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Entitled may be corruption target 

OTTAWA - In a little-known law that Parliament has already passed, these officeholders are known as politically exposed persons (PEP) and deemed at risk of being involved in corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Financial institutions will be required to keep special tabs on them. (Globe & Mail)   MORE:   Financial Action Task Force    FATF website   FINTRAC Politically Exposed Foreign Person definition 


I'm Canadian

My name is Donald Sutherland. My wife's name is Francine Racette. We are Canadians. We each hold one passport. A Canadian passport. That's it.  (Donald Sutherland)  PREVIOUS:   Expats can't vote   Order of Canada    Another expat can't vote   Gretzky endorses Harper despite    2015 ONCA 0536  


Breached conflict rules 

OTTAWA - Public Works Minister Diane Finley acted improperly and violated the Conflict of Interest Act by funding a Markham community centre in 2011 as minister of human resources and social development, the federal ethics commissioner said.  (CBC)   MORE:   PMO says Finley acted in good faith    Diane Finley


Mistakes in bill but passed anyway

OTTAWA -   Conservatives have used their majority on the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee to reject Liberal amendments that would have corrected the mistakes in C-525.  (Globe & Mail)     MORE:   Another error   Crime bill mess    'Administrative error'    Private members bills get scant scrutiny   Bill filled with mistakes


Research flaws

OTTAWA - Two business groups say they're alarmed government research used to justify sweeping changes to the temporary foreign worker program appears to contain several flaws as more companies find inaccuracies.   (Globe & Mail)   MORE:   Data doesn't correspond with reality  


Scarp payouts for quitters

WINNIPEG - Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for a crackdown on severance packages for politicians who quit voluntarily.  (CP)  


Do as we spin, not as we do

OTTAWA - The cost of paying Conservative political staffers working in a network of satellite minister's offices ballooned by 70% during the same years the government was asking departments to tighten their belts.   (CP)   COMMENT:   What price, democracy?


Limits on politicians are illegal

EDMONTON - A platform promise from a candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, to limit terms for elected officials in Alberta's government is being met with criticism - legal experts say it infringes on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  (CTV)   MORE:   Term limit


Likely unconstitutional

OTTAWA - The government proposed sweeping changes to the Citizenship Act last Feb when it introduced Bill C-24, dubbed the strengthening of the Canadian citizenship act.  (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   Bill C-24   


'Systemic interference'

OTTAWA - Suzanne Legault delivered her second report following an investigation into cases that date back to 2009 in the office of cabinet minister Christian Paradis, who held the Public Works portfolio at the time.    (CP) REPORT:   Interference with Access to Information: Part 2   


Canadian nose dive

The international press freedom watchdog ranked Canada 20th in the world for press freedom in its latest index, down from 10th place in the 2012 index.  (Huffington Post) REPORT:   Press freedom index 2013   Radical transparency     


Parties take a hit

OTTAWA - Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer told Members of Parliament they need not feel constrained by caucus lists that dictate who can deliver 60-second statements or, for that matter, who can ask questions in Question Period.   (Globe & Mail)   MORE:   Andrew Scheer 


Broke the rules

OTTAWA - The federal ethics watchdog has determined former cabinet minister Jay Hill breached the Conflict of Interest Act when he contacted his ex-colleagues about a forthcoming multinational energy deal.  (CP)   REPORT:   Conflict of interest - Hill   .pdf   Jay Hill 


Premiers spending habits

Premiers in the East appears to be doing a better job at managing their provinces’ finances than those in central and western Canada, a new report from the Fraser Institute concludes.   (CTV)   REPORT:  Measuring the fiscal performance of Canada's premiers 2012   .pdf    Spending habits ranked   Canadian Premiers 


Services for Dummies

With the holiday travel season in full gear and Canadians heading to foreign destinations, Ottawa is reminding travellers of what consular officials can and cannot do.  (CP)    


MP charged

EDMONTON - MP Peter Goldring is now sitting as an independent, after he was pulled over at 95 St and 153 Ave at about 12:30am on Sunday, Dec 4, by an EPS roving patrol as part of the Check Stop program.  (CTV)    MORE:  Peter Goldring  


Political pressure

OTTAWA - Political pressure and bureaucratic haste are behind a litany of financial management problems at the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).  (CBC)   MORE:  Yukon Energy Corp gets cash from CanNor   YDC


Ministry doesn't enforce

VICTORIA - That seems to be the position that BC municipalities and staff in the provincial Community Development Ministry take regarding the Local Government Act and its provisions dealing with groups that either act like civic parties or try to influence elections by endorsing and advertising on behalf of candidates. (Vancouver Sun) 

Fundraiser charged

TORONTO - OPP have laid charges against Liberal Party fundraiser Gerry Lougheed for his alleged involvement in the Sudbury byelection bribery scandal.  (Global)    MORE:   Criminal charges laid   Light on world of political patronage   OPP finish probe


Government cost for an office

OTTAWA - The Harper government spent more than $180,000 last year to run the office of a corporate social responsibility counsellor for the Canadian mining industry.  The government says it cost $181,600 to operate the office from October 2013 to October 2014.  However, the position of counsellor was vacant all that time.  (CP)  PREVIOUS:  Money for nothing   Office with nothing to do


