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January 09, 2014 ... Protesters dress as waiters to breach Harper security ... Steven Chase
January 06, 2014 ... What's happening in every province (and in Ottawa) in 2014 ... Campbell Clark
November 12, 2013 ... Supreme Court of Canada decides if Senate can be abolished ... Canadian Press
A Supreme Court hearing on what it would take to reform or abolish Canada's Senate is coming in the nick of time for the much maligned upper house.
November 07, 2013 ... Video --- Peter Mansbridge interviews Joe Clark --- highly critical of Harper's government ... CBC
Duty to go beyond party is almost entirely gone because the government is a controlling government.
November 06, 2013 ... Poll Suggests Liberals Not Seen As Best To Handle Any Major Issue ... Huffington Post
Conservatives polled very strongly on economic issues. On trade, Tories were considered the best party to expand our relationships around the world at 42 per cent. New Democrats, perhaps still remembered for opposing free trade with the United States in the 1980s, polled at only 23 per cent on this issue. Even 40 per cent of NDP voters thought the other parties would do a better job on trade. Tories were also seen as the party best able to keep taxes under control (38 per cent), and 40 per cent said Conservatives were best able to manage the economy. Liberals placed second on this important question with 32 per cent, followed by the NDP at 28 per cent. In vote-rich Ontario, the Tory edge increased to 42 per cent against 31 per cent for the Liberals.
November 05, 2013 ... Tories sharpen their wedge issues, eye cuts to public-service pensions ... John Ibbitson
This is exactly our position going into the next round of bargaining. For too long, there has been this major gap in wages and benefits between the public and the private sector & this is not sustainable, it's not right, its not conservative and it's not in the public interest.
July 26, 2013 ... Maybe Justin Trudeau can convince Stephen Harper of the insanity of our marijuana laws ... Chris Selley
Tax it, regulate. It's one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model is not working ...
July 26, 2013 ... Trudeau's Liberals On Downward Trend But Staying Ahead Of Tories, Poll Suggests ... Huffington Post
Liberals -- 35%
Conservatives -- 31%
NDP -- 22%

July 24, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau thinks it's high-time marijuana becomes legal in Canada ... Huffington Post
I see my friend waving a sign about decriminalizing cannabis. I'll take that as a question I'm actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis  I'm in favour of legalizing it. Tax and regulate. It's one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model isn't working.
July 23, 2013 ... Premiers meet --- 1/2 are women ... tonight
For the first time, there will be six women at the meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., representing about 85 per cent of the country's population. And at the head of the table will be Kathleen Wynne, who was sworn in as Ontario's first woman premier just six months ago.
July 22, 2013 ... It's a boy! UK's Kate gives birth to royal heir ... Associated Press
The royal birth announcement said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. William was present for the birth, the statement said. The announcement did not include a name for the future monarch, though one is expected to be revealed in the coming days.
July 19, 2013 ... PMO denies withholding evidence from RCMP probe into Wright-Duffy affair ... Joan Bryden
According to a CTV report Tuesday, the Feb. 20 email from Duffy to his lawyer  and possibly copied to Wright  summarized the deal between the two. It said Wright would give Duffy $90,000 to repay his invalid expense claims, that Duffy would claim to have personally reimbursed the Senate and the government would use its influence to soften the impact of an external audit into Duffy's expenses.
July 17, 2013 ... Harper's Cabinet Shuffle Was All Sizzle, No Steak ... Brent Rathgeber, MP
If I had any lingering doubts regarding my decision to resign from the Conservative Caucus to sit as an Independent in the House of Commons, this week's Cabinet shuffle certainly removed them. The facelift did nothing to either restore an appropriate balance between the front and back benches or address the other democratic deficits that plague Ottawa
July 16, 2013 ... The Kenney/Suzuki immigration feud ... Robert Sibley
Now, I'm no fan of Suzuki's apocalyptic environmentalism. He may be sincere in his ecological concerns, but, like Al Gore, he also makes a lucrative living as a prophet of planetary disaster. In any case, it's Kenney whos being toxic.
July 16, 2013 ... Was 'enemy' list part of cabinet transition? ... Canadian Press
The note said to avoid bureaucrats who "can't take no (or yes) for an answer" and advises on "who to engage or avoid: friend and enemy stakeholders."
July 12, 2013 ... Chretien nearly ended oath to the Queen ... Colin Perkel
In Ontario Superior Court Friday, three permanent residents argued the pledge to the Queen is discriminatory and violates their constitutional rights. They oppose the oath on religious or conscientious grounds, saying they would be happy to pledge allegiance to Canada.
July 02, 2013 ... What I Would Change About the Monarchy in Canada ... Scott Vrooman
Before our laws become law, they must be approved by the Queen of England, someone who retains her authority solely by virtue of her father's timely discharge of his regal ejaculate, with each of his individual sperm cells having inherited their mandate from God Himself.
June 28, 2013 ... Tory senators help to block anti-union bill as party dissent grows ... Bill Curry
In a rare departure from strict party discipline, 16 Conservative senators voted against the government's wishes and a further six Tories abstained, passing amendments that essentially gut the bills key provisions.
June 28, 2013 ... Tory attack ads and NDP "prosecutorial gravitas" don't work --- Polls --- Liberals 37% - Tories 29% - NDP 21% ... Ottawa Citizen
... the totality of the Conservatives' monomaniacal assault on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, since the day he became leader on April 14, isn't working particularly well ... Tom Mulcair, for all his recent prosecutorial gravitas in the House of Commons, isn't connecting beyond Ottawa
June 21, 2013 ... Pit-bull minister John Baird entertained six anonymous friends in London -- stayed free at Canada High Commissioner's House ... CTV
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and six of his friends stayed at the official residence of Canadas High Commissioner to Great Britain for eight days, free of charge, while on vacation in England, CTV News has learned.
June 17, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau says he'll repay his speakers fee to N.B. charity despite ties to federal Conservatives ... PostMedia News
The promise was made as several other organizations that contracted Trudeau to speak for them indicated they were happy with the results, and would not be taking the Liberal leader up on his offer to "do right" by them.
June 14, 2013 ... PM needs to mend fences ... L. Ian MacDonald
The first problem Harper has to deal with is a potential split in the Conservative party at its policy convention in Calgary in two weeks
June 07, 2013 ... Elizabeth May claims Harper Isn't Really Canadian ... Elizabeth May
Fundamental notions of the supremacy of Parliament, constitutional monarchy, representative democracy in which every MP is the equal of the other and the prime minister is merely "first among equals" made for a very different approach to governance than the U.S. Constitutional separation of powers and its checks and balances.
June 07, 2013 ... Canada's Senate: Harper, Trudeau, Mulcair Differ On How To Fix Woes ... Huffington Post
All parties agree that reform of some kind is needed. The form those changes should take is where the parties disagree.
June 06, 2013 ... French CBC changes name from "Radio-Canada" to "Ici" ... Canadian Press
The CBC receives $1.1 billion in federal funding each year.

