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  • Canada Election Thread (Live)

    10/21/2019 3:35:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 335 replies
    CBC ^ | 10/21/2019 | CBC News
    Polls just closed in Atlantic Canada. Post results here.
  • The British House of Commons Just Blew Up Over Brexit

    09/10/2019 8:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/10/2019
    Outgoing House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is not leaving Parliament without yelling "order!" just a few more times. Several of those directives came on Monday as the speaker tried to preside over the latest Brexit tête-à-tête between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Tensions are getting extremely high now that the UK is about two months out from the latest official date when it will finally separate from the European Union. Parliament is still without a deal, having rejected former Prime Minister Theresa May's agreement with Brussels an historic three times. Meaning, a no-deal Brexit...
  • Parliament Grabs Control of Brexit From a Wounded Theresa May

    03/25/2019 5:12:43 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 25, 2019 | Stephen Castle
    LONDON — Britain’s Parliament grabbed control Monday of the government’s efforts to leave the European Union, challenging the country’s political traditions and inflicting on Prime Minister Theresa May a rebuke not suffered by any recent predecessor. By stepping into the process known as Brexit and trying to define an alternative path, lawmakers could create a constitutional showdown in Britain, where the government normally controls the agenda in Parliament, especially on its most pressing issues. Parliament passed an amendment giving itself the power to vote on alternatives to the government’s Brexit plan. Its attempt to take control of the process came...
  • Brexit vote: Theresa May wins Commons approval to trigger Article 50... (494 to 122)

    02/08/2017 4:48:57 PM PST · by markomalley · 68 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/17 | Laura Hughes, et al
    Remainers had hoped it would be the night when they finally made a dent in Theresa May’s Brexit plans as they put forward a bewildering array of new clauses and amendments to the Article 50 bill. Nine proposals in all, ranging from the rights of EU migrants to the opinions of the Gibraltar Government, were put to the vote, and one by one all nine proposals were thrown out by MPs. It was a flawless night for Theresa May, as the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed by 494 votes to 122 in its original, unamended form.
  • Meltdown: Justin Trudeau Defends Presence at Elite Fundraisers as Approval Plummets

    12/14/2016 11:41:04 AM PST · by billorites · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2016 | Frances Martel
    Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the nation’s House of Commons Tuesday that he has attended lavish fundraisers for his family’s foundation to “create economic growth for the middle class.” His defense of his participation in fundraisers thrown by the Pierre Trudeau Foundation – which he renounced his official position in upon becoming the leader of the Liberal Party – follows an admission that he allowed attendees to lobby him at these fundraisers, a clear violation of Liberal Party bylaws. The metastasizing cash-for-access scandal follows a calamitous month for Canada’s Liberals in which, partly triggered by Trudeau’s effusive praise...
  • David Cameron's last Appearance in Parliament as PM (Prime Ministers Question Time)

    07/13/2016 8:18:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-13-2016 | RT-UK
    Mr. Cameron's last appearance in the House of Commons for the weekly grilling known as Prime Ministers Question Time (PMQ). Sometime this afternoon he will go the Palace to hand in his resignation to the Queen and "advise" the Queen to ask Mrs. May to form the next Government as PM.
  • Two more MPs come out as gay to take House of Commons total to 35-more than any other parliament in

    02/21/2016 9:03:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:25 EST, 21 February 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    Two more MPs have come out as gay to take the total number in the House of Commons to 35 -- more than any other parliament in the world. The SNP's business spokeswoman, Hannah Bardell, and Labour's shadow Welsh Secretary, Nia Griffith, revealed their sexuality at a photoshoot celebrating Parliament's growing diversity. At last year's election there were 32 lesbian, gay and bisexual MPs, which rose to 33 when Scottish Secretary David Mundell became the first openly out Tory cabinet member last month. ...
  • UK lawmakers say authorities 'failing' transgender people

    01/14/2016 10:55:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2016 6:10 AM EST
    A group of lawmakers says British authorities are failing transgender people, who suffer routine discrimination and are disproportionately likely to attempt suicide. [...] In a report published Thursday, the (House of Commons Women and Equalities C)ommittee said gender identity should no longer be treated as a mental health issue, and official recognition of gender should be based on individual self-declaration. It said people should be able to record their gender as "X" rather than male or female on a passport. ...
  • Trump Warns Britain: Ban Me and You’ll Lose $1B in Investments

    01/07/2016 8:50:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 7, 2016 | 4:16 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Britain will lose out on more than $1 billion in planned investment in Scottish golf resorts if it bans Donald Trump from entering the country, the Republican presidential candidate's company said on Wednesday. It also warned that the millions of Americans who support Trump would be alienated by such a move. The Trump Organization issued the caution after a parliamentary committee on Tuesday set a January 18 date for a House of Commons debate on the issue. A petition on the Commons website calling for Trump to be barred has drawn more than 570,700 signatures -- well over the 100,000...
  • The Canada election vote

    10/20/2015 5:12:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    See body of thread | October 20, 2015
    The elections for the House of Commons of Canada took place yesterday. The Conservative Party of Canada fell from a 54% majority in 2011 to a 29% minority in 2015. The four liberal parties outnumber them at 71%. Here are the breakdowns: Party 2011 2011 pct  2015 2015 pct Conservative  166 53.9% 99 29.3% Liberal 34 11.0% 184 54.4% New Democratic 103 33.4% 44 13.0% Bloc Québécois 4 1.3% 10 3.0% Green 1 0.3% 1 0.3% Totals 308 100.0% 338 100.0% Combined Left 142 46.1% 239 70.7% Conservative 166 53.9% 99 29.3% Source, with graphs and analysis
  • Right to die: MPs reject assisted dying law (UK)

