The federal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to fast-track its request for a decisive opinion on whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan to limit Senate terms and establish a nominee election system for Senate appointments without provincial consent is constitutional.
The crisis now gripping the Senate over allegations of false residency claims and the temporary expulsion of newly-Independent Quebec Senator Patrick Brazeau is no time to jump into radical changes that would spark ‘constitutional upheaval,’ Liberal MP Justin Trudeau says.
Newly-Independent Senator Patrick Brazeau drew a crush of television cameras and surprised even Senate staff when he turned out for a Senate vote Tuesday forcing him on a leave of absence over assault charges, and was the only Senator in the nearly full Chamber to voice opposition to the government motion intended to protect the Senate’s 'dignity' and 'public trust in Parliament.'
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government have been at loggerheads with Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page since his appointment five years ago, but nearly half of Conservative Party voters say they believe he has done a good job, a Forum Research poll has found.
Until the Supreme Court rules on the Senate questions, Prime Minister Stephen Harper to continue to name Senators to Upper Chamber.
Two of Lockheed Martin’s top salesmen for the F-35 stealth fighter jet were in Ottawa Thursday for a round of media interviews, in the wake of a recent U.S. government report about development glitches for the trouble-plagued warplane and opposition criticism about high costs, to argue the F-35 is not only the best buy for Canada but also for future protection of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada whether his government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the way Senators are selected, or to abolish the Senate with the support of at least seven provinces, will pit Ottawa against the Atlantic provinces and divide the country region against region, says a leading political scientist in Atlantic Canada.
But both government and opposition MPs say the Parliamentary Budget Office is invaluable.
When the nine Liberal leadership candidates meet face-to-face for the second debate in the contest for the party’s helm, it won’t be face to face. Technically, it won’t even be a debate.
The Privy Council Office says a mistake by the news wire service it uses to disseminate government news releases led to the distribution of a politically-themed news release on Monday from Government House Leader Peter Van Loan under the letterhead of the Privy Council Office, a branch intended to serve Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet in a non-partisan way.
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.
The Conservative government is 'ideologically driven against nature' and 'have put all their eggs in one basket,' says NDP MP Megan Leslie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair discounts front-runner Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau as threat to NDP.
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.