Radio-Canada isn't saying how much is being spent on the exercise, beyond that external consultants cost $400,000


May 29, 2013 ... Video --- Question Period --- May 28/13 --- Mulcair cross-examines Harper ... CBC

May 27, 2013 ... Federal Court upholds 2011 election results in 'robocall' ridings but finds fraud using Tory database ... Canadian Press
The ruling cleared the Conservative party and its candidates of any effort to mislead voters, but said the most likely source of information used to make the misleading calls was the [Conservative] party's CIMS database, accessed by "a person or persons currently unknown to this court."
May 22, 2013 ... Harper's tried-and-true crisis management tactics fall short ... John Ibbitson
Stephen Harper's approach to managing crises  fire, stonewall and punt  was on vintage display as he addressed caucus over the Senate expenses scandal. That approach has served the Prime Minister well in the past. But it may not work this time, because this time is different.
May 17, 2013 ... Duffy found lobbying for Sun Media ---- quits Tory Caucus ... Huffington Post
Thursday evening, citing a "well-placed source," CTV news reported that Duffy had also tried to influence the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the TV regulator which is considering an application to make Tory-friendly Sun News a mandatory fixture on basic cable, by approaching a source with CRTC connections telling them that the arms-length agency had to "play with the team" and support Sun's request.
May 16, 2013 ... The Duffy bailout: What were they thinking? ... Andrew Coyne
It would be questionable, at best, for anyone to make such a large payment to a senator, whose responsibilities, let us remember, include voting on government bills. But of all the people who might legitimately make such a payment, the prime ministers chief of staff would seem the last
May 16, 2013 ... Senator Mike Duffy stiffs Senate $90,000 for housing charges --- repays with loan from Prime Minister's Office ... Jordan Press
Opposition parties are calling for an independent investigation over the payment and allegations raised in a CTV report earlier this week that Prime Minister Harper's Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, worked out the backroom deal with Duffy to have the expenses refunded to the Senate, while also going easy on him in the final reports from the Senate committee overseeing expense audits of Duffy, Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Sen. Mac Harb.
May 15, 2013 ... Trudeau, Mulcair duke it out in election of Montreal mayor ... Graeme Hamilton
Mr. Coderre, who has represented Montreal's Bourassa riding for 16 years, is set to announce he is leaving federal politics to run for mayor in next November's election. The announcement will set the scene for two crucial battles: one to choose the city's next mayor and the other to test Liberal support in Quebec under new leader Justin Trudeau.
May 14, 2013 ... Liberals win big over Conservatives in Labrador federal byelection ... Canadian Press
Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones won the federal byelection in Labrador on Monday, capturing a seat that became vacant when former Conservative MP Peter Penashue quit due to campaign overspending and illegal contributions during the 2011 election.
May 09, 2013 ... Harper government not only anti-science also anti-free-market ... Andrew Coyne
It is simply wrong to refer to the Harper government as "free market" in orientation. Its economic policy is, and has been for some time, heavily interventionist  perhaps the most interventionist of any government since Trudeau's
May 03, 2013 ... New Bank of Canada head's willingness to take orders from Harper won him the job ... John Ivison
Will the Harper Government balance its budget while the Bank of Canada "stimulates" the economy --- through low interest rates --- by letting consumers run up household debt?
May 02, 2013 ... Why Tories would be willing to fight election over civil service showdown ... John Ibbitson
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business estimates that federal public servants are paid 17 per cent more than their private-sector counterparts. Says Eye Opener Editor Bob Edwards: In other words --- Private employers pay their employees 15 per cent less.
April 30, 2013 ... Trudeau could surprise us ... Conrad Black
No one knew anything about William Lyon Mackenzie King when he was elevated at the age of 45 to succeed Sir Wilfrid Laurier
April 26, 2013 ... Cartoon --- Liberal strategy "seems to be working" ... Brian Gable
April 24, 2013 ... Tories urged to use Taxpayer-Paid mail privileges to attack Trudeau ... Maclean's
the Conservative party paid for the television ads but printing and postal costs for the flyers come out of each MP's office budget  which is supplied by taxpayers
April 23, 2013 ... Speaker gives backbench MPs some freedom from party's whip ... Steven Chase
In a ruling that challenges Stephen Harper's efforts to bring his caucus to heel, the man who presides over the House of Commons is inviting MPs to compete for a chance to speak on the floor rather than simply following what their party dictates.
April 19, 2013 ... Peter Mansbridge interviews new Liberal leader Justin Trudeau ... CBC