    09/12/2015 3:16:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:59PM BST 11 Sep 2015 | John Bingham
    MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the legalization of assisted dying in England and Wales after an impassioned four-and-a-half hour debate in which party lines were set aside. Members voted by three to one against giving second reading to a bill tabled by the Labour backbencher Rob Marris, to allow terminally ill patients to be supplied with a lethal dose of drugs. It was the first ever serious attempt to change Britain’s assisted suicide laws through the House of Commons, and saw calls for the issue to be put to a referendum amid polling suggesting public support running at around 80 percent....
  • British Prime Minister Cameron's Conservatives on track for absolute majority (Landslide)

    05/08/2015 4:27:23 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 8, 2015
    David Cameron's second term as British Prime Minister was confirmed Friday after his Conservative Party won enough seats to form a working majority in the 650-member House of Commons. Shortly before noon Friday, London time, the Conservatives, or Tories, had won 324 seats to 229 It would be the first time the Conservatives had won a parliamentary majority since 1992. Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister to win re-election since Margaret Thatcher.
  • Miliband and Cameron get personal in TV debate row

    03/13/2015 3:56:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 11 March 2015 | bbc
    Ed Miliband and David Cameron launched attacks on each other's character in angry Commons exchanges over televised election debates. The Labour leader accused the PM of "chickening out" of a debate with him, saying: "Like all bullies, when the heat is really on he runs for cover." Mr Cameron attacked Mr Miliband as "despicable and weak" for not ruling out a post-election deal with the SNP. It came amid a fresh effort to break the TV debate deadlock.
  • UKIP gains first elected MP with Clacton win

    10/09/2014 8:00:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/09/2014 | BBC News
    n his acceptance speech Mr Carswell, who gained 21,113 votes (59.75%) on a 44% swing from the Conservatives, said: "I resigned from parliament to face this election because I answer first, foremost and last to you. You are my boss. I will not let you down. "To my new party I offer these thoughts: humility when we win, modesty when we are proved right. If we speak with passion, let it always be tempered by compassion. "We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons: first and second generation as much as every other. Our strength must lie...
  • British Lords want more power over EU laws

    03/24/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 10:15 | Benjamin Fox
    National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament. The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords’ EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process. “There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives,” it notes. “We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognizing a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of...
  • Canadian Parliament Adorably Debates Zombie Apocalypse (VIDEO)

    02/13/2013 8:19:16 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 3 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Ellie Hall
    Canada will never be a safe haven for zombies.” In other news, the Canadian government is much for fun than the American government. The Canadian government has gone on the record about the zombie apocalypse. In an amazing exchange on the floor of the House of Commons today, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was asked if he was working to "develop an international zombie strategy so that a zombie invasion does not turn into a zombie apocalypse." New Democratic Party Parliament Member Pat Martin applauded the United States Center for Disease Control's emergency preparedness measures premised on a zombie outbreak...
  • Democratic Aristocracy

    12/10/2010 7:54:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The American Conservative ^ | December 9, 2010 | Sean Scallon
    It’s rather dismaying to see the thoughtful and well-regarded online magazine Front Porch Republic being roiled by a series of articles written by editor John Medaille celebrating the virtues of monarchism as compared to democracy. I don’t believe John’s point was call for the U.S. to build its own Buckingham Palace or design its own crown and scepter, which will never happen in a million years. It was to simply show the follies of democratism as a guarantor of the public’s liberties compared to an enlightened king (one tyrant 3,000 miles away as compared to 3,000 tyrants one mile a...
  • How Democracies Perish British Edition (A conservative MP arrested criticizes the government)

    12/02/2008 7:05:07 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 6 replies · 684+ views
    http://pajamasmedia.com/ ^ | 12/2/08 | Roger Kimball
    The horrific story of the latest adventure conducted by the religion of peace in Bombay riveted the public’s attention to such an extent that one of the most egregious violations of political freedom in a Western democracy has, at least on this side of the Atlantic, gone almost without comment. I mean the sudden arrest in London last week of of Damian Green, a conservative MP and Shadow Minister for Immigration, who was seized by anti-terrorist personnel from the Metropolitan police, held for questioning for 9 hours, and whose private papers and computer files in his home and office in...
  • Nerve gas attack thwarted

    08/21/2005 8:04:16 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 781+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 22 August 2005 | David Leppard
    SCOTLAND Yard believes it has thwarted an al-Qaeda nerve gas attack aimed at ministers and MPs in the British Parliament. The plot, hatched last year, is understood to have been discovered in coded emails on computers seized from terror suspects in Britain and Pakistan. Police and MI5 later identified an al-Qaeda cell that had carried out extensive research and video-recorded reconnaissance missions in preparation for the terror attack. The encrypted emails are said to have been decoded with the assistance of an al-Qaeda "supergrass". By revealing the terrorists' code, he was also able to help MI5 and GCHQ - the...
  • A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally

    03/29/2008 6:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 29 2008 | Martin Kettle
    Like pensions and insurance, defence is one of those subjects to which too many people only pay attention when things go wrong. You might think, in the light of the past decade, that this would have changed. But you would be sadly mistaken. Even today, even after Iraq, few mainstream MPs without an immediate personal or constituency interest in the subject turn up in the Commons for defence debates. Many politicians who are thoughtful about a range of domestic issues still pass by on the other side when the conversation gravitates to the military. In this they reflect the British...