Liberal official agent faces charges over 2006 campaign

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The official agent for a 2006 federal Liberal candidate in Quebec is facing seven charges under the Canada Elections Act for failing to open and use a bank account for the candidate, failing to pay claims and failing to file information demanded by Elections Canada, the commissioner for Canada Elections said Friday.

Add another name to the list of Tory soon-to-be-ex staffers

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Just days after the news broke that PMO media wrangler Andrew MacDougall would be hanging up his lasso at the end of the month comes word that Government House Leader Peter Van Loan's long-serving communications director Fraser Malcolm will also be fleeing the precinct before the fall session gets underway.

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Earlier this week, NDP Industry critic Chris Charlton dispatched an open letter to Conservative Industry committee chair David Sweet, in which she suggested that, given the increasingly testy debate surrounding the looming spectrum auction, he might want to consider bringing the committee back for a series of pre-session hearings on the future of the Canadian wireless sector.

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird heads off to the iconic Meech Lake retreat in Chelsea, where he's set to meet with his Indonesian counterpart, Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegewa, who, according to the advisory, is visiting Canada for the second time this year

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NDP MP Olivia Chow to unveil 'life-size' Jack Layton statue in Toronto

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NDP MP Olivia Chow will mark the second anniversary of her husband's passing by unveiling a bronze sculpture to honour the late NDP Leader -- a "life-size" monument of Jack Layton on the back seat of a bicycle built for two that, according to the release, was "donated through fundraising by the Ontario Federation of Labour." 

The ceremony that will also "officially recognize" the newly renamed Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. 

OFL President Sid Ryan will also be in attendance, as well Layton's son. city councillor Mike Layton, and other local officials.


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Tory attack over Liberal 'voter suppression cards' falls flat

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17 people talking finance policy with Jim Flaherty this afternoon

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Courtesy of the finance department, the full list of participants -- including former Liberal MP Lloyd Axworthy and CBC host Amanda Lang -- attending the minister's seventh annual end-of-summer policy retreat in Wakefield this afternoon. 

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Liberals raise spectre of 'voter suppression' in advance of by-elections

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Also today: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty goes behind closed doors at his annual policy retreat in Wakefield. 

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Attention Senate scandal watchers counting down the days -- or, in this case, months -- until Auditor General Michael Ferguson releases the already much-anticipated results of his promised investigation into Upper House expense irregularities: Don't expect to peruse hundreds of pages of Deloitte-style breakdowns of travel, hospitality and per diem claims submitted by each and every occupant of the Red Chamber.

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Concerned, it seems, over the increasingly testy tone dominating the debate over the upcoming spectrum auction, New Democrat Industry critic Chris Charlton is calling on the government -- or, at least, Conservative industry committee chair David Sweet -- to embark on late-summer hearings to "ensure ... long-term competition and access to mobile services across Canada."

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