Jennifer Ditchburn, THE CANADIAN PRESS

MPs to grill Duceppe on Commons spending

OTTAWA - The revelation that former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe paid a political operative's salary with taxpayer money has revived calls to open the curtains on MPs' expenses."It's like the 'Six Million Dollar Man' from the '70s: Gentleman, we have the technology," said Gregory Thomas,...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:58 AM

Tory colours burst this parliamentary session

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper will take a page out of Katy Perry's pop songbook this parliamentary session.The prime minister will let his Conservative colours burst for really the first time since he came to power in 2006, letting off a few political fireworks by slashing government spending, tinkering...

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 9:45 PM

A Canadian itinerary for Kate and Will gawkers

OTTAWA - Sure, watching the royal wedding curled up on the couch in a pair of PJs was fun, but gawking at Kate and Wills up close with thousands of other Canadian peeps would be so much more Facebook worthy.Imagine the braggy album title: "Me and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Parliament Hill...

Monday, May 16, 2011, 5:17 PM

Harper breaks free of the minority bridle

CALGARY - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has finally pushed the party he stitched together eight years ago to majority status — breaking free of the minority bridle that kept him from completing the cultural shift he sought to bring to Ottawa.Harper stopped to clasp the hands and even hug a few of...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:48 AM

Hu and Harper emphasize friendship in highly choreographed visit

OTTAWA - Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the nation's capital Thursday was a carefully choreographed show of Sino-Canadian friendship, free of any interaction with journalists and bolstered by bused-in crowds of the foreign leader's supporters.If there was any awkwardness over remarks...

Thursday, June 24, 2010, 11:28 PM

Harper government in new showdown with Parliament, blocks staff from testifying

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is again testing the patience of an already aggravated Parliament, this time by refusing to allow ministerial staff to testify at committees.Since the beginning of the year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has poked his rivals in the eye over the prorogation of...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 9:50 PM

Guergis was sunk by optics, not evidence, private eye testifies

OTTAWA - Optics, not evidence, sank the career of former Conservative cabinet minister Helena Guergis, says the private eye at the heart of the scandal.Derrick Snowdy surprised a Commons committee Wednesday by testifying that he has no knowledge of any misbehaviour by Guergis.The revelation raises...

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 5:50 AM

Guergis' riding association tells Tory HQ: stop muscling in on us

OTTAWA - Conservatives in Helena Guergis' riding are accusing their own party brass of heavyhanded tactics in trying to parachute a star candidate in to replace the former cabinet minister.The would-be candidate is well-known Conservative activist Kellie Leitch, an orthopedic surgeon at the...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 1:27 AM

Mounties investigation on Guergis-Jaffer underway, P.I. tells CP

OTTAWA - The private investigator who brought allegations to the Conservatives about former cabinet minister Helena Guergis says he believes the RCMP have begun a full-fledged investigation into the affair.Derrick Snowdy told The Canadian Press that he met with Insp. John Kueper of the RCMP's...

Friday, April 23, 2010, 2:57 AM

'GO, GO JOANNIE:' Rochette's courageous performance lauded as a triumph

VANCOUVER - As Joannie Rochette finally left the ice after the most difficult skate of her life, two men hoisted a hand-painted banner that summed up the feeling of all watching: "GO, GO JOANNIE: ON T'AIME" — we love you.From friends, fellow athletes and spectators there were congratulations, and...

Friday, February 26, 2010, 7:17 AM

Harper hopes carbon tax not in Canada's future, but won't rule it out

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to rule out a carbon tax for sometime in the country's future, sending Conservative spin doctors scrambling to reframe his comments.Harper was asked point blank in a year-end interview with CTV News whether Canadians will ever see a carbon tax...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 10:18 PM

Anniversary of economic update fiasco sees Harper riding high

OTTAWA - If six months is a lifetime in politics, then the past year was that and reincarnation rolled into one for Stephen Harper.The prime minister went from spinning the government into full-blown crisis last November with an inflammatory and nearly suicidal economic statement, to being reborn...

Thursday, November 26, 2009, 11:25 PM

Mulroney event a display of contrasts with Harper

MONTREAL - For those Stephen Harper loyalists who believed the party Thursday celebrating Brian Mulroney's 1984 electoral victory would be a display of renewed party unity, the evening was a clear miscalculation.Members of cabinet stood in uneasy silence as the former prime minister made a joke at...

Friday, September 18, 2009, 3:56 AM

Clement denies extra scrutiny given to gay tourism events

OTTAWA - Industry Minister Tony Clement denied Monday he directed his department to give any special scrutiny to gay-themed tourism events, and lashed out angrily at opposition suggestions that homophobia motivated government funding decisions.Clement insisted he did not oust cabinet colleague...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 2:41 AM

Election tension slackens with NDP poised to support Conservatives

OTTAWA - The NDP is likely to support the Conservative minority government in a confidence vote this Friday and avert another federal election - at least for now - party sources told The Canadian Press.The highly anticipated ways and means motion later this week clears the way for a future vote on...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 1:53 AM

Federal parties will fight for upper hand as Parliament returns

OTTAWA - Consider the week ahead in Parliament a trailer to the fall blockbuster that's about to be released, a sort of loud, tense collection of soundbytes competing for the public's attention and affection.Parliament might fall in five short days if a vote of confidence is held Friday as is...

Sunday, September 13, 2009, 11:18 PM

Party campaign teams roar to life at threat of fall election

OTTAWA - Michael Ignatieff's declaration this week that his Liberals could no longer support the Conservative government was like the bell calling fire fighters to action at the station.Political operatives from all major parties immediately swung into campaign mode, readying everything from modes...

Thursday, September 3, 2009, 10:47 PM

Kenney's rising star has Tories whispering about leadership

OTTAWA - Raising a future leadership race with Conservatives is like having the sex talk with teenaged kids.Ewwwwww . . . no way! Can we talk about this some other time?But who might replace Stephen Harper once he leaves is the stuff of constant speculation behind the scenes - and the chatter is...

Monday, August 3, 2009, 9:11 PM

Canada upholds military aid program with Honduras despite coup

OTTAWA - Canada is still providing training to members of the Honduran army, despite the military coup that sent the Central American country into turmoil late last month.National Defence confirmed that the government has maintained its military training assistance program with Honduras, which...

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 10:15 PM

Human Resources Minister lashes out at Liberal EI "fantasy land"

OTTAWA - The bickering has intensified between Conservatives and Liberals on Employment Insurance, after only one bipartisan meeting to examine possible improvements to the system.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley came out swinging Wednesday against Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff as she left...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 9:37 PM