Veteran Liberal MP Judy Sgro says that the party should focus on 'serious candidates' and that 'there is no space' for people who can't raise the $75,000 entry fee.
Liberal Party officials are meeting privately with prospective leadership contenders in the party’s impending leadership race to field complaints that key rules for the contest favour MPs and front-runners.
Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s explosive report released in April on the government’s $25-billion plan to acquire 65 F-35 stealth fighter jets received ‘massive’ media coverage for two weeks after its release and was one of the top three most controversial auditor general reports in the past decade, according to newly-released documents and a ranking of audit report news coverage from the AG’s office.
The House of Commons’ Federal Court bid to stop Auditor General Michael Ferguson from releasing correspondence between his office and House committees will likely die without further action if MPs vote to waive Parliamentary privilege protection over the records when the House resumes sitting on Monday, The Hill Times has learned.
'While we'll support a motion to waive Parliamentary privilege we don’t believe privilege should have been asserted in the first place,' says PMO communications director Andrew MacDougall.
It is too early to count any prospective contender out of the Liberal leadership race out despite Liberal MP Justin Trudeau’s skyrocketing profile and media magnetism, say heavyweight Liberal backroomers and strategists.
The federal Liberal Party has exempted travel costs for leadership candidates and either a family member or even a campaign organizer from a campaign expense limit of $950,000 in the party’s leadership race that effectively got underway on Thursday.
Liberal MPs and Senators, who began three days of meetings on Tuesday in Montebello, Que., are set to be briefed by party president Mike Crawley on a range of key parameters for the party’s looming leadership contest—including a campaign expense ceiling estimated to be $500,000 and a final date for the leadership vote in the first week of April.
Government 'increasing Canadians’ knowledge of the War of 1812 by inviting them to learn about some of the heroes who fought for Canada and helped shape our country,' says Canadian Heritage minister spokesperson.
The ads are 'contrary to the spirit of the Olympics. Is it the right time to celebrate military victories over your Olympic competitors?' says NDP MP Pat Martin.
Former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, who lost to Conservative MP Ted Opitz in Etobicoke Centre, Ont., by 26 votes last year is still waiting to hear about Mr. Opitz's Supreme Court appeal and is calling for changes to election legislation.
The Tories raised more than the Liberals and New Democrats combined in the second quarter of 2012, drawing $3.7-million in donations from 28,790 contributors, according to Elections Canada’s quarterly financial results, but a leading expert says it’s also worth keeping an eye on the number of contributors to political parties as a way to gauge their public support.
But Canada’s Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the federal government is ‘absolutely’ ready to respond to the worst drought to hit Eastern Ontario in 47 years, but as farmers deal with crisp fields and stunted crops, the government will take up to 45 days to decide whether to hand out additional aid.
NDP’s choice to focus on Newfoundland and Labrador a ‘tactical, surgical strike,’ says Conservative pundit Tim Powers.
Federal Conservatives running for the party’s nomination race in Calgary Centre expect it to be more competitive than the byelection to replace former Tory MP Lee Richardson.
The Green Party of Canada will hold its convention next month in British Columbia, and leader Elizabeth May says her party’s focus is on winning more seats, not merging with another centre-left party.
Medical doctors, who promise to continue the practice, have been showing up at Cabinet ministers’ press conferences to protest changes to healthcare coverage for refugees and scientists recently held a rally on the Hill to protest federal government muzzling of its scientists and cuts to research program funding, but the jury’s out on whether these public protests will influence public opinion or the government.
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion calls proposed riding boundary changes ‘arbitrary’ and joins fellow MP Irwin Cotler in challenging proposed changes by Quebec’s federal electoral boundaries commission, while other Quebec MPs considering challenges.
Recent attack ads by federal Conservatives and NDP got the attention of national media, but the parties will need to spend big money on airtime if they want to connect with voters—an unwise strategy this far out from an election, say some pundits.
A summer of bad polls show the Tories losing support and the PM's brand taking a hit, but leading pollsters say it's way too soon to tell the lasting impact on the Harper Conservatives.