Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

“Nobody’s gonna intimidate us” : The NDP experience this morning

- October 22nd, 2014

This remarkable video, shot by Globe and Mail reporter Josh Wingrove on his iPhone, shows a view of the Hall of Honour, the main hall running north-south from the front door of the Centre Block to the entrance of the Library of Parliament at the north end. Security forces appear to shoot an armed suspect just outside the door of the Library of Parliament.

Mid-way down the Hall of Honour are entrances on either side to Parliament Hill’s two main committee rooms. On the left, or west side, is 237-C – the Commonwealth Room — where, at the exact moment that the shooter was moving down the hall, the prime minister and all his Conservative MPs were meeting.

This is what it looked like inside the Conservative caucus. Those are MPs barricading their door just before the fusillade you see in Wingrove’s video. Read more…

Parliament’s budget watchdog warns: We’re not as rich as we think!

- October 21st, 2014

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Canada’s Parliamentary Parliamentary Budget Office is warning all political parties that while the federal treasury is about to overflow with billions in surpluses, any major tax cuts or new spending programs could plunge the country back into deficit.

But with political silly season upon us in advance of the 2015 general election, it’s unlikely the three major parties are going to pay much heed to this warning.

The PBO said Tuesday  [pdf] federal coffers will spill over with more than $53 billion in surpluses between now and the spring of 2020 but those riches are mostlyf from one-time benefits like the sale of government assets and an economy temporarily growing faster than expected. Read more…

Left-leaning think tank says right-leaning ones getting a pass on taxman scrutiny

- October 21st, 2014
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This picture of Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith was taken by Joshua Berson on June 9, 2014 in Vancouver. This photo was published by the Broadbent Institute at its Flickr feed which you can find here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/broadbentinst/

A left-leaning think tank says right-leaning think tanks have not been subjected to the same scrutiny of their political activities as have opponents of the Harper government. 

The Broadbent Institute, an Ottawa-based group named in honour of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, said in a study released Tuesday that its findings support the contention made by some that the Canada Revenue Agency is singling out charities whose work is at odds with the federal Conservatives while those that support the government’s agenda are not.

“We know charities that have been critical of policies of the Harper government are being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. With mounting evidence suggesting bias in auditing decisions, we need to find out what’s going on here,” Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith (above) said in a statement.

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Copyright and attack ads: Progressive mayor uses Sona image to attack conservative challenger

- October 20th, 2014

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Karen Farbridge is the the four-term left-of-centre, progressive mayor for the city of Guelph, the city and federal riding that is ground zero for the robocalls controversy.

Farbridge is facing a stiff challenge from Cam Guthrie who is pitching ideas familiar to small-c conservatives.  Read more…

One year until Canada’s 42nd general election: Can we get $5 from you?

- October 20th, 2014

We’re one year from the 42nd general election in Canada’s history. A new poll from the folks at Ekos Sunday says the Liberals start this 365-day countdown well out in front but that the NDP may be the party to watch.

In any event, all parties are blitzing their volunteers looking for the money they’ll need — the national campaign will need an estimated $22 million alone during the four or five week writ period — and here’s what landed in the inboxes of supporters Sunday:

The Conservatives have a fundraising goal which they are trying to hit Sunday night: Read more…