This weekend on The House, I'll be sharing an interview I did with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
By Max Paris, Senior Producer for The House on CBC Radio One
By Susan Lunn
2009 hasn't been Jim Prentice's best year.
In May, the federal environment minister told me the federal government would have its entire plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions released by the time he went to Copenhagen.
That world meeting to come up with a climate deal to follow the Kyoto Accord starts in five weeks.
And Prentice's regulations are no where in sight.
On Monday, November 2, 2009, at 4 p.m., the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) will release a report entitled Economic and Fiscal Assessment Update (www.parl.gc.ca/pbo-dpb) . This report provides an update of the PBO Economic and Fiscal Assessment that was released in July. The PBO and his officials will be appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as well as the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance on Tuesday morning to discuss the findings in this report.
"Do you think it's possible for the Olympics to be non-partisan and/or non-political?"
I know what you're thinking -- "Of course the Olympics are nonpartisan and nonpolitical -- especially when it's your country playing host!" But is that really true? In a political environment so driven by optics, how can any politician resist the pull of so many potential feel-good photo ops? During the most recent round of will-they-or-won't-they election speculation, for instance, the upcoming Vancouver Games were often cited as a major factor in the timing of any future vote, with the near universal consensus amongst the punditerati that a successful outing for Canada could boost the PM's popularity into the stratosphere.On the other hand, could last-minute organizational hiccoughs - and any ensuing international snickering - turn the Olympic dream into a public relations nightmare, at least for a government that was ultimately deemed responsible by the voters?Oh, and just to be clear, this hypothetical question applies to both opposition politicians as well as those in government. After all, there's nothing stopping the other parties from sending their respective leaders on a walkabout around Olympic Village -- except the (very real) possibility that it could look like shameless pandering, which could in turn inspire a backlash against such blatant vote baitery.