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  • Anti-abortion candidates need not apply in 2015, Justin Trudeau says

    05/08/2014 11:01:05 AM PDT · by RansomOttawa · 5 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 07, 2014 | Susana Mas
    Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says all candidates running for nomination to represent the Liberal Party in 2015 will have to support the party's pro-choice position, but that the same rule does not apply to sitting MPs. "I have made it clear that future candidates need to be completely understanding that they will be expected to vote pro-choice on any bills," Trudeau said Wednesday following his party's weekly caucus meeting in Ottawa. Trudeau said that rule, however, does not apply to current members of Parliament because they were vetted under a different nomination process.
  • Justin Trudeau to publish ‘candid’ memoir charting journey .... this fall

    03/25/2014 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | March 25, 2014 | Mark Kennedy
    Justin Trudeau will tell his “life’s story” in a memoir to be published this fall — one year before he goes to the polls asking Canadian voters to make him prime minister. The Liberal leader’s book will be published by HarperCollins Canada, the publisher announced Tuesday. The “personal memoir” will appear in both English and French. “Mr. Trudeau’s candid memoir will reveal to its readers the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life and show how his passion for Canada and its people took root,” the publisher said in a news release. “Covering the years from...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Other Party: How the Working Families party took over New York City

    01/15/2014 7:21:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2014 | John Fund
    As recently as 1998, New York State’s Republican party controlled the governorship, a United States Senate seat, and the mayor’s office in Manhattan. Today, it is greatly diminished, with its sole beachhead of influence in the state senate, where it shares a majority with four independent Democrats. In contrast, the Working Families party (WFP), a 15-year-old left-wing, union-fueled group with just 20,000 members, now holds the whip hand over much of the dominant Democratic party in New York — and is already spreading its wings to other states. The WFP not only was a major force behind Bill de Blasio’s...
  • LIVE THREAD: Australian Federal Election Count as it happens

    09/07/2013 12:49:49 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 124 replies
    7th September 2013
    We have had Live Threads here at Freerepublic for the count for the last three Australian Federal elections - in 2004 which ended in conservative victory, then again in 2007 which ended in defeat for the conservatives and a Labor government, and then again in 2010 which gave us a hung Parliament, where Labor continued governing with the support of the Greens and independents. This is the live thread for 2013 - polls close and the count begins in about 10 minutes. Polls and exit polls indicate a victory for the conservative coalition under Tony Abbott is highly likely. A...
  • Swedish Email Subject to US Surveillance: Report

    06/09/2013 11:57:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 9 Jun 13
    Emails sent to the Swedish state and government authorities can be accessed by the US security services, according to a report by the Computer Sweden daily. "If you do not want to send information that could end up in US government hands, well then you should not communicate with these authorities," Stefan Thelberg, CEO of IT security firm Stay Secure, said to the newspaper. Several Swedish state agencies have their email systems linked to companies allegedly connected to the recently revealed Prism surveillance system used by the US National Security Agency (NSA). According to Thelberg these include weather agency SMHI,...
  • Updated: Party subsidy to get the axe in June 6 budget (Canada - Goodbye Liberal Party!)

    05/25/2011 9:47:04 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 35 replies
    National ^ | Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Mark Kennedy
    The timing of the budget is also reflective of how urgent it is regarded by the government. It comes on the first day that MPs take their seats for a full day of routine proceedings. The previous week, MPs will elect a Speaker on June 2, then the government’s Throne Speech will be read in the Senate chamber June 3 by the Governor General. Then, on Monday, June 6, as MPs start their new session, Flaherty will drop his latest fiscal update in their lap. Traditionally, the budget is tabled in late afternoon. The opposition parties rejected the March budget...
  • Voters switching back to Coalition (more good news for Australian conservatism)

