September 30, 2014

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Climate play draws fierce criticism from Andrew Bolt, ACT Opposition

An ACT Government-commissioned play depicting a siege of Parliament House by a group of eco-terrorists has been criticised by conservative commentator Andrew Bolt and the...

Pete McMartin: Vancouver mayoral candidate crosses a cultural bridge

There she met Jack Layton and Olivia Chow, husband and wife, and both Toronto city councillors at the time. Wong would become ... In the...

Vaughn Palmer: BC Liberals muster majority to stymie two accountability ...

MLA Mike Morris: “I have complete faith in those individuals and the background that they have and the ability for them to make the decisions...

I love you, Paul Calandra

Paul Calandra is parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Oak Ridges-Markham. During a livestream of...

Harper Signals Iraq Combat Mission Proposal Coming To Commons

NDP defence critic Jack Harris accused the government of fear-mongering. Harper said the government is weighing Canada's capacity to contribute to the existing combat mission...

Looking for insights into NC Supreme Court's decisions - Greensboro News & Record (blog)

Greensboro News & Record (blog) Looking for insights into NC Supreme Court's decisionsGreensboro News & Record (blog)Does it steer a conservative or liberal course? What have...

Loss of a Democratic Power Leaves Arkansas in Doubt

Mike Beebe in his office; and the Capitol in Little Rock. Photographs by William Widmer for The . The Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.; Gov.

Around Town

Oct. 4: Blaine and the 120 EZs - free dance for Dorothy Kramer for her 96th birthday; Oct. 11: Rough Around the Edges; Oct. 18:...

Executive Dissertations: The Parliamentarians-Andre Bellavance, MP

BIV realizing the error of his ways & switching to "Independent" status, Andre Bellavance, MP was a member of the seperatist Bloc Quebecois caucus. Now...

Executive Dissertations: The Parliamentarians-Mauril Belanger, PC ...

Helen is the mother of Dorothy, Marcia, Geri, & Barb. She is a grandmother to X (10) grandchildren & proud great-grandmother to XIX (19.)" Number...

San Jose medical marijuana measure headed to voters; would weaken pot shop ...

San Jose medical marijuana measure headed to voters; would weaken pot shop rules. By Mike Rosenbergmrosenberg@mercurynews.com 43 mins ago. Voters will have a chance to...

Mandryk: Scheer can clean up messy House

The reborn Conservative Party created new opportunities for the young and politically ambitious Scheer, who secured a federal Conservative nomination in 2004 in the Regina-Qu'Appelle...

Mitt Isn't Ready to Call It Quits

The silence in the living room was accentuated by the distant whine of motorboats on Lake Winnipesaukee. After years of traveling entourages, the Romneys now...

Hayes Theatre Co to Present NEXT TO NORMAL, From 8 January

Joining Natalie in the cast are some of Australia's finest musical theatre talent including Anthony Harkin (Avenue Q, Shane Warne The Musical), Alex Rathgeber (An...

Stephen Harper promises not to drag Canada into 'quagmire' in Iraq

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson's office said work to extend the life of the jet fighters is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed by...

Executive Dissertations: The Parliamentarians-Joyce Bateman, MP

Progressive Conservative, Calgary-Elbow Byelection Candidate As Unelected Dear Gordon: Increasing youth employment year round seems to be very important to Joyce Bateman, MP & I...

Festeryga fights cancer first, then political opponents

(blog) (blog)Having tolerated both treatments extremely well, she decided to jump into the political fray with Team Trudeau in an effort to defeat incumbent...

Randy Hoback replaces Rob Merrifield as trade committee ... - iPolitics

With the support of both opposition parties, Conservative MP Randy Hoback was unanimously elected chair of the international trade committee Tuesday afternoon. Hoback — who...

Vaughn Palmer: BC Liberals muster majority to stymie two accountability ...

MLA Mike Morris: “I have complete faith in those individuals and the background that they have and the ability for them to make the decisions...

Kitchener man worried about wife in Syria

Kitchener-Waterloo Conservative MP Peter Braid said given the situation in Syria, he appreciates the concern in this case. "We are processing as quickly as possible,"...

Justin, those 'old men' still have teeth

The letter writers are mostly conservative in nature. Crawford even endorsed Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren, a Conservative, in the last federal election. And,...

New Democrats thwarted in bid to reform question period

"This is quite disappointing," said NDP House leader Peter Julian, who called the motion's failure proof that the government believes it doesn't have to answer...

These brutal new Tories are happy playing Ukip's game

The Conservative party or its leadership are not being reluctantly dragged rightwards. They are boldly going into the blue yonder, because ... selected, no leadership...

2014-15 Warriors: No Lowered Expectations

(blog)On the eve of training camp, the biggest question hanging over the Warriors' new season is how much to expect. This time last ...

