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WATCH: Harper Defends Elections Canada Cuts

WATCH: Harper Defends Elections Canada Cuts | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Harper government is under fire for cutting Elections Canada's budget even as the agency struggles to address rampant procedural errors and widespread allegations of cheating during the last federal vote.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair charged...
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The power of one

The power of one | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA -- There are 308 members of Parliament. In the House of Commons, Elizabeth May occupies seat ... - FYI - Winnipeg Free Press.
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F-35 Engines From United Technologies Called Unreliable

F-35 Engines From United Technologies Called Unreliable | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
F-35 engines from United Technologies Corp. are proving so unreliable that U.S. plans to increase production of the fighter jet may be slowed, according to congressional auditors.
Data from flight tests evaluated by the Government Accountability Office show the reliability of engines from the company’s Pratt & Whitney unit is “very poor (less than half of what it should be) and has limited” progress for the F-35, the costliest U.S. weapons system, the watchdog agency said in a report sent to lawmakers this month.
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Tory Senator's Name Surfaces Repeatedly At Duffy Trial

Tory Senator's Name Surfaces Repeatedly At Duffy Trial | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Why did suspended senator Mike Duffy's living expense claims in Ottawa land him in a criminal trial, while those of Conservative colleague Carolyn Stewart Olsen never seemed to raise an eyebrow?

It's a question that has popped up occasionally over the years, but now Duffy's defence lawyer is making a habit of dropping the Stewart Olsen name whenever possible.

Stewart Olsen, a former senior aide to the prime minister, sat on the secretive Senate committee that reviewed Duffy's expenses and collaborated with the Prime Minister's Office on altering its final report in 2013.
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Harper's Promised Consultation On Assisted Suicide Hasn't Happened

Harper's Promised Consultation On Assisted Suicide Hasn't Happened | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Two months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to consult widely on doctor-assisted dying, the federal government has yet to reveal how it intends to canvass Canadians' views on the emotional issue — much less how it intends to legislate on the subject.

And time is running out.

When the Supreme Court struck down the prohibition on physician-assisted dying last February, it gave the federal government 12 months to craft a new law that recognizes the right of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering to seek medical help to end their lives.
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This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening

This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Yesterday talking about the urgent need to act on a growing climate crisis President Barack Obama said the statement above in his Earth Day speech.

President Obama's speech noted that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. The fact that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, that droughts, storms, and wildfires are increasing all over the planet in both frequency and intensity, and how climate change is already adversely affecting the air our children breathe, forcing kids to grapple with mounting health impacts. The President also talked about the need to act, to transition away from fossil fuels and start implementing renewables.

The speech was hopeful, and while the U.S. has a long way to go to live up to the ideals found within it, one could not help but be inspired by a world leader taking the time to address the world's most pressing issue.

On the same day in Canada Prime Minister Harper was silent.

There was no Earth Day speech. No urgent call to action. No outlining of the threats we face or the way in which we were going to work together to meet them. There wasn't even an Earth Day tweet -- just silence.
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After touting English Bay cleanup, Industry Minister confronted by activists with oil-covered rocks

After touting English Bay cleanup, Industry Minister confronted by activists with oil-covered rocks | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
In a video on YouTube, Industry Minister James Moore grimaces as a group of activists approach him with debris covered in bunker fuel that spilled from the vessel Marathassa in English Bay.

The video by political activist group Sh*tHarperDid has since drawn attention on Reddit. It was shot last week at a government press conference to celebrate authorities' "world-class" oil spill response.

Moore is the senior British Columbia MP and has been the lead federal government spokesperson addressing reporters about the spill response and clean-up.

He has repeatedly said the clean-up as "world class," claiming that 80 per cent of the toxic bunker fuel was cleaned up within the first 36 hours. Moore also said 95 percent was cleaned up as of April 11.
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Income-splitting announcement made against advice of top public servant

Income-splitting announcement made against advice of top public servant | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced major fiscal policies in Vaughan, Ont., last fall against the advice of Canada's senior public servant, who said Parliament should be informed first, a newly disclosed document indicates.

Harper's unveiling of the $4.6-billion-a-year package of income-splitting and richer child-benefit cheques was made Oct. 30, about a month after he was advised that the House of Commons was the proper place to do so.
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Redacted diary reveals oil's hidden route to Harper

Redacted diary reveals oil's hidden route to Harper | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Redacted entries in Mike Duffy’s diary suggest he was in regular undisclosed contact with pipeline giant Enbridge during the height of the federal government's scorching attacks on environmental activists and charities in 2012.