April 19, 2013 ... Trudeau won't back Quebec's demand for access to father's papers ... Rhéal Seguin
Justin Trudeau's first foray in his home province as newly elected federal Liberal Leader got off to a shaky start when he was tripped up by history and his fathers legacy. In a province that is crucial to Mr. Trudeau's political ambitions, he found himself accused of arrogance by the governing Parti Québécois and greeted with skepticism by opposition parties.
April 17, 2013 ... Why Stephen Harper must act quickly on temporary foreign worker program ... John Ibbitson
the economy is hardly growing, and now people are starting to wonder whether the Conservatives care about protecting jobs at all
April 17, 2013 ... When in Canada, do as Canadians do ... Naomi Lakritz
Kudos to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for sticking to his guns and ensuring that the federal guide for would-be immigrants uses strong language to let those who want to move to Canada know the customs that are alien to democracy and which wont be tolerated.
April 16, 2013 ... An interview with Justin Trudeau ... Michael Den Tandt
April 16, 2013 ... Ottawa withholding reports on B.C. wild salmon ... Mark Hume
Fisheries managers planning catch limits for the 2013 season, which has yet to start, have had to do so to this point without knowing what the reports contain
April 16, 2013 ... Five ways to get caught up on news of Justin Trudeau's Liberal leadership win ... Globe and Mail
April 16, 2013 ... Cartoon --- Act 2, Scene 1 ... Brian Gable
April 16, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau's acceptance speech on April 14, 2013 ... YouTube

April 12, 2013 ... Video --- Pierre Trudeau at the Liberal Convention 1968 ... YouTube

April 12, 2013 ... Today's Liberal party would be nowhere without Justin Trudeau ... Gerald Caplan
First, the possibility of collaboration of any kind, at any level, between the NDP and the Liberals is as dead as Monty Pythons parrot. Second, and directly related, the Liberal Party of Canada is once again a serious contender. Who'd of thunk it possible? Third, forget the idle speculation about whether Stephen Harper will lead his party in the next election. He will. You heard it here first.
April 12, 2013 ... This weekend the Liberals choose leader, NDP change constitution ... Jennifer Ditchburn
"I'm confident that whether it's on renewing the terminology in the (party) constitution or giving ourselves exactly the vision and determination we need to carry this through in the next election, it's going to be a great weekend for us," Mulcair told The Canadian Press. Stacked up against Sunday's Liberal leadership results-fest, with presumptive front-runner Justin Trudeau the centre of attention, the constitutions, resolutions and workshops of an NDP convention might seem dry. Both parties insist the timing was pure coincidence.
April 11, 2013 ... Royal Banks suffers "PR Disaster" --- stock shoots up ... ROB Insight
Why did investors shrug off the week's events? Perhaps because they knew every other bank has also outsourced workers. Perhaps because PR disasters in the banking world that aren't based on financial malfeasance, poor results, big writedowns or poor economic news hardly move the needle. And, most likely, because they knew that, as mad as customers might be, the prospect of moving one's mortgage, chequing and savings accounts, mutual funds, credit lines and so on just to pay pretty much the same fees and get pretty much the same service from any of the other big banks in our oligopolistic market would be too much of a bother for all but the most incensed Canadians.
April 10, 2013 ... Victoria workers join in growing anger over Royal Bank of Canada outsourcing ... Carla Wilson
Unless the RBC starts putting people before excessive profits, then not only will our union be withdrawing our funds, we will be urging our members, the Canadian working class who care about the economic future of our country, to no longer darken their door as well
April 09, 2013 ... Offshore Tax Havens Leak: Ottawa Threatens To Use Courts In Bid To Get CBC Tax Evasion List ... Huffington Post
"As a journalistic organization and as a matter of journalistic principle, CBC doesn't reveal sources nor any related background information," said the CBC Detailed financial information of several thousand individuals from around the world was leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, which shared it with other media outlets.
April 08, 2013 ... Globe and Mail burys Royal Bank of Canada job outsourcing of 45 Canadian jobs ... The placing of the story speaks for itself
We hear that Organized Labor are protesting --- Organized Labour should organize a boycott
April 08, 2013 ... Justin's speech to the Liberal Party on April 6/13 --- ... Justin Trudeau Nomination Committee
Skip the first two minutes

