Conservative Party of Canada

The "Unfair" Elections Act Is Classic Stephen Harper

Justin Beach | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

I've been getting piles of emails, Facebook messages and invites about the Conservatives 'Fair Elections Act'.  I haven't really responded to the...

Top Court Bites Harper Government

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The bell has sounded ending one more round in what is shaping up to be a long-running bout between the county's highest court and the Harper ...

CPC Executive Director Resigns

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative party lost top 2015 election organizer Dimitri Soudas Sunday, amid mounting concerns he was using his position to help his f...

Dimitri Soudas Fired

CBC | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics

Dimitri Soudas has been forced out as the Conservative Party of Canada's executive director after trying to interfere with his fiancée's C...

Althia Raj

Tories Defend Spending Millions On Outside Lawyers | Althia Raj | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

UPDATE, March 28: The Conservative Government tabled a revised version of their legal costs Thursday, bumping the total number spent on outside legal ...

Althia Raj

How Did Ottawa Spend Half A Billion On Lawyers? | Althia Raj | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has spent $482 million on outside legal fees since it came to power in 2006. And more than $447,045 to defend...

The Fair Elections Act Will Make It Harder For Canadians to Vote

Craig Scott | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig Scott

The bill eliminates two methods of voting that have proven effective in enfranchising voters. One is the long-standing Canadian practice of vouching that allowed 120,000 people to vote in 2011. The other is Elections Canada's expanded use of its Voter Identification Cards (VICs) for youth attending university, seniors in residence, and Aboriginal people living on reserve.

Don't Blame the Unions For Your Behaviour, Mr. Fantino

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino's behaviour towards a group of veterans last week disgusted me. And, when he blamed his behaviour on the actions of a union I became outraged. The union may very well have told the veterans a one-sided story about how their poor members are being hard done-by. That doesn't excuse the minister's behaviour. As a free public service for cabinet ministers and others in leadership roles, I'm going to offer up some completely unsolicited advice, right here, right now, at no charge. When a veteran is angry with you for being late, you say, "I'm sorry."

Chuck Strahl, Stephen Harper and the Oily Politics of Contempt

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

Too much is to be gained from the energy sector to expect that the federal government will be anything but aggressive in the fulfillment of contracts and quotas and grand business ambitions, and the opposition be damned. What is troubling is the heavy-handed manner in which the operation has been brought forward.

'We Are Seeing The Impacts Of Climate Change'

CBC | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Politics

In what is being considered a first by a member of the federal Conservatives, Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid stated publicly on CBC News Network’...

The One Book You Must Read to Understand Stephen Harper

Russ Blinch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

At first glance Harper looks very much the accountant he was trained to be: dull and lacking in passion. But don't be fooled, he has a determined even subversive vision for the country. Harper is bound to American style conservatism, yet his battles are not fought in the open. As a new book illustrates, Stephen Harper's path is a subtler one.

A First Look at the Reform Act

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was only introduced in the Hous...

Canada, Don't Let Dissatisfaction with Democracy Excuse Michael Chong's Terrible Ideas

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A great many pundits don't seem to have any problem in theory with Chong's enormously regressive idea that a small group of MPs should have the right to unilaterally depose a party leader democratically-elected by thousands of party members (or a prime minister elected by millions).

What Winnipeg Will Look Like in 2015

Quito Maggi | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

In Provencher, the Liberals gained 23 per cent compared to the Conservatives who lost 12.5 per cent and the NDP who lost almost 10 per cent. Provencher is just outside the boundaries of Winnipeg further east from St. Boniface but at the same time, Provencher is one of the safest conservative seats in the country - not to mention rural.

Here's How CBC Should Be Funded

Wade Rowland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Wade Rowland

Given basic agreement on the unfair competition and market interference issues, all that remains to be settled is how, exactly, our admittedly "important" public broadcaster should be funded. Here's how. Remove all advertising from CBC radio and television and hand the entire market in commercials over to the private broadcasters.

'I Don't Know What Else The Prime Minister Can Say'

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Politics

CALGARY — Stephen Harper’s troops are lining up firmly behind him. The Prime Minister may not have provided any answers or shown any remorse a...

Tory Fundraiser: No Party Money Used In Duffy Scandal

The Canadian Press | Jennifer Ditchburn | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Politics

CALGARY _ The man who oversees the Conservative Party's finances says he refused to pay off Sen. Mike Duffy's contested expenses, contradicting the ve...

Althia Raj

5 Things To Watch At The Tory Convention | Althia Raj | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Politics

1. The mood of the delegates Some 3,000 delegates and observers are expected to attend the party’s biennial convention in Calgary that kicks off ...

The Tories Are A Fighting Machine With Money to Burn - Don't Write Their Obituary Yet

Michael Eugenio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Eugenio

The Tories have money on their side, and lots of it. They are a powerhouse when it comes to grassroots fundraising, outperforming both the NDP and Liberals by far. In 2012 alone, when one would expect fundraising dollars to be on the low side, the Tories raked in $17.3 million from 87,306 contributors.

A Quick Reference Guide to the Conservatives' 2013 Biennial Convention

Daniel Dickin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The three-day convention is broken down into a mixture of information sessions, speeches and debates on policy and constitution resolutions, concluding in votes on these debates. The policy declaration serves as the Conservative government's mandate to implement the policies desired by the Conservative grassroots, while the national constitution governs the operations of the party.

Mike Duffy's Latest Revelations Come As A Shock... To No One

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg If Duffy is willing to spend day after day squawking on the Senate floor that the Harper government has "no moral compass" then the least he can do, as a gentleman similarly lacking that device, is set a good example and resign from the chamber Professor McCreery says is supposed to consist only of "honourable" persons.

Has Canada's Reputation Really Diminished Since Harper Took the Reins?

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kokulan Mahendiran

While much of the media and many in the opposition like to say that women's rights have faltered under Harper, the Thompson Reuters Foundation actually ranked Canada the best G20 country for women last year on account of its "strong policies against violence and exploitation combined with good access to education and healthcare."

Harper's Throne Speech Was a Little Like Jell-O

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

The latest throne speech was an excursion extraordinaire, and by a happy coincidence the best description of it was first applied to the 2005 Ralph Goodale federal budget, and by none other than former CTV host and current Senator Mike Duffy: "It's a little like Jell-O. It's good for you, inoffensive and there's nothing here that seems to be very controversial."

There's No Excuse for Inciting Fear of Others

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Mark Taliano, the author of the blog, Canada's Hidden Fundamentalism, is a fear-monger telling us that we're about to be overrun by crazy Christian f...

Rebooting The Tories

CBC | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Politics

Some are calling it a mid-mandate re-boot. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to give his inner circle a sweeping overhaul – and he's widel...