North Korea stares at Abbott and Harper (and me)

- April 13th, 2014
Tony Abbott at the DMZ

Australian PM Tony Abbott April 9, 2014 at the DMZ between South and North Korea.

PMHarper at the DMZ

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the DMZ in December, 2009. (PMO Handout)

David Akin at the DMZ

Your correspondent at the DMZ, Dec. 2009. The blue hut that Abbott and Harper were photographed in is over my left shoulder. And that tall building in the background? That, folks, is North Korea.


Last week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. Here’s The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Philip Coorey reporting on Abbott’s visit: Read more…

Jim Flaherty, 1949-2014

- April 10th, 2014

The smartest money Marc Mayrand ever spent

- April 4th, 2014

So here’s the conspiracy theory.

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand surely knows that the Harper government —  and its majority in the House of Commons — has a dim view of his impartiality. Whether that view is deserved or not is not the issue: The fact is Conservatives believe Mayrand has improperly interpreted and unfairly applied Canada’s election laws. And Mayrand or anyone at Elections Canada would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to know this.

And now, here comes that same government with a request last fall for his suggestions on how elections law ought to be changed.

Mayrand certainly knows that there would be a good chance that this government will not heed his recommendations and, in fact, may even try to diminish the power of his office. If that happens, his only recourse will be the court of public opinion. Read more…

Are you in Justin Trudeau’s middle class?

- April 2nd, 2014

Justin Trudeau in Question Period


Ajax, Ont.,

Reporter (Marissa Semkiw): “What income range for individuals and households constitutes middle class?”

Trudeau: “You’d like a number?” Read more…

The “budget leaking plan” of the Ontario Liberals

- April 1st, 2014

Budget Rollout Calendar 2014-04-01

The document above, obtained by the Ontario Progressive Conservatives and provided to the media on April 1, 2014, is an alleged Ontario Ministry of Finance document.
The PCs claim:

“The Budget Leaking Team’s “Pre-Doc Communications Rollout” plan is 11-pages long covering 39 announcements over 27 days leading up to the Thursday, May 1, 2014 budget date.
•There is $5.7 billion in explicit new spending. This will widen the hole that already exists in the Liberals’ deficit projections.”