Reform act passed

OTTAWA - Conservative MP Michael Chong's private member's bill to shift some power away from party leaders and toward members of Parliament has been passed by the Senate.  (CBC)  MORE:   Bill C-586   Act passed by Senate   Michael Chong   Small step for MPs to represent people who elected them


Tax changes payoff

OTTAWA - Data tabled in the House of Commons shows a variety of tax changes and the elimination of old tax credits will rake in $3.4B more for the federal government in 2015-2016.  (CP)  


Measuring fiscal performance

VANCOUVER - Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers, 2015 measures the relative fiscal performance of 10 Canadian premiers (5 current and 5 former), up to the 2013/14 fiscal year for 3 components of fiscal policy: government spending, taxes, and deficits and debt.  (Fraser Institute)  PREVIOUS:   Red Tape report cards  


Ethics probe 

OTTAWA - The federal ethics commissioner has begun a preliminary probe into allegations Winnipeg South Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge violated conflict-of-interest rules when he supported new legislation that could benefit an app he's developing.  (Winnipeg Free Press)   MORE:   Complaint triggers ethics review  Rod Bruinooge


Spin report masks problems

OTTAWA - Public Works says its multibillion-dollar makeover of Parliament Hill is right on schedule, but an internal document casts doubts on that claim.   (CP)    MORE:   Restoring the Hill     Parliament Hill  


Lobbying Act charge 

OTTAWA - The RCMP allege that Jamie Carroll failed to file the appropriate paperwork with the federal lobbying commissioner's office before he started lobbying politicians on behalf of a client.  (QMI)


'Man with the briefcase'

OTTAWA - Jean Yves Lortie says $15M to $20M in cash made its way in and out of his briefcase during his time as a political operative from the late 1950s to his last political campaign in 1993.  (CBC) 


Party exec fired

OTTAWA - Dimitri Soudas has been forced out as the Conservative Party of Canada's executive director after trying to interfere with his fiancee's Conservative nomination battle.  (CBC)    MORE:   PM demanded resignation   Harper asks party to investigate   Alarm bells   No backing down in her quest for the prize   Dimitri Soudas   Eve Adams  


Spending billions on 'professionals'

OTTAWA - Federal departments and agencies spent more than $10B annually for the past 4 years on professional services.  (Toronto Star)  


Federal party riding associations 

OTTAWA - Riding association for federal political parties are sitting on nearly $30M of taxpayer-subsidized cash, with little obligation to account publicly for how the money is spent.  (CP)   


Yet another high overhead program

OTTAWA - A federal program that buys internships for science-and-technology graduates is pricey, with administration costs as high as 44 cents for every dollar spent.    (CP)   NSERC   Suzanne Fortier     


Pollster censured

OTTAWA - A Conservative pollster has been censured by the market research industry's watchdog for conducting a misinformation campaign against Liberal MP Irwin.  An investigation by the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association has concluded that the actions of Campaign Research Inc tarnished the image of the market research profession.  (CTV)


Sovereign citizen movement

VANCOUVER - Brian Alexander is a self-proclaimed Freeman-on-the-Land and one of a growing number of Canadian followers of the so-called "sovereign citizen" or "Natural Persons" movement.  Adherents have "freed" themselves from what they see as an overbearing government that has overstepped its bounds.  (CP) MORE:   OPP is watching


PCO blinks

OTTAWA - Privy Council officials have ended months of stonewalling and handed over documents requested by the federal information watchdog only after Information Commissioner Robert Marleau threatened to have his staff enter the Privy Council offices and seize the paperwork themselves.  (Toronto Star)   Making themselves feel important?     


Time to test leaders

Given the state of the global economy, it might not surprise you to learn that psychopaths may be controlling the world (Tyee) 


Liberal majority government

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's Liberals won a decisive majority government, capturing 184 seats.  The Conservatives will now form the Official Opposition.   (CBC)

Harper resigns as Conservative leader

ON waits to be rewarded

Pension & severance for 2015 election

Liberals came right up the middle

CBC Canada votes 2015

CTV election 2015

Global Decision Canada

Canadian federal election

Candidate sorry

Bad, worst and ugliest

We share the blame    

Canadian federal election 2015

Election Canada results

68.5% voter turnout

Justin Trudeau

Secrecy oaths 

You'll be judged by how you treat others

Cabinet list and bios

Cabinet changes buried in fine print

Candidates by riding

165,000+ voted improperly

No party leader is talking cutting taxes

Voters have reason to distrust

Economy in recession

AB issues bleak economic report

Why resource rich Canada is poor

None of the above

Liberals promise $10B yearly deficits 

NDP candidate quits over social media posts

Former transit driver running 

No longer a candidate

2nd candidate dropped

Canadian candidate urinated in mug

Politicians who made gaffes

Lowering already low standards

Parties don't do enough detective work

Costly, nasty and long

Canadian PM calls general election   

Where the money goes 

None of the above

Political marketing

Compliance Review  

Voting process at serious risk

Democracy in terminal decline

2012 Audit of UK democracy

Canada's national joke

System is broken

Voters as political consumers

Tories stimulus signage

Action Plan    

Another loophole

HarperPac shuts down

I refuse political fairy tales


Left out of the political process  

Rob Nicholson

NDP open to coalition with Liberals  

Down play partisanship


'Party's over'

