While Alison Redford succeeded in her stunning bid to become Alberta's first female premier, Ontarians still don't know which chocolate they'll be picking out of the box. This past week's leadership debate produced no new clear front-runner. Meanwhile, protestors against the Keystone Pipeline busily had themselves arrested at demonstrations on Parliament Hill--with our own Maude Barlow reporting from the paddywagon about her handcuffing experience. Our intrepid HuffPost contributors are no strangers, however, to incarceration: We were thrilled to welcome Baron Black of Crossharbour--aka Conrad Black--aboard as a new blogger. Lord Black will be writing for us from his low-security facility in Miami, where he is serving the remaining months of obstruction of justice and mail fraud convictions. His new book,"A Matter of Principle," which details his legal ordeal and ultimate vindication of the most serious charges against him, was exclusively excerpted here on HuffPost. In this, Black recalls his wars with Rupert Murdoch -- a man he describes as having "no friendships, only interests" -- that would finally result in the vicious tattering of his own reputation.
Meanwhile, HuffPost's Brenda Starr of Ottawa -- our bureau chief, Althia Raj -- broke so many stories this week we nearly lost count. You read it here first that the CBC could face significant cuts, as well as the accusation from the Liberal's International Trade critic, Wayne Easter, that Canadian MPs were being kept in the dark over a multi-billion dollar trade deal with the EU. Althia was also on the front line of the Senators' rebellion over the requirement that they retire at age 75. Althia knows how important it is to be at the front of the line in any Senatorial dispute: They might run out of the turkey special if you arrive after 5 p.m.
The week was topped off by the death of mass-murder Clifford Olson, who left this world rather too peacefully, on Friday, from cancer. Within minutes of the news of Olson's death, we posted an extraordinary first-hand account of being stalked by Olson, by veteran journalist Peter Worthington. As Pete wrote: "I guess I knew Olson as well as anyone can know a homicidal and narcissistic sociopath. He was a congenital liar and manipulator. You couldn't believe a word he said. He relished attention, mindful of the Russian proverb: 'With an audience, even death is attractive.'"
Stay with us this coming week for first-tier coverage of the upcoming provincial elections in Ontario and Manitoba--and whatever other surprises our contributors might produce.