    12/07/2009 4:44:09 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 487+ views
    The Australian ^ | 7th December 2009 | Dennis Shanahan
    THE Liberal Party's biggest gambles in decades - electing Tony Abbott as Leader of the Opposition and rejecting Labor's ETS in the Senate - appear to have paid their first dividends, and in exactly the way the Liberal Party had hoped they would. Two weeks ago Malcolm Turnbull was Liberal leader, the Coalition had embraced Labor's ETS and was about to pass it through the Senate and Turnbull was facing two by-elections which were deliberately designed to wreck his leadership. The Liberal Party was divided over climate change and the leadership, the Coalition was split over the ETS and there...
  • Liberal leadership spill: Tony Abbott wins (a real conservative - John Howard's headkicker)

    11/30/2009 4:07:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 58 replies · 3,633+ views ^ | 1st December 2009
    TONY Abbott has rolled Malcolm Turnbull to take over the Liberal leadership in a spill forced by deep divisions on the Opposition's climate change policy. Mr Abbott, Mr Turnbull and Joe Hockey contested a three-way spill at a special partyroom meeting in Parliament this morning. Mr Abbott won by a single vote, 42-41. Everyone had expected Mr Hockey to win in a landslide, but he was eliminated in the first round of voting. That sent Mr Abbott and Mr Turnbull into a head-to-head vote for the leadership. Those deep divisions remain - as shown by the razor-thin margin in today's...
  • Libs Hitler spoof claims second scalp

    11/08/2009 1:44:20 PM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 790+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | November 9, 2009 | Mark Toben
    A staff member of the right-wing NSW Liberal MP David Clarke has stood aside after being linked to a spoof You Tube video involving Adolph Hitler. Charles Perrottet is the second Liberal Party staffer to stand down over the video clip. In the clip, the Hitler biopic Downfall has been re-subtitled to portray the Federal MP Alex Hawke as an enraged Adolph Hitler, making reference to a factional stoush inside the state Liberal Party. A link to the video has been sent to a number of news outlets including the ABC. The war in the Liberal Party's right-wing has been...
  • The audacity of Michael Ignatieff

    02/27/2009 3:38:41 AM PST · by Loyalist · 270+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 23, 2009 | Michael Stickings
    Late last month, near the end of a prolonged period of uncertainty in Canadian politics, the Conservative government of prime minister Stephen Harper tabled its 2009 budget, the long-awaited response to the Liberal-New Democrat coalition that had been formed late last year, a last-ditch effort by the government to remain in power. The question, though, was not so much whether the budget's economic stimulus package was good enough but, politically speaking, how the Liberals – and specifically new leader Michael Ignatieff – would respond to it. Now with the power in their hands, would they seek to bring down...
  • Green shift: a loser worldwide

    10/23/2008 6:15:14 PM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies · 659+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-10-23 | John Williamson
    Remember when Liberal leader Stephane Dion unveiled his carbon tax plan earlier this year? The green lobby was thrilled. It had finally found a mainstream politician ready to fight an election on a promise to implement a tax on heating fuels, diesel and other traditional sources of energy that households consume. Environmentalists were convinced voters would rally around the plan, particularly since the carbon tax and ensuing higher energy prices would be offset with tax cuts targeted to low-and modest-income earners. Canada was set to become a world leader in the climate change debate. Dreams of a carbon tax are...
  • Stephane Dion's Quebec Problem

    03/27/2008 3:21:43 PM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 375+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-03-27 | L. Ian Macdonald
    MONTREAL -In a way, Stephane Dion's leadership problems began on Day One, in December, 2006, when 82% of the delegates to the Liberal convention voted for someone else on the first ballot. When Dion stormed from third place to overtake Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae, there were at least two other guys who thought they should have won. Actually three, counting Gerard Kennedy, who would have been third rather than fourth if a handful of his delegates hadn't parked with Martha Hall Findlay on the first ballot to reward her for an outstanding speech. In that sense, Dion wasn't even...
  • Historic Win For [Ontario] Liberals (Red Tories Crash And Burn Alert)

    10/11/2007 9:10:15 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 100/11/2007 | Robert Benzie
    Ontarians have renewed their faith in Premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberals. Forgiving his broken promise not to raise taxes shortly after he took office in 2003, voters yesterday handed him the first back-to-back Liberal majority government since Mitch Hepburn won 70 years ago.
  • Return Of Anti-Americanism? (Liberal Party Return To Power In Canada Not Sure Bet Alert)