Randy Hoback replaces Rob Merrifield as trade committee chair

(subscription)With the support of both opposition parties, Conservative MP Randy Hoback was unanimously elected chair of the international trade committee Tuesday afternoon. Hoback —...

Ford launches radio attack ads painting Tory as perennial loser

Tyson's entrance into Canada was later questioned by NDP public safety critic, Randall Garrison. The Canada Border Services Agency refused to comment on why Tyson...

Ford launches radio attack ads painting Tory as perennial loser

Tyson's entrance into Canada was later questioned by NDP public safety critic, Randall Garrison. The Canada Border Services Agency refused to comment on why Tyson...

Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

And Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung, a hardliner, emailed officers in the early hours exhorting them to “stay united, remain resolute, and overcome this challenging...

Drugmakers Lose Bid to Abolish Alameda Take-Back Program

He pointed out that California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a brief in support of Alameda County as did the Natural Resources Defense Council, the...

Cloverdale-Langley Conservative candidate announced

“We are fortunate in Langley City to have been very well represented by Member of Parliament Mark Warawa since 2004,” says Van Popta. “I want...

CF-18 fighter jets to get life-extension upgrades to keep flying until 2025

CTV News The jets are an important component of Canada's defence and will be updated to keep them flying for another decade, said Johanna Quinney, a...

Tory still has to seal the deal

Tory was on his way to becoming premier in 2007 as the leader of the Progressive Conservatives against the Liberals' unpopular Dalton McGuinty. Until he...

Executive Dissertations: The Parliamentarians-John Baird, PC, MP

Progressive Conservative, Calgary-Elbow Byelection Candidate As Unelected Dear Gordon: Always a very strong & effective MP & cabinet minister, the Hon. John "Rusty" Baird, PC,...

Harry Reid's Desperate Measures

Deseret News Several ads that earned "four Pinocchios "—that is, deemed to be false—from Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler were produced by Mr. Reid's Senate Majority...

Better to keep city government as it is

Mark Begich call into a conservative radio show (Tom Anderson). He answered all kinds of questions and took .... I'll be voting for David Lewis...

NDP Motion For Question Period Reform Defeated By Tories

The motion was defeated 144 to 132, with just three Conservative MPs choosing to support it: James Rajotte, Brian Storseth and Michael Chong, the architect...

NDP Bid To Improve Question Period Thwarted By Conservatives

"The most important part of Parliament isn't the question, it's the answer,'' NDP House leader Peter Julian said Monday in introducing the motion. "For the...

NDP make last-minute pitch to Tories for help reforming question period

(subscription) (subscription)OTTAWA - The New Democrats are making a last-minute plea to Conservative MPs to support their motion on reforming question period. NDP House...

Proposal to give Commons speaker more power quickly quashed

The Conservative MP whose question-period antics last week sparked the motion – Paul Calandra – voted against it. Julian's attempt to give Speaker Andrew Scheer...

Conservative Party Conference: As it happened, Tuesday, 30 September

Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT, who had accused Mr Gove of a "vicious assault" on teachers said: "Schools will welcome that Nicky...

National security laws passed by parliament – as it happened

In the red chamber, traditionally more sedate and hidebound, photographers can only take pictures of the person speaking. That great libertarian, the aforementioned Liberal Democrat...

Toronto Star's View: Harper government lets the Question Period farce play on

Peter Julian, the NDP's House Leader, proposed that the Speaker of the Commons be given the authority to cut off ministers when they offer up...

Slimline Tories: how my 5:2 diet has changed the face of politics

BBC News If anyone doubted the effectiveness of the 5:2 diet, they only need to look to our Chancellor for proof of how well the regime...

EU exit won't break my heart, says Cameron

The defection of a second Conservative lawmaker to UKIP on the eve of the conference ratcheted up the pressure on Cameron to take a tougher...

Conservatives kill measure to cut money for violent militias in Africa

(blog) (blog)Conservative MPs such as Lois Brown from southern Ontario spoke at some length about what she considered to be the excessive sweep and...

Sparano says they need to let players do what they do best

. Posted by Mike Florio on September 30, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT ... Assuming for the sake of argument that the Raiders have a lot...

NDP launches last-ditch effort to boost Speaker's powers

That is a reference to the brouhaha that ensued after Conservative MP Paul Calandra responded to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's questions on Canada's military deployment...

NDP motion to reform QP defeated despite Tory backbench support

But three Conservative MPs broke ranks with their colleagues to support the motion: Michael Chong, James Rajotte and Brian Storseth. A fourth, Susan Truppe, accidentally...

Media "impolite" to ask questions about secretive Iraq meeting, Minister says

Media "impolite" to ask questions about secretive Iraq meeting, Minister saysWhen Government House Leader Peter Van Loan was pressed for answers following the cabinet meeting,...

Canadian fighter pilots could soon bomb rebels they supported in Libya

As the Conservative government contemplates sending CF-18 fighter jets into Iraq, Canadian pilots may soon be bombing some of the same gunmen their actions supported...