That’s a question we don’t often ask when we’re talking about democratic reform. But if we’re looking for radical solutions to political malaise in Canada, why not consider abolishing political parties altogether?  (Toronto Star) 

Politicians have image issues

Perceptions of political leadership   .pdf   

87% don't trust politicians

30% believe politicians take bribes   

Fear of falsification

Political parties are a concern

Party leaders wield too much power


Fair Elections act gets surgery

OTTAWA - Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre announced changes removing the bill's major defects.   (Globe & Mail)

45 amendments

Pierre Poilievre


MPs should be suspended

Parties don't want to show spending 

Canadians shrugging off election act

Elections Canada questions   

Election bill unchanged

Documents keep secret  

Political parties outside the laws 

Personal Information Protection

James Bezan 


Attack on democracy

Public information blocked    

Poilievre doesn't rule out changes


Do you have the right ID to vote

Voter identification at the polls

Green Party Candidate refused right to vote 

Accusing election watchdog 

Author of report contradicts minister

Election reforms

From enforcer to statesman

Not exactly as advertised    

Damages level playing field

Marc Mayrand

Election bill to be amended

Election bill worse

Privacy concerns raised

May 'compromise' elections

Nothing wrong in using Parliament resources

Bill sends 'very poor message'  

Documents keep secret

Something to hide

Canada Gazette

Spies told to take secrets to the grave 

Parties don't face the same rules   .pdf    

Ban instant messages

OTTAWA - Information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, recommends in a special report report to Parliament that specific controls be placed on instant messaging to preserve government records and respect the access to information law.  It found there were approximately 98,000 BlackBerrys issued and that the instant messages that are sent and received on those devices are automatically deleted, usually after 30 days.    (CBC)  

Instant messaging putting ATI at risk  

Big brother job opening  

Information annual report 2012-2013

Watchdog warning

Threatened by deterioration of transparency

Suzanne Legault  

’Culture change’

Access to information requests

Feds 'not the most transparent'

Liberal staff interfering

Workplace 'mobbing'  

MPs lap up free trips

Layton champion of elite

Review of free expression 2011 

ATI in peril



MPs on the hook

OTTAWA - Dozens of New Democrat MPs, including Leader Tom Mulcair, have been ordered to reimburse taxpayers $2.75M in salaries paid to aides who worked in satellite party offices.   (CP)  

MPs told to repay

MPs asked to repay

Black hole of party accountability

Poisoned political culture


Out-of-court settlement needed for NDP

Thomas Mulcair

NDP owes 'significant' sum

Mulcair testifies about staffing


NDP's satellite offices

Elections Canada investigating NDP

NDP staffers are actually in Quebec offices

NDP defends use of parliamentary funds

Emails contradict Mulcair

NDP expense muffins  

NDP returns money 

MP fined $1400

Manon Perreault  


1 month

PETERBOROUGH - Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro has been sentenced to 1 month in jail, followed by 4 months house arrest, for violating the Elections Act in 2008.   Del Mastro has filed an appeal of his October conviction.   (CBC)

Dean Del Mastro    

MP quits, keeps pension


Found guilty

Found guilty

Election act charges

Elections Canada press release 

Witnesses revealed  

Robocalls fine

Paul Dewar 

Charged under election act

Robocall complaints doubled

Will the Mounties get this man  

Robocall scandal

Court throws out election result

Election result 'null and void'

Bogus addresses

2011 Canadian voter suppression scandal  

9 months


Political dirty tricks


Judge lifts publication ban

Summary investigation report on Robocalls

Changes will register robocalls

Election results upheld

2013 FC 525

Court wouldn't remove MPs

Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Ordered to pay costs

Helena Guergis

Robert Staley   

Baird sys PMO Chief has no conflict 

Nigel Wright 

MP's former employer targeted by CRA

Andrew Saxton  

MP can keep his seat

SCC upholds Conservative win  

Wajid Khan

Khan 'stepping aside' from party caucus 



Bill not about cyberbullying

OTTAWA - Justice Minister Peter MacKay has called Bill C-13, the anti-cyberbullying legislation he introduced last week, a key tool in "ensuring that our children are safe from online predators and from online exploitation.”   Although child psychologists and youth activists support increased attention to this issue, they say C-13 is unlikely to stop cyberbullying.  (CBC)   


Bill a Trojan Horse

Another 'larger agenda'

'Cyberbullying' bill

Bill C-13

Bill C-30 protecting children from predators



Overly complex system blowback

OTTAWA - The Harper government moved to retroactively rewrite Canada's access to information law in order to prevent possible criminal charges against the RCMP.  An unheralded change buried in last week's 167-page omnibus budget bill exempted all records from the defunct long-gun registry, and also any 'request, complaint, investigation, application, judicial review, appeal or other proceeding under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act,' related to those old records.  (CP)  