    12/15/2006 11:20:00 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 1,007+ views ^ | 12/16/2006 | Ted Byfield
    Stéphane Dion, who came from fourth-place standing to win the leadership of Canada's Liberal Party early this month, declared immediate war on the minority Conservative government last week, and made it clear he is determined to force a late-winter election. Implicitly, he made something else clear. He will attack the government on two principal issues, both of them integral to Canadian-American relations. One is the Kyoto Treaty, the other the Canadian role in Afghanistan. If he wins the election, therefore, America's northern neighbor will once again become vaguely hostile territory, as it was under the last Liberal government. On Kyoto,...
  • Dion Surges To Liberal Leadership Victory

    12/02/2006 6:45:31 PM PST · by Loyalist · 17 replies · 590+ views
    CBC ^ | December 2, 2006 | Staff
    Dark horse candidate Stéphane Dion surged from fourth to first to claim the federal Liberal leadership, defeating Michael Ignatieff on Saturday in the final ballot. Dion garnered 2,521 votes in the fourth-round tally, or about 54 per cent of the delegates, ahead of Ignatieff, who received 2,084 votes, or about 46 per cent. "The most exciting race in the history of our party is over," Dion told a jubilant crowd of some 5,000 delegates Saturday evening at the party's convention in Montreal. "Let's get ready for the election." The new leader, who initially was given little chance to win, hailed...
  • Liberals take safe road on social policy

    11/30/2006 10:10:13 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 18 replies · 559+ views
    Globe & Mail (Canada) ^ | 11/29/06 | JEFF SALLOT
    Montreal — Eradicating child poverty and controlling guns are high priorities for Liberal party activists. Lowering the age of consent for anal sex between teens and legalizing marijuana may be good ideas, but not high priorities, delegates indicated Wednesday at the opening of the Liberal convention. Liberals did not swerve too far from the centre of the road in a sparsely attended social policy workshop debate. Youth delegates grumbled that they could not get out the vote for the marijuana resolution because many young Liberal activists are still taking school exams and can't get here until the weekend's main event,...
  • Canada - House passes motion recognizing Québécois as nation

    11/27/2006 6:06:45 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 1,012+ views (excerpt) ^ | November 27, 2006
    Excerpt - The House of Commons has overwhelmingly passed a motion recognizing Québécois as a nation within Canada. Conservatives, most Liberal MPs, the NDP and the Bloc voted 266 to 16 in support of the controversial motion, which earlier in the day had prompted the resignation of Michael Chong as intergovernmental affairs minister. Fifteen Liberal MPs voted against the motion, along with Independant MP Garth Turner. Prime Minister Stephen Harper had introduced the surprise motion on Nov. 22, raising the ante on a Bloc Québécois motion that sought to declare Quebecers a nation without reference to Canada. The motion states:...
  • Canadian PM Declares Quebec a Nation

    11/22/2006 9:04:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 59 replies · 1,666+ views
    AP ^ | 11/22/6 | BETH DUFF-BROWN
    TORONTO -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper stunned Parliament on Wednesday by introducing a motion recognizing the French-speaking province of Quebec as a nation within Canada — a moved aimed at pre-empting Quebec's separatist party which intends to do the same. The Bloc Quebecois said it intends to introduce a motion Thursday that states Quebec is a nation. But the wording of that motion apparently does not include the words "within Canada," leaving federalists to worry it could be misinterpreted. The flap has reignited passions over whether the French-speaking province should be given independence. Quebecers have twice voted down referendums seeking...
  • Ignatieff spurns, embraces paternity of Quebec nation