April 08, 2013 ... Trudeau's rise brings broken Liberal Party back together ... John Ibbitson
April 08, 2013 ... Time to crack down on tax shelter dodgers ... Diane Francis
Meanwhile, Canada lets its richest go offshore; allows the economy of a province to be owned by Bermudian trusts; allows the family of a former prime minister to make a tax-free fortune offshore and then leaves the rest of us to pay the tab every Tax Spring.
April 06, 2013 ... Félicitations, monsieur Chrétien! ... Pierre Lavergne
April 05, 2013 ... Why the NDP needs to discard its poisoned constitution ... Globe and Mail Editorial
"To modify and control the operations of the monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning. Towards these ends and where necessary the extension of the principle of social ownership;"
April 04, 2013 ... TD Bank appoints first non-wasp in banking history boss ... Grant Robertson
It is a significant moment in the Canadian banking world, making Mr. Masrani, who is of South Asian descent, the first visible minority to ascend to the corner office of a major Canadian bank, in a business that is often criticized for the homogeneity of its senior ranks.
April 04, 2013 ... Wooing the centre, NDP ends opposition to 'making a profit' ... Gloria Galloway
the move to change it prompted considerable backlash from long-time party members
April 03, 2013 ... Canadian values v. unbridled "multiculturalism ---- When something is barbaric --- call it barbaric ... Globe and Mail Editorial
We are a pluralist society that welcomes other peoples and encourages them to celebrate their unique cultures and traditions but only, as Mr. Kenney's updated guide also says, as long as they "are consistent with Canadian values such as human dignity and equality before the law." Anything else is non-negotiable.
March 25, 2013 ... Cartoon --- The Liberal leadership race --- "Remember you are mortal" ... David Parkins
March 25, 2013 ... Someone will eventually have to clean up the Conservatives' tax code ... Jeffrey Simpson
March 25, 2013 ... Graphic: The Governomics of Canada ... The Financial Post
March 22, 2013 ... In this budget, Tories learned to stop worrying and love manufacturing ... Jim Stanford
March 22, 2013 ... Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in full flight ... Globe and Mail Editorial
March 21, 2013 ... Flaherty plans national securities regulator over provincial objections ... Steven Chase
March 20, 2013 ... Cartoon --- Federal Research shut-down Organic ... Brian Gable
March 15, 2013 ... Cartoon --- Let me guess --- another bad week in the polls ... Brian Gable
March 14, 2013 ... Why the Conservative slide in the polls is worse than usual ... Éric Grenier
March 12, 2013 ... Trudeau is nothing special, but that may be enough ... Lawrence Martin
March 11, 2013 ... Obituary for Stompin' Tom Connors ... Globe and Mail
March 04, 2013 ... Inside Justin Trudeaus's war room ... Daniel LeBlanc
February 21, 2013 ... Former PM Mulroney -- Underestimate Trudeau at your peril ... Kim McRael
February 19, 2013 ... A coming "Greek tragedy" in the Maritimes? ... John Ibbitson
February 11, 2013 ... Liberals tie NDP in popularity --- both behind Tories ... Kim Mackrael
February 05, 2013 ... Report --- Canada a good but not great place to live ... Tavia Grant
January 23, 2013 ... Taxpayer-funded partisan advertising should be curbed, says Adrian Dix ... Rob Shaw
January 04, 2013 ... Trudeau still the best shot at reviving Liberal fortunes, polls suggest ... Chris Hannay
December 12, 2012 ... Commons speaker rejects Tory arguments --- upholds MPs' rights to oppose government ... Bruce Cheadle
December 11, 2012 ... The Conservatives are in a tight corner in voter suppression case but may emerge unscathed once more ... Lawrence Martin
December 10, 2012 ... F-35 fiasco knocks Conservative spin off its axis ... Jeffrey Simpson
December 10, 2012 ... Inside Ottawa's decision on foreign takeovers ... Steven Chase
December 04, 2012 ... The maritime provinces are broke --- if union is not the answer, what is???? ... John Ibbitson
November 30, 2012 ... F-35 purchase in jeopardy with upcoming KPMG report on full cost of fighter jet ... John Ivison
November 20, 2012 ... A billionaire's donation, a government's dilemma ... Gary Mason
November 12, 2012 ... The importance of money in Alberta's one-party state ... Tom Flanagan
October 17, 2012 ... Silent parliaments --- muted outrage --- the problem with prorogation ... John Ibbitson
October 14, 2012 ... Afthanistan's latest caualty is naiveté ... Jeffrey Simpson
October 11, 2012 ... Canadian Conservatives may change traditional federal transfer system ... Jason Fekete
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November 12, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau's "I admire China most" gaffe the symptom of an undisciplined mind ... Andrew Coyne
Has any Canadian politician been so frankly marketed as a sex object since, well, since his father?
November 11, 2013 ... Radio --- Forget The 50 States, 10 Provinces U.S. and Canada are Really 11 Nations ... National Public Radio

