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  • Cochrane: Where Ottawa should look for Senate scandal remedies - Nfld. & Labrador - CBC News
    decisions fell within the rules but were deemed reprehensible when later revealed to the public One example of this abuse happened in 2004 The house of assembly s operations were running under budget so there was some extra money to burn off at year end The IEC made the decision to split the money evenly among all MHAs to top up their constituency allowances The net gain was 2 875 for every politician though Williams and now Senator Beth Marshall refused to take the money In the context of the overall provincial budget this secret MHA windfall wasn t a lot of money and it was within the rules But it was handed out a time when the government used back to work legislation to impose a wage freeze on the entire public sector It also came on the heels of a tough budget where the government made it more expensive to die by imposing a new fee on the issuance of a death certificate And it was all decided behind closed doors by a secret committee of MHAs which never had to explain itself to the public Things have structurally changed Seven years after the spending scandal the house of assembly is a very different place The secretive and unaccountable Internal Economy Commission is gone It has been replaced by the House of Assembly Management Commission which meets in sessions that are broadcast live on province wide television The financial staff is more significant and robust The auditor general has full and unfettered access to MHA expense claims Financial integrity doesn t exist simply as a rhetorical device It exists in structure and in form At the intersection where politicians spend money for professional use this all ensures it can t be used for personal gain The spending scandal was an embarrassing and painful time for the legislature But the institution has been strengthened as a result The leaders of the Senate and the House of Commons should consider these reforms especially the enhanced authority of the auditor general as they seek permanent remedies to clean up political spending in Ottawa They don t even have to leave the national capital region to get some firsthand advice Conservative Senator Elizabeth Marshall sits on the Senate s Internal Economy Commission But long before she was a Senator a provincial cabinet minister or even an MHA Marshall was the auditor general of Newfoundland and Labrador In fact it was Marshall s staff that was auditing MHA expenses when the now defunct IEC made the decision to block her work and evict her staff That experience makes Marshall a valuable resource as she has unique insight into how these scandals can start and how they can be stopped from happening again Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Latest Nfld Labrador News Headlines Labrador Basque site vying for UNESCO heritage status International researchers are recommending recognition of the Basque

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/05/24/nl-david-cochrane-senate-spending-scandal-525.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Special Report: Charbonneau Corruption Inquiry | CBC Montreal
    place in Quebec s fourth largest city and that he took part in it 10 55 PM ET video Watch Suspended Laval manager takes the stand 2 30 video PQ lawyer pokes holes in Gilles Cloutier s testimony 9 28 PM ET video Corruption commission witness admits he lied in testimony 10 39 PM ET video audio Quebec mayors worry about fallout from Vaillancourt arrest 8 01 PM ET video Ex Laval mayor Vaillancourt says he is not guilty of charges related to corruption 8 47 PM ET video Opposition slams Marois for seeking prudence from corruption inquiry 8 30 PM ET video Disgraced municipal party Union Montréal dissolves 3 46 PM ET Story Archive Timeline live blog Corruption Inquiry View full width Watch Please download the latest version of Flash Player to view this content Show previous slide Show next slide More Video Listen Show previous slide Show next slide More Audio Story Social Media Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback End of Story Social Media Stay Connected with CBC Montreal Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter In Depth INTERACTIVE Lino Zambito s bygone empire Before his shocking testimony Zambito ran Infrabec conglomerate MAFIA SURVEILLANCE Montreal construction bosses caught on tape meeting Mob RCMP s secret cameras catch construction execs at Mob hangout Latest Montreal News Headlines Quebec Soccer Federation upholds ban on turbans Turbans including the patka and keski typically worn by young Sikhs haven t been allowed on Quebec soccer fields since last year when the QSF began cracking down on them more Montreal s 29th Tour de l Ile takes the scenic route More than 25 000 cyclists hit the road this morning despite the rain for the 29th edition of Montreal s Tour de l Île more Elderly woman dies after falling out of third

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/montreal/features/charbonneau-corruption-inquiry/ (2013-06-03)
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  • Quiz: 15 trivia questions about the Canadian Senate - Interactive - CBC.ca
    24 2013 A spending scandal involving prominent senators has rocked the upper chamber and left many calling for its reform or abolishment But how much does the average Canadian know about the Senate Here s a quiz to test your knowledge Story Social Media Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback End of Story Social Media Rob Ford scandal shakes Toronto Queen Elizabeth s coronation CBC Global Footer CBC ca Aboriginal

