The Federal Court has assigned one of its most high-profile judges, who made a key ruling ordering government disclosure of key interrogation video of accused Afghanistan war terrorist Omar Khadr, to hear the first court claims stemming from allegations of voter suppression in the 2011 federal election.
Liberal MP Joyce Murray launched her bid for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party on Monday with a call for “one-time” only cooperation among the three major opposition parties in the next federal election in order to defeat Prime Minister Harper and bring in lasting reform to Canada’s electoral system.
The Parliamentary Press Gallery issued a six-month temporary membership last week to veteran journalist Holly Doan three days before the new online news service she works for as features editor planned to launch an unprecedented lawsuit against senior gallery officials.
Public release of an independent audit of billions of dollars in costs for the acquisition and maintenance of the controversial F-35 stealth warplane could be delayed until after Parliament adjourns for its winter holiday recess in three weeks, according to a statement by the Public Works Department.
One of the Liberal Party’s veteran fundraisers is actively soliciting ‘pre-launch’ financial contributions to finance the Liberal leadership bid by former astronaut and Montreal MP Marc Garneau, according to emails between Mr. Garneau’s supporters and organizers.
Liberal leadership candidate David Bertschi is opposing prominent contender Justin Trudeau’s support for the contentious $15.2-billion bid by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. to take over Calgary-based oil and gas company Nexen Inc.
The federal Liberals plan to table 3,000 amendments to the government’s most recent omnibus budget bill, setting the stage for the same kind of Commons voting marathon the opposition parties mounted last June to protest the first massive omnibus bill from the spring budget.
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau registered as a candidate a day after former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay announced her candidacy at a news conference in Calgary.
When Public Safety Minister Vic Toews disclosed early this month that the federal government’s promise to destroy millions of records of registered long guns had finally been delivered, with the exception of court-protected data from Quebec, he kept the news in the family.
Stephen Carter, a star organizer in Alberta who ran recent successful campaigns for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Premier Alison Redford, told The Hill Times most observers are pundits overlooking the significance of how the party-wide, one-member-one-vote system will take place.
A Federal Court battle over allegations of voter suppression in six federal ridings during the 2011 election is set to begin five days of hearings on Dec. 10, with the first skirmish over expert testimony from Ekos pollster Frank Graves.
The government’s offer to send portions of its second and controversial omnibus budget implementation bill to 11 Commons committees for detailed scrutiny has been exposed as 'window dressing,' and a 'farce,' opposition MPs say, as most of the committees have been able only to skim over key sections before beginning and completing their reviews by the end of this week.
Ottawa lawyer and former federal Liberal election candidate David Bertschi is entering the federal party’s leadership race, with a campaign kickoff Wednesday evening in Ottawa Orleans, the riding he hopes to win in the next federal election.
The F-35 stealth fighter jet costs that the U.S. Department of Defense provided to Canada’s Department of National Defence last May showed the price for the F-35 version, which the Harper government intends to buy, had risen to $131.4-million per plane, according to the same cost estimates the U.S. gave to Australia, which is slated to buy a fleet of the same version of the warplane.
PCO, Treasury Board, Finance now partially cooperating with PBO.
New information that Treasury Board President Tony Clement has provided to the House of Commons shows a $645,000 outside audit of the controversial F-35 fighter jets acquisition was a ploy to delay public release of new cost forecasts for the stealth jets that the government had nearly seven months ago, says NDP MP Matthew Kellway.
The federal government is under fire over what critics call a “red herring” attempt to convince Parliament it intends to consider alternatives to the F-35 stealth warplane to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets.
The governing Conservatives were accused of dragging the Supreme Court of Canada into the federal political arena Thursday after seizing on a split court decision that upheld a razor-thin Conservative win in the last election in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Centre, Ont., in order to attack the Liberal who went to court to challenge the results.
Opposition MPs say the federal government is locked in to only one choice for Canada’s new fighter jet—the hotly contested F-35 stealth warplane—despite a pledge from Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose that the Department of National Defence will consider other alternatives.
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.
Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.
House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.
The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.
Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.
The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.
Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto).
CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.
Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.
Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.
Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.