ATIP request for the long-gun registry

Information Commissioner of Canada 

Bill C-59 latest omnibus budget bill

Feds allowed to revoke passports

Budget bill checks off pre-election to do list

Bill sets up battle with federal unions    

All Bills for the current session

US Congress offers little warmth

Administration of the House of Commons

Not able to follow the money

Cuts haven't save any money

Audit released

New rules for crown agencies

Crown corporations

2014 omnibus budget bill

Bill C-41 

Another bloated omnibus bill

Bill C-31

Budget bill loaded with unrelated measures


$250M mystery

Claims not backed up 

Reform to archaic accounting system

No downside to bid-rigging

Dishonesty is the best policy

RCMP won't investigate

Tony Clement  

Paperwork ‘not perfect'

Treasury Board president

Clement faces firing line  

Do politicians cause downsizing?   .pdf

Administration of the Senate

Lack of expense details

Contracting problems   

Salaries for members of Parliament

'Magic' among budget watchdog must-haves

Conservative spending spree in overdrive  

DoD kills order

New snag



3 strikes on Tony  

Accounting process needs to be 'rectified'

Accounting for the billions spent

Cash cow state secret

Cooking sole source contracts

Documents contradict Clement  

Guide to G8 legacy projects

Clement accused  

Spending is good

Court dodges Page ruling

Kevin Page 

Governments hate democracy

Reins tightening on crown corps

Report 'government-in-waiting'  

$3.1B missing 

Search and rescue plagued

NDP calls for probe of spending  

Funding decisions hidden

Civil service & politics clash  


Procurement practice reviews

Choosing G8 projects

Cash, new rules

Michael Ferguson

Spring report 2013

Main findings

Sonia L'Heureux 


More spending cuts

Canada needs more spending cuts     

Agencies have 'challenges'

Tame budget officer

Next parliamentary budget officer

Federal government posts $18.3B deficit

Banking has been good to us

G8 Legacy Fund audit

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

RCMP probe

Lawyers don't grasp gov accounting

Replacing Canada’s Fighter Jets

F-35 program slammed

Watchdog swan song

Addicted to spending

Canada's crime rate fell

Over budget

Open, now closed?  

Open government Canada

All parties share the spoils

Budget passed

Feasibility of budget for support ships   .pdf  

Bloomberg Markets

We are the government

Departing watchdog's warning

Clement vows to clear the air  

Spending scandal reignited 

Documents to RCMP    

Clement discussed funding

RCMP probe allegations

Replacing Canada's fighter jets

MacKay affirms F-35 purchase

Damage control  

Private firms jack up prices

Lax on 'sole-source' contracts

Procurement Ombudsman  report

Military kept Parliament in the dark

Expenditure Monitor 2012-13Q2   .pdf  

Ethics commissioner report   .pdf

Row over Canada fighter jet  

Tories sole-sourced purchase

Reports watered down


'Hit the reset button'

Watchdog taking legal action

Jet plan 'reset'

Global wrecking ball

Bourque F-35 files 

F-35 Canadian procurement

KPMG picked    KPMG


Engine-crack grounds fighter

Another job

TORONTO - Former foreign affairs minister John Baird has another new job, this one advising Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, son of Li Ka-shing, one of the wealthiest men in Asia.   (Globe & Mail) 

John Baird

Checks out, cashes in

New adviser

Barrick Gold

Appointment raises questions

Sidewinder and Asian triads    

Ontario to get 21 more seats in Parliament

New boundaries impact Northern Ontario

Privy Council morale boosters

Won't seek reelection

Peter MacKay 

James Moore

Shelly Glover

Christian Paradis

30 more MPs

Take the money

308 MPs of the 41st Parliament

42nd Canadian federal election

Federal electoral redistribution

Another pay raise for MPs


MPs not interested

Mary Dawson 

Patronage appointments

Global Meltdown  


MP pension reform

OTTAWA - The Conservative caucus has accepted a government proposal that would ease the burden on taxpayers by more than tripling how much members of Parliament and senators kick into their pension plans.  (CBC)

Pension plan relies on taxpayer-paid interest

Treasury Board report

MPs tackle their pensions  

MPs seek $250K for legal costs  

Canadian federal election 2011  

MP pensions verge on bizarre

Losing an election not bad  

Grabbing positions  

59.1% voter turnout 

More MPs  

30 more MPs  

Parliamentary associations

Party quells unrest in ranks   

Conservatives plead guilty

Party officials avoid charges  

In and Out scandal  

Doug Finley

Irving Gerstein 

'Unrealistic' assumptions

Law won't apply to MPs

Elections Canada  

NDP linked firms get cash 

CTV: Election  

Parliament of Canada  

Not influence peddling

OTTAWA - Bruce Carson certainly used his influence to help an Ottawa water treatment company attempt to secure lucrative contracts with First Nations but in doing so never did business with the federal government a judge ruled finding the former senior aide to Stephen Harper not guilty of influence-peddling. (APTN)    

