OTTAWA — Canada’s free-trade deal with South Korea will have major long-term economic implications for Canada — but it could also solidify the prime minister’s legacy heading into the 2015 election, and stem criticism the Conservatives are big talkers and […]
OTTAWA — When Justin Trudeau removed all 32 Liberal senators from his party caucus earlier this year, some spoke of gaining more freedom to act as their consciences dictated. But with a Quebec election that has swiftly unleashed the spectre of […]
Canada’s opposition NDP open to coalition, Liberals less keen Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:49pm EST – Reuters In a a comment re : http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/02/tom-mulcair-and-coalition-dream-that.html
Although in principle I agree that whatever progressives elected to Parliament should band together in the sense of controlling the votes, I fail to see why, or how, a coalition of ConLites and the NDP can be a good thing..at least as a formal coalition.. There is nothing very progressive about the Liberal agenda, aside from the usual vaporous nothings of Junior Trudeau re decriminalizing pot and some vague stuff that only (Read more…)
Foreign Minister John Baird will lead an official delegation to Ukraine later this week. As the government said, the delegation will include community leaders and Parliamentarians but, as we learned today, none of those Parliamentarians will be New Democrats or Liberals. How come, we asked Jason MacDonald, the communication director for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. […]
Well, at first blush, I’d say bravo to the Independent Senate Liberal Caucus — the group of Senators, many of them lifelong torchbearers for the Liberal Party of Canada, who were told a month ago they could not longer be part of the same Parliamentary caucus as party leader Justin Trudeau and the elected Liberal […]
OTTAWA – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair got into another spat with House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer on Monday, defiantly ignoring his request not to call the Conservatives cheaters, as a senior Liberal questioned Scheer’s impartiality in question period. The […]
by: Obert Madondo
Speech by leader Justin Trudeau to the Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial convention convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, over the weekend:
My friends, my fellow Liberals; what a great Convention!
Thank you for your work. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your passion
I want to paint a picture for you.
There’s a young woman, let’s call her Nathalie. She works hard. Maybe in an office in old Montreal. Maybe at a retail outlet along Sainte-Catherine Street.
She makes 40k a year. It’s about what her spouse makes too.
She sits in traffic a lot. Often (Read more…)
The government likes to say it’s all about the middle class. So, too, the opposition parties. On Parliament Hill it seems Canada’s middle class is virtually surrounded by a sea of friends, each clamouring to outdo the other to lend a hand, give a leg up. With friends like that in high places, those of the middle class can surely look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
Except that it’s a load of crap.
An internal report prepared for the Harper government by Employment and Social Development Canada and pried out of the cold dead Tory hands (Read more…)
Tonight on my program, Battleground on Sun News Network, I talk to the last Liberal finance minister the country has known, Ralph Goodale about some of the issues I raise in my weekend newspaper column.
OTTAWA — A delegation of Canadian politicians — including senators and government and opposition MPs — are at the Vatican this week for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. It’s just the latest taxpayer-funded visit […]
MONTREAL – Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie is poised to reveal that the Harper Conservatives tried to recruit him as a star candidate for their party before he became an adviser to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives have launched an […]
MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau has given federal Liberals marching orders to shore up the party’s economic credentials as they prepare for three days aimed at laying the foundation for a return to power next year. In a speech kicking off […]
OTTAWA — A delegation of Canadian politicians — including senators and government and opposition MPs — are at the Vatican this week for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. Lacroix, the 56-year-old archbishop of Quebec, […]
How can someone spend over $70,000 to move just a few minutes away? Did Andrew Leslie use a Lamborghini to tow the moving trailer? In an economy when many are struggling to make ends meet, when young people are struggling to find jobs, this guy can charge over $70,000 for moving expenses? Really?
I think it is important to support our veterans, but this program should have caps on how much can be claimed. Really, for a move of such a short distance, it is hard to imagine how it could cost anywhere near $70,000.
What is especially baffling in (Read more…)
I watched your speech on the Unfair Elections Act. Well done. Thank you. And I didn’t know about Rose Henry’s court case. She’s really something.
I am going to make another appeal to you. As I see it and I think you see it, Harper is step by step dismantling Canada as a democratic nation. I live in fear and trembling of him getting in again.
