May 19, 2016

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Ralph Nader declares war on Harvard

While that part of Unz's background may sit well with liberals, other aspects cause them greater concern. Unz funded a 1998 California ballot measure that...

Manitoba MP's reaction to Commons scuffle sparks social-media backlash

Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Conservative MP Bob Sopuck said Trudeau is an entitled rich kid who is not used to being told no. James Bezan, the Conservative...

UN declaration vow leaves a lot unsaid

Canada voted against UNDRIP in 2007, but adopted it in 2010 with the Conservative government of Stephen Harper calling it an "aspirational document." The Grits,...

'Fuddle duddle' — 5 times the House of Commons got a bit nasty

2004: Conservative MP Peter MacKay and then-Treasury Board president Reg Alcock acted in ways that many say is unbecoming of our elected officials when the...

Liberals drop controversial motion as Trudeau's Commons fracas reverberates

Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, who chairs the national prayer breakfast, described the mood in the room as one of forgiveness. "I think as one human...

Carol had front row seats to the rumble in the House

In her eight years as a parliamentarian, MP Carol Hughes says she has never seen a sight as disturbing and shocking as what played out...

PM Trudeau apologizes again in Parliament after elbow

Conservative lawmaker Peter Kent went so far as to suggest that Trudeau's actions were in contempt of Parliament. Conservative Candice Marie Bergen said Trudeau, a...

Justin Trudeau apologetic and castigated after elbowing his way into trouble

John McKay, standing over him, offered a few words and then the fatherly act of a stiff pat on the upper arm. ... And, following...

Associating elbowgate with violence against women is an insult to victims

(subscription) (subscription)NDP MP Niki Ashton said that “it is very important that young women in this space feel safe to come here and work...

What Science Says About the Bathroom Debate

Even in cultures that have rigid bathroom-division norms, the rules break down fast depending on context—consider camping trips; co-ed dorms; crowded stadiums or theaters where...

New California laws threaten rights of the politically incorrect

(blog) (blog)And if you think that's far-fetched, consider that a federal judge recently slapped down Attorney General Kamala Harris, a U.S. Senate candidate, for...

States caught in tug of war over whether cops can keep your stuff

Larry Hogan, center, signed into law a measure on May 19 that limits asset forfeiture, a reversal of his stance last year when he vetoed...

Liberals, Tories Accuse Each Other Of Hypocrisy Over Veterans Lawsuit

Two Conservative MPs, who also happen to be veterans, rose in question period on Thursday to charge that Liberals were breaking a pledge that vets...

Best electoral system?

The concern expressed by many is the Liberals in turn announced a 12 person democratic reform committee that has a composition of 6 Liberals, 3...

Fracas fallout: Liberals drop 'draconian' motion

Trudeau apologized for his conduct following an incident in the House Wednesday when he pulled Conservative whip Gord Brown through a clutch of New Democrat...

House of Commons gamesmanship is 'war by other means,' says procedural guru

Conservative MP Peter Kent, a former journalist, cut through the fine print during his Thursday intervention in the Commons debate. The Canadian Parliament is built...

Liberals had been elbows-up before Justin Trudeau got physical: Tim Harper

The Justin Trudeau Liberals have been treating the Commons as an annoyance, an inconvenient necessity that merely gets in the way of the Liberal show...

Who said it: A member of Parliament, or an actual child?

As proven by Wednesday evening's impolitic imbroglio on the floor of the House of Commons—when Justin Trudeau elbowed his way through a pack of NDP...

Agriculture committee given new marching orders — again

(subscription) (subscription)“I have requested that my parliamentary committee examine the current framework around genetically modified animals and ensure our regulatory work with scientists,” Agriculture...

Agriculture committee given new marching orders — again

(subscription) (subscription)The minister's orders were not welcomed by Conservative Agriculture Critic Chris Warkentin Thursday. “It's just bizarre,” Warkentin told iPolitics. His remarks earned a...

McLeod calls PM's actions an 'incredible breach'

Conservative MP Cathy McLeod called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's manhandling of her party's whip and subsequent elbowing of a New Democrat MP inside the House...

Government trump card would make oversight 'a mirage': information commissioner

... she firmly opposes the idea of a ministerial trump card over proposed new order-making powers for her office. The Liberal government is floating the...

Bad behaviour is nothing new to the House of Commons. Here are some examples

December 2011: Peter Kent, then environment minister, was answering NDP MP Megan Leslie's question about the Conservative government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol...

Assisted death bill's fate in question as Commons consumed with PM's conduct

NDP MP Murray Rankin rises to question the government during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on December 11, 2012. NDP justice...

From the Archives: Liberal MP urges three prairie pools to amalgamate

(subscription)The first proposal from within the new Conservative government to loosen the Canadian Wheat Board's marketing monopoly was expected to come from the chair...

