Archive for May, 2012

Newfoundland first to re-draw its electoral map

- May 31st, 2012

All across the country, panels of eminent persons are looking at ways to re-draw the electoral map to take into account our growing population.

The group in Newfoundland and Labrador are the first to publish proposed new boundaries. At least three ridings look to get what seems to me a radical makeover.

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Goodbye from Lee Richardson

- May 30th, 2012

Lee Richardson, the MP for Calgary-Centre announced in the House of Commons this afternoon that he is resigning his seat in order to become Principal Secretary to Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Richardson is a popular MP, well-liked by those on all sides of the House and has always been cordial and helpful with reporters. He’s one of the good guys. Here’s his final speech in the House: Read more…

Employment insurance: Moffatt on the policy; Solberg on the politics

- May 24th, 2012

Is it an equalization plan? Is it an income support plan? It sure ain’t an insurance plan – but the Employement Insurance plan is what we got.

Here’s Western University economist Mike Moffatt followed up by former Human Resources Minister Monte Solberg talking about the changes the federal government announced today on EI.

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Conservative David Wilks: “One MP is not going to make a difference”

- May 23rd, 2012

Like all MPs, Conservative David Wilks is back in his riding this week, attending to constituency work and meeting with voters.

On Tuesday morning, in a coffee shop in Revelstoke, B.C., in his riding of Kootenay-Columbia in the province’s southeast corner he met some constituents who told him they didn’t much like Bill C-38, the government’s controversial 425-page omnibus budget bill. The budget bill, you’ll recall, introduces changes to everything from the age at which Canadians will qualify for old age security payments to the process for environmental assessments of resource projects.

One constituents filmed a 12-minute exchange between Wilks and these voters and put it on YouTube. It’s remarkable viewing. Read more…

Quebec Student leader Nadeau-Dubois evicted for unpaid rent – The Prince Arthur Herald

- May 23rd, 2012

It’s an odd story to be sure — a student leader at the centre of these massive protests in Montreal — fails to pay the rent. But what’s odder is the excuse Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and his buddies tried to use on the judge:

The landlord alleged that the March and April rental payments, each of $950, were never made.  Nadeau-Dubois alleged that they were made on March 12th and April 2nd respectively. On each occasion, he and his roommates purportedly left envelopes stuffed with $950 in cash in their landlord’s unlocked, outdoor mailbox. As evidence of this, they adduced bank receipts showing two $1000 withdrawals from Mr. Nadeau-Dubois’ personal bank account which they argued constituted sufficient proof of the payment. When the Régie suggested that these were proof of nothing more than two separate, one thousand dollar bank withdrawals, Nadeau-Dubois responded with what Judge Guay referred to as “syllogisms from Mr. Nadeau-Dubois and circumstances alleged to the detriment of the landlord.”

via Student leader Nadeau-Dubois evicted for unpaid rent – The Prince Arthur Herald.