Mike Duffy: les libéraux demandent la réouverture de l’enquête éthique

July-25-14

La commissaire à l’éthique du Canada doit rouvrir sans tarder son enquête sur ce qui s’est passé au sein du bureau du premier ministre entre le sénateur Mike Duffy et Nigel Wright, qui était alors le chef de cabinet de Stephen Harper, disent les libéraux. Les Canadiens ont le droit de savoir tout ce qui a entouré la remise d’un chèque de 90 000 $ à M. Duffy pour l’aider à rembourser ses dépenses injustifiées au Sénat, a affirmé le député libéral Geoff Regan, en point de presse, mercredi matin. La commissaire Mary Dawson avait entrepris une enquête sur cette portion du scandale des dépenses au Sénat et sur ce qui a été fait par le bureau du premier ministre pour étouffer l’affaire.

Plus difficile de devenir Canadien

July-25-14

La chasse aux fraudeurs a considérablement engorgé le processus d'attribution de la citoyenneté au Canada, de sorte que le nombre de demandes accordées a chuté de 50% depuis 2006, année où le Parti conservateur a pris le pouvoir au pays. Selon des données obtenues par La Presse en vertu de la Loi sur l'accès à l'information, 260 804 demandes ont été approuvées en 2006, contre 128 977 en 2013. La baisse a été continue jusqu'en 2012 (113 148 citoyennetés accordées), à l'exception d'une remontée en 2011 (181 421). Une légère hausse amorcée en 2013 pourrait se poursuivre en 2014, selon les données préliminaires.

Blaine Higgs warns economic recovery 'at risk' in election

July-25-14

Finance Minister Blaine Higgs warns the province’s continued economic recovery is contingent on the re-election of the Progressive Conservatives in the Sept. 22 election. Pension deal Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said the economy is turning around but it is not time to change governments in the Sept. 22 election. (CBC) The finance minister issued the final financial statement before the upcoming provincial election on Wednesday. The report showed the province’s deficit hit $498.7 million for 2013-14. While the Progressive Conservatives promised in the 2010 election to balance the budget during their first term, Higgs said on Thursday the economy is turning around and its future improvement rests with the Tories remaining at the helm of the provincial government.

Canada’s slow-motion jobs crisis

July-25-14

When it comes to Stephen Harper’s track record on job creation, and what it might mean for his re-election bid next year, it helps to know which employment legacy we’re referring to: his boast that the economy has created 1.1 million jobs since the recession, or the three Senate jobs he doled out in 2008 that haunt him still? The consensus is that the latter poses the greatest risk to the Prime Minister. The Mike Duffy Senate expense scandal will almost certainly continue to deliver manna to journalists right through the rest of the year, with the possibility of a trial underway next fall, just as the campaign gets going. Patrick Brazeau’s fraud case will probably bubble up somewhere in there and Pamela Wallin’s might, too, if the RCMP follow through on their fraud allegations with charges. All three cases threaten to cast a long shadow over the campaign.

Ontario pension plan gets green light as Liberals pass budget bill

July-25-14

TORONTO (CP) — Ontario's law-making school is out for the summer, but the hard work is just starting. The legislature adjourned for the summer Thursday after the governing Liberals passed their budget 56 to 37 over the objections of the opposition parties. But all three major parties won't have many lazy days before it reassembles on Oct. 20. The Liberals are girding for a fight with public-sector labour unions in the fall, the Progressive Conservatives are heading into a leadership race and, like the New Democrats, will also be mending fences after a disappointing election defeat.

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