If the federal government believes terrorism is the biggest security threat in the coming years, taking extreme positions won’t help, says Paul Heinbecker.
The surge of Liberal Party support in four federal byelections on Monday includes signs of a dramatic recovery from an unprecedented 2011 plunge.
The government used time allocation to limit debate 17 times during the 19-day marathon of Commons sittings to midnight from the last week in May through most of June, as Conservative MPs passed or pushed forward a flood of bills before Parliament’s summer recess nearly two weeks ago.
The Conservative Party is warning its members and supporters of a barrage of attacks targeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his governing party in advance of the 2015 federal election.
A byelection battle in the downtown federal electoral district of Trinity-Spadina has become a pitched battle between Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan and New Democrat Joe Cressy, dramatic evidence from the turnout for advance voting indicates.
The main national political parties will each be able to spend up to $336,996 to help their candidates in the four federal byelections scheduled for next Monday, June 30—either in all four electoral districts where votes are taking place or two of the ridings or even just one.
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott has distributed a 1972 statement on abortion by Pierre Trudeau in an attempt to argue the late former prime minister would oppose the political position of his son, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who is requiring all Liberal election candidates and re-elected MPs to support a woman’s right to choose in any future Commons vote on abortion law.
The final days of Commons sittings erupted Tuesday into heated exchanges between NDP and Conservative MPs, as the New Democrats accused the government of using an “ugly, secretive, partisan” trial behind closed doors to taint the NDP with a ruling that it violated House bylaws with political mailings that cost $1.17-million in ineligible House postage costs and free Canada Post franking privileges.
Conservative MPs, who claim the NDP is on the hook to repay the House of Commons up to $3-million for a satellite caucus office the New Democrats established in Montreal in 2011 and nearly two million flyers individual NDP MPs mass-mailed to other electoral districts, believe the money may be garnisheed from New Democrat MPs' salaries if a House governing board rules the spending broke Commons regulations.
An escalating Conservative and Liberal attack against the NDP, over allegations the NDP broke Commons rules with politically-charged mailings to voters and the establishment of an NDP office in Montreal staffed by aides on the Commons payroll in Ottawa, is an attempt to tarnish the party’s wider image as the Ontario provincial election looms, NDP MP Pat Martin says.
RCMP investigators likely decided not to lay charges against former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright over the $90,000 he personally gave former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy to repay Senate housing expenses because of evidence that would have given Mr. Wright grounds to say he believed he had Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s consent to make the payment, a former House of Commons law clerk says.
The Forum Research survey of the trust Canadians have in federal institutions found only one place that rivals the level of distrust Canadians have toward the PMO—the Senate.
The Privy Council Office ordered the preservation of email backup data for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office after the sudden discovery last November that email accounts for a legal adviser to the prime minister who had been involved in negotiations over a $90,000 payment to cover former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy’s impugned expenses had been found.
A senior Cabinet aide in the Privy Council Office received assistance from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s national security adviser in order to send RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson a copy of a letter informing one of Mr. Paulson’s division commanders about the discovery of missing documents in the Senate scandal investigation last December.
A House of Commons interpretative manual backs up Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s claim he was allowed to use his Commons cellphone during the 2011 election—despite a separate House regulation that explicitly prohibits using Parliamentary services for re-election.
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth, who helped grill NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for nearly two hours Thursday at the House Affairs Committee over allegations the NDP used public money for partisan work at a Montreal office the party established for its flood of rookie MPs in 2011, had to repay the Commons for $326 worth of telephone and printing services he used for his own election campaign that year, Elections Canada records show.
A total of 32 government and opposition MPs missed the House of Commons vote this week on one of the most contentious bills that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has introduced since 2006—the Fair Elections Act—but the government says the mystery is the absence of a dozen NDP MPs, not the 14 missing Conservatives.
Opposition MPs mounting a last stand Tuesday in the face of government closure of debate on controversial election bill discovered yet more 'bread crumbs for a starving man' as they realized last-minute Conservative amendments include a loophole that could hinder completion of investigations into fraud on voters between elections.
Voting day timing that is bound to suppress turnout in four federal byelections for June 30 on the eve of Canada Day next month, July 1, and the bitter departure of former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis from national politics and its aftermath, could give the Conservatives an otherwise unexpected chance to take over his long-held former riding in Toronto.
Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.
Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.