    11/23/2006 12:47:31 PM PST · by Clive · 23 replies · 595+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2006-11-23 | Bruce Cheadle
    OTTAWA (CP) - Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff's on-again, off-again ownership of the Quebec-as-nation push is definitely on again. Ignatieff, the Liberal MP with the impressive academic credentials, has been alternately embracing and distancing himself from the initiative with dizzying regularity. Early Wednesday afternoon in a round-table discussion with The Canadian Press, Ignatieff was emphatic that a controversial internal Liberal party resolution to recognize Quebec as a nation was not his idea. "Just so it's clear, for the 20th time, the (Quebec) resolution was not initiated by the Ignatieff camp," he said. "It was initiated by people who support a...
  • Letter From Canada: The New Christian Right (Nation Moonbat Goes Nuts Over Tories Alert)

    11/15/2006 10:30:05 PM PST · by goldstategop · 35 replies · 700+ views
    The Nation ^ | 11/02/2006 | Chris Hedges
    When things get bad in the United States it is reassuring to turn to Canada, a country with a high standard of living, a small military and a national healthcare plan. Canada always seemed to be, if a bit duller than America, also a bit saner. But this is changing. The new Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, inspired by the neocons to the south, appears determined to visit the worst excesses of George Bush's Presidency on his own country. He plans to pull Canada out of the Kyoto Protocol and expand military spending. He defended Israel's massive bombing of southern...
  • Jews Say Good-Bye To The Liberal Party (Canadian Jews Discover Pro-Israel Tories Alert)

    10/13/2006 11:08:18 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 894+ views ^ | 10/14/06 | Ted Byfield
    One of the most significant phenomena in current Canadian politics – i.e. the growing shift of Canada's Jewish community from the Liberal to the Conservative Party – took a major stride last week when the top contender for the Liberal leadership accused Israel of committing a war crime. Michael Ignatieff, a longtime Harvard authority on human rights and international law who came back to Canada two years ago to seek the Liberal leadership, seemed to stumble into the accusation. In an interview with the Toronto Star last August, he was asked about the Israeli bombing of the Lebanese town of...
  • Australia hit by leadership row

    07/11/2006 1:18:45 AM PDT · by Heatseeker · 11 replies · 479+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 11 July 2006 | BBC
    Some Howard supporters say Mr Costello should resign Australian politics has been rocked by a leadership feud between Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello. On Monday the two men publicly contradicted each other over an alleged pledge by Mr Howard to hand over power. The former allies faced each other at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, for the first time since the row erupted. Mr Howard and Mr Costello have dominated Australian politics, and the Liberal Party, for the past decade. The treasurer has made no secret of his desire to lead the country, but until now...
  • Howard fires back at Costello (Aussie leadership crisis)

    07/10/2006 5:03:16 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 521+ views ^ | 11 July 2006
    THE crisis in the Liberal leadership deepened today, with Prime Minister John Howard accusing Treasurer Peter Costello of arrogance and hubris. Mr Howard also questioned his deputy's account of a deal to hand over power. Backbenchers began weighing into the row, with two MPs calling on Mr Costello to quit as treasurer and deputy Liberal leader. Former Liberal leader John Hewson also savaged Mr Costello's apparent attempt to destabilise Mr Howard's leadership, accusing the prime minister-in-waiting of immaturity and arrogance. Mr Costello yesterday said Mr Howard had not kept a promise – made at a December 1994 meeting – that...
  • Red-faced Canadian politician returns kids' money (Same old political corruption)

    06/02/2006 7:21:25 PM PDT · by sully777 · 15 replies · 705+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 2, 2006 10:07am ET | By David Ljunggren
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Some children in Canada are so well-off and so keen on current affairs that they donate thousands of dollars to politicians -- at least, that's what one contender for the leadership of the opposition Liberal Party seems to believe. Former Immigration Minister Joe Volpe hit the spotlight this week after it emerged that a pair of 11-year-old twins and their 14-year-old brother had each donated C$5,400 ($4,900) to his leadership campaign. The parents of the children -- who also donated C$5,400 to Volpe's campaign -- are related to the chairman of generic drug maker Apotex Inc. In...
  • Howard thanks the faithful (Happy anniversary to us!!!)