As far as I can see, the only possible way to make sure that doesn’t happen is for the NDP and the Liberals to cooperate.
I’ve heard your reasons not (Read more…)
As coincidence would have it, just last night little Clare asked Daddy Mayor what the definition of *hypocrite* is. Daddy Mayor handed her this article and told her to get readin’:
Dwayne Ferguson spent more than a decade advocating for nonviolence and peace in the streets of Buffalo.
He was a well-known face in the movement for [...]
OTTAWA – A clause in the Conservative government’s proposed Fair Elections Act that limits political donations from beyond the grave could disproportionately hamper the federal NDP, which has secured more in estate donations than any national party in the last […]
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – If politics makes strange bedfellows, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals…
There is a commonly held misconception that all members of Canada’s armed services and, by extension, discharged veterans are Conservative supporters. That, of course, is simply not true on more than one plane.
What is true, is that many voted for Har…
… but no one is. Yet then PM Chrètien led by example back in 1993 when he came to power and significantly cut his Ministers’ budgets. Tired of the ballooning Ministerial budgets under Mulroney, he cut their Chiefs-of-staff and told them to rely more on the advice of public servants. Not a bad move. Would […]
… endorses Trudeau’s Senate move… <sound of Trashy passing out on the floor> Some “first” here: First time the words “west” “endorses” “Trudeau” have even been seen in the same sentence First time The Canada West Foundation has endorsed anything connected to the Senate – except its abolition Upon seeing this headline, the first time […]
OTTAWA — They’re Liberal senators — and there’s nothing Justin Trudeau can do about it. The group of senators jettisoned from his caucus this week pushed back against the Liberal leader Thursday, saying he couldn’t stop any of them from […]
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau fired all his senators Wednesday morning. And in doing so, the third party in the House of Commons effectively resigned its position as the official Opposition in the Senate. …
… “These independent senators will no longer be part of the parliamentary and operational team of the Liberal Party of Canada,” Trudeau later told reporters. “As far as political operatives, these senators will no longer be Liberal organizers, fundraisers, activists in any form.”
… At first, these senators were stunned. But after an hour or two of talking it over, the gang Trudeau “fired” came out of their closed-door meeting to tell reporters that, henceforth, they would call themselves the Senate Liberal Caucus. And they will, er, act like Liberals. Later, when the Senate got going, this group insisted they would carry on as the official Opposition in the Senate. …
Even Liberal attack-dog and Trudeau fan-boy, Warren Kinsella, thinks it’s a dumb idea. On Brian Lilley’s Byline, Kinsella called it an “absurd stunt”. Lilley also pointed out that Trudeau’s gambit was contrary to the Liberal’s own constitution which defines the Liberal caucus as including Liberal appointees to the Senate.
It sounds like the Liberals are a very confused bunch. Obviously Liberal Senators had no say in Trudeau’s grand “decision” to eject them.
Here’s another decent summary of events:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper pounced on the apparent contradiction after Trudeau asked in the House of Commons whether the Conservatives would be following his party’s lead.
“I gather the change announced by the leader today is that unelected Liberal senators will become unelected senators who happen to be Liberal,” Harper said.
The prime minister also cited [Liberal Senate leader] Cowan’s comment about not expecting much to change, saying: “That has to be the understatement of the year.”
This could be fun!