Not against the law 

RCMP interrogation released 

Trial adjourns until Oct 2

Carson exaggerated his abilities

Decision reserved  

Bruce Carson

Illegal donations

Peter Penashue

New charges

Murky world of Ottawa lobbying  

Watchdog chair lobbying


Chuck Strahl

Working for Enbridge since 2011

Strahl defends his conduct

Organizations with political appointments 

Minister's email sparks complaints

Bureaucrats ignore House

Political staff aren't running amok

Sweetheart deal under attack

Political staff shouldn't meddle 

Political donations not benign    

New charges    

3 separate investigations 

Lobbyist broke rules

Jeff Lyons

RCMP lay more charges

Banking records seized by RCMP

New allegations

Trudeau's advisor linked to Carson 

Watchdog quits

Symptom of a larger problem 

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines 

Canada School of Public Service

School of PS under scrutiny

Jocelyne Bourgon 

Frank Brunetta  

Political parties operate outside privacy laws 

Do the zoomer math

Cabinet ministers regularly interfere

27 members appointed aides

New lobbying rules

Bureaucratic enablers take over the asylum

PM's statement

Spy watchdog steps down

Deborah Grey  

What public function?

Cyber trails

How lobbyists almost derailed a bridge 

Files not closed on Carson case  

Carson's ties to money launderer

How did a fraudster get in

Carson was Harper's guy

Background: Bruce Carson affair

Top Mountie not involved

New lobbyist

Canadian Strategy Group

100 top lobbyists 2009

Bruce Carson

Influence peddling

Carson investigation

Lobbying probe

Carson timeline 

Aide left school with debt

Karen Shepherd

René Fugère and André Nollet 

Paul Ballard

Mark Jiles 

Graham Bruce.    

Lobbying activities  

Jaffer broke rules  

Watchdog calls for penalties 

Lobbyists' Code of Conduct

Ron Liepert  

Charged with fraud

Carson charged  

Carson penned lobbying report

Criminal past  

RCMP asked to investigate

Code of conduct breaches

Appointment process 'fiction'

Appointment system takes a hit

Appointment system good for us

Leo Housakos  

Rahim Jaffer 

Commissioner of lobbying

Tories propose new watchdog   


Cabinet broke the law

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says that Ottawa illegally collected employment insurance contributions for 3 years under the former Liberal government (CTV)  


Top court says Ottawa broke law

Lawyers dominate Parliament


Tax evasion

AUGSBURG - Karlheinz Schreiber, who was involved in a corruption scandal linked to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, has been convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 6½ years in prison.  In Canada, Schreiber was the key witness in a public inquiry into his business dealings with former prime minister Brian Mulroney. (CBC)   

Brian Mulroney  

Airbus affair

Karlheinz Schreiber

Oliphant Commission



At the inquiry

Why did Mulroney take the cash?

Tax payers on the hook


We have nothing to hide

OTTAWA - The prime minister’s national security adviser, federal lawyers who work on terrorism cases and intelligence analysts in the PCO would be forever forbidden from discussing sensitive aspects of their work under proposed new rules.   (CP)

Lifelong secrecy vow

Security of Information Act

Jean-Pierre Kingsley

Elections Canada

Another secret fund 

Mulcair apologizes

NDP doesn't serve special interests

MP resigns

Oda's MP pension

Insider prompting

Bev Oda  

Canadian left in dark about MPs

We have nothing to hide

Revised policy to limit leaks

Staffer leaked report to impress

No oversight 

Why would people trust politicians 

All in

MPs shouldn't throw stones at Senators

Take the cloak off MPs' expenses

Call for accountability

MPs ink secret deal on cash



MPs less experienced

BDC has been good for us

Being speaker good for me

Phantom commission

Ministers ring up hefty travel tabs

Taxpayers dodged a stompin' 


Budget bill passes

OTTAWA - The government's second budget passed in the Commons despite outcries from opposition parties, First Nations chiefs and other critics who say the bill is bad for democracy.  (QMI)   

Cameras are on, so are we

Parliament Hill is about 90% bullshit  

Allan Cutler: 'It has gotten worse'

Populist party

Altered in latest omnibus bill

Jim Flaherty  

Budget cuts hit front line services

Cuts will be felt in programs and services

Another raise for MPPs 

NS to get $870M from feds in oil royalties

Have not Ontario

Democracy compromised by voting system

Democracy in Canada

Canadians losing faith

Canadians are less satisfied

Canadians give MPs a failing grade

Senate to audit appointed

Equalization payments

Ontario expecting little help from feds

Ontario public sector salary disclosure 2007

Ontario releases 2006 public sector salaries

Millions face old-age poverty

Budget 2012: Monitoring update   .pdf



End of per vote subsidy

OTTAWA - Canada's federal political parties are girding for the end of a per-vote subsidy that has padded their coffers in recent years and looking to cash in on last-minute donations at the close of 2014.  (Globe & Mail)

