June 10, 2013:
Defence Minister Peter MacKay says Canada’s own secretive online and phone metadata surveillance program is “prohibited” from looking at the information of Canadians and is directed at monitoring foreign threats.
June 13, 2013:
Declassified records show the defence minister quietly issued new instructions to Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency that detail how . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: That didn’t take long
MacKay defends drone attacks, says technology reduces civilian causalities
Canada defended the use of military drone attacks Sunday, saying technological advances have reduced the likelihood of civilian casualties.
Unmanned systems have proved their effectiveness in the decade-long U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and also in NATO strikes in Libya last year, Canadian Defence Minister Peter Gordon . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: "We depend heavily on the discretion being exercised"
Michael Harris writing at iPolitics in the aftermath of the Auditor General’s report on the F-35 fiasco:
Since the finding that the Harper government was in contempt of parliament, it has all been downhill. The committee system is now like a perpetual meeting of the Skull and Bones society. When asked a question, no member . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: QOTD: On the F-35
Officials at the Department of National Defence are defending their efforts in attempting to cover Peter MacKay’s butt when he took fire from the opposition over his own bad judgement…
…saying the process is no different than its efforts to gather facts for the public and news media.
A number of people quoted in the . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Dear DND: Not even close
This isn’t the first time I’ve asked that question. On the previous occasion it was because he had been shown to have lied to parliament, which ought to be reason enough for a cabinet minister to stand down. But this time we have a situation that’s arguably much more serious.
OTTAWA–Military personnel were asked to . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: So when can expect Peter MacKay’s resignation from cabinet?