    03/02/2006 12:23:24 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 450+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2 March 2006 | Dennis Shanahan
    THERE was little sign of triumphalism at last night's Coalition celebration of 10 years in power but there were many grand words of praise for John Howard and the party faithful. While a number of speakers recited the achievements of the Howard-Costello Government, the Prime Minister was quick to remind his colleagues of the danger of losing sight of the Australian people. "The golden rule of Australian politics is not to get too full of yourself, to understand that you are there to serve the Australian people, not to tell them how good you are," he told a packed Great...
  • A fresh start for U.S.-Canadian relations

    01/25/2006 4:37:03 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 475+ views
    Rocky Mt. News ^ | January 25, 2006
    Canadians gave Conservative Stephen Harper a victory, but no mandate, in Monday's election. The voters gave his party 124 seats in Parliament, 31 short of a majority, meaning a coalition government with the inevitable compromises. The outcome seemed less voter enchantment with Harper and his agenda than weariness with the Liberal Party, grown stale and corruption-prone after 13 years in office. However, if not a sharp turn to the right for Canada, Harper's election does have it edging in that direction. He campaigned on cutting taxes, getting tough on crime, turning more power over to the provinces, replacing government-funded day...
  • Algorithm detects Canadian politicians' spin (Paul Martin ranked the worst compared to other two)

    01/20/2006 6:31:27 PM PST · by Wiz · 6 replies · 348+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 2006 Jan 20 | Stu Hutson
    With the most fiercely fought Canadian election in more than a decade taking place on Monday, the crossfire of political rhetoric between the incumbent prime minister and his Conservative Party challenger is becoming heated – but which one is more trustworthy? According to a new computer algorithm, Prime Minister Paul Martin, of the Liberal Party, spins the subject matter of his speeches dramatically more than Conservative Party leader, Stephen Harper, and the New Democratic Party leader, Jack Layton. Spin, in this case, is defined as “text or speech where the apparent meaning is not the true belief of the person...
  • Canada's Memo-Gate? (Martin perhaps set up spat with US Ambassador)

    12/20/2005 11:56:38 AM PST · by jcs1744 · 6 replies · 437+ views ^ | 12/20/05 | Stephen Taylor
    Taylor, a Canadian blogger has uncovered a number of irregularities with Liberal ads that suggest that Martin purposely got in a dispute with the US for political gain. Take a look at the link.
  • Gun Registration Leads to Gun Confiscation

    12/08/2005 7:17:33 PM PST · by Venator · 3 replies · 335+ views
    Never Yet Melted blog ^ | 12-08-05 | JDZ
    If there was ever the slightest doubt in anybody’s mind that gun registration leads to gun confiscation, well, here you are. It’s happening in Canada, and it can happen here. To prevent it, JOIN THE NRA. (Post contains links)
  • Canadian government to ban handguns

    12/07/2005 6:28:15 PM PST · by MC Miker G · 147 replies · 2,579+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | December 7, 2005 | Canadian Press
    OTTAWA (CP) — Prime Minister Paul Martin will venture into violence-plagued Toronto Thursday and announce a sweeping ban on handguns, Canadian Press reports. Martin is scheduled to visit Toronto's troubled Jane-Finch area to make a "safer communities announcement." Liberal sources have confirmed the announcement includes a ban on handguns.
  • Election To Bring National Breakup? (Ted Byfield On Liberals' Ontario Re-election Strategery Alert)

    12/02/2005 10:18:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 1,134+ views ^ | 12/03/05 | Ted Byfield
    Canadians who for the last 15 or so years have been enjoined to celebrate a Politically Correct Christmas – no mention of Christ, Bethlehem, shepherds, angels etc., no wishing people "Merry Christmas" – are to be endowed this year with a purely political one. When the Liberal minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin lost a confidence vote in the Commons last Tuesday (171-133), this triggered an election set for Jan. 23, with a predictably bitter campaign raging right through the holiday period. Superficially, the present polls indicate the return of a Liberal minority government. If the vote were held...
  • BEFORE THE GLOATING -- Liberals Might Want To Look To Canada

