Archive for June 2005

John Ibbitson’s summer barbecue : what if Mr. Harper and M. Duceppe really were friends?

Jun 18th, 2005 | By Randall White | Category: Ottawa Scene

The politicians are apparently still wrangling on Parliament Hill. But already we have been told that Stephen Harper will be humanizing his image on the barbecue circuit this summer. Out in the wider countrysides and cityscapes beyond, it is time to worship the sun - and seek its wisdom on just what has been going on [...]



Liberals survive again .. and the summer holidays are coming soon

Jun 15th, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Ottawa Scene

OTTAWA. Wednesday, June 15, 2005. 2:00 AM. Paul Martin’s Liberal minority government has now survived “16 confidence votes” in a marathon late-night parliamentary session Tuesday. You might almost think the MPs were trying to show how they sometimes do have to work very late. But they were also just rushing to finish up for the summer holidays. There [...]



The Grewal tapes – why can’t the Parliament of Canada debate something that’s important?

Jun 3rd, 2005 | By Randall White | Category: Ottawa Scene

Just why is it that Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal’s partially tape-recorded saga of meetings with Liberal emissaries before the May 19 vote in Ottawa is supposed to be so important again? The closest you can get to a serious answer comes from an article in the June 1 Globe and Mail in Toronto: “The Criminal [...]



Round two in Ottawa : the answer is blowing in the wind?

Jun 1st, 2005 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Ottawa Scene

The members of the 38th Parliament of Canada have returned to Ottawa “for what is scheduled to be the final four weeks of the spring session.”¬†And the “Conservatives say they will attempt to block the government’s two budget bills from being passed before the House of Commons summer recess.” Conservative leader Stephen Harper has indicated [...]