The Senate has asked Harper-appointed Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu to apologize for violating the “Conflict of Interest Code for Senators” by banging staffer, giving her contracts.
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Here’s the transcript of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s keynote speech to the Broadbent Institute’s first annual Progress Summit, held March 28-30 in Ottawa.
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In Ottawa on Tuesday, July 22, hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s uncompromising support of Israel and its ongoing war crimes in Gaza.
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The 31 charges the RCMP laid against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy, who was appointed to the Senate by Harper in 2008, include fraud and breach of trust.
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NDP MP Don Davies has told a downtown Ottawa protest that the Harper Conservatives’ ongoing negotiations on the TPP are unnecessarily secretive.
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The secrecy around the ongoing TPP negotiations in Ottawa is “wholly unprecedented,” argues Maira Sutton, a policy analyst with Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy.
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“Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that Canada is hosting the latest round of TPP negotiations this week in Ottawa,” says University of Ottawa Prof Michael Geist
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Despite being less than a week away from hosting hundreds of negotiators and other officials from the other 11 TPP member countries, the Canadian government has kept a tight lid on any details about the Ottawa meeting.
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In a historic ruling written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted land title to British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in First Nation.
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In messages sent to employees of the Justice Department this spring, Peter MacKay associated women with household duties, men with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”
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by: by: MICHAEL GEIST | June 17, 2014
Having had the benefit of a few days to consider the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Spencer, the Senate last night proceeded to ignore the court and pass Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, unchanged. The bill extends the ability to disclose subscriber information without a warrant from law enforcement to any private sector organizations by including a provision that allows organizations to disclose personal information without consent (and without a court order) to any organization that is investigating a contractual breach or possible violation of any (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | May 20, 2014
To quote Amnesty International Canada’s Alex Neve: Canadian mining companies lead the mining world; but none aspire to lead the world in mining-related human rights abuses.
That’s serious human rights abuses committed by Canadian mining companies particularly in the developing world.
The Harper government had both the opportunity and obligation to highlight the serious mining-related human rights abuses happening in Colombia in its third annual Human Rights Impact Report for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is mandatory under the Canada-Colombia free trade deal, signed by the Conservatives and Colombian government (Read more…)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attack on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is an attack on Canadians and Canadian democracy. It’s unacceptable.
by: Obert Madondo | May 4, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so desperate for political capital he’s willing to publicly smear the Supreme Court of Canada and its Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin.
Speaking to reporters in London, Ont., on Friday, Harper accused McLachlin of acting inappropriately last July when she advised his office concerning his appointment of Marc Nadon as the Quebec representative on the Supreme Court.
To be clear, there was communication between the chief justice’s office (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014
This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.
While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals are vowing to stand up for our right to vote.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says the focus of next election will be the ‘Fair Elections Act’. He wants Bill C-23 overhauled.
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by: Obert Madondo | April 2, 2014
The Conservatives’ abuse of the Challenger jets and other government resources might end soon if the New Democrats are successful with their latest motion.
On Tuesday, the NDP tabled an opposition day motion in the House of Commons that would limit the use of the jests to Canadian government business only.
The NDP wants MPs to declare that, “in the opinion of the House, government planes, and in particular the plane used by the Prime Minister, should only be used for government purposes and should not be used to transport anyone other than those (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | March 31, 2014
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he addressed the crowd at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Quebec, over the weekend.
“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” Trudeau said. “Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that fucking matters.”
The crowd reportedly cheered.
But, as usual, the Conservatives weren’t amused. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to capitalize on the expletive to score cheap political points.
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by: Obert Madondo
Let’s face it, Stephen Harper is increasingly becoming a nervous, expensive and absentee prime minister.
On the face of things, Harper has this annoying habit of finding himself in foreign countries during crucial moments in our dubious democracy. And when he makes those big, life-altering policy announcements.
First, last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Harper’s appointment of Marc Nadon. In a historic 6-1 decision, current justices ruled that Nadon was unqualified to join them. The decision is a serious but democratic rebuke of Harper’s dictatorship-style appointments. It confirms that Harper is the (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Remy Steinegger
The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. It unequivocally proposes to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters and marginalized groups.
The Charter’s Section 3 clearly states that “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for (Read more…)
New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
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More than 150 protesters gathered on Parliament Hill today as part of the Canada-wide “Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities” national day of action against climate change and tar sands expansion.
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In this speech, delivered to the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Duffy says PM Harper told him to repay the $90 000 he fraudulently claimed from the Red Chamber.
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Sen. Pamela Wallin responds to damning Deloitte report on the Senate expense scandal, which alleges she may have tried to cover up her $140,000 fraudulent claims.
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Environment Minister Peter Kent. (Photo: Environment Canada)
It’s a preemptive strike of sorts.
Environment Minister Peter Kent knows he’ll be a backbencher after PM Stephen Harper’s much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle. That much the Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, confirmed in a message published on Facebook on Friday.
“If, in the fullness of time and the eventual shuffle, I do find myself a backbench Parliamentarian, I will enthusiastically embrace what will be, for me, exciting new challenges,” Kent wrote.
Kent, a former broadcaster, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. He’s the (Read more…)
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