    11/28/2005 5:20:02 PM PST · by chuckpez · 4 replies · 414+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | November 28th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    While the Radio Equalizer isn't sure how much liberal talk radio gloating has yet begun over Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's guilty plea on bribery charges and subsequent resignation today, they might first look north. To Canada, that is, where the Liberal Party government has just fallen after losing a punishing, historic no-confidence vote in Ottawa's Parliament. There, an entire collection of rogue characters often called the Librano$, led by Prime Minister Paul Martin, have finally been held accountable for their sleazy "Sponsorship" funding scandal. From the CBC: ...snip...
  • Price Of Corruption A Separate Quebec? (Ontario Could Reassess Western Canada Phobia Alert)

    11/11/2005 10:39:54 PM PST · by goldstategop · 19 replies · 1,662+ views ^ | 11/12/05 | Ted Byfield
    I wrote last week that it would take Canada's Liberal Party about two months to live down the disclosure by the Gomery inquiry that its Montreal members had siphoned many millions of dollars in government money into the party's coffers and into their own pockets. I was wrong. It took less than a week. Three days after the Gomery Report documented the party's lavish looting of the funds in the government's "sponsorship program," a poll showed that the party's national support had slipped from 38 percent to 31 percent, only a single percentage point over the Conservatives, who had risen...
  • Report criticizes ex-Canada PM for scandal (Jean Chretien)

    11/01/2005 11:06:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 340+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/01/05 | Beth Duff-Brown - ap
    TORONTO - An investigative report on a corruption scandal that nearly toppled Canada's minority government cleared the prime minister Tuesday of any wrongdoing but held his predecessor accountable for misspending tens of millions of dollars in public funds. There is no evidence that former Prime Minister Jean Chretien was personally aware of a kickbacks scheme orchestrated by Quebec businessmen, Justice John Gomery concluded in a report released after a 20-month investigation. But Chretien must bear political responsibility for a program he created that allowed senior members of his Liberal Party to funnel millions of dollars into their Quebec coffers, Gomery...
  • (Canadian Cabinet Minister) Brison Muses About (Same-Sex) Wedding Plans

    10/08/2005 3:59:25 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 2 replies · 284+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | October 8, 2005 | Canadian Press
    Ottawa — Liberal MP Scott Brison hinted Friday that wedding plans may be in the works for him — a union that would have the prime minister's emphatic blessing. The openly gay public works minister recalled Paul Martin's half-joke to him in June as same-sex marriage cleared the Commons amid a bruising national debate. "The prime minister said to me after the vote: 'Well, after all I've been through on this Brison, you'd better get married.' " Asked if he plans to tie the knot, Mr. Brison coyly offered: "Stay tuned. "It's certainly a possibility," he added, during a roundtable...
  • God... Save The Liberal Party (What, In Canada, Its Not God Save The Queen Alert)

    08/20/2005 12:59:37 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 581+ views ^ | 08/20/05 | Ted Byfield
    The prime minister of Canada had to reassure his nation this week that the woman he has chosen to act as the pinnacle symbol of Canadian unity does not in fact favor breaking up the country. Whether she had at one time espoused this, he did not say. He could nevertheless unreservedly declare to Canadians that now that she has been offered the job of governor general of Canada (with a household and travel budget that runs around $20 million a year) she finds herself – in her own words – "proud to be Canadian" with "the greatest respect for...
  • John Roberts, Liberal

    08/13/2005 4:50:20 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 1,487+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 12, 2005 | John Avlon
    Over the past few days, my beach reading has consisted of a 175-page 1976 Harvard undergraduate thesis titled "Old and New Liberalism: The British Liberal Party's Approach to the Social Problem, 1906-1914." Scintillating stuff, and I can safely say that I would have happily lived my life in comparative ignorance if it hadn't been written by a recent Supreme Court nominee, John G. Roberts.The fact that President Bush's supposedly conservative nominee chose to author his undergraduate thesis on a decidedly liberal topic is worth a few hours of August analysis. While left-wing activist groups have been preparing for an ideological...
  • Report calls for Ontario to get out of booze biz

    07/18/2005 6:32:22 PM PDT · by rasblue · 11 replies · 501+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 18, 2005 | STEVE ERWIN
    Ontario should get out of the booze-selling business by allowing grocery stores to bid for the right to carry beer, wine and spirits, says a report calling for sweeping changes to the monopolistic way alcohol is sold in the province. But recommendations to auction off the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its licences to sell alcohol - as well as open up competition against The Beer Store locations run by giant breweries - were immediately quashed by Finance Minister Greg Sorbara. "It's our strong view that the public is best served by the continued ownership of the LCBO," Sorbara...
  • Do we really need an ethics commissioner?