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/senate-quiz/ (2013-06-03)
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  • Artists 'insulted' as Moore jabs NDP MP in heat of QP - Politics - CBC News
    to Benskin s defence calling Moore s broadside one of the nastiest attacks from an individual in the House Moore attended a great reception for the award winning artists after question period and said on Twitter that he spoke to each of them The minister didn t back down on his argument though adding in a series of tweets that artists aren t the only ones who could benefit from income averaging and suggesting it wouldn t be fair to implement it for artists but not other people whose incomes can fluctuate wildly from year to year citing real estate or insurance agents and seasonal workers as examples Avoiding paying taxes proposing this bill in that context is outrageous Moore wrote in one tweet View the story Artists taxes and politics on Storify with files from CBC News The Canadian Press 2013 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Power Politics Ballot Box question by Rosemary Barton Jun 1 2013 10 39 AM Should Rob Ford step down as Mayor of Toronto Top News Headlines Canadian Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people more Don Pittis Goodbye kudos Carney hello Poloz party pooper An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis Mark Carney departs the Bank of Canada as a shining hero who lowered interest rates but new governor Stephen Poloz has a far more difficult task more Violence flares on 4th day of Turkish protests Violence has flared in Istanbul between a group of demonstrators and police on the fourth day of protests set off by a brutal police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest more Must Watch Latest Politics News Headlines Trudeau vows to raise the bar for transparency on expenses The only way to restore public trust in the wake of the Senate expenses scandal is to raise the bar and make parliamentarians expenses more transparent than ever before said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Sunday more Feds pick off the shelf design for military resupply ships A design by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada has been selected for the Navy s new support ships being built by Vancouver Shipyards Co Ltd more Not all mayors swayed by 53B federal promise

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/31/pol-cp-moore-artists-peterson.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Canada and EU down to final issues in trade talks - Politics - CBC News
    at the moment Foreign ministers voice support We are very keen and eager to conclude successfully conclude those discussions to help send an important message on trade and open economies and the great capacity that has for economic growth in both of our countries Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said during a news conference with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle Thursday These negotiations are long they are painstaking the difficult issues are always the ones on the table at the end of the day said Baird We are optimistic that if we keep working hard that we can get an ambitious deal that will send a powerful message for market liberalization and economic growth Westerwelle said Germany supports the rapid conclusion of a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada Europeans and Canadians will only be able to assert their common values and interests if they work closely together and this is a big difference to many other partnerships we have worldwide he told reporters during his news conference with Baird We firmly believe in the enormous economic and political benefits of such an agreement with new economic powers rising Corrections and Clarifications This story has been edited from an earlier version which incorrectly stated that the federal government was asking at least some provinces to sign a letter of support for CETA In fact the federal government is approaching provinces to clarify their positions on the deal and at least one province suggested writing a letter or letters of support as an option May 31 2013 12 17 PM ET Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Power Politics Ballot Box question by Rosemary Barton Jun 1 2013 10 39 AM Should Rob Ford step down as Mayor of Toronto Top News Headlines Canadian Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people more Don Pittis Goodbye kudos Carney hello Poloz party pooper An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis Mark Carney departs the Bank of Canada as a shining hero who lowered interest rates but new governor Stephen Poloz has a far more difficult task more Violence flares on 4th day of Turkish protests Violence has flared