November 07, 2013 ... What Joe Clark tells us about Stephen Harper ... Andrew Cohen
... like other disaffected conservatives, Joe Clark will have to choose next time between a government he doesnt recognize and the party most likely to defeat it. Perhaps he already has.
November 06, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau stays --- above the fray --- out of Question Period --- ahead f NDP in polls. ... John Ivison
It must annoy Mr. Mulcair that he cant seem to overtake Mr. Trudeau, whether for first or second place. Canadians appear to have had too much of Ottawa, and want a period of calm. Mr. Trudeau stands for nothing in particular, and still seems like a nice guy. So they're happy to share his quiet table for a while, and everyone else fights over the salt.
November 05, 2013 ... When will we hear from Nigel Wright? ... Jeffrey Simpson
Wisely, Mr. Wright is keeping his counsel, while others in the mini-drama insist that they did nothing wrong. Not one actor has admitted to serious error, although all accuse Mr. Wright of making at least one. He is the villain, the manipulator, the fall guy. At some point, perhaps at a future trial or in some other public forum, Mr. Wright will explain what he knows.
July 26, 2013 ... Trudeau's Liberals On Downward Trend But Staying Ahead Of Tories, Poll Suggests ... Huffington Post
Liberals -- 35%
Conservatives -- 31%
NDP -- 22%

July 26, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau's Marijuana Stand Slammed By Conservatives ... Huffington Post
Canada-Wide Poll -- July 26/13
Should Canada legalize marijauna?
Yes -- 63.01%
No -- 14.07%
Decriminalize -- 22.93%

July 24, 2013 ... By George! --- How Britain's little prince gets a name ... Jill Lawless
The name George - borne by six kings - befits the boy now third in line to the British throne and was a favorite among British bookmakers, evoking the steadfastness of the queen's father, George VI, who rallied the nation during World War II. Alexander is a name shared by three medieval Scottish kings, and Louis could be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, uncle to the queen's husband, Prince Philip, and the last British viceroy of India before it gained independence in 1947. William's father, Prince Charles, was close to Mountbatten, who was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.
July 22, 2013 ... Conrad Black devises scheme for a new senate ... National Post
I suggest an appointive Senate of unchanged powers and expanded size, 150 or even 180 senators
July 19, 2013 ... Overplaying the environment hurts the B.C. left ... Lawrie McFarlane
The conclusion, I think, is this: Environmentalism can find support, but not the activist form that places green concerns ahead of the economy.
July 19, 2013 ... Poll Suggests Justin Trudeau's Honeymoon May Be Wearing Off ... Huffington Post
... though Trudeau is slipping in the polls Harper does not seem to be in a good position to take advantage ...
July 17, 2013 ... Anger erupts over Harper's 'enemy' list as dismissed cabinet minister Peter Kent draws Watergate comparison ... National Post

"In the Harper world, you're either with him or against him," [Charlie Angus] said. "It's something you saw in the United States with Nixon. & It's kind of the paranoid black-and-white world that I think is anathema to a modern democracy."

July 16, 2013 ... Does Cabinet shuffle mean Harper cracking down on military and veterans ... tonight
They [Department of National Defence] have a (chief of defence staff) who is likely going to be more pliant than the previous one. They have a new minister who knows, near as I can tell, nothing about DND or the military, and this may be the time to make DND change.
July 15, 2013 ... Federal facelift: Harper shuffling cabinet ... tonight
Long-serving ministers Peter MacKay and Rob Nicholson swapped jobs. MacKay is now the justice minister and Nicholson becomes defence minister.
July 05, 2013 ... PM's version of events contradicted in court documents on Duffy scandal ... Canadian Press
MP Charlie Angus: "What is very clear is that the prime minister of this country and his key ministers misled Parliament and Canadians about a potentially illegal payout that was organized out of his office."
July 01, 2013 ... Graphic --- How to measure an average Canadian ... Dave McGinn
Average debt --- height --- alcohol consumption --- income --- and much more
June 28, 2013 ... The Harper government's multi-billion dollar transparency problem ... The Fraser Institute
Exhibit A is a new report that claims Canada needs even more "industrial policy," academic lingo for subsidies to business, and this as if governments had not already long practised such policy, and at a considerable cost to taxpayers
June 21, 2013 ... New Brunswick charity distressed over politicization of Trudeau speaking fee ... Globe and Mail
"There was never any intention for this matter to become a political topic of discussion on the floor of the House of Commons," says Ian Webster, chair of the foundation's board. "We are deeply distressed about many statements made from various persons," he says, adding that the board is "most concerned" about remarks from Moore (the Tory MP who raised the issue).
June 21, 2013 ... Tory senators divided on anti-union bill ... Huffington Post
Having Tory senators show up at the Calgary [annual Tory] convention having failed to pass a so-called [union] transparency bill while the government's own transparency is under attack is likely to add another layer of tension to the event. But at the same time, options to get a vote done by the start of the convention next Thursday are limited. If it were a government bill, the vote could be whipped, meaning that the leader of the government in the Senate, Marjory LeBreton, could force all of the Tory senators to vote in its favour. But private member's bill are traditionally free votes and their use also takes off the table several other tactical options which would allow the Conservatives to use their majority muscle to choke off debate and force a vote.
June 15, 2013 ... Trudeau refuses to refund $20,000 speaking fee to New Brunswick charity ... Josh Wingrove
The issue dominated Question Period on Friday, with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney slamming Mr. Trudeau for accepting money for private events while drawing his salary as an MP.
June 13, 2013 ... "Don't you know who I am?" Mulcair told RCMP when he failed to make security stop ... Globe and Mail
CTV News reported that after running through stop signs and stepping out of his car, Mr. Mulcair told an RCMP officer: "Don't you know who I am?"
June 07, 2013 ... Highly respected policital commentator: Resignation of Stephen Harper no longer a far-fetched notion ... Chantal Hébert

Lucien Bouchard is a recent example. In early 2001 the then-Quebec premier stunned everyone when he resigned at the midway point of his second mandate.