The suspended senator’s journal shows a flurry of conversations and emails with or about top-level Enbridge executives, then PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright and the Prime Minister between January and June of 2012, just as the National Energy Board started its hearings on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.

During this period, the federal government launched three parliamentary hearings, a senate inquiry and a major Canada Revenue Agency audit initiative focused on the activities of environmental charities, many of which opposed Northern Gateway.

None of the apparent contacts with Duffy were reported by Enbridge to the federal lobbyist registry, and Duffy's office redacted several key mentions of them.

The redacted entries include two exchanges between Prime Minister Harper and Duffy about Enbridge pipeline issues.
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Chiefs To UN: Investigate First Nations Education

Chiefs To UN: Investigate First Nations Education | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
WINNIPEG - Manitoba chiefs want the United Nations to investigate aboriginal access to education.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, with the Assembly of Manitoba chiefs, says he has sent a formal invitation to the UN's special rapporteur on the right to education.

He says Canadians receive some of the best education in the world, but that's not the case for aboriginal children.

Nepinak says First Nation communities are chronically underfunded when it comes to education.

He says the Canadian government is almost certainly breaching international standards and obligations to provide equal access to education for aboriginal children.

The UN's special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples visited Canada in 2013 and called for an improvement in the living conditions of First Nations.
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Awaiting justice: Indigenous resistance in the tar sands of Canada

Awaiting justice: Indigenous resistance in the tar sands of Canada | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Nation of the Lubicon Cree is on the frontlines of environmental destruction, as it challenges the forces behind resource extraction and environmental and cultural genocide, and seeks justice for all.

On April 11, 2015 there were dozens of rallies across Canada demanding true leadership to deal with the climate crisis we face around the world. The federal Harper government continues to be a climate laggard refusing to address the need to reduce our carbon emissions and violate Indigenous peoples rights with its zealous pro-tar sands agenda URL . For the first time in Quebec, Indigenous peoples led the march to show our resolve to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth and demand justice. As I stood before a crowd of 25 000 people from across Canada, I spoke of the contamination, despair and detrimental impacts my family and many other communities face from resource extraction happening in our homelands of Northern Alberta.
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Terror Fight Hampering Other Criminal Files: Senior Mountie

Terror Fight Hampering Other Criminal Files: Senior Mountie | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - A senior Mountie says shifting hundreds of RCMP officers to counter-terrorism has hurt the national police force's efforts to fight organized crime.

Mike Cabana, deputy RCMP commissioner for federal policing, tells the Senate national security committee the force needs to find a long-term solution to the resource problem.

Concerns about the threat of homegrown extremism have prompted the RCMP to move more than 600 officers to the terrorism file from organized crime and other areas.
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malek's comment, April 21, 6:16 PM
playing with fire
pdeppisch's comment, April 21, 7:27 PM
What to say! Harper should never have gotten elected and I am afraid he will be re-elected as J. Trudeau is blowing it big time. He just is not convincing at all! I don't get the Liberal's strategy - if they have one!
malek's comment, April 22, 9:20 AM
Got it, let's fast track skilled PM :)
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Harper Government Relents, Will Issue Fahmy Passport

Harper Government Relents, Will Issue Fahmy Passport | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A Canadian journalist facing widely-denounced terror charges in Egypt expressed jubilation Monday after the federal government announced it will issue him a passport — reversing an earlier decision that angered many of his supporters.

"It's a victory," Mohamed Fahmy told The Canadian Press from Cairo. "You have no idea how safe you feel when you have your passport in the back pocket of your jeans.'

The first thing the 40-year-old plans to do after he receives the document?
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Cuthand: Valcourt using statistics as diversionary tactic

Cuthand: Valcourt using statistics as diversionary tactic | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Aboriginal Minister Bernard Valcourt has a terrible relationship with his client group.

He continues to appear as an angry politician who resents his job, and it is revealed in his disrespect and confrontational attitude when dealing with First Nations leaders. His reaction to calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women has been negative and bellicose.

When some Alberta chiefs questioned Valcourt about missing and murdered aboriginal women, the minister was defensive and made the accusation that 70 per cent of aboriginal women were killed by an aboriginal person. He referenced the RCMP but stated that this information had not been made public, so the chiefs were caught flat-footed.

