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Minister defends $2,500 per diem for internal audit committee chair

Feb 13 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government is defending paying thousands of dollars per day to the chair of a committee tasked with cutting waste. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced in a statement Tuesday that Charles-Antoine St-Jean had been appointed chair of the government’s internal corporate audit committee. The news release didn’t disclose compensation but hours later Bethlenfalvy’s […]

Legal community raises alarms over allegations PMO interfered in SNC-Lavalin case

Feb 7 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a police investigation into bombshell allegations that Justin Trudeau’s office interfered in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin. “Messing with the administration of justice is not just bad politics. It may be a crime,” CCLA executive director Michael Bryant said in a statement Thursday. Earlier in the day, […]

Ford government calls in OPP to investigate leaked documents

Feb 4 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government is asking the OPP to investigate the massive leak of government documents to the NDP. In a memo sent to all public service staff on Monday, the government’s interim cabinet secretary Steven Davidson said the person found responsible for the leak was let go and the provincial police were called in to […]

Ontario NDP calls for investigation into Kenney’s donations to Tories

Feb 1 2019 — Marieke Walsh — The Ontario NDP is joining a growing chorus of left-of-centre parties questioning the residency status of Jason Kenney during his time as a federal minister and MP. Last week, Ontario Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell asked the Speaker of the House to investigate whether Kenney misused the expense system by claiming Calgary as his primary residence […]

2019 certain to be unpredictable in complex Middle East

Jan 3 2019 — Michael Coren — Just like any other year in the Middle East, 2019 will be characterized by its lack of predictability, which makes estimating what will happen inherently difficult. Looking back on the history of the region: the best minds in Israel failed to prepare for the 1973 Arab-Israeli War; not one intelligence service thought the shah of […]

Notley undeterred by polls as Alberta braces for election

Jan 3 2019 — Graham Thomson — According to the Chinese calendar, 2019 will be the Year of the Pig. In Alberta, New Democrats are hoping it will be the Year of the Underdog. That’s because 2019 will be the Year of the Election. The provincial election — to be held sometime between March 1 and May 31 — promises to be […]

Ontario ministers who sparred with feds performed best: strategists

Dec 27 2018 — Marieke Walsh — Ontario government ministers who took on the Trudeau Liberals are among the premier’s top performers, according to strategists. The rookie government under Doug Ford quickly went toe-to-toe with federal cabinet ministers after taking office in June, and the confrontational approach made many ministers stand out. Asked by iPolitics to list the best and worst ministers, […]

Feds going ahead with plan to buy used jets, says Defence minister

Dec 17 2018 — — Nothing will make the government reconsider its controversial plan to buy 25 second-hand, 30-year-old fighter jets as a temporary stopgap for its fleet, says Canada’s minister of National Defence. “For us, (cancelling the purchase is) not even in the picture at all, because it would be absolutely irresponsible if we don’t try to fill this […]

New Trudeau adviser to make at least $1,250 a day

Dec 17 2018 — Marco Vigliotti — Justin Trudeau’s newest adviser will take home more than $1,200 for each day he works in government, iPolitics has learned. Serge Dupont, a former deputy clerk of the Privy Council Office (PCO), was named senior executive adviser to the prime minister in an order-in-council published on Dec. 6. The order fixed his salary at $1,250 […]

Ford’s closeness with controversial evangelical pastor is problematic

Dec 5 2018 — Michael Coren — Sometimes mailing lists can be worryingly out-of-date and inaccurate. This weekend, I received an emailed letter from Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, addressed to “Pastor Michael.” (No, I haven’t suddenly been elevated to clerical status.) “I want to extend a personal invitation to you and your pastoral staff to come to the platform […]