Denis Lebel


How Tories Aim To Woo Quebec

MONTREAL - Federal Conservatives are capping off their summer with a pre-electoral push in Quebec, a charm campaign to help the party rebound in what has proven to be challenging terrain.Denis Lebel,...

Harper's $14-Billion Plan

GORMLEY, Ont. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper lifted the veil Thursday on a $14-billion infrastructure fund that will offer provinces, cities and smaller communities access to eagerly anticipated fede...

Breakup Rules Divide Harper Cabinet

MONTREAL - A split has emerged in the Harper government over a fundamental principle: the rules governing the potential breakup of Canada.The Conservatives' senior Quebec minister has declared in two...

Scowl Or Shrug?

OTTAWA - The Conservative cabinet appears to have two different sets of talking points on the controversial Quebec charter — some typed up in boldface, and others in a tiny footnote font.Over the last...
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New and Improved Oil Spills!

Has the virtual removal of single-hulled tankers ended the risk of oil spills? Not actually. Despite the exuberance of natural resources minister Joe Oliver's rhetoric, double-hulls possess no magical powers. Their use has not ended the risk of accidents and oil spills.

How Harper's Neglect Suffocates Native Potential

The Harper Conservatives' lack of consultation with First Nations represents a dangerous narrow-mindedness. The same goes for the government's neglect of environmental protection. It is time to idle no more. It is time to speak out, for First Nations, and for Canadians as a whole.

Ottawa Denies VIA Rail For Sale

OTTAWA - The federal government is denying a published report that it is thinking about selling Via Rail.A spokesman for Transport Minister Denis Lebel says privatizing the passenger rail service isn'...

Once a Separatist, Always a Separatist?

Minister of Transport Denis Lebel's Bloc Québécois story differs from that of Nycole Turmel's. He walked away from the separatist gang more than a decade ago, not months ago. And, of course, the biggest difference between them is that he's not the leader of the party.