Into the cess pool

ON fairness commish bills taxpayers

Understandable budget a negative


Brent Rathgeber

The Whistleblowers Bill and FAIR

Tories want to create 'integrity commissioner'

Free the trained seals

Federal Accountability Act and Action Plan

MPs in top 2% of wage earners  

Committee report on Bill C-461

Party doesn't own MP's seat

A lot of stuff goes on in the PMO

Shine light on Senators and MPs

I stand alone   

Info czar slams Harper on access


Commissioner taking PMO to court

OTTAWA - The information commissioner is taking the Prime Minister's Office to court, accusing it of refusing to release documents about 4 senators embroiled in scandal.  (CP)

Principle of 'parliamentary privilege'

No more named

Potential issues 

19 senators to challenge AG's findings

Senators repayment statue

Duffy: what we have learned so far

Battle over forensic accountant's testimony

'Good deed'  

Senate expenses scandal 

Canadian Senators

Canadian Senate

Inside the RCMP's Senate investigation

Part 2   Part 3 

Guilty plea

Patrick Brazeau

Plea deal 

Unconditional discharge

Absolute discharge 

Imagine everyone you trusted lied to you   

More things we learned

PMO's power


Common practice

Common to use backdoor contracts  

June 2015 report on Senators' expenses

More senate expenses

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

Colin Kenny

Zimmer's expenses total $176K

Dozens of Senators contacted

Probe referred to ethics officer 

Teen alleges affair

Senator kicked out of caucus

Senator hires lawyer

Don Meredith

Don Plett

Time for charges   .pdf  

Expense scandal arbitrator  

Lack of oversight

Suspended get salaries back

Nancy Ruth

Mike Duffy

Pamela Wallin

Cold cheese

Let them eat Kraft Singles

Senators defend right to endless expenses

Whole lot of peanuts

Sums up Senates problems

Senator slams auditors

Auditors don't understand 

Senate committee report

Dennis Dawson

MPs should learn from audit

Senate balks at oversight

Senators named and amount in dispute

Duffy explains 

Senators' responsibilities 

$4500 for 2 hour lunch  

Report changed 7 times

Concerned about expenses

PMO urged changes to audit

What we learned in the first 5 weeks

New Senate speaker

Rules lacked clarity    

Senators to be singled out for claims  

'Making a choice shouldn't depend on what you think you can get away with' 

Double standard

Some repay

Senators deny wrongdoing

No more pricey flights

Battle over privilege      

Senate Speaker accused of misspending

Death leaves Senate without a leader

Fraud and breach of trust

Senators bristle

Senators booted


Liberal senators now sitting as independents

Measuring government 21st century   .pdf

Ad spending  

Ministerial responsibility

Senate moves to block release of report

No written notice

Gang murder could help Duffy

Senate expenses proposal

Following the trail of cheques

Constitutional residency requirement

Finance official

Unsolicited contacts

Duffy Trial: week 2 recap

It's about the Party first



Criminal code violations 

Breaking down the $200K


Year of hot air

Honour in politics is missing  

Expenses missing key details

Bigger isn't better 

Liberal senators now sitting as independents

Charged with fraud


Patronage house will stay  


Brazeau's troubled rise and fall

Brazeau heads to rehab


Senate reform 

2014 SCC 32

SCC rejects Senate overhaul plans 

31 charges

SCC rejects Senate reform proposals


Suspended senators not off the payroll

'Backroom deal'

'Deal' confirmed

Harper not swayed by appeals

Harper fires back


Duffy complies

SK to table motion calling for Senate abolition


Cheque broke the law

Time to take back control of the constitution

Duffy faces charges     


Senator resigns

David Braley

Scandal tainting red chamber

Duffy recovering from open-heart surgery 

Documents on Wright and Duffy Part 1

Complaint filed

Ex-PMO lawyer's emails not deleted 

Staffer stood his ground

Wright-Duffy money trail 

Probe a high-wire act 

Many ironies

PMO staff influenced

RCMP probe into Wright-Duffy affair

Fraud, breach of trust

Senate scandal loan

Wallin's chance to speak

Text of Pamela Wallin's speech

Quebec court rejects senate reform plan


RCMP seeks Harb's bank info

Accustomed to entitlements

Harper told him to repay money 

Transcript of Duffy's speech  

'No apparent work'

Surprising things in court documents

Senate ethics issue

Criticized from all sides

'Era of accountability'  

Harper calls on Senate to reform itself

Audit cost $530K

Pamela Wallin court document

Duffy evidence of 'criminal wrongdoing' 

Lies have been rechristened spin  

'Political staffers'  


RCMP widens probe

Canadian Senate divisions

Constitutional work to be done

Ottawa's golden rule

Most Elite VIP-only club around  

Senate protects the entitled

One small win for freedom  

$65K paid

Senator retires


Resign before conviction = keep pensions

Overseers were involved

Senators respond to report

AG to scrutinize expenses

AG to review expenses

Audit could take 18 months   

Ottawa's golden rule

Most Elite VIP-only club around  

Toronto two-step  

Years of 'fixing' not a solution 

Wallin's repayment bill

Party denies secret fund

Surprising things

'Under protest'

