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Public Works indicates it’s considering a short-term alternative to replace aging fighter jets

The Public Works National Fighter Procurement Secretariat, in charge of reviewing fighter aircraft options to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets, has indicated for the first time it may be considering a short-term bridge of alternative fighters to begin replacing the CF-18s until the trouble-plagued and delayed production of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets reaches the stage where Canada can begin acquiring it in numbers it can afford.

Conservatives selling out Canada's future for short term economic gain in oil sands and other petroleum developments, say critics

The Conservative government is 'ideologically driven against nature' and 'have put all their eggs in one basket,' says NDP MP Megan Leslie.

Canadians evenly split on feds scrapping long-gun registry, but 51% also want stronger gun control, says new poll

A new public opinion survey has uncovered evenly-divided opinion about the government’s dismantling of the federal long-gun registry, nearly a year after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives used their majority to pass legislation in Parliament to end the gun-tracking system.

May slams Mulcair’s order to NDP MPs not to respond to her electoral cooperation letter

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she questions how NDP MPs can ‘stomach’ their party leader Thomas Mulcair’s edict forbidding them from taking her up on a proposal to begin discussing electoral alliances to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the next federal election and go on to reform Canada’s election system with a new government.

Some 48 per cent think feds will go ahead with F-35 fighter jets, despite Cabinet’s decision to compare costs: Forum Research poll

Belief that the fix is in for the F-35 is highest among the young, the least wealthy, Quebec, and the Prairies, as well as among Liberal, and NDP supporters.

Mulcair takes charge of any talks on electoral cooperation, orders NDP MPs not to respond to Green Leader May’s letter

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has taken charge of public statements from his caucus over the possibility of electoral cooperation with other opposition parties in the next federal election and instructed New Democrat MPs not to respond to a letter Green Party Leader Elizabeth May sent to NDP and Liberal MPs last month broaching the politically explosive topic.

Liberal leadership candidates to talk ‘electoral cooperation’ in upcoming televised debates

The federal Liberal Party is putting potential cooperation with other opposition parties in the next federal election front and centre as it launches a series of five candidate debates in the party’s leadership election this coming weekend in Vancouver.

NDP pitches Mulcair's leader’s summit in fundraising letter for next election campaign

The NDP e-blasted a fundraising letter to party members and supporters Wednesday morning, pinning an appeal to begin building a war chest for the next federal election on the show of unity and publicity federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair generated at a summit he held with provincial NDP leaders on Parliament Hill Tuesday.

Mulcair ready to take on new Liberal leader on 'substantive level'

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair discounts front-runner Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau as threat to NDP.

Public Works writes to five major European, U.S. fighter jet makers to replace F-35s, critics call it a ‘market’ analysis

The Public Works Department has written five major European and U.S. fighter jet makers to survey potential replacements for Canada’s aging fighter fleet, including the Lockheed Martin defence firm which is testing and developing the controversial F-35 stealth fighter jet, but the end result is likely to be only a ‘market’ analysis of costs and aircraft abilities, according to critics of the F-35 project and to a major U.S. aerospace firm that is taking part in the review.

Idle No More movement led by aboriginal women

And activists say the Idle No More movement is a challenge both to the traditional aboriginal leadership and to the Harper federal government.

Cauchon set to enter Liberal leadership race, Bertschi registers too

Former justice minister Martin Cauchon, at odds with front-runner Justin Trudeau over his abandonment of one of the party’s hallmark accomplishments, the federal long gun registry, was set to begin a mad-dash weekend gathering the 300 nomination signatures he requires to enter the race before midnight Sunday.

Liberals say they expect 100,000-plus eligible voters for leadership vote, and at least three candidates borrow money to cover initial $25,000 entrance fees

More than 100,000 Liberal Party members and voting-age Canadians who register as party supporters are expected to be registered as eligible voters for the Liberal leadership election set for next April, a senior party official says.

Seven candidates registered for Liberal leadership, Takach says next leader could determine Grits' fate

With less than a week left before the registration deadline for the federal Liberal party leadership race, only seven candidates were officially registered with Elections Canada as of Tuesday, despite a prediction from one of the contenders, Toronto lawyer and longtime Liberal George Takach, that the contest could be the party’s last chance.

Critics slam feds’ decision to scrap records of rifle, shotgun sales in wake of Newtown shootings in U.S.

The widening U.S. debate over tighter gun laws in the wake of a massacre of 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14 has focused critics of the government’s decision last June eliminating a requirement for gun dealers in Canada to keep records of rifle and shotgun sales.

Council of Canadians says ‘Canadians have won’ no matter what; Barlow says voters will appeal to Supreme Court if Federal Court rejects arguments

Dramatic Federal Court hearings into allegations the results in six federal ridings from the 2011 general election should be overturned because of electoral fraud ended Monday, with a final argument from voters challenging the outcomes, depending heavily on a telephone survey that purportedly shows hundreds of voters fell prey to election day trickery.

Pollster Graves apologizes in Federal Court case for eavesdropping on Twitter after told to leave courtroom

Ekos pollster Frank Graves apologized in Federal Court on Friday for using Twitter to eavesdrop on what was being said about him after he was excused from a courtroom earlier this week while a judge spoke to the Conservative Party lawyer during a legal challenge over fraud allegations in the 2011 general election.

Federal Court hearings: RMG’s lawyer says company didn’t make any misleading calls to voters in last election

The Conservative Party’s principal voter-contact firm, at the centre of a Federal Court challenge of 2011 election results in six federal ridings because of alleged voting-day telephone fraud, made no calls to mislead voters, either ‘knowingly or unknowingly,’ a lawyer representing the company told court on Thursday.

Federal Court judge chastises pollster Graves for using Twitter to eavesdrop on court proceedings after told to leave courtroom

Ekos Research pollster Frank Graves, a key witness for the eight voters who want the 2011 federal election results overturned in six ridings over alleged fraud, was chastised by Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley on Wednesday for using Twitter to eavesdrop on a lawyer’s comments about his own credibility in the case after the judge asked him to leave the courtroom so Mr. Graves would not hear what the lawyer had to say.

Lawyer accuses Conservatives of delaying tactics in voter suppression Federal Court hearings

Six Conservative MPs whose 2011 elections are being challenged over allegations of widespread attempts to suppress votes with fraudulent or misleading telephone calls have used delaying tactics to hold off Federal Court hearings on the complaints, a lawyer for voters challenging the election results told court on Tuesday.


Parliamentary Calendar
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.