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/30/pol-ceta-plan-b.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Duffy sought cabinet perks for 'expanded' party role, email says - Politics - CBC News
    on behalf of the party would have been paid for by the party The party does not pay Mr Duffy compensation Marjory LeBreton speaking to reporters in the Senate foyer said It s ridiculous The idea that the prime minister or anyone would pass over elected members of the House of Commons and name Mike Duffy as a minister It s so ridiculous it s not even funny It s totally bizarre Who knows who knows but when I read it when I read it I don t know who the recipient of the email was but when I read it I went like there isn t a chance of a snowball in hell of this ever happening and I never spoke to him about it However as soon as Harper formed government in 2006 he advised the Governor General to appoint Montreal businessman and Conservative fundraiser Michael Fortier to the Senate and immediately put him in cabinet as public works minister Harper had no Conservative MPs elected in Montreal and needed a Montreal voice in his cabinet Fortier promised to run in the next election in 2008 but he was defeated and was not reappointed to the Senate LeBreton herself was named from the Senate as a minister of state for seniors for a few years by Harper although as government Senate leader she is automatically a cabinet member On CBC News Network s Power Politics Conservative MP Michelle Rempel told host Evan Solomon I don t even know where to start with this it makes me so angry These emails are the antithesis of how we function as a party Later in the show Rempel said You know some of my colleagues have called for Duffy s resignation in the Senate After hearing this story today I ve got to tell you I couldn t do anything but support that She added The prime minister himself has expressed deep regret for appointing Mike Duffy Duffy email 2009 PDF Duffy email 2009 Text Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Stay Connected with CBC News Mobile Facebook Podcasts Twitter Alerts Newsletter Big Box Advertisement Power Politics Ballot Box question by Rosemary Barton Jun 1 2013 10 39 AM Should Rob Ford step down as Mayor of Toronto Top News Headlines Canadian Revenue Agency mails private records to wrong person The federal privacy commissioner is investigating the Canada Revenue Agency after it mailed confidential financial records on other taxpayers to a B C woman and failed to get them back when she tried to return the package more Can anyone take on top 3 telecom companies Some telecom analysts question whether it s at all possible for a new national competitor to go head to head against the incumbent carriers and carve out their own slice of the Canadian telecom pie more China poultry plant fire kills at least 119 A massive fire breaks out at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/30/pol-senate-mike-duffy-email-.html (2013-06-03)
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  • LIVE: Parliament Hill ticker and liveblogs - Politics - CBC News
    An economy threatening to improve can be bad for a central banker s popularity writes Don Pittis Mark Carney departs the Bank of Canada as a shining hero who lowered interest rates but new governor Stephen Poloz has a far more difficult task more Violence flares on 4th day of Turkish protests Violence has flared in Istanbul between a group of demonstrators and police on the fourth day of protests set off by a brutal police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest more Must Watch Latest Politics News Headlines Trudeau vows to raise the bar for transparency on expenses The only way to restore public trust in the wake of the Senate expenses scandal is to raise the bar and make parliamentarians expenses more transparent than ever before said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Sunday more Feds pick off the shelf design for military resupply ships A design by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada has been selected for the Navy s new support ships being built by Vancouver Shipyards Co Ltd more Not all mayors swayed by 53B federal promise More than 1 800 municipal leaders from across Canada are calling for an overhaul of the way they get money from the federal government especially when it comes to transportation and infrastructure projects more National anti bully scheme to launch at late teen s school The suicide of 15 year old Jamie Hubley in the fall of 2011 was a tragedy that hit the local community hard but personal connections sent the heartache reverberating through the halls of Parliament Hill and the Ontario legislature too more First Nations harmony depends on real action from Harper Atleo says National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo says the degree of First Nations unrest this summer depends in large part on how much concrete action Stephen Harper authorizes on entrenching ancient treaty rights more More Headlines The National The House Senators debate who s to blame in Duffy expenses scandal Jun 1 2013 12 04 PM This week on The House Conservative Senator Larry Smith and Liberal Senator Jim Munson weigh in on the Senate expenses scandal Plus B C s Environment Minister Terry Lake explains why his province is rejecting the Northern Gateway pipeline project for now Most Viewed Most Commented Pistorius family shaken by bloody bathroom images Turkish PM rejects dictator label as Taksim Square swarmed Train derails in bridge collapse near Sudbury Ont Ford brothers demand apology for gutter journalism Syrian rebels Hezbollah battle in worst clash in Lebanon 3 storm chasers killed in Oklahoma tornado No sizzling Canadian summer in forecast like last year Bocce player attacked by stranger with 2 knives Speeding SUV kills Saskatchewan officer at crash site Inside the News Inside the News Exclusive behind the scenes videos photo galleries columns and special recommendations from Peter Mansbridge CBC News App CBC News App Get a world of news with just the touch of your finger Download the only news app that you need Big