Morale is low in Conservative ranks in both houses. Flaherty, MacKay, Kenney unhappy.


June 06, 2013 ... Trudeau orders Liberal MPs to reveal expenses --- invites other parties to follow suit ... Joan Bryden
Treasury Board President Tony Clement welcomed Trudeau's proposals on behalf of the Conservative government
June 06, 2013 ... Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber quits Conservative caucus for 'lack of transparency' ... Canadian Press
It's difficult as a lawyer and as a member of Parliament to find my role to be subservient to masters half my age at the Prime Minister's Office, who tell me how to vote on matters, who tell me what questions to ask of witnesses in committee, who vet my ... one-minute member statements
May 28, 2013 ... How Dirty Hands Win Election Campaigns ... Daniel Veniez
If Dix and Ignatieff have taught us anything, it is that opposition leaders must not allow themselves to become human piñatas in the name of the "high road". They have a solemn duty to hold governments accountable for their records. That means fully engaging in the fight, not being passive in the face of it.
May 22, 2013 ... Video --- Harper finally speaks --- says he knew nothing ... Ottawa Citizen
I'm sorry, I'm frustrated, I'm extremely angry about it ...

May 20, 2013 ... Prime Minister's top assistant leaves post --- Stephen Harper's role in Duffy Affair spotlighted ... PostMedia News
Did Prime Minister Stephen Harper have foreknowledge of a backroom deal between his now former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and Sen. Mike Duffy, in which the latter's $90,172 tab for improper housing expenses would be made to go away?
May 16, 2013 ... PM's aide at centre of past ethics gaffe ... Tristin Hopper
Manitoba MP Pat Martin saw fit to misquote The Police: every move you make, every breath you take puts you in a conflict of interest"
May 16, 2013 ... Senator Mike Duffy stiffs Senate $90,000 for housing charges --- repays with loan from Prime Minister's Office ... Jordan Press
Opposition parties are calling for an independent investigation over the payment and allegations raised in a CTV report earlier this week that Prime Minister Harper's Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, worked out the backroom deal with Duffy to have the expenses refunded to the Senate, while also going easy on him in the final reports from the Senate committee overseeing expense audits of Duffy, Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Sen. Mac Harb.
May 16, 2013 ... The listless Conservatives at midterm ... Andrew Cohen
In the middle of its mandate, this is a government in neutral. It governs as if it were a caretaker  dusting the furniture, patching the roof  rather than a contractor. Redecoration appeals more than renovation
May 15, 2013 ... Trudeau, Mulcair duke it out in election of Montreal mayor ... Graeme Hamilton
Mr. Coderre, who has represented Montreal's Bourassa riding for 16 years, is set to announce he is leaving federal politics to run for mayor in next November's election. The announcement will set the scene for two crucial battles: one to choose the city's next mayor and the other to test Liberal support in Quebec under new leader Justin Trudeau.
May 09, 2013 ... Canadian Tories look less and less like classical small-government conservatives ... Andrew Gow
Instead of attacking the ingrained culture of Canadian business  call it provincialism, the pursuit of the short term, or maybe just small-town Toryism  that stifle innovation and R&D spending in Canada, the Tories will force Canadian taxpayers to spend the money ...
May 08, 2013 ... Stephen Harper's costly Quebec kiss-off ... Peter White
Ms. Marois's real opponent (in a new Referendum campaign) would be Stephen Harper. And if she can turn the campaign into a referendum on a more independent Quebec versus le Canada de Stephen Harper, thats Act III. Mr. Harpers image in Quebec is now so diabolical that for Quebec federalists to have his support in a referendum campaign would be akin to having the support of the Communist Party during the Cold War. Not only is Mr. Harper not the solution, he's the problem. Yet, he does not modify his behaviour
May 03, 2013 ... Foreign Minister Baird's icy UN approach is just what many Canadians have ordered ... Michael Den Tandt
It is a staple of Liberal and New Democrat messaging that the Harper Conservatives have trashed Canada's formerly stellar reputation in the world (which was never as stellar as the myth would have it) by, among other things, unequivocally supporting the state of Israel, as opposed to maintaining the fig leaf of honest brokerhood; cutting off diplomatic ties with Irans theocratic dictatorship, as opposed to pretending to engage with it; walking away from blue-helmeted peacekeeping, in favour of peacemaking; and denouncing international human rights violators, including the governments of Iran, North Korea and Sri Lanka, in stark terms.
May 01, 2013 ... Conservative fundraising machine pulls in more than Liberal and NDP combined ... Canadian Press
Stephen Harper's Conservatives may be down in the polls but they're continuing to rake in money hand over fist. Financial reports filed with Elections Canada show the Tories scooped up $4.5-million during the first three months of 2013  more than twice what either the Liberals or NDP managed to pull in.
April 30, 2013 ... Taxpayers' money for attack ads  how low can the Harper Conservatives go? ... Jeffrey Simpson
Mr. Harper scores best on polls for leadership and experience  which is what you'd axiomatically expect for any prime minister in office for more than six years. On any criterion of likeability, listening or being in touch with Canadian values, his stock plummets
April 25, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau Most Popular Federal Leader; Prime Minister Leads on Economy, Experience and Judgment ... Harris/Decima
When asked which of the three "shares your values", 33% say Mr. Trudeau, 25% say Mr. Harper and 19% say Mr. Mulcair
April 23, 2013 ... Round 1 --- Kid Trudeau stings like a pillow ... Lawrence Martin
Mr. Trudeau's week started with his speech to the Liberal convention where he was crowned leader. It was chock full of pieties and pablum. The next day, he made his first appearance in the House of Commons as Liberal Leader. His line of questioning was passable but paled by comparison with the cut and thrust of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, who's capable of outgunning anyone in the chamber.
April 22, 2013 ... Trudeau coming to aid of muzzled Tory backbenchers, testing Harper's control ... Joan Bryden
The newly minted Liberal leader intends to introduce a motion that would strip party whips of their power to decide which MPs are allowed to make members' statements in the House of Commons.
April 19, 2013 ... Peter Mansbridge interviews new Liberal leader Justin Trudeau ... CBC

