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Life in a Banana republic

Greed and Corruption

Party Funding

Asian triads and Sidewinder

Sponsorship Scandal 




Fund doesn't work

OTTAWA - Sue O'Sullivan, the federal ombudsman for victims of crime is calling on the government to make changes to a barely used fund designed to help parents of murdered or missing children.   (Global)  REPORT:   Federal program not meeting its objectives 


Over promise, under deliver

OTTAWA - Canadians hoping that interprovincial trade deal brokered by Ottawa would lift or reduce restrictions on booze and dairy products from other provinces will be sorely disappointed.  (Global)  REPORT:   CFTA consolidated text   Things the provinces protected   No evidence that 'Canada works'    Trade agreement fails Canadians


Next governor general

OTTAWA - Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen's new representative in Canada.  The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be named the 29th Governor General.  (CBC)   Julie Payette   David Johnston


Oral farts

OTTAWA - A heated row has blown up in the Canadian parliament - over the use of the word 'fart'.    (Daily Mail)   PREVIOUS:   Fart   Opinion  


Policy blunder

OTTAWA - Corporate tax cuts were supposed to spur economic growth and job creation, but a new study looking at more than 90 years of data argues those cuts have done nothing to help growth - in fact, it shows they may have slowed the economy down.(Huffington Post)  REPORT:   Do corporate income tax rate reductions accelerate growth?   Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 


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    'Administrative error'    Private members bills get scant scrutiny   Bill filled with mistakes


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)  


'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   


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:  Spending habits ranked   Canadian Premiers 


Political pressure

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

Crisis centre audit

OTTAWA - The federal government's crisis response centre is outdated, understaffed and 'inadequate' for coordinating emergency situations such as national security threats or natural disasters, a new audit warns.  In 2015, the Government Operations Centre (GOC) was called on to triage more than 5,000 incidents.   (CBC)  REPORT:   Audit of the GOC 


Most provinces in trouble

OTTAWA - The federal debt is on track to be entirely eliminated in just over 40 years, according to a new analysis from the Parliamentary Budget Officer.  The PBO's latest fiscal sustainability report also takes a close look at the fiscal health of the provinces, warning that provincial finances are not sustainable as a whole. (Globe & Mail)   REPORT:   Fiscal sustainability report 2017 


Exclusive deal

OTTAWA - Data Sciences Inc, run by Trudeau's boyhood friend, Tom Pitfield, is providing the party with 'digital engagement' and support services for its powerful voter-contact database, Liberalist.  Pitfield's wife, Anna Gainey, is the president of the Liberal Party and also a close friend of Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire. 2 current Data Sciences Inc. employees are on the Liberal Party's board of directors.  (CTV)   PREVIOUS:   Big data   Rise of Civil Analytics 


Where the money is

OTTAWA - The Canadian government has as many as 45,000 legal claims pending against it, representing a potential liability that stretches into the 'hundreds of billions of dollars.'    (CBC) 


Things government should stop doing

OTTAWA - Governments at all levels are threatening to raise taxes yet again in 2016.  Raising taxes is the easiest and least responsible thing they can do, so they do it.  (Sun Media)  MORE:   Confidence in Canadian institutions   More confidence in police   More choices than the parties want you to have


Changes to citizenship act

OTTAWA - The Liberal government has introduced new legislation to remove barriers to citizenship erected by its Conservatives predecessors while retaining and extending officials' authority to deal with fraud.   (Toronto Star)    MORE:   Convicted terrorists are fellow citizens


Demand for change

YELLOWKNIFE - Even without political parties to clarify things, the message Northwest Territories voters sent Monday night was unmistakable: Business as usual will not do.  (CBC)   MORE:   NWT general election 2015 


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:   Act passed by Senate   Michael Chong   Small step for MPs to represent people who elected them


Value of tax credits

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he expects to find $3B a year in new revenue for the federal government by cancelling a broad range of boutique tax credits.  (Globe & Mail)  PREVIOUS:   Tax changes payoff 


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    


Spending billions on 'professionals'

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


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)           


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  


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) 


Government spending

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leading one of the costliest governments since 1870, according to a study by the Fraser Institute released Thursday.  (Sun Media)

