glen McGregor — Ottawa lawyer David Bertschi faces a $150,000 hang-over from his unsuccessful bid to lead the Liberal party earlier this year. Six months after the party chose Justin Trudeau as leader, newly-released financial returns show the campaigns of Bertschi and Toronto lawyer George Takach have been not able to pay-off six figure leadership debts.

Judge orders release of names of six Tory staffers who fingered Michael Sona in robocalls affair

Nov 15 2013 — Glen McGregor — An Ontario court judge has lifted an order that prevented publication of the names of six Conservative party political staffers who alleged that former campaign worker Michael Sona claimed credit for the Guelph robocalls in the 2011 election. At the request of the Ottawa Citizen and two other media organizations, Judge Celynne Dorval agreed to […]

Kenney donors in apparent breach of limits on political contributions

Nov 13 2013 — Glen McGregor — Toronto-area donors who last year made $1,000 contributions to Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney’s Calgary riding association had also given the same amounts to another Conservative MP’s association, in apparent breach of the legal limits on political contributions. Six donors who contributed at a private fundraiser held for Kenney in Scarborough last fall had earlier made […]

Harb put bank ‘at risk,’ Mounties say

Nov 5 2013 — Glen McGregor — Mortgages on houses at issue.   RCMP investigators probing the Senate expense scandal are looking closely at how former Liberal Senator Mac Harb secured mortgages on two properties outside of Ottawa. According to court documents made public this month, the RCMP say Harb could have put the Royal Bank of Canada “at risk” when he […]

Tories legal bills far outstrip those of opposition parties

Oct 31 2013 — Glen McGregor — Responding to questions in the House of Commons this week about the Conservative Party paying Sen. Mike Duffy’s legal fees, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said such arrangements were not unusual and were practised by all parties. “The party regularly reimburses members of its caucus for valid legal expenses, as do other parties,” Harper told the […]

Robocalls accused Michael Sona agrees to terminate publication ban

Oct 29 2013 — Glen McGregor — The former Conservative Party campaign worker charged over illegal robocalls in the 2011 election wants a court to lift a publication ban on an investigator’s statement detailing specific allegations against him. According to his lawyer, Michael Sona has agreed to waive any objection to a request brought by the Citizen and two other media organizations […]

Baird’s dramatic reaction to off-camera crash

Oct 25 2013 — Glen McGregor — If there was a Deadspin.com for Canadian politics, it would probably make an animated GIF of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s reaction to an off-camera crash at a press conference on the Canada-Europe trade agreement this week. Instead, we offer the video without comment:

Pierre Poilievre seeks probe into unpaid leadership race debts

Oct 21 2013 — Glen McGregor — The Conservatives are calling on Elections Canada to investigate the failure of Liberal and NDP candidates to pay off outstanding debts they incurred in their party leadership contests. Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre on Monday said he believes the agency can investigate to see if candidates are not paying back their loans to skate around […]

Garneau promises to repay entire leadership campaign debt

Oct 16 2013 — Glen McGregor — Liberal MP defends decision to accept loan from Plasco Energy. Liberal MP Marc Garneau says he’s confident he can repay $95,000 in debts left over from his leadership campaign, despite difficulties candidates in the 2006 leadership race had paying off their long-overdue bills. With Justin Trudeau far out in front, Garneau pulled the plug on […]