The government spent $80,000 on legal costs during the four-month selection process that led to its controversial appointment of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada last fall, more in legal fees than for any previous Supreme Court appointment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
A Justice Department contract last year with former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie’s Toronto law firm indicates Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought Mr. Binnie’s opinion on the constitutionality of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon’s appointment to the Supreme Court nearly two months before Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin attempted to flag a “potential issue” with the appointment.
A constitutional lawyer who mounted a court challenge against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attempt to fill a vacant Supreme Court of Canada seat for Quebec by appointing a Federal Court judge who had not practiced law in the province for more than two decades has convinced the judge in his challenge to keep it open—in case Mr. Harper tries to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling against the appointment.
A majority of Canadians sides with a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that Canada’s Constitution would prevent the federal government from unilateral reforms to the Senate, over Prime Minster Stephen Harper’s position that Parliament should be able to impose a form of Senate elections and new term limits on its own, a Forum Research poll has found.
A government deadline that drew an abrupt end Thursday to detailed committee examination of its controversial election legislation is a ‘dangerous’ tactic for a new law that is at the core of Canada’s democratic system, one of the country’s leading parliamentary experts says.
An assertion from Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday in the House that there may be Canadian electors who have no intention of proving their identity at the polls even if they have it demonstrates he and the Conservative government ‘don’t trust’ Canadians, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper escalated the Conservative government’s fear and suspicion of possible voting fraud in Canada when he said in the House of Commons on Tuesday that there may be electors who use vouching by other voters to cast ballots because they 'have no intention' of proving their identity.
A provision in the government’s sweeping new election legislation contains a provision that could lower public confidence in the way alleged Canada Elections Act violations are investigated, the federal director of public prosecutions warns.
Bill C-23 introduces ‘minimalist’ system to address voter contact concerns and it’s full of holes, says NDP MP Craig Scott.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper washed his hands Friday of attempts to reform the Senate with elections and term limits and said Senate reform is ‘off the table’ after a jolting setback from the Supreme Court of Canada.
A report from a three-year Elections Canada investigation that found insufficient evidence of widespread attempts to mislead voters with fraudulent telephone calls in the 2011 federal election nonetheless supports calls to beef up the federal election commissioner’s investigative powers, opposition MPs say.
NDP, Liberal MPs find the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s amendments puzzling.
A Senate committee on Tuesday proposed amendments to the Harper government’s controversial election legislation that looked more like a lifeline for besieged Minister of State for Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre than a response to nearly unanimous opposition to the bill that MPs and Senators heard during more than three weeks of condensed hearings from electoral experts and citizen groups.
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.
Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.
House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.
The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.
Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.
The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.
Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto).
CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.
Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.
Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.
Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.