Conservative MP Eve Adams says she did not try to pull rank on the RCMP officer and paid her ticket immediately.
New Brunswick's Grace Foundation spent $3.2-million on management and administration in 2012 compared to $2.3-million on its charitable programs, according to Revenue Canada report.
Despite an embarrassing and politically-damaging incident between NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and RCMP officers responsible for Parliament Hill security on Thursday morning, the party refused to go along with the Conservatives and Liberals to adjourn early for the summer recess and end House proceedings that had become as confrontational as any in the current session of Parliament.
Liberals were indicating on Wednesday they were ready to end one of the most intense series of Commons sittings since the Conservatives took power in 2006, and also pointed out that, because of the government midnight-sitting strategy and its time allocation tactics, there did not appear to be a lot left to do.
The past law clerk to the House of Commons says MPs can vote to suspend two Conservative MPs for failing to comply with a request from Chief Electoral Office Marc Mayrand to correct their campaign returns from the 2011 general election, regardless of whether House Speaker Andrew Scheer tables letters from Mr. Mayrand alerting him to the fact that the MPs are in breach of the Canada Elections Act.
Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer is keeping his options open on a confrontation between Elections Canada and two Manitoba Conservative MPs over thousands of dollars in 2011 election campaign expenses that would put both of them over their campaign spending limit, and which could result in suspension of the MPs from House voting and proceedings at least until after court challenges they have filed are heard.
Elections Canada says an election campaign expense transaction that allowed Conservative Senator Don Plett to pay $945 in air travel costs for Conservative Senator Linda Frum to fly from Toronto to Winnipeg to campaign for Conservative MP Joyce Bateman in the 2011 general election, is acceptable within strict rules for the reporting of candidate expenses.
Senator Pamela Wallin charged Saskatchewan Conservative MP Ray Boughen for only one-fifth of $830.36 in car rental cost she incurred when she travelled to Moose Jaw, Sask., to campaign for Mr. Boughen’s re-election in 2011, Mr. Boughen’s campaign expense return to Elections Canada shows.
The Harper Cabinet has until mid-2014 to make a decision on the F-35 fighter jets, either to sign an initial contract for the first batch of four of the stealth fighters for delivery to Canada in 2017, or to delay it, or drop the plan entirely.
The Western Arctic Conservative candidate whose 2011 election campaign featured star appearances by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Sen. Mike Duffy, under scrutiny for allegedly claiming Senate expenses at the same time he was campaigning for the Conservatives, is now on the public payroll as a regional director for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq in Yellowknife, N.W.T.
An election expense invoice of only $209 Senator Mike Duffy submitted to Western Arctic Conservative candidate Sandy Lee, when he flew from Ottawa through Toronto to Yellowknife to campaign for Ms. Lee in the 2011 general election, indicates the Conservative Party may have absorbed selected Conservative candidate campaign costs so the candidates would not exceed Elections Canada spending limits.
As Canada’s $33-billion rebuild of the Royal Canadian Navy gears up into design and production, so are defence companies who are onsite at Ottawa military conference CANSEC, looking to get a piece of the action by promoting their products and services.
An election campaign invoice Senator Mike Duffy submitted to the Conservatives’ Western Arctic candidate in April 2011 and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s campaign schedule for the same dates indicate Sen. Duffy billed the Conservative Party for airline expenses to and from Yellowknife that the Canada Elections Act stipulates should have been paid and reported by the party’s Western Arctic candidate, Sandy Lee.
Senator Mike Duffy spent $1,398 on hotels and meals during a two-week period he was campaigning for Conservative Party candidates in the Maritime provinces and Yellowknife, N.W.T., during the 2011 general election that he did not include in his election expense invoices to the candidates, Elections Canada records show.
Opposition MPs ridiculed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s absence from the House of Commons question Period on Monday, labelling him a ‘peekaboo’ leader who was hiding from accountability over a $90,172 cheque his former chief of staff gave to Senator Mike Duffy as a scandal over Sen. Duffy’s Senate expenses escalated.
A statement Prime Minister Stephen Harper made on Wednesday about when he first learned his former chief of staff gave Senator Mike Duffy $90,000 to repay expenses, under scrutiny at the time by a Senate investigation, conflicts with a timeline of responses from his office to a reporter’s inquiries about the payment.
Senator Mike Duffy and Senator Pamela Wallin were both paid campaign expenses by Conservative election candidates in the 2011 federal election, Elections Canada records show.
Election campaign appearances by Senator Mike Duffy in 2011 that are now part of a controversy over his Senate expense claims during the same time period, were part of a tour of campaign stops by high-profile party members organized by the national Conservative campaign headquarters to boost local candidates, says a Nova Scotia Conservative MP who shared in paying Senator Duffy’s expenses.
The Finance Department alone plans to spend $10-million on its own over the next 12 months on the federal government’s ‘Economic Action Plan’ budget advertisements, which will bring total costs for the controversial ad campaign to a minimum of $104.8-million over four years.
Meanwhile, the government’s conflict of interest commissioner has formally contacted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office in an investigation into how and why the PM’s chief of staff rescued Conservative Senator Mike Duffy from a scandal over ineligible living and travel expense claims by giving the Senator $90,000 to repay the money before an independent audit report was made public.