Government information policies that allowed the Privy Council Office to delete email accounts containing information about a $90,000 payment from former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright to Sen. Mike Duffy are ‘appalling,’ NDP MP Pat Martin says.
An RCMP court document filed in an investigation of the $90,000 payment former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright gave to Senator Mike Duffy contains 24 references to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former PMO legal counsel, Benjamin Perrin, dating from the time Mr. Wright began arranging a plan to end the controversy over Sen. Duffy’s expenses until it was completed.
The first Conservative vote on a radical bill from government backbench MP Michael Chong, proposing Elections Act amendments that would allow only a handful of federal MPs to spark a review and a possible overthrow of a party leader, will take place in secret during a closed-door meeting of the Conservative caucus, one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s designated caucus spokesmen said Tuesday.
The RCMP detective heading an investigation into a $90,000 bank draft Prime Minister Harper’s former chief of staff used to pay off four years’ worth of ineligible expenses for Senator Mike Duffy has begun discussing the case with Crown prosecutors, court documents indicate.
Two auditing contracts that a Conservative-dominated Senate committee authorized for forensic investigations of Senate expense claims by Senator Mike Duffy, two other former Conservative Senators, and a former Liberal Senator were awarded without competitive bidding to a firm that has been the official auditor of the Conservative Party since it was formed a decade ago, The Hill Times has learned.
Officials from one of Canada’s largest accounting firms will appear at the Senate Internal Economy Committee on Thursday to answer questions about extraordinary communications one of its senior partners had with the head of the Conservative Party’s fundraising arm during an investigation into $90,000 worth of Senate expense claims by Senator Mike Duffy.
In the chain of emails, starting with Mike Duffy's lawyer on Feb. 21 and including emails between Nigel Wright and Benjamin Perrin through to Feb. 22, Mr. Wright stated twice that he was keeping Mr. Harper informed about the negotiations.
The turnout for advance polling in two of the four federal byelections to be held next Monday show high levels voter interest in three of the electoral districts—especially in a Manitoba riding where polls have shown Conservative discontent has given a boost to the local Liberal campaign.
But opposition MPs are questioning the amount considering Alberta’s oilsands wealth and the plight of 2,000 Manitoba First Nation evacuees still homeless after a 2011 flooding.
Two days of Supreme Court of Canada hearings into federal government options for either reforming the Senate or abolishing it suggest that as far as provincial arguments go, Prime Minister Stephen Harper faces strong resistance over his longstanding goal of taking baby steps toward an elected Senate and even stronger opposition to abolishing the Senate without agreement from all 10 provinces.
The scandal-plagued Senate and its links to the Harper government are centre stage again this week as lawyers with the federal Justice Department, all 10 provinces, two territories, and several other interveners begin three days of Supreme Court of Canada arguments that could determine whether the Senate can be reformed by Parliament alone and whether there is any realistic chance of it being abolished entirely.
Opposition MPs are blaming Conservative government majority tactics since the 2011 election for a sharp decline in Parliamentary reviews of the auditor general’s scrutiny and reports on government spending.
A two-week uproar over expense claims by three of Prime Minister Harper’s handpicked appointments to the Senate and relentless grilling Mr. Harper has faced nearly daily in the House of Commons over the affair has eroded Conservative support for the party’s byelection candidate in a longtime Manitoba fortress, a new poll suggests.
An RCMP officer in charge of the investigation into alleged Senate expense wrongdoing has written one of Senator Mike Duffy’s lawyers seeking copies of emails from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office that could link senior officials in the PMO to a scheme Sen. Duffy alleges was proposed to cover up a $90,000 payment from the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright who paid off Sen. Duffy’s Senate expenses last March, a copy of the Mountie letter indicates.
The unprecedented Senate battle over the government’s proposal to suspend three of its former high-profile Conservative Senators over alleged Senate expense abuses took another twist Monday, with a plan by Conservative Senators to allow individual votes on each of the accused Senators.
The Senate expenses scandal may be dragging the party down, but Conservative Party delegates are dismissing critical talk of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership and say that coming out of the party’s policy convention in Calgary, Tories are even more focused on winning the next election.
Conservative delegates voted against legalizing euthanasia and sex-selective abortions and voted against more gun control Saturday at the party’s national convention in Calgary.
Media at the federal Conservative Party’s policy convention in Calgary say their access to the convention area and to delegate discussions is much more restricted than previous Conservative conventions and say they are being kept at arm’s length from the heart of the convention.
Conservative delegates, who resoundingly voted to defeat a pair of contentious constitutional resolutions to change the way the party elects its leader, say they’re happy with decision and hope it’s the last time they do it.
The Senate troubles are on delegates’ minds as the Conservative Party policy convention kicks off in Calgary, but delegates are looking to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s keynote speech on Friday night for guidance and for hope.
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.