Toronto Mayor John Tory is calling on Justin Trudeau's Liberal government to stop flow of illegal guns into Canada

Tory said he will send a formal request to Ralph Goodale, federal minister of public safety, next week, and looks forward to federal support. Tory...

Assisted death bill's fate in question as Commons consumed with PM's conduct

NDP MP Murray Rankin rises to question the government during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on December 11, 2012. NDP justice...

Consultation is good, but decisions are part of…

(subscription)Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay have said they plan to extend the legislation by one year. That extension requires that...

Tilson has change of heart on transgender rights

Conservative MP David Tilson has had a change of heart on transgender issues after more than a decade of opposition. next play/pause pre 1/1. .

Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Approved, With LOTS Of Conditions

Candice Bergen, the federal Conservative critic for natural resources, said in a statement the report was ``fantastic news'' for thousands of jobless workers in the...

Quotes about the prime minister and his apology over his behaviour in the House

Trudeau apologized for his conduct following an incident in the House Wednesday when he pulled Conservative whip Gord Brown through a clutch of New Democrat...

MPs behaving badly: a brief history

December 2012: Conservative Peter Van Loan and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair got into a shouting match, and went "nose to nose" in the words of...

Bad behaviour is nothing new to the House of Commons. Here are some examples

- 680 NEWS680 NewsDecember 2012: Conservative Peter Van Loan and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair got into a shouting match, and went “nose to nose”...

'I'll smack your chops': A history of Canadian politicians behaving badly

Sometimes politicians do get physical though: in 1987, Conservative MP Dan McKenzie shoved Liberal John Nunziata during a late-night debate on a back-to-work bill for...

Tobacco tax hike narrowly passes WV Senate

(subscription) (subscription)Chances for passage of a 45-cent-per-pack cigarette tax during the special session took a hit Thursday when the bill (SB 1005) barely survived...

If Politicians Actually Want to Make Change, They Have to Think Like Organizers

The bill's sponsor, councilmember Nick Licata, invited his colleague Tim Burgess, the council's stalwart fiscal conservative, for a stroll around Green Lake. At that point,...

London's Ex-Mayor Wrote A Goat Sex Poem About Turkey's President

The conservative-leaning British paper, The Spectator, responded to all of this with a contest to come up with the best offensive poem about Erdogan. A...

Macri's Moment: Can Argentina's New President Live Up to the Hype?

With the traditional honeymoon period for a new government now over, a fundamental question emerges: Can Macri succeed where no other conservative Argentine leader has...

PM Trudeau to address Parliament after elbow to lawmaker

Business InsiderConservative lawmaker Peter Kent went so far as to suggest that Trudeau's actions were in contempt of Parliament. Conservative Candice Marie Bergen said Trudeau,...

PM Trudeau apologizes again in Parliament after elbow

Conservative House Leader Andrew Scheer, left, and Peter Julian NDP House Leader talk to reporters after an incident in the House of Commons in Ottawa,...

David Cameron reveals why Jeremy Corbyn gave him the cold shoulder at the Queen's Speech

It contrasted with the days when Mr Cameron and Ed Miliband were seen sharing jokes with each other during the traditional walk between the two...

Freeland hints at 'two big global companies' moving R&D to Canada

(subscription) (subscription)International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is in talks with the CEOs of two big global technology companies about moving a large part of...

Freeland hints at 'two big global companies' moving R&D to Canada

(subscription)International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is in talks with the CEOs of two big global technology companies about moving a large part of their...

Politics 204 for Thursday, May 19

... communities — they have waited for far too long." — Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, on an audit of INAC's response after thousands of...

Liberals withdraw controversial Motion 6

Treasury Board President Scott Brison, however, echoed Trudeau when he said it would be a “mistake” to conflate the incident with the motion. “To conflate...

Under pressure, Liberals back down on motion

The prime minister asked to read that particular passage because it has long been close to his heart, said Trudeau spokeswoman Kate Purchase. Conservative MP...

Dominic LeBlanc: Liberals To Pull Controversial Procedural Motion 6

Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc said during question period Thursday that the Liberals have listened to the comments of the opposition and pulled the controversial...

Equal Pay shot down in Louisiana House Labor committee

Supporters knew equal pay faced tougher opposition going in the more conservative House, particularly in the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, which is majority...

Health Canada approves GMO Salmon

(subscription) (subscription)That request was not welcomed by Conservative Agriculture Critic Chris Warkentin. “”Scientists should not be overruled by parliamentarians.” “If the minister is uncomfortable...

Health Canada approves GMO Salmon

(subscription) (subscription)That request was not welcomed by Conservative Agriculture Critic Chris Warkentin. “”Scientists should not be overruled by parliamentarians.” “If the minister is uncomfortable...