Government spending: a retrospective

Like father, like son

Federal fiscal history 1867-2017 

Infrastructure bank 

Canada Infrastructure Bank 

Federal budget 2017

Federal budget highlights

2nd Federal budget highlights

Cash crunch

Ethics probe

Justin Trudeau   Aga Khan IV

Trudeau hangs out


The Aga Khan Development network

Trudeau's guest list

Potential breaches of laws

Trip kept secret to protect privacy 

Trudeau starts national tour

Unprecedented spending

Canada on track for decades of deficits

Expenditure monitor 2016-2017 Q1  .pdf

Canadian federal election 2015

Election Canada results

Things you might have missed

PCO budget

Building budget spin  

State of confusion  

Anniversary money

Unicorns and rainbows budgeting

150 celebrations

Queen says 150th an opportunity  

Stimulus hasn't revived the economy  

NATO spending

NATO SG's 2016 report   .pdf

Canada among lowest in NATO

Defence struggling to cut waste

Another state secret

Important people doing important stuff

Catherine McKenna  

68.5% voter turnout

Justin Trudeau 

Liberal majority government

Financial picture eroding

Liberals announce new bank

Sales pitch

$1.5B ocean protection plan

Lapsed funding

Public Accounts 2015-2016

Cities call for $12.7B federal fix

Keep away from infrastructure spending 

Watchdogs may get more teeth  

Budget makes it hard to scrutinize

Sweating small stuff

Liberals release 5-year plan 


CYA    Doublespeak

$125B in spending

Liberal accountants find deeper hole

Classic 'cupboard is bare game'

Harper resigns as Conservative leader

ON waits to be rewarded

Pension & severance for 2015 election

Liberals came right up the middle


Liberal patronage is back

$25M boost to office budgets   

Bagman boasts

Irving Gerstein 

Tax loopholes for rich cost Canada $16B

Follow the money   

Clark spent nearly $1M on pics 

Broken pipeline of tax dollars

Budget for transformative change 

Government creditability

Ottawa not tracking how cities spend gas tax

Fraud warning 

Another role model increase

Tax collector win

$120B in deficits

2016 budget (.pdf)   

Where tax money comes from and goes

Deficit budget

Bill Morneau

Deficit will be larger than promised

Bloated Health Care system

US duty-free limit 40 times higher

Transition allowance prompts outrage 

Transition allowances 

Union leaders support repeal

Disruptive sharing economy

Open government requires 'cultural shift'

CBC Canada votes 2015

CTV election 2015

Global Decision Canada

Canadian federal election

Candidate sorry

Bad, worst and ugliest

We share the blame    

Economy in recession

$40B 'adjustment'  

Public service pension faces $4.4B shortfall

Work-family balance = longer weekend

Gas price pie

Price drop means Big Projects unaffordable 

Liberals move to amend    

42nd Parliament opens

Speech from the Throne  

Throne speech short on words

Code of conduct for aides   PBO  

Projections are way off

Assessment of the fiscal outlook 

Liberals promise $10B yearly deficits

Tory appointments

Harper government made 49 appointments  

No party leader is talking cutting taxes

Voters have reason to distrust

Candidates by riding

165,000+ voted improperly 

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   

AB issues bleak economic report

Why resource rich Canada is poor

None of the above  

Secrecy oaths 

You'll be judged by how you treat others

Cabinet list and bios

Cabinet changes buried in fine print

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

Left out of the political process  

None of the above

Political marketing

Compliance Review  

Voting process at serious risk  

Budget bill passes

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 

HarperPac shuts down

I refuse political fairy tales


Rob Nicholson

NDP open to coalition with Liberals  

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

Millions face old-age poverty

Budget 2012: Monitoring update   .pdf


High on the hog

TORONTO - A new Fraser Institute report reveals how Ontario has been living large off the largess of the federal government for a decade.   

Are the provinces shortchanged by transfers?

Provinces can't blame Ottawa

How cabinet ministers moonlight for money

Political contributions by government organizations

Government debt

Cost of government debt in Canada 2016 


Complaints of foreign influence

OTTAWA - Canada's top elections investigation office has received 105 complaints about the influential role played by third parties in the 2015 federal election campaign.    (Toronto Star)  

Spotlight on third party ads

 Foreign funds in 2015 election   Tides

3rd party ad spending

Working Families


3rd parties spent to influence election   

Mysterious attack ads in Richmond 

Trudeau breaks voting reform pledge

Say goodbye to electoral reform

Bad form

Fears of alt-right 

Fair Elections act gets surgery

45 amendments

How to manipulated public opinion

Dimitri Soudas

Eve Adams  

Alarm bells 

So much for electoral reform

Electoral reform

Liberals stack the deck  

Deck stacked to fail  

Guide to arguments     

'Party's over'