Senate garnishees salary

Court documents

RCMP documents

Search warrants  

LeBreton steps down

MPs will get pensions topping $100,000

Claim expenses

Home 'uninhabitable'

Didn't live at 'primary' residence

'Never lived' in Maniwaki

Senate can be reformed

Bill C-7

Senate won't 'monkey around'

Zimmer retires from senate 

Audit heading to RCMP

Audit & Senate report documents

Process 'fundamentally flawed and unfair'  

RCMP launch criminal probe of $90K cheque

Stop dithering in Duffy scandal

Senator repays $90K

Politicians vs regular Joes

Politicians should take care of their mess

Senator sorry

MPs increase their travel budgets 6.7%

Another reason to distrust journalists

Parliament tourist guide training

RCMP alleges Duffy changed bank address

Auditing cash cow

Wallin resigns from board 

Value of Senate committees

Former senator begins jail term

Still spending

Not a 'fat cat'

Changes in expense claims

Legal challenge

Terry Mercer

Jim Munson

Mac Harb

Senator owes

Duffy sought cabinet perks

Senate scandal still perk-olates

Senate expense changes

11 new rules  

Duffy made secret deal 

Senate appointment perks   

Senators ordered audit sanitized

David Tkachuk

Carolyn Stewart-Olsen

How was the report 'whitewashed?'

Duffy wants to give 'the whole story'

Entitled to their entitlements

Senate selection committee

Elizabeth Marshall

Questions about residency

Dennis Patterson

Audit to be make public

Wright resigns  

Harper's speech to caucus

Those who seek to benefit should leave 

Repayment involved 'no party money' 

Expenses for election campaigning

Wright wrote personal cheque

Dishonesty spreads to PMO

Criminal investigation

Things in the senate expenses audit

Audit faults senators and rules

Repay living expenses

Canada's expensive senator

3 senators subject of audit

Bad PR year for appointed Senators

Senate living expenses uproar

Access to Senate information

Senator reimburses

Senator to repay part of stipend 

Another Senator leaves caucus

Wallin forced out

Findings removed from Duffy's audit report

Who do you trust?

Senator resigns from caucus

Duffy tried to influence CRTC decision  

Senate living expenses uproar  

Senator takes kitchen exit  

5 more appointed Senators

Senator used father-in-law's address

More appointed senators

Nominee Senator couldn't wait

Doug Black

Free spending public servants

Fundraising letter focus of probe    

Controversy over relationship with assistant


Released on bail   

Removing senators a difficult task

Attendance 'not a high priority'

Expensive AB senator-in-waiting   

Forced leave

Senators fights order to repay

Senate wouldn't let AG in

Pressure on

Joyce Fairbairn

Senate pleads for privacy

Right and wrong way to exit  

Senator legally incompetent

7 more appointed 

What confidence?

Appointed Senators

Gerstein faces spending charges

Senate banking committee

About Senate committees  

Expenses average $469K per MP

Senate can't do anything

Compensation comparisons   .pdf  

Senator denies lobbying  

$9.5M fine for bribery  

Niko admits to bribe

Niko Resources

Senator accused of bilking

Mobina Jaffer

BC Law Society

7 more lottery winners

6 months for fraud

Raymond Lavigne  

Need for oversight

Flood of patronage

New senators

Senate lottery winners appointed

What we need is merit pay

Senators reject oversight  

Senators have to moonlight 

Canadian political crisis

Senate has been good for us

Tories introduce bills on Senate

Senate expenses exposed  

Senator's still costing  

Perks of appointment

'Two-tiered' justice

Bert Brown 

Senate showdown

'It's not justice'

Don't reform, stop funding it  

Senate reform bill  

Senator guilty of fraud  

Still spending  

Term limits

Senate subcommittee on population health

Liberal senator wins 'Teddy' award

Senate shuts down fund

Michael Meighen

Wilfred Moore

Sitting MPs collect pensions  

Almost half of MPs are moonlighting

5 more Senate winners appointed

Prorogation's wasted

PETA's pie of terror

Alienated from the political process 

PM demands Senate reform, 'not a report'

Senators grill colleagues over Dubai trip

Appointed Senators in spin control

Document senators warned against trip

Senators blasted for expensive Dubai junket

National Security Committee

Members of the Senate who appointed them

Colin Kenny

Tommy Banks


2014 fall report of the Auditor General

1 - Responding humanitarian crises

2 - Combatting transnational crime

3 - Mental health for veterans

4 - Providing relocation services

5 - Support for the automotive

6 - Nutrition North Canada

7 - Documentary heritage

Appendix - Costs of Crown Corp Audits

Public pensions a State Secret

Prisoners not entitled to own cells

AG Spring 2014 report  

1 - Public Sector Pension Plans   

2 - Procuring Relocation Services

3 - Aggressive Tax Planning

4 - Capacity of Penitentiaries

5 - First Nations Policing Program

6 - Transfer Payment Programs

7 - Outsourcing Management Services

8 - Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data

9 - Examination of Crown Corporations

First nations policing not working

Risk posed by public sector pensions

Those with government pensions, & the rest


2013 fall report of the AG

Main Points

1 - Follow-up Audit on Financial Reporting

2 - Access to Online Services

3 - Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

4 - Canada’s Food Recall System 

5 - Preventing Illegal Entry Into Canada

6 - Emergency Management on Reserves

7 - Oversight of Rail Safety

8 - Disaster Relief for Producers

9 -Offshore Banking

Her greatest hits

Sheila Fraser   

Political donations 

EDMONTON - The flagship first bill of Alberta's new NDP government that bans corporate and union donations to political parties has passed in the legislature.  Opponents, however, say much work remains to be done to close the loopholes.  Bill 1.   (CP)

