Category: Federal

Harper’s rationale for stalled oil and gas regs questioned by critics

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Harper’s rationale for stalled oil and gas regs questioned by critics

Critics say oil and gas regs could help curb GHG’s Opposition critics and energy experts are questioning Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s contention that Canada can’t move to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector without American alignment. Harper this week flatly ruled out what he calls unilateral action on long-awaited regulations, which […]

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Harper u-turns on law gagging advocacy groups in elections

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Harper u-turns on law gagging advocacy groups in elections

Stephen Harper has not repealed gag law he once fought to the Supreme Court Stephen Harper used to contend that money does not influence the outcome of elections. He used to rail against any attempt to limit the amount of money outside advocacy groups could spend during campaigns. And he used to strenuously object to […]

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Federal by-elections: test of opposition leaders takes place in a week

| November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
Federal by-elections: test of opposition leaders takes place in a week

Four federal by-elections will test Trudeau and Mulcair’s vote-pulling power Bourassa, in Montréal. Toronto-Centre. Brandon-Souris and Provencher in Manitoba. November 25 will see by-elections in all four of these places — and with it, a test of strength, primarily for Justin Trudeau, and secondarily for Tom Mulcair. Bourassa and Toronto-Centre were Liberal before Denis Coderre […]

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Stephen Harper may have a mini-election in the offing

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper may have a mini-election in the offing

Opportunity to renew Conservatives exists this fall for Stephen Harper You’ve been studying the polls, where you’re solidly in second place, instead of the first place you’re used to — and now it’s your opponent who claims either first or second in every part of the country. You’ve been carefully considering what next year’s redistricting […]

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Tom Mulcair quietly works to build NDP support this summer

| August 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tom Mulcair quietly works to build NDP support this summer

Off the national media’s radar, Tom Mulcair is busy building votes for 2015 Opposition leaders tend to fall out of view when the Commons is in its summer recess. Most of us probably assume they go on vacation — and, indeed, they do. For about a week or so, at least. The rest of the […]

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Toronto Centre by-election shaping up as battle of media giants

| August 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
Toronto Centre by-election shaping up as battle of media giants

Riding not likely to have an MP focused on local issues when the by-election is over Toronto Centre — the seat vacated by Bob Rae — will have a by-election sometime between September and next January. It’s an interesting riding, in that it contains polls of great wealth, polls of great poverty, the city’s gay […]

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53.5 billion reasons for the Premiers to cry the blues

| July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
53.5 billion reasons for the Premiers to cry the blues

New Federal Infrastructure monies a magnet for premiers’ annual festival of “woe is me” This year’s Council of the Federation meeting, otherwise known as the Premiers’ Whinge Fest, is being held in wine country at the home of the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Top of mind for our country’s premiers is a nice bundle of […]

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Justin Trudeau speaker fee saga ends as badly as it began

| July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Justin Trudeau speaker fee saga ends as badly as it began

A continuous stream of poor judgments pervade the whole story Justin Trudeau won’t have to give the $20,000 speakers’ fee back to the Grace Foundation of Saint John, NB, after all. Foundation chair Ian Webster, after firing some of the directors sitting at his board table, made it clear to Trudeau’s office that, no, despite […]

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Jobs for the boys (and girls) on display as Harper cabinet unveiled

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jobs for the boys (and girls) on display as Harper cabinet unveiled

39 Ministers means the Harper Government is anything but austere Thirty-nine ministers in the Harper cabinet. No other country needs a cabinet so large. No other country would dare have one this size. That’s not just “no country our size.” That’s any major nation, anywhere. There are tinfoil dictatorships, banana republics, and mafiosi states where […]

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Stephen Harper bets his government on the economy muddling through

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper bets his government on the economy muddling through

Expected Stephen Harper cabinet changes won’t touch key economic portfolios or lead to new approaches “The Prime Minister would like you to serve. Please tell no one and be at Rideau Hall at 11.00 am (ET) on Monday.” Saturday night saw the calls fan out across the country. Sunday saw reporters camped out at Ottawa’s […]

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