    06/24/2005 10:40:30 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 262+ views
    Canada Free PRess ^ | Friday, June 24, 2005 | Art Weinreb
    In response to a promise made in the Liberal Party’s 1993 Red Book the office of the Ethics Commissioner was created by the newly elected government in 1994. Howard Wilson, appointed by then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien became Canada’s first ethics watchdog. Wilson was a counsellor rather than a commissioner. He had no independence. Appointed by the prime minister, Wilson reported to and was responsible to the Office of the Prime Minister and critics railed at the fact that the person in charge of the ethics of cabinet lacked even a scintilla of independence. Chrétien defended the system saying that...
  • Submissions are just that - submissions

    06/22/2005 10:48:50 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 230+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 1, 2005 | Art Weinreb
    As all trials and administrative and quasi-judicial hearings do, the Gomery Commission concluded its evidentiary phase by hearing submissions from legal counsel for the various parties to the inquiry. Submissions are not testimony, nor are they evidence; they are merely arguments by which lawyers try to emphasize the evidence that it most beneficial to their clients in an attempt to obtain the most favourable result possible under the circumstances. Although lawyers cannot ethically mislead the court or the tribunal, they can put a spin on the facts to try and get the best result that they can. Of all the...
  • Why Canadians Fear Conservatives (Ted Byfield On Canadian Exceptionalism Alert)

    05/27/2005 10:14:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 33 replies · 1,077+ views ^ | 05/28/05 | Ted Byfield
    Since it has been conclusively established that Canada's long-ruling Liberal Party is riddled with corruption in Quebec, since it has been unmistakably demonstrated that the Liberal government will sell out to the socialists to stay in power, and since it has become wholly evident that the parliamentary traditions that safeguard democracy mean nothing to them, what price for all this conduct can the Liberal party expect to pay in an election? The answer, according to the first poll made since the party survived a crucial parliamentary division by a single-vote margin nine days ago, is no price at all. Liberal...
  • Mark Steyn: Woe, Woe, Ontario

    05/24/2005 8:44:29 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 971+ views
    The Western Standard ^ | May 30, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    What do the Liberals have to do to lose? The rule that there’s no such thing as bad publicity is supposed to apply to soap actresses and rock stars, but look at the polls: Grits 32.5 per cent, Tories 30.5 per cent. And, even when you find a national poll showing a Conservative lead, break it down regionally: Liberals 38 per cent, Tories 34 per cent. That’s Ontario, which is the critical battleground, as we psephologists say. “Yours to Discover,” as the licence plates say. And what one mainly discovers after the most cursory of glances is that Paul Martin...
  • Fox News And Porn? Cable Company: Can't Have One Without The Other

    05/17/2005 11:33:53 PM PDT · by ScoopandDizzy · 3 replies · 390+ views
    The Radio Equalizer ^ | May 18, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Why do FOX News and Canada seem to go together like oil and water? First, the Liberal Party-led Canadian government worked tirelessly to ensure the American FOX News Channel remained banned from the country's cable systems, for as long as possible. At one time, there were even plans for a FOX News Canada channel (WOW what a great idea), but they were scrapped in 2003 by News Corporation.
  • Canada's Government Seen Losing Confidence Vote

    05/13/2005 8:23:39 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 13 replies · 469+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 13 | David Ljunggren and Randall Palmer
    Canada's minority Liberal government, under heavy pressure over a corruption scandal, looks set to lose a confidence vote next week, government and opposition officials said on Friday. Prime Minister Paul Martin has proposed Parliament vote on his budget next Thursday and says he will call an election if he loses. The main opposition Conservative Party wants the vote immediately but indications are that whenever it is held, the Liberals have a poor chance of surviving, even though the result will be close. "This government is finished," a senior member of the cabinet confided. "Of course we'll lose the vote," a...
  • Canada: Martin promises new election as scandal grows