… but this may bite Justin’s butt after he is elected PM. However, critics can no longer point to a lack of direction or policies… This is a doozy! Good on him, this is the type of leadership many Canadians have been waiting for. (30) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
OTTAWA – The federal access-to-information watchdog, already investigating complaints that the government’s central bureaucracy is withholding documents about the Senate scandal, is now being asked to widen its probe — again. The request from the Liberals comes after months of […]
OTTAWA — Following a weekend explosion on a natural gas pipeline in southeastern Manitoba, opposition critics are accusing the Harper government of putting oil industry interests ahead of public safety by failing to enforce rules and laws. “Rigorous enforcement in […]
OTTAWA – Opposition critics are accusing the federal government of bad fiscal management following revelations it took a cash advance from a $34-million reserve fund to rush a 2012 advertising campaign to television airwaves. “I think they’re scrambling to counter […]
TORONTO – Former prime minister Jean Chretien was celebrated Tuesday as a political leader…
OTTAWA — Canada’s political financing landscape appears to be shifting as federal Liberals reported Friday that they had raked in more than $4.3 million in donations in the final three months of 2013 — including $2.9 million in December alone. […]
OTTAWA — NDP leader Tom Mulcair says he’s strongly inclined to vote for a controversial Conservative private member’s bill that would give backbench MPs more power, including the ability to dump their leader. Mulcair said Wednesday that Michael Chong’s bill […]
OTTAWA — A whistleblower program announced last March by the federal government that would pay cash rewards to snitches with tips on tax evaders is several months overdue, and isn’t expected to be up and running until sometime later this […]
Whether you want to believe it or not, this man used to be the Defence Minister of Canada during the reign of Pierre Trudeau’s Prime Ministership. It’s more than probable that many of his brothers and sisters in the Liberal party believed in the same nonsense he does.
The part that scares me the most about this sordid tale is the fact that this man was not only the Defence Minister of Canada he was also one of the topmost Liberal politicians at that time and almost beat Trudeau to the party’s leadership. What does that say about the other Liberal members ?
Go to the link to watch the interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze which aired last night. Below is part of the transcript:
“If we down at least one UFO we’ll be facing an interstellar war” - Former Defense Minister of Canada
He was Canadian minister of Defense in 1960s, ruling over the country’s armed forces during the time of the Cold War – and when he retired he publicly stated that we are not alone in the universe, and some guests from outer space actually live here, on planet Earth. Is this fantasy? Is someone actually watching us? Today we ask the man who says UFOs are a serious business – Paul Hellyer.
Sophie Shevardnadze: Our guest today is the Honorable Paul Hellyer, former minister of Defense of Canada, and he believes that life forms from space are present on Earth. It’s great to have you on our show. Why do you say that UFOs are as real as airplanes flying over our heads?
Paul Hellyer: Because I know that they are. As a matter of fact, they’ve been visiting our planet for thousands of years and one of the cases that would interest you most if you give me two or three minutes to answer is that during the Cold War, 1961, there were about 50 UFOs in formation flying south from Russia across Europe, and Supreme Allied Command was very concerned and about ready to press the “Panic” button when they turned around and went back over the North Pole. They decided to do an investigation and they investigated for 3 years and they decided that, with absolute certainty, four species – at least – had been visiting this planet for thousands of years. We have a long history of UFOs and of course there has been a lot more activity in the last few decades, since we invented the atomic bomb and they are very concerned about that and the fact that we might use it again, and because the Cosmos is a unity and it affects not just us but other people in the Cosmos, they are very much afraid that we might be stupid enough to start using atomic weapons again, and this would be very bad for us and for them as well.
SS: No serious scientist has ever publicly confirmed evidence of an encounter with extra-terrestrials – why would scientists not confirm the facts if they exist?
PH: I’m afraid they must go out of their way not to find out. Even if they do 10 percent of the amount of research I’ve done in the last 8 years they would be as convinced as I am. I mean, they could do it even faster. Might take it a little longer, when they didn’t have military background, but there are so many wonderful books that tell these stories and they’ve been authenticated; the sightings have been authenticated by more than one witness and also by radar, and they have landed in various places around the world, including Russia. There’s famous case there, I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was widely reported at the time, a man wrote a book about it and then the French bought the book rights so it wouldn’t be circulated around……..