The RCMP had said it hesitated to make the information public because of its preference for "bias-free policing." The national police service also based its conclusions on information obtained from about 300 law enforcement agencies and couldn't confirm the accuracy of each report.
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Awaiting Justice: Indigenous Resistance in the Tar Sands of Canada

Awaiting Justice: Indigenous Resistance in the Tar Sands of Canada | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
On April 11, 2015 there were dozens of rallies across Canada demanding true leadership to deal with the climate crisis we face around the world. The federal Harper government continues to be a climate laggard refusing to address the need to reduce our carbon emissions and violate Indigenous peoples rights with its zealous pro-tar sands agenda. For the first time in Quebec, Indigenous peoples led the march to show our resolve to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth and demand justice. As I stood before a crowd of 25 000 people from across Canada, I spoke of the contamination, despair and detrimental impacts my family and many other communities face from resource extraction happening in our homelands of Northern Alberta.

Due to being an Indigenous activist who speaks out against environmental destruction I have been labelled by the Canadian government as an "adversary." Both "Aboriginals" and "environmentalists" were labelled as such in 2012 when secret government documents were accessed through the Freedom of Information Act. And now the Harper government is taking this to yet another extreme by attempting to pass an anti-terrorism law called Bill C-51 which includes targeting the "anti-petroleum movement" as "extremists" because they oppose "critical infrastructure" projects like the tar sands and tar sands pipelines. This bill is an attempt to silence people who do not agree with the Harper government and can be used to target and criminalize democratic peaceful protest movements.
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Mike Duffy trial: Senate finance knew Duffy had lived in Ottawa home for years, court hears

Mike Duffy trial: Senate finance knew Duffy had lived in Ottawa home for years, court hears | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"Senate finance officials signed off on Mike Duffy's expenses to live in Ottawa even though they had been informed he had been living in his Kanata home for seven years, the suspended senator's lawyer argued in court today.

Duffy's lawyer, Donald Bayne, continued his cross examination of Nicole Proulx, the former head of Senate finance, which oversees the budgets, contracts and expenses of senators.

1) Analysis: Mike Duffy, Gerald Donohue and the $64K question

 

2) Duffy's 'unsolicited contracts' drew Enbridge warning to PMO

 

3) Day 14: Duffy lawyer blasts witness for not meeting with him

     Duffy had 'no discretion' to change contract services, court hears

 

On the 15th day of the trial, Bayne argued in provincial court in Ottawa that his client never tried to hide the fact that he lived in the Ottawa area. Indeed, Duffy mentioned in an email to finance officials that he and his wife had paid utilities at his Kanata-based home for seven years."

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Where An Oil Spill Knows No Borders

Where An Oil Spill Knows No Borders | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia.

"Spills originating from the Canadian Beaufort and resulting coastal oiling could be an international issue," says the report from RPS Applied Science Associates, a global environmental consultancy.

The research, funded by the World Wildlife Fund, comes as the National Energy Board prepares to consider blowout prevention plans in two separate proposals for offshore energy drilling.
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Harper Will Soon Need To Fill Another Supreme Court Vacancy

Harper Will Soon Need To Fill Another Supreme Court Vacancy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Justice Marshall Rothstein is retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada effective Aug. 31, just months short of his mandatory retirement on his 75th birthday in December.

Rothstein was appointed to the court by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in March 2006 after 13 years with the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has formally notified Justice Minister Peter MacKay of the coming vacancy on the bench.
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Baloney Meter: Did The Tories Really Pay Down $37 Billion In Debt?

Baloney Meter: Did The Tories Really Pay Down $37 Billion In Debt? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - "When our government first came to power, we worked hard to reduce Canada's substantial federal debt. We did it in short order, by more than $37 billion." — Finance Minister Joe Oliver's budget speech to the House of Commons on April 21.

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When the Harper government delivered its first balanced budget this week in eight years, Finance Minister Joe Oliver was eager to burnish his party's conservative fiscal credentials.
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TD Latest Bank To Earn Billions And Dole Out Job Cuts

TD Latest Bank To Earn Billions And Dole Out Job Cuts | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Toronto-Dominion is the latest of the big Canadian banks to dole out pink slips to staff. And employees tell CBC News they expect more layoffs to come as the company looks to cut costs.

Although they're still pulling in billions in profits, TD and other big banks are trying to protect their bottom line in a slow growth economy.
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Vancouver Observer’s grizzly trophy hunt investigation hits legislature

Vancouver Observer’s grizzly trophy hunt investigation hits legislature | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The Vancouver Observer's months-long investigative work into the controversial grizzly trophy hunt in the province was quoted in the B.C. legislature on Monday.

