'I can’t speculate on how much Mr. Harper knew or didn’t know,' says Liberal MP Frank Valeriote, adding, 'There’s a culture in the party that condones and permits this kind of conduct, to the extent that if you can get away with it, nobody is going to say anything.'
'We have no doubt that he will connect with people in Quebec,' say NDP MPs Hélène Laverdiere and Hoang Mai
Former NDP president Brian Topp has raised $157,597, the most money so far in his bid for the NDP leadership, but the native Quebecer who has billed his roots in Quebec among his draws in a high-profile bid for the party’s leadership, also raised barely more than $5,000 from supporters in the province up to Jan. 1, according to party submissions to Elections Canada.
NDP MP and leadership candidate Paul Dewar has stirred up opposing camps in the NDP leadership race with a letter from his campaign manager suggesting either one or more of the other candidates is set to 'dishonour' NDP principles by moving the party to the right to become 'another Liberal party.'
The race is on to succeed late NDP leader Jack Layton as the member for Toronto-Danforth, Ont., and with the Liberals slow to field a candidate and the Conservatives missing in action with five weeks to go, the byelection looks like it’s the NDP’s to lose.
NDP federal leadership candidate Niki Ashton says she in the race to the end.
NDP MP Paul Dewar is shifting gears in his grassroots campaign for the party’s leadership and will unveil on Tuesday a detailed plan of what he would do to begin putting the New Democrats on an election war footing against the Conservatives in his first 100 days at the NDP helm.
The majority governing Conservatives delayed final Commons debate over the controversial legislation to dismantle the federal long-gun registry because Prime Minister Stephen Harper would otherwise have missed a final vote planned for next week while on a hastily-planned trip to China, The Hill Times has learned. The final House vote on killing the long-gun registry will happen after the PM returns from China on Feb. 11.
'He can’t hide behind the fact, making arguments about dates for this and dates for that. This is a live issue before Parliament. The information should have been made available,' says NDP MP Jack Harris about the delay of making a report on the long-gun registry public.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper cut short debate to push forward an obscure bill on private pension funds Tuesday to divert attention from the uproar over his plan to reduce or amend Old Age Security payments, the opposition parties claimed.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved the use of time allocation on Tuesday for the 11th time so far in this Parliament, to limit debate on an obscure private-sector pension bill the opposition parties say is an attempt to deflect attention from the firestorm Mr. Harper set off last week over the fate of government pensions for low-income seniors.
The Conservative government has postponed final Commons debate on a controversial bill that would fulfill a longstanding promise to scrap the federal long-gun registry.
A Quebec public opinion poll that brought the NDP bad news during its winter caucus Wednesday also contained a finding that could shed light on recent Conservative sabre-rattling over the prospect that interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae may have eyes on becoming the party’s new permanent leader.
The head of a right-wing lobby group that recently launched a controversial internet attack ad against interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae and drew much of its financial support from Conservative Party donors over the past two elections says his connections to Prime Minister Stephen Harper are unrelated to the group’s political campaigns.
A new political fundraising trend has developed over the past five years involving Conservative Party supporters who donated as much as they could to the party under electoral law limits in the past two elections as well as intervening years and also contributed as much or thousands of dollars more to a right-wing lobby group that has indirectly supported the Conservative government in those elections, a Hill Times review of political financing reports to Elections Canada shows.
Liberal and New Democrat MPs say the NCC’s attack ad against Bob Rae suggests Parliament should review the role of heavily-financed third-party lobby groups between elections.
'What the country needs is a Liberal Party with a leader that can present an alternative to the Conservatives. Having a leader like Bob Rae who believes in big government to the max is not what the Liberal Party needs,' NCC president Peter Coleman tells The Hill Times.
'It’s just so wide open to abuse,' says NDP MP Joe Comartin.
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, they ain’t, but Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau will step into the boxing ring to raise money for cancer in Ottawa in March.
The Liberals’ decision to open up its leadership vote to anyone who declares support for the party is the ‘perfect merger vehicle’ to attract New Democrat party members and NDP supporters who might not favour the eventual winner of the current NDP leadership race, says Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.