Political parties net assets

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

Parties don't want to show spending 

Canadians shrugging off election act

Elections Canada questions   

Election bill unchanged

Documents keep secret  

Party exec fired

PM demanded resignation 

No backing down in her quest for the prize

Pierre Poilievre


MPs should be suspended


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    

Harper asks party to investigate

Political parties outside the laws 

Personal Information Protection

James Bezan 

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

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  

ATI in peril


Access postponed

Access to Information Act

Privacy Act best CYA tool available

Review of Access put on hold 

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 


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


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'

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 

MP's former employer targeted by CRA

Andrew Saxton  

MP can keep his seat

SCC upholds Conservative win  

Wajid Khan

Bogus addresses


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-30 protecting children from predators


Latest secret

OTTAWA - The Canadian government made a last-minute, billion-dollar change to how much it was willing to spend on its new search-and-rescue aircraft fleet, but didn't bother informing the bidders trying to win the contract to build the planes of the change in budget.   (PostMedia)

Fill out the form, or else

CRA info being shared with IRS

US bank secrecy act 


F-35 Canadian procurement

Canada has secrets

Pokemon a risk for spies  

Spies told to take secrets to the grave 

Canada is not ready for peacekeeping

Unprepared for Peace?   .pdf

Overly complex system blowback 

ATIP request for the long-gun registry

Information Commissioner of Canada 

Feds allowed to revoke passports

Budget bill checks off pre-election to do list

Lifetime secrecy agreement

Bureaucrats to take details to the grave 

Canadian jets at war 

Not able to follow the money

Cuts haven't save any money

Audit released

New rules for crown agencies

Crown corporations

Warships cost increase 

2014 omnibus budget bill

Another bloated omnibus bill

Budget bill loaded with unrelated measures

$250M mystery

Claims not backed up 

Reform to archaic accounting system

No downside to bid-rigging

Bill sets up battle with federal unions    

US Congress offers little warmth

Dishonesty is the best policy  

Administration of the House of Commons

Treasury Board president

Clement faces firing line  

Botched procurement

Judy Foote

Public Services and Procurement Canada

RCMP won't investigate

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

Tony Clement

Paperwork ‘not perfect'

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   

Cash cow state secret 

Cooking sole source contracts

Procurement practice reviews

Choosing G8 projects

Cash, new rules

Michael Ferguson

Spring report 2013

Main findings


More spending cuts

Canada needs more spending cuts     

Agencies have 'challenges'

Tame budget officer

Next parliamentary budget officer

Federal government posts $18.3B deficit 

Civil service & politics clash


G8 Legacy Fund audit

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

Banking has been good to us

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  

Lax on 'sole-source' contracts

Procurement Ombudsman  report

Military kept Parliament in the dark

Feasibility of budget for support ships   .pdf  

Expenditure Monitor 2012-13Q2   .pdf  

Ethics commissioner report   .pdf

Row over Canada fighter jet  

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


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  

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

Elections Canada  

NDP linked firms get cash 

Parliament of Canada  

59.1% voter turnout 


Broke ethics rules

OTTAWA - In a long-awaited report ethics commissioner Mary Dawson says Nigel Wright broke both the Parliament of Canada Act and the Conflict of Interest Act when he personally gave Duffy $90,000 to repay the Senate for questionable living expense claims.   (CBC) 

Wright deserves better 


Bruce Carson


Found guilty 

Top 100 lobbyists

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

MP links Cirillo's killing with fundraiser

$100K entrance fee, $5M spending cap

Sweetheart deal under attack

Political donations not benign    

New charges    

3 separate investigations 

RCMP interrogation released 

Trial adjourns until Oct 2

Carson exaggerated his abilities

Decision reserved  

Illegal donations

Banking records seized by RCMP

New allegations

Trudeau's advisor linked to Carson 

Watchdog quits

Symptom of a larger problem 

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines 

Lobbyist broke rules

Jeff Lyons

RCMP lay more charges

Peter Penashue

New charges

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

Canada School of Public Service

School of PS under scrutiny

Jocelyne Bourgon 

Frank Brunetta  

Political parties operate outside privacy laws 

Do the zoomer math

27 members appointed aides

New lobbying rules

Bruce Carson

Influence peddling

Lobbying probe

Carson timeline 

Aide left school with debt

Jaffer broke rules  

Watchdog calls for penalties 

Carson was Harper's guy

Background: Bruce Carson affair

Top Mountie not involved

New lobbyist

Canadian Strategy Group

Ron Liepert  

Charged with fraud

Carson charged  

Carson penned lobbying report

Criminal past  

RCMP asked to investigate

Appointment process 'fiction'

