Democracy Watch has filed lawsuits in Federal Court challenging the appointments of Mario Dion as ethics commissioner and Nancy Belanger as lobbying commissioner, on the grounds that the Trudeau government did not meet the standards for proper consultations with opposition parties stipulated in federal legislation.
Senator Nancy Greene Raine, centre, former governor general David Johnston, centre left, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, centre right, and young people cross the finish line at Ski Day on the Hill in February 2017. Sen. Greene Raine has remained committed to the sport that propelled her to Olympic fame and hits the slopes at every available opportunity. Sgt. Johanie Maheu photograph courtesy of Rideau Hall
She looks to count the Child Health Protection Act among her successes in a storied career.
The Conflict of Interest Act bars public office holders from using insider information not available to the public for personal benefit, though Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson ruled that this 'was not the case' in regards to Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s sale of shares in family-owned Morneau Shepell.
•The interim report on the court martial comprehensive review does not instil confidence that the military justice system is working, and this should bring tremendous concern, and a sense of urgency, to Parliament that significant reform is required.
•It is the duty of our Parliament and the minister of justice to be vigilant and not allow our military to operate in a vacuum. Former French prime minister Georges Clemenceau once famously quipped: 'War is too important a matter to be left to the military.' Perhaps there is a conventional wisdom to this statement, and military justice, accordingly, is also to important a matter to be left to the military.
Dealing with climate change won’t be easy, especially for a government so anxious to claim bragging rights in the international community.
The Trudeau government does at least seem to be trying, which is more than can be said of its predecessors. But there is a big difference between boastful aspiration and actual delivery. Implementation is still a challenge.
The Senate does not delay passage of government legislation. It’s the other way around: government delays passage of its own bills, since it’s the government which enjoys near total control of the House of Commons most of the time and it sits on bills for months on end in its own chamber, writes Senator Elaine McCoy.
The 43-year-old Independent Quebec Senator knows he’s been given a second chance and says he’s going to try to do the right thing over the next 32 years in the Senate. But one Indigenous source said it will 'take years and years of quiet, dedicated hard work at the grassroots level' for Sen. Patrick Brazeau to redeem himself with First Nations.