Toronto Sun Anti-abortion protesters hope Harper will re-open debate
Thursday, May 12, 2011 By Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau
Freemason PM Stephen Harper Making Masonic Recognition Signal in House of Commons, Ottawa
OTTAWA – Thousands of protesters gathered on Parliament Hill Thursday and marched through Ottawa streets to demand the federal government outlaw abortion.
“We won’t rest until, once again, a culture of life has been restored to Canada,” said Jim Hughes, the National President of the Campaign Life Coalition.
The anti-abortion organization has held an annual rally in Ottawa for 14 years. Church and school groups are among those who attend every year.
During the election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government would not support opening up the abortion issue.
“The government will not bring forward any such legislation and any such legislation that is brought forward will be defeated as long as I am prime minister,” Harper said.
Anti-abortion activists are not holding their breath for Harper to change the law. Instead, they are hoping newly elected MPs will lead the charge.
“Harper has never been pro-life and so we don’t expect much from him,” said Hughes. “We expect a lot from […]
Toronto Star Ontario won’t call public inquiry into G20 chaos
Mon Jun 28 2010 Rob Ferguson, Tanya Talaga and David Rider
Queen’s Park says it’s up to Ottawa to call a public inquiry into the G20 Summit that roiled Toronto.
And Toronto Mayor David Miller insists no inquiry is needed, saying the city’s Police Services Board will conduct a routine review with input from citizens — and anyone who feels they were mistreated by police can complain directly to the provincial Office of the Independent Police Review Director.
But Ontario’s New Democrats say there are “far more questions than there are answers” after the wild weekend of violence and the decisions that led up to it, making it essential to have an inquiry into how Toronto was chosen, security was planned, as well as police tactics and strategy over the weekend.
“It’s unbelievable so many crimes could be committed in the presence of so many police officers,” said New Democrat MPP and justice critic Peter Kormos, referring to the “black bloc” protesters who ran amok despite a security tab of almost $1 billion.
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German fraud trial may throw light on slush fund affair
Arms dealer and lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, denies bribery and tax evasion
Monday 18 January 2010 Kate Connolly in Berlin
'A Pillar of Mutual Support…'
An elderly arms dealer and lobbyist accused of playing a major role in a slush fund affair that plunged Germany’s Christian Democrats into chaos in the 1990s and set the chancellor, Angela Merkel, on the road to power, went on trial today for alleged fraud.
Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, who has joint Canadian and German citizenship, pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, tax evasion and being an accessory to fraud, in a trial that is being watched closely by political and business communities, not least because of revelations he might make over who knew what about the funding scandal.
His friends and contacts with whom he famously shared a table at Munich’s Oktoberfest, included intelligence agents, state secretaries and arms manufacturers.
Prosecutor Marcus Paintinger told the court in Augsburg, southern Germany, that Schreiber had withheld €13.3m in taxes from the €32m commission he received from sales of Airbus aeroplanes to Thailand, helicopters to the Canadian coastguard, and a […]
Globe and Mail March 26, 2009
Walking a mile in the wrong shoes Editorial
RCMP Commissioner William Elliott wants Canadians to “walk a mile in my shoes” – a Mountie’s brown boots – before RCMP Commissioner William Elliott judging the organization or its people in the fatal tasering of the Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport.
But the RCMP is not the victim here, and it will not regain Canadians’ confidence by acting like one. Mr. Elliott’s comment is egregious and insulting because he asks for his organization what he does not ask of it – that it walk a mile in the shoes of an unarmed immigrant who did not speak English or French, and who had been waiting for his mother for 10 hours. Never mind a mile.
The Mounties never took the first step. They began tasering Mr. Dziekanski, about whom they knew nothing, and never asked, within 30 seconds of approaching him.
Mr. Elliott asks for empathy, but why should Canadians ignore incompetence and unprofessionalism?
It is clear to nearly everyone in Canada except the RCMP that the tasering was unnecessary, brutal and a national embarrassment. […]
CBC News Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Conservative Party’s plan to acclaim incumbent MPs draws criticism
The federal Conservative Party is moving ahead with reforms to its process of nominating candidates for elections that will mean incumbent MPs won’t have to fight for nominations in their ridings.
The proposal would declare incumbent MPs acclaimed as candidates in the next election unless two-thirds of members in their ridings ask for an open nomination contest.
The party is sending ballots on the issue to its members. Only those with a Conservative Party membership as of March 10 can vote.
The idea is to respect the wishes of members as well as free up MPs so they can direct their time and effort to bolstering the minority government in Ottawa, according to Gord Elliot of the party’s national council.
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