Alberta general election 2015

Majority government

NDP win majority

NDP lineup full of radicals

$13M+ for outgoing MLAs

Lobbying conviction

Rescue 7

Allegations of document shredding

AB general election 2012

Politics is good for us

Alberta general election 2008

PEI general election 2015


Apparent breach of bribery rules

TORONTO - 2 Ontario Liberal operatives, including one of Premier Kathleen Wynne's top advisers, 'appear' to have broken provincial bribery laws by offering a former candidate a government job in exchange for dropping out of the Sudbury by-election.  (Globe & Mail)

Contraventions of the Election Act   .pdf

Liberals contravened bribery rules

Breached Act

Apparent contravention

Sorbara runs Liberal machine

Liberal by-election scandal

Public sector muscle influences elections  

None of the above

Declined ballots jump 1,300% 

Liberal majority

Ontario Liberals

Ontario general election 2014 

Kathleen Wynne

Patricia Sorbara

Gerry Lougheed   

CSIS warning

Michael Chan

Making of Michael Chan

MacKay says probe 'ongoing'

Wynne calls accusations baseless

Chan's reply  

None of the above
Public interest 2nd place
Union attack at least unprofessional
Political public service
OPP releases political attack ads


Liberal majority

MONTREAL - The Quebec Liberal won 70 of the legislature's 125 seats, compared with 30 for the Parti Quebecois. The Coalition Avenir Quebec took 22 seats and Quebec Solidaire finished with an additional seat for a total of 3. (Toronto Star) 

Quebec votes


Philippe Couillard

Pauline Marois

Quebec general election 2014   

Greed & Corruption Quebec 


BC Liberals win, Clark loses

VICTORIA - BC Premier Christy Clark defied poll predictions and led the BC Liberals to victory but she failed to keep her own seat.  (CTV)  

BC general election 2013

Christy Clark

Premier wins seat

21 MLAs cashing out  

Pollsters are the biggest losers

More BC MLAs bow out

John Les

George Abbott  

Mary McNeil

Kevin Falcon

Legislative Assembly of BC

BC general election 2013

Former MLAs entitled to millions

Byelection turnout

Consumers stay away in droves

Clear winner was the Party of Indifference

BC Liberals majority

Decision BC 

MLA's pension payload

BC ministers stepping down

Siphoning crown corp profits

Donations to BC parties   


57% voter turnout  

Poll prediction failure

The pros and cons of MMP

Why electoral reform won't work

Proportional representation

BC general election 2009

Vested interest

Government won't allow reform  


NWT gets an F

The Government of the Northwest Territories has received an F grade for the second year in a row for the amount of red tape business needs to overcome to do business in the territory.  (CBC)  

Golden scissors award  

BC Minister gets nod

Federation Independent Business

Joe Handley

Deh Cho Bridge

Red Tape report card   .pdf  

Red Tape Reduction Commission 


Quebec court awards $335K

MONTREAL - A Quebec court has ruled in favour of former Via Rail chair Jean Pelletier in his wrongful dismissal suit and ordered Ottawa and the Crown corporation to pay more than $335,000 for lost salary and damage to his reputation. 

VIA to pay Pelletier 

Quebec Superior Court Justice Langlois

Pelletier wins second case

Pelletier files legal motion to block VIA firing

Liberals accused of campaign payroll grab

Feds lost secret papers


Political donations

EDMONTON - Bill 1 of Alberta's new NDP government that bans corporate and union donations to political parties has passed in the legislature.   (CP)

Campaign contributions

Exercising his democratic right

Plan to control city council

Developers can't buy aldermen

Calgary City Council

Preston Manning   

Fundraising documents

Joe Lougheed

Illegal donations

AB's chief electoral officer announced fine

Over spending

28 ineligible donations

Agent 'unintentionally' accepted donation   

MP quits

Stepping down

Peter Penashue  

Rookie mistake

Illegal political donations

New allegations


Manitoba Liberal Party

Electoral officer contradicts claim 


Cadman's cash

Chuck Cadman's former financial advisor says the late Independent MP was in good financial shape and would not have been tempted by a $1M life insurance policy allegedly offered by the Conservative Party in exchange for a vote.  (Ottawa Citizen)

Cadman legal controversy

Lawsuit dropped

Parties' self-interest prevails

$1M added to defamation suit

PM files libel suit

Harper says he authorized an offer

Judge orders analysis of Cadman tape

Like a Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story


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