The investigation included poring over 1,600 pages of FOI-released government e-mails that showed: the BC Liberals approved the expansion of the grizzly hunt against overwhelming opposition last year; bureaucrats musing about the potential benefits of an uptick in grizzlies for mining in B.C.'s interior; and a wildlife biologist bickering that government grizzly bear maps had not been updated in three decades.

The findings prompted journalistic travel to Tshilqot'in lands where local First Nations leaders said the hunt in their area is "illegal." Although consultation did occur, ultimately the province pulled the trigger to re-open the hunt in 2014 against strong local views.  
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Harper's A 'Reverse Robin Hood': Mulcair

Harper's A 'Reverse Robin Hood': Mulcair | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The federal budget benefits "the wealthy few," prioritizing income-splitting and nearly doubling contributions to tax-free savings accounts, NDP leader Tom Mulcair said after meeting with his caucus Wednesday morning in advance of the start of the budget debate in the House of Commons.

"(Stephen Harper) is going to take from the poor and give to the rich. He's sort of a reverse Robin Hood. That's been his theme for a while," Mulcair said.

Mulcair argued income-splitting for two-parent families is most beneficial to the richest 15 per cent of Canadians.
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Lester Pearson Would Have Scoffed at the Federal Budget

Lester Pearson Would Have Scoffed at the Federal Budget | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Over half a century ago, Canada was a more engaged and innovative nation than it is at present. World War Two had successfully ended, but a changed world that followed in its wake required Canadians to be a different people and its national government to discover and legislate a new framework for the future.

Today Canadians celebrate Lester Pearson's birthday. Even as we reflect back on the kind of leader he was and the growing capacities of Canada that he helped to create, we become aware that somewhere between then and now we lost our edge, our diversified global influence, and, sadly, our belief in the public good.

He had won the Nobel Peace Prize prior to becoming Liberal leader and eventually Prime Minister. His exploits on the global stage were sterling in nature and highly accomplished. But as he turned his attention to the domestic challenges faced by a robust citizenry eager to move forward, he hardly seemed the likely character. Bookish in appearance, even scholarly, people could be forgiven for thinking he lacked the tenacity and experience for the rigors of political life. It turns out they were wrong, and remarkably so.

By the time Pearson took over the top political post in 1963 it had become clear that the nation required interventions from the federal level that would spur growth throughout the provinces and territories that would be commensurate with the daring new spirit of the Canadian people.
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Court rules First Nations can sue over property rights

Court rules First Nations can sue over property rights | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect aboriginal territorial claims in British Columbia just as they would heed the rights of any other Canadian landowner, the province's highest court has ruled.


A decision from the B.C. Court of Appeal paves the way for First Nations to launch lawsuits to protect their territory from private parties, even without proving aboriginal title.

Two northwestern First Nations expressed vindication on Wednesday after a panel of three judges overturned a lower court ruling that denied them opportunity to sue the aluminum producer Rio Tinto Alcan.
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Controversial Tory MP Back To His Old Ways

Controversial Tory MP Back To His Old Ways | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
It appears the Conservative MP who tearfully apologized months ago for his performance in question period is back to his old ways.

Paul Calandra, the parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, had a busy afternoon Monday fielding queries at the first question period in two weeks. Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau were all absent.

Yet, Calandra’s answers to questions on suspended Senator Mike Duffy — currently on trial facing 31 charges — were ostensibly about counterattacking New Democrats and Liberals.
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Canada Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Climb: Report

Canada Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Climb: Report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The latest emissions inventory from Environment Canada shows the country's overall greenhouse gas output climbed 1.5 per cent between 2012 and 2013, continuing a slow, but steady, upward trend since the global recession of 2009.

The report, prepared by Environment Canada and submitted annually to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, shows 726 megatonnes of emissions in 2013, still three per cent below Canada's output in 2005.

However, under the international Copenhagen Accord signed in 2009, Canada committed to reduce its emissions by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020 — and the trend is now firmly heading the wrong way.
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Poilievre Mocked After Tweet Gets It So Very Wrong

Poilievre Mocked After Tweet Gets It So Very Wrong | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A cabinet minister's tweet about "hundreds of millions" of Canadian families has sparked both mockery and calls for the speedy return of the long-form census.

Though Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre (or a staffer) removed the tweet shortly after it was posted Thursday, at least some of Canada's 35 million people screengrabbed the gaffe.
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