Appointment system takes a hit

Leo Housakos  

Rahim Jaffer 


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

Broken promise

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's Liberals made promises when in opposition, unveiling a 32-point plan in June 2015 that pledged a fair and open government (.pdf) backed by access to information reform.  The government introduced Bill C-58 promoted as fulfilling its commitment on access to information reform. Discouragingly, it fails to do so.  (Michael Geist)

Failed access to information reforms

We have nothing to hide

Lifelong secrecy vow

Security of Information Act

Jean-Pierre Kingsley

Elections Canada

Another secret fund 

Mulcair apologizes

NDP doesn't serve special interests

Oda's MP pension

Insider prompting 

Phantom commission

Bev Oda  

Taxpayers dodged a stompin' 

MP resigns

Failure to deliver

Annual report 2016-2017

Access to information act

Suzanne Legault

It's charity, not conflict

Bill Morneau   Morneau Shepell

Who owns what in cabinet?

Another statement on ministers and ethics

Ethics loophole


Double dipping

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

MPs ink secret deal on cash



BDC has been good for us

Being speaker good for me


2015 election costs

OTTAWA - Elections Canada says last fall's marathon federal election campaign cost $443M to administer - 53% more than the 2011 election. And that's just the preliminary estimate.   (CP)

ON fairness commish bills taxpayers


Brent Rathgeber

End of per vote subsidy

The Whistleblowers Bill and FAIR

Free the trained seals

Federal Accountability Act and Action Plan

Party doesn't own MP's seat

A lot of stuff goes on in the PMO

Shine light on Senators and MPs

Understandable budget a negative


OTTAWA - Don Meredith has quit the Senate of Canada a week after the ethics committee recommended he be expelled from the Red Chamber.   (CBC)

Senator resigning

Saved the pension

Why teen never went to the cops  

Price of privilege

Committee report on Don Meredith  .pdf

Committee recommends be expelled

Cost $600K so far 

Ethically challenged

Meredith Inquiry   .pdf

Meredith tried to censor report

Don Meredith

Urged to step down

Refuses to resign

1 sex probe down, 2 to come     

Judge orders partial release

Senate expenses scandal 

2 more senators appointed

List of senators  

Canadian Senators

Canadian Senate

Another 6 appointed

QC Senator appointments

New appointments just more of the same

6 more appointments for ON

9 new senators

Meet the new Senators 


Duffy sues

Legal action  

Charges dismissed 

Judge clears Duffy, slams former PMO

Ruling puts breaks on other cases

Senate arbitrator 

Inside the RCMP's Senate investigation

Part 2   Part 3 

Independent senators given $700K budget 

Commissioner taking PMO to court

Principle of 'parliamentary privilege' 

No substitute for an ethical compass

RCMP found wanting  

No charges for Wallin

Pamela Wallin

Imagine everyone you trusted lied to you    

Crown drops Brazeau charges 

Appointed lack creditability    

The scandal is the senate  

'Merit-based' candidates

Be appointed to the Senate

And the winners of the Senate lottery are  

Potential issues 

19 senators to challenge AG's findings

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

Colin Kenny

No more named

Guilty plea

Entitled are entitled 

Patrick Brazeau

Plea deal 

Unconditional discharge

Absolute discharge 

Crown withdraws Harb charges

Mac Harb

PMO's power


Board didn't ensure requirements

7 new senators, and not a Liberal bagman

7 new senators


Senators defend right to endless expenses

Sums up Senates problems

Don Meredith

Don Plett

Time for charges   .pdf  

MPs should learn from audit

Senate balks at oversight

Senators named and amount in dispute

Senators' responsibilities 

Report changed 7 times

What we learned in the first 5 weeks

New Senate speaker

Rules lacked clarity     

Senate moves to block release of report


RCMP drops investigations

Trial ends

Senate committee report

Dennis Dawson

Double standard

Battle over privilege      

Senators booted

Ad spending  

Ministerial responsibility

Year of hot air

Honour in politics is missing  

Patronage house will stay  

Senate reform 

2014 SCC 32

SCC rejects Senate overhaul plans  

Fraud, breach of trust

Senate scandal loan

Accustomed to entitlements

Surprising things in court documents 

Senate ethics issue

AG to scrutinize expenses

AG to review expenses

Ottawa's golden rule

Audit heading to RCMP

Audit & Senate report documents

Process 'fundamentally flawed and unfair'  

