Jessica Murphy - March 19th, 2013
The Last Post Fund has been keeping low key but persistent pressure on the Conservative government and Veterans Affairs Minister Stephen Blaney to ramp up and expand funding for the agency.
On Tuesday, in the run up to the release of the federal budget later this week, they made another plea, releasing a letter sent to Blaney to the media along with an op-ed penned by the chairman of Last Post Fund fundraising committee.
That committee seeks to raise the cash necessary to help bury destitute modern day veterans not covered under the LPF’s guidelines.
Blaney has long said the file is a priority – but little has changed in the years the Last Post Fund has been lobbying for help. The letter (copied below) hints the minister has nonetheless been following the file.
Jessica Murphy - March 15th, 2013
There’s an interesting nugget in Liberal National Membership Secretary Matt Certosimo’s decision to extend registration by a week. Certosimo warns the Liberals they should expect to be disappointed at just how many Liberal members and supporters actually cast a ballot in early April.
Last week, the party celebrated recruiting some 294,000 supporters to vote for the new Liberal chief.
“Before the March 3, 2013 “cut-off”, almost 60,000 eligible voters had registered, using the emailed link to a partially pre-filled form or, for those without email addresses in Liberalist, the hard copy registration form sent by regular mail to their home address. As of this morning, I am advised that more than 95,000 eligible voters have taken the second step in the process, by registering for the vote. …It is understood that fewer people will take the second step required to vote, no matter how convenient registration is made, so it is unreasonable to expect that registration numbers will ultimately equate to even close to the 294,002 that originally signed-up before the March 3rd “cut-off”.”
Jessica Murphy - March 12th, 2013
A democracy watchdog is nipping at the heels of Elections Canada over Liberal leadership race campaign loans it says doesn’t pass the smell test.
But Elections Canada, which signed off on the loans, says they’re above board.
Democracy Watch co-ordinator Tyler Sommer argues a close reading of the Election Act suggests the loans should actually be considered contributions, making them subject to the $1,200 legal limit.
He called on Elections Canada on Monday to “end this charade” and clarify the rules, and for the federal government to pass Bill C-21, which would tighten rules around political loans.
Sommer maintains the fuzzy rules allow long-shot hopefuls to buy their way into a race.
Jessica Murphy - March 8th, 2013
Liberal leadership hopeful Martin Cauchon is telling supporters it’s a bad idea to get into bed with the NDP – a party he warns is filled with sovereigntists and socialists – even though his rival Joyce Murray says her idea of cooperating with the New Democrats and the Greens in 2015 to boot the Conservatives from power would only be a “one night stand.”
After taking a potshots Friday at both Murray and the New Democrats, he sent out a second release condemning candidate Marc Garneau for his “elitism.”
Also in Friday afternoon Liberal leadership news, Liberal long-shot candidate David Bertschi’s national campaign director jumped ship to Murray’s campaign. His new manager said Bertschi would fight to the finish.
In a release, Chalmers said: “I admire Joyce Murray and her campaign for the Leadership of the Liberal Party. We worked together on the Stéphane Dion leadership campaign. She has a real opportunity to win this contest and I look forward to contributing in any way I can.”
See Cauchon’s releases after the jump…
Jessica Murphy - February 11th, 2013
On Monday afternoon, shortly after the Tories faced a series of questions over Senate reform and Senate spending, Leader of the Government in the Senate Marjorie LeBreton and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate James Cowan sent the following letter to both the press gallery and to two members of the Senate Committee on Internal Economy.
That committee kick started an internal Upper Chamber audit in January looking broadly into the housing allowances claimed by the senators after concerns were raised over the allowance claims by a trio of senators. It’s expected to be complete before the end of the month.
The full letter is after the jump.