Entries by Althia Raj

Green Party Talks 2015 Federal Election Strategy As Convention Begins

(142) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:03 PM

OTTAWA — Green Party leader Elizabeth May is feeling a bit blue.

The Greens launched their biennial national party convention in New Brunswick on Friday, and she said there has been scant media interest.

Last month, CBC Radio did a recap of...

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Why Did RCMP Charge Mike Duffy, But Not Nigel Wright?

(65) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:20 PM

Why was Mike Duffy charged when Nigel Wright wasn’t?

That question had a few people, including central figures in the Senate scandal, scratching their heads Thursday after the Mounties laid 31 charges against Senator Duffy.

Several senior Tories told HuffPost Canada they expected Duffy...

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What Has Ottawa Really Accomplished So Far This Year?

(58) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:00 AM

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs are smiling as they depart Ottawa for the summer. Gone is the constant hammering by constituents concerned about the Senate scandal. Instead, the Tories have been having fun prodding the NDP about its mailing scandal and satellite offices.

MPs...

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11 Things You Need To Know About The Last 5 Months In Ottawa

(13) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:19 PM

OTTAWA — MPs are expected to pack up their bags on Friday and head home to their constituencies.

The spring sitting has been particularly bitter, with the NDP and Conservatives, especially, at each other's throats. The Tories are breathing a bit easier after temporarily putting the Senate scandal behind...

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NDP Mailings Controversy: 23 MPs Could Be On Hook For $1.7 Million

(29) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:34 AM

OTTAWA — Twenty-three NDP MPs could be on the hook for $1.17 million for breaking House of Commons rules and sending inappropriate electoral mailings to Canadians.

Senior staff at the House of Commons testified before a committee studying the NDP's use of taxpayer resources Wednesday evening. Conservative MPs and...

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Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay Reverses Vow To Vote 'Pro-Life'

(154) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:36 PM

OTTAWA — A Liberal MP who said he planned to vote "pro-life" on any abortion votes reversed himself Wednesday after meeting with Justin Trudeau and his caucus.

P.E.I. MP Lawrence MacAulay took to Twitter to tell constituents he would vote the party line if it came down to...

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Patrick Brown, Conservative MP, Mulls Run For Ontario PC Leader

(23) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:56 AM

OTTAWA — Conservative backbencher Patrick Brown is testing the waters for a potential run for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.

Several sources said Brown, 36, has assembled a team and one source said fundraising has begun. Other MPs reportedly mulling a run include Transport Minister

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NDP Says Tories Unfairly Limiting House Of Commons Committees

(46) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 6:37 PM

OTTAWA — The New Democrats are accusing the Conservatives of turning House of Commons committees into partisan circuses designed to applaud whatever the government is doing.

NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie charges that Tory MPs are only interested in studying issues and hearing from witnesses who agree with the Conservative...

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Bill C-36: Ex-Prostitute Explains Why She Backs Tories' Controversial Bill

(119) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:17 PM

OTTAWA — More than a week after the Conservatives introduced their controversial prostitution bill, one of their own MPs, Joy Smith, acknowledged the government had failed to get its message across and build support for the legislation.

The media focused on the interests of a small minority of...

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Bill C-36, Tories' Prostitution Act, Isn't Pleasing Base Or Sex Workers

(50) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:36 AM

OTTAWA — The Conservative government’s efforts to crack down on prostitution by targeting johns and pimps may have alienated some of its own supporters by allowing police to charge prostitutes.

At first glance, Justice Minister Peter MacKay seemed to accomplish exactly what the government intended with his controversial bill...

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Why Conservatives Believe Their Prostitution Bill Is Constitutional

(80) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 10:29 AM

It has been described as unconstitutional and a wasted effort, but the Conservative government's new prostitution bill includes a preamble decrying prostitution that, some argue, could make parts of the law constitutionally sound. But that doesn't mean, of course, that it won't result in a lengthy and expensive legal battle....

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Michael Sona On Why He's Confident Robocalls Trial Will Exonerate Him

(133) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:00 AM

OTTAWA — Michael Sona sits in his car alone. It’s a green 2000 Chevy Impala, with comfy tan leather seats that warm your bum in the winter. His dad gave it to him at the beginning of March 2012. The car came a week or so after Sona,...

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Harper Government Wanted Meeting With Psy In 2012, Documents Reveal

(68) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:38 PM

OTTAWA — The Harper government appears to be a big fan of Gangnam style and the artist known as Psy.

Canadian diplomats in South Korea were tasked by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's office to set up a meeting with the popular Korean artist and parliamentary secretary Deepak...

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Turks And Caicos A Canadian Province? Ottawa Not Exploring Idea

(134) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Ottawa says it sees no benefit in annexing the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos.

In an email Saturday, Foreign Affairs spokesman Claude Rochon told HuffPost the islands are UK territory and Canada has no interest in changing that status.

"Canada is not exploring a more formal association with the...

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Eve Adams, Natalia Lishchyna Nomination Race Postponed In Wake Of Complaints

(40) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 8:23 PM

OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada postponed a contentious nomination battle Thursday after allegations MP Eve Adams and fiancé Dimitri Soudas improperly bought party memberships for at least 20 of her supporters.

Late Thursday, Conservative spokesman Cory Hann said the party was postponing Saturday’s vote in the new riding...

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MP Guy Caron And NDP Broke Rules On Taxpayer-Funded Activities, Investigation Finds

(42) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:36 AM

OTTAWA — Quebec NDP MP Guy Caron could be forced to pay back thousands of dollars after an investigation found he and the NDP broke the rules banning the use of taxpayer resources for partisan activities.

UPDATE: On Monday, June 2, the Board of Internal Economy ruled the NDP broke...
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11 Things To Know About The NDP's Satellite Offices And Mailings

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 11:16 PM

OTTAWA — On Thursday NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair will face off against his political opponents about his party’s alleged use of taxpayers’ resources for partisan gain. What did the NDP actually do and did they break any rules?

There are two issues up for discussion. First, the use of a...

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Emails Contradict Thomas Mulcair

(90) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 11:14 PM

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was defiant Tuesday as he faced reporters asking why his party had informed the House of Commons that its Montreal-based employees were working in Ottawa.

Facing the television cameras, Mulcair insisted his party had done nothing wrong when it established satellite offices...

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NDP Told Commons That Montreal Satellite Office Was Really In Ottawa

(115) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:29 PM

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair misled Canadians when he said his party had received approval from the House of Commons to set up a satellite office in Montreal, new documents suggest.

The Huffington Post Canada has learned that the House of Commons administration, including clerk Audrey O’Brien,...

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Did 2015 Liberal Candidates Sign Up To Defend Party Position On Euthanasia?

(105) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:00 AM

OTTAWA — Some federal Liberals who were just green lit to be candidates in 2015 were left wondering Thursday whether they had inadvertently signed up to defend the party’s position on decriminalizing assisted suicide.

On Wednesday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced new party candidates would have...

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