April 18, 2013 ... Justin is his mother's son ... Lysiane Gagnon
Justin Trudeau is more his mother's son than his father's. He inherited Margaret Sinclair's sentimentality and gracious smile, her generosity and her natural ability to connect with people. He is everything his father wasn't, at least as a public persona. The problem is that, so far, there's no sign that he has what his father had  leadership and vision.
April 17, 2013 ... Foreign workers and national brand loyalty ... Ottawa Citizen
The RBC affair (although RBC is certainly not unique in its willingness to throw people and principles under the bus for bottom lines) has been a timely reminder of a recurrent reality. Its also been a lesson for those touchingly credulous souls, mostly conservative, who remain squeamish about regulating the marketplace. Put your faith in big business, they say. It can be trusted to do the right thing. Sure. But as the latest tempest in our Canadian teapot makes clear, it cant. And without oversight, it never will.
April 17, 2013 ... When in Canada, do as Canadians do ... Naomi Lakritz
Kudos to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for sticking to his guns and ensuring that the federal guide for would-be immigrants uses strong language to let those who want to move to Canada know the customs that are alien to democracy and which wont be tolerated.
April 16, 2013 ... Trudeau's three challenges: parliament, popularity and policy ... Lee Berthiaume
All of this will be difficult. But there's no margin for error if Liberals want to see their party - which currently holds only 35 of the House of Commons' 308 seats - thrive past 2015
April 16, 2013 ... Will winning over Quebec be Trudeau's greatest challenge? ... Konrad Yakabuski
To be sure, a recent Léger Marketing poll showed the Liberals taking the lead in Quebec with Mr. Trudeau at the helm. But the margin of error is too high, and voter engagement too low, to make the results very meaningful.
April 16, 2013 ... Newly crowned Trudeau sets out to rebuild the Liberal party ... Daniel LeBlanc
His campaign team has long admired the ability of the likes of Tony Blair and Barack Obama to put their personal touches on a modern way of doing politics, and wanted to create a Canadian version of a broad-based, centrist approach to a grassroots politics. The goal is to transform the Liberal Party  a core institution of Canadian history  into a movement for the post-partisan age.
April 16, 2013 ... Did closing of Vancouver Coast Guard kill heart attack victim ... Jules Knox
Whether youre a fisherman or recreational boater, or  as we see in this case  a major commercial freighter, which is the lifeblood of our economy, the federal government has not provided adequate service.
April 16, 2013 ... The road to victory: Eight moves Trudeau must make ... Daniel LeBlanc
The Trudeau camp has already drawn up its road map to 2015.
April 12, 2013 ... Cartoon --- substantive issues ... Brian Gable
April 12, 2013 ... Will winning over Quebec be Trudeau's greatest challenge? ... Globe and Mail
Fewer than 12 per cent of the 127,000 people eligible to choose the next federal Liberal leader live in Quebec. That is a telling reminder of the Trudeau brand's complicated history in a province where Pierre Trudeau, despite winning 74 of Quebec's 75 seats in 1980, is not always remembered fondly.
April 12, 2013 ... RBC contrite after outsourcing scandal --- Harper promises no more abuses ... Calgary Herald
But critics were not letting RBC off the hook so easily, nor the federal government under whose Temporary Foreign Workers Program the bank's contractor, iG-ate, received permission to use foreign workers to replace Canadian ones.
April 11, 2013 ... Canadian government makes it easy for profitable firms to outsource ... Dave Coles
If a company benefits from government policy and profits from Canadian consumers, it should commit to this country's workers.
April 10, 2013 ... Victoria workers join in growing anger over Royal Bank of Canada outsourcing ... Carla Wilson
Unless the RBC starts putting people before excessive profits, then not only will our union be withdrawing our funds, we will be urging our members, the Canadian working class who care about the economic future of our country, to no longer darken their door as well
April 09, 2013 ... Will Harper stay through the next Federal Election ... Lawrence Martin
If he decides to stay, he must not only face the Trudeau phenomenon but also the problem  as an Ipsos Reid poll shows  that people are getting tired of him and his secretive, closed style of governance.
April 08, 2013 ... Justin's speech to the Liberal Party on April 6/13 --- ... Justin Trudeau Nomination Committee
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April 08, 2013 ... Trudeau's magnetism exerts strong pull on the fundraising trail ... Jane Taber