    04/22/2005 11:33:38 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 2 replies · 451+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | April 23rd, 2005 | By Bernard Simon in Toronto
    The Canadian media had little trouble setting up interviews with Paul Martin yesterday as the beleaguered prime minister pulled out the stops to save his Liberal minority government and forestall a general election. The two main opposition parties, the Conservatives and the separatist Bloc Québécois, suggested that they were eager to capitalise as soon as possible on a billowing scandal over a federal sponsorship and advertising programme in Quebec in the 1990s. Mr Martin promised in a rare televised speech on Thursday evening that he would call an election within 30 days of publication of a judicial inquiry's report...
  • Martin Offended Bush, says Official, but March 23 Meeting Still on

    03/03/2005 8:11:44 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 18 replies · 1,068+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | Thu Mar 3 | MARTIN OÂ’HANLON
    Prime Minister Paul Martin personally offended George W. Bush with his handling of the missile defence decision, says a senior American official. And that could make it tougher for Martin to warm frosty political relations when he meets with the U.S. president in Texas this month. A U.S. State Department source told The Canadian Press that Bush is upset Martin didn't tell him personally about Canada's decision not to join the missile plan when the two met at the NATO summit in Brussels last week. The source said Bush asked Martin specifically about the matter during a brief conversation and...
  • Anglosphere's leadership is singing in tune

    11/25/2004 8:35:51 PM PST · by Dundee · 7 replies · 1,069+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 26, 2004
    Editorial: Anglosphere's leadership is singing in tune IN an analysis of George W. Bush's election victory in the current issue of The Economist, the magazine's acerbic US commentator, "Lexington", warns the Democrats against the self-serving view that the US President won by appealing to base instincts such as fear and hatred. The Republicans "clobbered them on hope". Mr Bush was better than John Kerry at "exuding optimism" and "addressing the aspirations of an aspirational people". This is always the winning strategy in a pro-growth culture such as the US, and shows the Republicans have turned themselves into the "party of...
  • NYT: In Canada, Acting Out Contempt for Bush and His Policies Wasn't Viewed as Funny (C. Parrish)

    11/22/2004 4:29:03 PM PST · by OESY · 39 replies · 2,462+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2004 | IAN AUSTEN
    For the first time, a government official may have lost her position because of comedy. Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin removed Carolyn Parrish, a member of Parliament from suburban Toronto, after he saw video of her stomping on a George W. Bush action figure in a segment of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular satirical news program, "This Hour Has 22 Minutes." The episode also sparked some trouble within the government-owned CBC, because the news service broadcast the sketch as a news story before it was even aired on "22 Minutes." According to Ruth-Ellen Soles, a spokeswoman for the...
  • Conservatives Set to Win Election In Australia

    10/09/2004 2:43:39 AM PDT · by MrDaddyLongLegs · 4 replies · 283+ views
    TCN Channel 9 Australia | MrDaddyLongLegs
    Early figures coming from polling booths suggest that conservative Prime Minister John Howard and his liberal Party (Conservative) will be re-elected ahead of the Labor Party, maybe even gaining a swing of 1-2%.
  • Dyer: Canada's 'old master' realizes Liberals have run out of time

    06/28/2004 1:30:16 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 5 replies · 142+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 28 June 2004 | Gwynne Dyer
    The time limit for a majority government in a two-party system is now usually 10 to 12 years. After that, it is living on borrowed time. Neither major party in the United States has held the White House for more than 12 years since Franklin Roosevelt's time, and only the Margaret Thatcher-John Major combination made it past the 12-year mark in Britain in the past half-century. It certainly hasn't happened in Canada in the past 50 years, and it looks like this time will be no exception. Six months after Jean Chretien stepped down from 10 years as prime minister,...