We talked about LIBOR last night on the program last night with Tom Velk, economic prof at McGill. Velk sees the LIBOR scandal as collusion between big banks and big government trying to keep the people calm during the 2008 economic crisis. Want more on what is happening? See here and here.
Calgary businessman Clay Riddell made a mistake: He thought he could donate $15 million to Carleton University in Ottawa. Should be easy. But it wasn’t.
Riddell made the donation at the request of Preston Manning, another Calgarian. The idea was to set up a non-partisan school to train political campaign managers. Ottawa seemed the place to do it.
It’s called the Graduate Program in Political Management, or GPPM. Anyone can apply — not just conservatives like Manning and Riddell. In fact, paragraph 14(b) of the donation contract Riddell signed when he gave Carleton the money established an oversight committee that guaranteed the program “exposes students to the partisan nature of the political environment from a cross-partisan perspective.” Read more…
Brian Lilley is the host of Byline on Sun News Network and a senior correspondent for Sun Media's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. His weekly column is published in more than 30 daily newspapers across Canada and he appears on several leading talk radio stations.
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Brian Lilley is Senior Correspondent for Sun Media on Parliament Hill.
Brian has been covering politics for the last 10 years. Five of those years were spent as Ottawa Bureau Chief.