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.
An RCMP account of a lengthy police interview last June with two lawyers answering for Nigel Wright over the controversial $90,000 cheque he gave to embattled Senator Mike Duffy contains no reference to a separate $13,560 cheque that Mr. Wright also arranged to pay Sen. Duffy’s legal costs with Conservative Party money.
As Conservative Senators paved the way Tuesday for a closure motion to end debate over punitive motions to suspend three of their former Conservative colleagues from the Senate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper signalled in the House of Commons he wants no more of the Senate expense furor and said ‘the time for making apologies’ is over.
A new poll suggests dramatic allegations from Senator Mike Duffy about PMO pressure and manipulation over a $90,000 repayment of his Senate expenses has cost Prime Minister Harper federal voter support in Ontario, the province where narrow victories helped to gave the Conservatives a majority government in 2011 and where the Conservatives are also pinning hopes for a second majority in the next federal general election.
Two statements issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office last May contradict the Prime Minister’s claim today that he ‘dismissed’ his former chief of staff Nigel Wright over a $90,000 cheque that Mr. Wright gave to Senator Mike Duffy, allowing him to repay Senate expenses and temporarily avoid sanctions over improperly claiming the expenses.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government leadership in the scandal-plagued Senate have named one of Mr. Harper’s most loyal Senate lieutenants to the powerful Senate management committee in the eye of the Senate expense storm.
Conservative Senator Norman Doyle says the government motions to suspend three high-profile former Conservative Senators without pay for two years over thousands of dollars in impugned expenses will likely pass even though Senate debate on the motions has just begun.
A government move to suspend Senator Mike Duffy from the Senate over a claim he committed ‘gross negligence’ while spending thousands of dollars in impugned travel and living expenses could prevent Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former PMO aide Nigel Wright from ever testifying in another court over the $90,000 Mr. Wright gave Sen. Duffy in an attempt to settle the growing Senate expense scandal last February, says Liberal Senator George Baker.
Senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer, who says the PMO planned to pay off Sen. Duffy’s disallowed housing expense claims as part of an effort to hide a political embarrassment, also disclosed Monday that an assistant who was working in Sen. Duffy’s office during the 2011 federal election is taking responsibility for wrongly filing Senate per diem claims to the Senate on behalf of Sen. Duffy while the Senator was campaigning for the Conservatives during the election campaign.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government moved swiftly on two fronts Thursday in an attempt to defuse a Senate expense scandal that just wouldn’t go away.
Throne Speech day and the opening of a new session of Parliament got off to a rocky start for Prime Minister Stephen Harper as his media officials barred Parliamentary Press Gallery reporters from his caucus room speech to begin the day, and the Commons issued security plans for the ceremony that included steel gates in front of Parliament as a ‘precautionary measure.’
The latest police affidavit filed in court over the Senate expense scandal reveals even former Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau’s executive assistant told RCMP investigators Sen. Brazeau—contrary to his claim of a primary residence in distant Maniwaki, Que.—only visited the village ‘once or twice a month.’
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s high-profile decision to boycott a summit of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka next month is based on a ‘political calculus’ to woo support from thousands of Tamil voters in Toronto rather than a conversion over the past two years to sympathy for Sri Lankan Tamils whom the government ignored prior to the last federal election in 2011, opposition MPs claim.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t wait for any ink to dry after Elections Canada investigators charged now Independent MP Dean Del Mastro with four counts of election law violations on Sept. 26, including filing a false document and failing to report $21,000 in expenses from the 2008 election.
A former member of the Conservative Party who turned to the Liberals in anger over being disqualified as a candidate for the federal Conservative byelection nomination in the Manitoba riding of Brandon-Souris has now been accepted as a candidate for the Liberal Party.
Opposition MPs put Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s latest appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, Marc Nadon, on the defensive Wednesday with questions about past legal rulings, his gender since the number of female Supreme Court judges has declined under Mr. Harper’s appointments and thinly-veiled suggestions he may be inclined to favour the government.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his top Cabinet ministers hunkered down in their ultra-secure meeting room off the Prime Minister’s Centre Block office all day Tuesday, with the new session of Parliament still two weeks away and opposition parties furious over their inability to grill the government over the effect a U.S. shutdown of government services involving 800,000 U.S. public servants could have on Canada.
A tumultuous lead-up in one of four federal byelections to be held this fall took another dramatic turn Monday as the only possible contender so for the Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Brandon-Souris retracted suggestions he might back out over personal threats he has received and declared the personal attacks have instead made him more determined to contest the race.
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.