OTTAWA — Nearly a decade after it was first proposed and following a few years of environmental review, the fate of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline will be a lot clearer on Thursday. The National Energy Board (NEB) […]
Canada, a nation among the wealthiest in the world, cannot meet its daycare needs. The problem has grown to crisis proportions in the country’s largest cities. In Toronto there are only enough daycare spaces for about one in five of the city’s children. In downtown Vancouver, 2,000 children are on a childcare waiting list. There is no federal universal childcare scheme in Canada. Some provinces and municipalities offer subsidized childcare but these programs are at constant risk of having funding withdrawn. As well, the lack of federal standardization results in wide disparities of (Read more…)
Starting the day that Justin Trudeau was elected as the leader of the Liberal Party, I have received 65 emails from the LPC’s main bulk email account, most with Trudeau’s name attached. Of that 65, 52 of them have been calls for donations, in under eight months. December has been particularly bad, with more than daily emails coming in on their big end of 2013 donation push. Precisely how these emails go about asking for donations does indeed change. Sometimes, they provide a bit of political discussion about, say, the Senate Scandal, or Conservative negative attack ads in their (Read more…)
Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become With his crack smoking and drunken misbehaviour, Toronto’s mayor personifies our crude, swaggering, bungling New Canada Robert Hays in the Guardian Fri Dec 13 2013
Speak for yourself, Hays..truly the East seems to have adopted the crudities of the HarperCons and their (Rob)in of the ‘Hood, but there are many of us, dare I say the majority, who not only do not support the rightwing bias so blatantly obvious in the Feds, but in fact (after rather extensive polling) it has been shown that the country at large is (Read more…)
Scandal upon scandal plague the Ontario Liberals and yet shamelessly they continue on to the next scandal without so much as by your leave.
Worst of all, the opposition, the PC party is full of dead people. But saying that would be like insulting zombies who would have done a much better job at hounding the Liberals out of Ontario. Sadly, the PC party is simply not up to doing the needful.
The Liberals hold on to their power in Ontario only because of the Labor Unions whom they have pampered every which way and these organizations prop them up. The non-Canadian companies are opting to close shop and move out because they can’t afford the demands from the Labor Unions and the govt. of Ontario will not help those companies to get the blackmailers off their backs. Ultimately, its the citizens of Ontario who are the losers but being the full-blown masochists that Liberal voters usually are, they welcome the constant flaying they get and beg for more.
Adrian Morrow writing at Globe&Mail:
Wynne responds to Auditor-General’s tough report on Ontario Power.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to rein in Ontario Power Generation after an audit revealed that the agency was hiring more executives and paying them big bonuses when it was supposed to be downsizing.
The government will table legislation early next year to give it direct control over salaries, benefits and other perks at OPG, she said.
“I’m deeply concerned about what seems to be the culture in that organization,” she told reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park. “We have a need for the government to have more control over compensation packages and we will be introducing legislation in order to put those controls in place.”
The province has already fired three top OPG executives – the chief financial officer and two vice-presidents – in the wake of the damning audit.
Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk revealed Tuesday that OPG’s executive suite had ballooned in recent years and that the majority of those new bosses received top bonuses. Meanwhile, OPG was shedding jobs in the lower ranks and denying top bonuses to regular employees.
Ms. Lysyk also took aim at the Crown corporation’s generous pension plan – the vast majority of which is funded by taxpayers – and the fact that OPG appeared to be hiring its employees’ family members without any evidence that it had followed correct procedures…….
So apparently Justin Trudeau fancies himself the next Jack Layton. How adorable.
On the evening of Monday November 25 he told a crowd of supporters “make no mistake, the NDP is no longer the hopeful, optimistic party of Jack Layton… it is the Liberal party tonight that proved hope is stronger than fear, that positive politics can and should win out over negative.”
“Hope” and “optimism” aren’t empty catchphrases trotted out after the Liberal Party is caught on video tearing down their opponent’s campaign signs in an effort to hold on to a seat it has held for 91 of the last 100 years.
The Parliamentary Budget Office has come out with a report, suggesting that the Conservatives will likely balance the budget ahead of schedule. But, and it’s a big but, if there were no EI surplus, there would be no balanced budget in 2016. And the annual surplus in the EI Operating Account is no small potatoes – it’s forecast to be at least $3.5 Billion in 2014. But this forecast is based on an EI coverage rate of 41%, and recently it’s been more like 38%, meaning the 2014 EI surplus will probably end up being over $4 Billion.
The recent byelection in Toronto center – won handily by the Liberals’ Chrystia Freeland in a race against the NDP’s Linda McQuaig – ruffled quite a bit of feathers. Justin Trudeau’s victory speech in particular gained a lot of attention, in part because of the controversy it drummed up of quoting Layton’s final letter while accusing the NDP of running a negative campaign.
Linda McQuaig has now issued a post election op-ed, addressing the charge of the alleged NDP negative campaign head on: As the NDP candidate who ran against Freeland, I disagree. My campaign was heavily focused on issues, (Read more…)