April 08, 2013 ... Offshore Exposé: Bigger Than Wikileaks' 'Cablegate' ... International Consortium of Investigative Journali
The ICIJ have issued this news release but lets loose only a few names --- including Marc Rich, who Bill Clinton pardoned, and Wayne Newton look-alike, Canadian class action ambulance chaser Tony Merchant and his tax-susidized Senator wife. They may release the files but we think ICIJ are nervous about law suits or worse.
April 08, 2013 ... Like father, like son?: A look at how closely Justin Trudeau treads in his father's footsteps ... Lee Berthiaume
April 05, 2013 ... Why the NDP needs to discard its poisoned constitution ... Globe and Mail Editorial
"To modify and control the operations of the monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning. Towards these ends and where necessary the extension of the principle of social ownership;"
April 04, 2013 ... Canada's innovation record ranks near rock bottom compared with peer countries ... Tavia Grant
We're still hugely dependent on resource extraction, and while that may be good, it makes you subject to pricing cycles  and it doesn't create diversification in the economy to the extent it should
April 04, 2013 ... A Supreme Court justice struggles to make an impact ... Globe and Mail Editorial
Not surprisingly, rookie justices do not always immediately find their feet. Nonetheless, it is worrisome to see Justice Andromache Karakatsanis struggling to make an impact. In her 18 months on the court, she has written only three decisions on her own, none of them this year. She is a long way from pulling her judicial weight.
April 03, 2013 ... Across Canada, the Liberal brand is back (for now)!!! ... Lysiane Gagnon
On the national level, the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau is credited with 37-per-cent support, leaving the Conservatives seven points behind and the NDP 17 behind.
March 25, 2013 ... Canada lost when Ottawa cut the GST ... Barrie McKenna
March 25, 2013 ... Suddenly, the issue of progressive party co-operation has become the talk of the Liberal leadership race ... John Ibbitson
March 25, 2013 ... Radical postal workers union funds far-left issues ... Tristin Hopper
March 25, 2013 ... Decoding the 2013 federal budget: What Jim Flaherty didnt want you to know ... Andrew Coyne
March 22, 2013 ... Trudeau's fund raising over spending limits --- surplus goes to Liberal Party ... Daniel LeBlanc
March 21, 2013 ... Ottawa needs to show provinces tough love ... Brian Crowley
March 20, 2013 ... 10 years ago a courageous Prime Minister Chrétien kept Canada out of Irag ... Eugene Lang
March 19, 2013 ... Justin Trudeau has charm, good hair and a chance ... Margaret Wente
March 14, 2013 ... Garneau leaving Liberal leadership race, feels Trudeau can't be stopped ... Canadian Press
March 12, 2013 ... Trudeau is nothing special, but that may be enough ... Lawrence Martin
March 11, 2013 ... Obituary for Stompin' Tom Connors ... Globe and Mail
March 04, 2013 ... 'A disgrace and an insult to Parliament': Ex-Finance officials launch scathing critique of Tory budget secrecy ... National Post
February 26, 2013 ... Why Garneau can poke Trudeau with a sharp stick ... John Ibbitson
February 20, 2013 ... The provinces are broke --- we're all on the hook ... John Ibbitson
February 19, 2013 ... The stench from both houses of Parliament is beginning to overwhelm ... Paul Russell
February 07, 2013 ... Alberta had alternative revenue sources than sales tax ... Rick Lebitschnig
January 23, 2013 ... Allegations of rape, abuse hit Furlong family 'like a wrecking ball' ... Dene Moore
January 22, 2013 ... Furlong accused of wife-beating other abuse ... Lori Culbert
December 17, 2012 ... Federal government trying to privatize Prince Rupert coal terminal ... Steven Chase
December 11, 2012 ... The Conservatives are in a tight corner in voter suppression case but may emerge unscathed once more ... Lawrence Martin
December 11, 2012 ... Conservatives must eat crow over F-35 mess ... Michael den Tandt
December 10, 2012 ... Foreign takeovers --- We'll take your cash but keep your word ... Eric Reguly
December 07, 2012 ... Take big money out of politics ... Victoria Times Colonist editorial
November 30, 2012 ... Moving beyond first-past-the-post ... Chris Selley
November 30, 2012 ... EU wants exemption to Investment Act ... Canadian Press
November 13, 2012 ... Cartoon --- Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water ... Brian Gable
October 24, 2012 ... Everything you need to know about Canada's language breakdown ... Globe and Mail
October 15, 2012 ... Trudeau's leadership bid boosts Liberal in recent poll ... Shawn McCarthy
October 14, 2012 ... Canadas $1.5B Afghanistan aid effort 'divorced from reality', according to damning, previously unreleased documents ... Tom Blackwell
September 04, 2012 ... Canadian Liberalism may be facing last call ... Kelly McParland
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