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/09/pol-throw-live-ticker.html (2013-06-03)
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  • The Nanos Number - Politics - CBC News
    1961 of families with a married couple That shift and other demographic changes mean political parties must change their message or risk losing votes Read more and watch the episode Nov 21 Harper seen as most competent The Nanos Number 17 the percentage point gain by Stephen Harper since April when it comes to who Canadians would describe as the most competent leader Read more and watch the episode Nov 14 Public service a political punching bag The Nanos Number 9 That s the percentage of Canadians who believe tension between the civil service and the Harper government creates good public policy View the episode and read more Nov 7 Canada and Obama s path to victory The Nanos Number 9 That was U S President Barack Obama s percentage point margin of victory Tuesday in the popular vote in 15 U S states bordering Canada What does that mean for U S Canada relations Watch the episode and read more Oct 31 Hurricane Sandy s political impact The Nanos Number 47 That s the even split in popular support for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney according to a Pew Research Center survey Will the disruption of Hurricane Sandy be a late game changer Watch the episode and read more Oct 24 Canadians consider China biggest threat The Nanos Number 21 China is seen as presenting the greatest threat to national security by one fifth of Canadians more than Iran Afghanistan or Russia Watch the episode and read more Oct 17 Battle for the middle class The Nanos Number 51 The percentage of Canadians who say they d be in some difficulty if they missed a paycheque Read more and watch the episode here Oct 10 Doing business with China The Nanos Number 26 The percentage of Canadians want Chinese goods inspected above those of other countries Read more and watch the episode Oct 3 Support for free trade wavers The Nanos Number 14 That s the percentage of Canadians who feel a free trade agreement with the EU will have a positive impact Read more and watch the episode Sept 26 Energy for us or for export The Nanos Number 63 That s the percentage of Canadians who prefer a continental energy strategy over an export strategy Read more and watch the episode Sept 19 Carbon tax attacks and the economy The Nanos Number 6 That s the percentage point jump from July to September in Canadians listing the economy as the top national issue of concern So why is the government focussing on non existent carbon taxes Read more and watch the episode Sept 12 Canada U S security cooperation The Nanos Number 66 Two thirds of Americans surveyed and more than half of Canadians support greater cooperation between the U S and Canada on matters of national security Read more and watch the episode Sept 5 The PQ s slim victory The Nanos Number 32 That s the percentage of popular vote won by the Parti Québécois in Quebec s election just one point higher than the Liberals but enough for a minority government Read more and watch the episode Aug 29 Do women hold the keys to the White House The Nanos Number 42 That s the percentage of women who would support Republican nominee Mitt Romney if an election was held today revealing of the gender gap at the heart of the 2012 presidential race Read more and view the episode Aug 22 Will Quebecers vote with their pocketbooks The Nanos Number 15 Just 15 per cent of Quebecers surveyed feel they are better off now versus a year ago Read more and view the episode Aug 17 Is a vote for the PQ a vote for separation Not according to The Nanos Number More than two thirds 67 per cent of Quebecers believe a victory by the sovereigntist PQ party would mean voters simply want a change in government and not necessarily to separate Read more and view the episode July 25 How confident are Canadians in their governments The Nanos Number 9 That s the percentage of Canadians who are confident their elected representatives can find solutions to the challenges Canada faces Read more and watch the episode July 18 Federal Liberals on the move in Quebec The Nanos Number 11 That s the percentage increase in support for the federal Liberals in the province of Quebec compared to the last federal election Read more and watch the episode July 11 Is the NDP becoming a national force The Nanos Number 38 That s the support for the provincial NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador putting them at a historic high and ahead of the ruling Conservatives Does this signal deepening roots for the federal NDP Read more and watch the episode July 4 U S net worth takes a hit The Nanos Number 35 Americans household net worth has dropped 35 per cent since 2005 a number that holds warnings for Canada s housing market and personal debt Read more and watch the episode June 27 Which party is most sensitive to the needs of key voters The NDP is seen as most sensitive to the needs of key groups of voters such as seniors and new Canadians and is close to the Conservatives on small business suggests a Nanos Research survey Read more and watch the episodes Part 1 Part 2 June 20 Are taxes the way to tame deficits The Nanos Number 55 More than half of Canadians would have a somewhat negative or negative view of a politician who pitched tax hikes as a way to pay for deficit spending Read more and watch the episode June 13 Party leaders and the trust factor The Nanos Number 41 Parties with a leader trusted by Canadians have a critical strategic advantage But four in 10 Canadians don t know which leader to trust if any Read more and watch the episode Jun 7 Crime and politics The Nanos Number 81 If

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/28/pol-the-nanos-number.html (2013-06-03)
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