Senator repays $90K

Politicians vs regular Joes

Politicians should take care of their mess

Senator sorry

Senator resigns

David Braley

Lies have been rechristened spin  

Canadian Senate divisions

Most Elite VIP-only club around  

Senate protects the entitled

RCMP documents

LeBreton steps down

Zimmer retires from senate  

Senator retires


Resign before conviction = keep pensions

Value of Senate committees

Former senator begins jail term

Changes in expense claims

MPs increase their travel budgets 6.7%

Another reason to distrust journalists

Parliament tourist guide training

Auditing cash cow

Senate selection committee

Elizabeth Marshall

Dennis Patterson

Audit to be make public

Wright resigns  

Who do you trust?

5 more appointed Senators

More appointed senators

Doug Black

Free spending public servants

Appointed Senators

Legal challenge

Terry Mercer

Jim Munson

11 new rules  

Senate appointment perks   

Senators ordered audit sanitized

David Tkachuk

Carolyn Stewart-Olsen

Dishonesty spreads to PMO

Criminal investigation

Things in the senate expenses audit

Audit faults senators and rules

Canada's expensive senator

Removing senators a difficult task

Senate wouldn't let AG in

Senate banking committee

About Senate committees  

Expenses average $469K per MP

$9.5M fine for bribery  

Niko admits to bribe

Niko Resources

Senator accused of bilking

Mobina Jaffer

Perks of appointment

Bert Brown 

Still spending  

Term limits

Senate subcommittee on population health

Michael Meighen

Wilfred Moore

Joyce Fairbairn

Right and wrong way to exit  

Senator legally incompetent

7 more lottery winners

6 months for fraud

Raymond Lavigne  

New senators

Canadian political crisis

Senate has been good for us

Sitting MPs collect pensions  

5 more Senate winners appointed

National Security Committee

Members of the Senate who appointed them

Colin Kenny

Tommy Banks


AG Fall 2017 report

1 - Phoenix pay problems

2 - Call Centres - CRA

3 - Settlement services for Syrian refugees

4 - Oral health programs for FNs

5 - Corrections preparing women for release

6 - Royal Military College

Cost of Crown audits

Atomic Energy of Canada

National Capital Commission

AG spring 2017 customs duties update 


AG spring 2017 report

1-Managing the risk of fraud

2-Customs duties

3-Preventing corruption in Immigration

4-Menthal Health support for RCMP

5-Temporary foreign worker program

6-Civil aviation infrastructure in the North

7-Fossil fuel subsidies

Commentary on the 2015-16 audits

Canadian Museum of Nature

Defence construction limited

Freshwater fish marketing Corporation

Cabinet order

AG criticizes government secrecy

Lack of transparency

Fraud inherent in all government programs

Holes in the border

RCMP missing mark

Finance refused to release details

Another for the dust mites   

AG fall report 2016

AG spring 2016 report

Fall 2015 AG report

Spring 2015 AG report


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)

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% 

Union attack at least unprofessional
Political public service
OPP releases political attack ads

More politicians

Liberal majority

Ontario Liberals

Ontario general election 2014 

Kathleen Wynne

Patricia Sorbara

Gerry Lougheed   

Charges stayed for fundraiser

Charges stayed

Charges stayed 

Campaign was good for us

David Herle 

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


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 


NS election

HALIFAX - The Liberals were elected in 27 ridings, the Tories elected in 17 and the NDP were elected in 7 ridings.     (Global) 

NS general election 2017

Voter turnout all time low

 Defeated MLA's gain large pensions  

Parties represent their own interests 

Stephen McNeil


Party free politics

NUNAVUT - The territory's consensus-based governance model, where the Speaker, premier and cabinet ministers are elected by the entire assembly, makes legislative goings-on largely devoid of the partisan parries and ripostes so typical of its neighbours to the south.   (CBC)

Yukon liberal win

Sandy Silver

Yukon general election 2016 

PEI general election 2015

SK general election 2016 

NWT gets an F

Golden scissors award  

BC Minister gets nod

Federation Independent Business

Joe Handley

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. 

Quebec Superior Court Justice Langlois

Pelletier wins second case

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)

Illegal donations

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 political donations

New allegations


Electoral officer contradicts claim 

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

AB's chief electoral officer announced fine

Over spending

28 ineligible donations

Agent 'unintentionally' accepted donation   

MP quits

Stepping down

Rookie mistake


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. 


Cadman legal controversy

Parties' self-interest prevails

Like a Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story


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