'It certainly is not helpful when you’re negotiating with 11 other countries and they start to see that there’s these kinds of discussions at home. No one else is doing that at home within their country. We seem to be the only ones doing that and it does create problems for our negotiators at the table,' says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
'It was just a lucky turn of events from the government’s point of view, that they were in a position to revoke Amara’s citizenship, and now that windfall has come to them they are going to exploit it as much as they can,' says Toronto lawyer John Norris.
Only 34 per cent of voting-age Canadians believe the Conservative election campaign announcement that the 'Life Means Life' bill will be a top priority is a genuine attempt to address violent crime, says a Forum Research poll.
‘I think this is going to be a big election issue,’ says NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau.
The Forum Research poll showed that Quebecers, Canadians aged 55 to 64 and those who earn $60,000 to $80,000 are more likely to support the Liberal plan. The poll also found that 40 per cent of Conservative voters and 39 per cent of NDP voters support the Liberal plan.
Senate Liberals, three Conservatives vote against controversial union financial transparency bill.
Political gamesmanship, personalities all played into talks that lasted all week.