By turns lauding his government’s achievements in all policy areas, and slamming his critics, Harper sounded more like a campaigner than a mid-term prime minister
Wallin had said she made changes to her electronic Senate calendar — a key piece of information sought by auditors — under Tkachuk’s advice
OTTAWA — Sen. Mike Duffy charged the Senate for travel and daily expenses during the last federal election when he was campaigning for the Conservatives, new RCMP court documents allege. Investigators poring through Duffy’s expense claims from the 2011 election […]
Jason Kenney said immigrants are engaged in a ‘fraud’ that enriches the Quebec government while costing taxpayers in B.C. and elsewhere a bundle
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who’s hosting the summit, says there was no more discussion about the Senate in the morning meeting
Late last month, the LCBO began offering its products to federal departments and agencies at a 49% discount from the retail price that everyone else pays
Monday, July 15, 2013
Last week, accompanied by some dozen other Quebecois activists, I visited Fort McMurray, Alberta. What I saw and heard there moved me …
One of the better Mondays I’ve had of late, after hearing good ole’ Vic Toews has resigned/retired:
Vic Toews, the gruff,mustachioed minister who was the face of the Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda through federal cabinet postings in public safety and justice, has cleared the way for a newcomer to the task…He formally announced Monday he is stepping down as Public Safety Minister from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet. He is also stepping aside as MP for the Manitoba riding of Provencher.
I could comment further, but I won’t: the old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t (Read more…)
Marcel Côté will lead candidates from different parties, including Vision Montreal and former members of the now-defunct party, Union Montreal
Recently, I watched an interview on French TV involving the controversial Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan. The French journalist intentionally refused to use the word Islamophobia. She wrongly equated Islamophobia to one’s right to criticize Islam, or its values, insinuating that Muslims have thin skins and can never accept freedom of speech (remember the controversies around the Danish cartoons or the Innocence of Muslims movie).
Personally, I never liked the word “Islamophobia” per se. It reminded me of a strange condition or a syndrome like claustrophobia or arachnophobia. The term is heavy, difficult to pronounce, and is totally ignored by the mainstream media for good or bad reasons.
What would Orwell say about our curious brand of Newspeak?
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America’s Presidential re-election campaign is getting underway. So in politics this is just about ancient history: But four years ago, it was the young voters of the United-States who engaged the movement of hope and aspiration that swept Barack …
CBC’s the Current had an excellent segment on Dutch Disease and what to do about it. The set-up was quite good. First they interviewed an economist about what Dutch disease actually is and to what extent it applies to Canada. … Continue reading →
That coalition: the one that vowed to bring down the government over — what? A budget? A national health-care plan? No, the impending removal of their public subsidies
OTTAWA — Senior management at the CBC doesn’t plan to ask for new federal funding and anticipates “minimal” impact on programming following a deal announced this week that leaves the public broadcaster without advertising revenue from professional hockey broadcasts. As […]
OTTAWA — The quartet of former and sitting prime ministers settling in for the long flight to South Africa on Sunday was a rare sight indeed. Too rare, say experts lamenting the lack of contact between Canada’s former and present […]
Justin Trudeau told reporters that this will be the ‘first step of what I hope will be a cascade of transparency and openness as the other parties try to outdo each other’
Mark Twain used to fulminate against “lies, damn lies and statistics.”
Political actors and commentators, these days, might similarly rant about “assumptions, damned conventional wisdom and excremental opinion polls!”
Or, as the current Conservatives’ second-most favoured forerunner, John Diefenbaker, put it: “…dogs know best what to do with polls.”
How the pollsters became the political oracles of our time is more than a bit of a mystery.
After the disastrous results for pollsters of the most recent elections in Alberta and British Columbia – not to mention the pretty mediocre results in the last Quebec election — one wonders why so many otherwise canny and intelligent folks take the emanations of those faux oracles so seriously.
The Harper government has called an unusual closed-door meeting to discuss the need to shine a greater public light of the expenses of MPs and senators.
