The NDP has served notice at a Commons committee inquiry into the government’s controversial $25-billion F-35 fighter jet project that it wants the committee to report on a possible contempt of Parliament because of contradictions between testimony from the deputy minister of the Department of National Defence and Auditor General Michael Ferguson.
A closed-door hearing over Conservative attempts to shut down a Commons inquiry into the F-35 stealth fighter jet project erupted with acrimony Thursday as the NDP chair of the session denounced the only Liberal taking part as a 'dishonourable crybaby' for revealing what went on in an earlier in-camera meeting.
The gruesome mail delivery of a dismembered human foot to the Conservative Party of Canada’s headquarters Tuesday has rattled some Tory caucus members, and a wider shiver went through Parliament Wednesday on news that a second body part, a hand, was intercepted before it could reach its destination—Liberal Party of Canada headquarters.
The opposition parties have held off a government attempt to shut down a Commons inquiry into Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s scathing report on the government’s plan to spend $25-billion on a fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets.
The federal government has confirmed it intends to shut down a Commons inquiry into allegations that Cabinet and the Department of National Defence withheld $10-billion worth of costs for the F-35 stealth fighter jet in the lead-up to the 2011 federal election.
Despite two months of trying to extract itself from the furor over plans to spend an estimated $25-billion on a fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets, the government continues to face overwhelming public opposition over the controversial project.
The Conservative MP whose election in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke-Centre has been overturned by an Ontario Superior Court judge because of voting irregularities, received only $1,500 in financial contributions from just eight donors for his 2011 election campaign, Elections Canada filings show.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper could hold off a byelection well into November or later for the Toronto riding where a judge threw out the results from last year’s federal election, if the Conservative MP whose win was overturned appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Conservative MP Laurie, who has been deeply involved with the $25-billion F-35 stealth fighter jet project, says the cost of operating Canada’s current fleet of CF-18 fighter jets is $12,000 less per flying hour for each plane than the current forecast costs for maintaining and operating the sophisticated F-35s.
A high-level panel of bureaucrats to supervise the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of new fighter jets will be led by top officials from the same departments that were at the centre of a report from Auditor General Michael Ferguson last month that accused the government of withholding $10-billion in costs for 65 F-35 stealth fighters.
And the rumour mill and lobbying campaigns are in high gear for the next CRTC chair.
Gerard Kennedy and Martha Hall Findlay tell The Hill Times they're considering leadership runs, and their views on working with New Democrats in the next election suggest the NDP could rival the Tories as a campaign issue.
Internal government cost forecasts for the F-35 stealth fighter jets and information disclosed at a Commons inquiry into Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s scathing report on the project shows the government lied to Canadians before and during last year’s federal election, interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said Thursday.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet knew prior to the last federal election the controversial F-35 stealth fighter jets project would cost $10-billion more over the next two decades than the government stated publicly, a House of Commons oversight committee heard Tuesday.
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians who are aware of the government’s $25-billion plan to replace Canada’s fighter jets with the more sophisticated state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets don’t trust Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government to do what’s best for Canada with respect to the project, a new Forum Research poll suggests.
The former fleet manager of Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets says the government is poised to waste at least $25-billion on the F-35 stealth fighter jet, an attack aircraft the retired air force officer says is not suited for Arctic sovereignty and surveillance patrols and could be out of date by the time it reaches peak production in 20 years.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet had to know about procurement rules government departments broke in the decision to buy F-35 stealth fighter jets and likely were 'complicit' in the shortcuts and failings, says a prominent military expert who the New Democrats want to call as a witness at a Commons inquiry into the F-35 controversy that began Thursday.
The ranking Conservative MP on a Commons committee set to hold an emergency meeting Thursday to begin investigating the controversy over hidden F-35 fighter jet costs says he does not plan to begin the inquiry behind closed doors as MPs hammer out a witness list, contrary to government practice at virtually every series of House committees since the new Parliamentary sittings began last fall.
Campaign managers for national conservative and right-wing parties from around the world, including the Conservative Party of Canada and the U.S. Republican Party, held a two-day meeting in Ottawa last month at the height of the controversy over vote-suppression tactics in the 2011 federal election.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee has scheduled an emergency meeting for this Thursday in an opposition bid to call witness testimony from National Defence and other top bureaucrats who have been overseeing the controversial F-35 jet fighter program.
Laureen brings the movie treats: President of Les Films Séville Patrick Roy, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Public Safety Minister Steven Balney, Laureen Harper, Telefilm Canada chair Michel Roy, director Louise Archambault, producer Luc Déry and Christal Film president Christian Larouche.
Actor Alexandre Landry, director Louise Archambault, Telefilm chair Michel Roy, actress Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Christal Film president Christian Larouche, and President of Les Films Séville Patrick Roy.
Telefilm Canada chair Michel Roy and Laureen Harper and her bag of treats for the movie.
President of Les Films Séville Patrick Roy, actor Alexandre Landry, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, actress Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Telefilm Canada's Michel Roy, Laureen Harper, director Louise Archambault, producer Luc Déry, and Christal Film president Christian Larouche.
Christal Film's Christian Larouche, NAC's Rosemary Thompson, Telefilm's Jean-Claude Mahe, and Les Films Seville's Patrick Roy.
Laureen Harper, director Louise Archambault, producer Luc Déry, and Christal Film president Christian Larouche.
Rogers Communications' Colette Watson and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
The two stars of the film Gabrielle, Alexandre Landry and Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, pose for a pic with Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gabrielle's director Louise Archambault pose for another.
Telefilm Canada's mini-designer cupcakes topped with the letter 'T' were a hit at the after party.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Telefilm Canada's Michel Roy.
David McArthur, chief of staff to Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, and Bluesky Strategy Group's Sandra Buckler.