The implications of the testimony were clear: that Canadian taxpayers, from coast to coast, may have seen some of their money gobbled up in collusion schemes
The school board says numbers have dropped by nearly 10,000 students since a decade-old bill further tightened restrictions on who is eligible to learn in English
Every week the National Post re-imagines a week in the life of a newsmaker. Today, Ron Wadden looks at the week through the eyes of Laureen Harper
Friday, August 16, 2013
The aggressive austerity cuts carried out by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty over the past seven yea…
Lavigne was convicted of fraud in March 2011 after making false travel claims for more than $10,000. He was also found guilty of breach of trust
Elections Canada said it could not press charges against Dryden or three other leadership candidates with outstanding loans because the rules lack clarity
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has moved his personal stock holdings into a blind trust, making good on a promise made during the leadership campaign to become the only party leader outside government to voluntarily adhere to the ethics measure.
Garneau suggested that whenever the investigation ends, the Liberals should consider questioning Gerstein to see if he ran afoul of rules
As the Assembly of First Nations and a group of rival chiefs held concurrent meetings Wednesday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau accused the governing Conservatives of sowing divisions among aboriginal people
..if what Stephen Taylor has heard is true that Pierre Poliviere is going to become a Cabinet Minister.
The bad news is that with this promotion, Pierre is basically going to dig Parliament and Question Period down into the muck further, given his propensity for answering with non-answers and cheap shots at opponents.
The good news is: for us that are progressive bloggers, Pierre is going to give me and others of our political persuasion lots of material to write about, and as a Liberal partisan, I don’t mind at all if Poliviere got a cabinet post. More of the (Read more…)
A country’s Head of State is not just a hollow symbol of old history. The person represents the people of a country — their values and common purpose, their sense of unity, their loyalty to each other and their national pride.
A survey of more than 2,000 Canadians conducted by Harris-Decima in February 2013 found that a majority of Canadians (55%) want to change to a democratically chosen Canadian Head of State, while only 34% want to continue with a member of the British royal family.
“Canadians understand that our Senate, as it stands today, must either change or, like the old upper houses of our provinces, vanish,” Pierre Poilievre said Thursday
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
For too many in Canada, Afghanistan is out of sight and out of mind. Reporter-turned-researcher Graeme Smith hopes to turn our…
OTTAWA — The surprising revelation last week that Ottawa is almost $7 billion ahead of schedule for eliminating the deficit is attracting the scrutiny of the budget watchdog. The No. 2 man in the Parliamentary Budget Office says officials have […]
the challenge: I could publish the entire 6,500-word, nine-page letter with its 43 supporting documents that I sent to Elections Canada in support of my complaint about the unfair actions of the Green Party in Saanich-Gulf Islands—but mercifully, I won’t. Instead, here’s a taste of what I went through; some of the things I learned; and some political questions that my experience raised. It’s a complex tale.
We are Madeleine Parent’s close friends and family. We are also feminists, trade unionists and organizations, and we have fought shoulder to shoulder with her for social justice. We are writing today to express our profound disappointment concerning the gratuitous reference to Ms. Parent in the Charter of Quebec Values.
As Donna Mergler (an activist academic who has known Madeleine Parent since childhood) and Andrée Lévesque (a historian and author of a book on Madeleine’s life) have stated: “It is regrettable that, in order to garner support for its plan and defend its positions, the government is using the names of people who are no longer with us.” (Le Devoir, September 18, 2013)
Is it too early/too bold to predict that because of today’s RCMP revelations/allegations that multiple members of the Prime Minister’s Office and top Conservative Senators conspired to whitewash the Mike Duffy report, it may have assured the Liberal Party wins the Brandon-Souris byelection on Monday – a riding it has only won once in the last 60 years?
Maybe. As has been pointed out by others who are veteran campaign folks, the Conservatives will have a large advantage on organization and ground game, and there are reports from a week or 2 ago that Jenni Byrne, the top person in the PMO, had taken personal control of the CPC campaign [...]
Ontario Conservative member of Parliament Michael Chong Tuesday introduced a private member’s bill dubbed “An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms).” He says it will rebalance the relationship between federal party leaders […]
The Liberals say the unit entered their Montreal HQ in July. “(Party) employees present offered their full collaboration,” the Liberals said
The New Democratic Party’s federal leadership says the party is ready to start taking back Saskatchewan. With the NDP Caucus meeting wrapping up on Wednesday in Saskatoon, leader of the opposition, Thomas Mulcair said after two days in the province, … Continue Reading
Neither investigation could identify the leaker or demonstrate that anyone might have used the leaked information to make money on the stock markets