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Chris Carter

Chris Carter is Senior Producer for Chris came to the CBC after nearly 15 years at the Toronto Star and, including four years in the Star's Ottawa bureau as an online editor.

Revealed: Liberalwho is Liberalwhocares

What seemed to be an attempt at a clever social media campaign by an undeclared candidate for the federal Liberal party turned into a joke without an obvious punchline yesterday, when redirected visitors to So, the joke's on ... who?

Read the full Storify recap after the jump.

MPs rush to grab a share of the rock limelight


House Speaker Andrew Scheer shares a laugh with Geddy Lee, right, and Alex Lifeson, left, of the band "Rush" during a reception for the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards on Parliament Hill on Thursday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

It's well known that Treasury Board President Tony Clement has a fondness for rock and roll - and his frequent question period sparring partner, the NDP's Charlie Angus is himself a former rock musician.

So it's not surprising the two had something to say in the presence of Canadian power trio Rush, who were in the Commons visitors' gallery during question period Thursday along with other recipients of this year's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

Watch a video of Clement and Angus's exchange and read a short report from The Canadian Press after the jump...

VIDEO | 22 Minutes' Liberal laughs

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Comedian Mark Critch talks about This Hour Has 22 Minutes' coverage of the weekend Liberal convention.

UPDATE: You can view the full clip here.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBC Television.

Canada's statement on Durban climate deal

Canada is welcoming an agreement that sets a course for negotiations a new treaty on cuts to carbon emission reached after days of all-night negotiations at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

Canada has drawn much criticism over the past two weeks for its stand against an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, which the Conservative government says does not include binding targets for major emitters in the developing world.

In a statement issued early Dec. 11, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Canada is "cautiously optimistic" a broad agreement can be reached by 2015, but restated opposition to the Kyoto approach. Canada is threatening to withhold contributions to the multi-billion dollar Green Climate Fund unless all major polluters commit to binding carbon emission cuts.

Read the full statement from Environment Canada after the jump...

CHAT REPLAY: Vote Compass on the Ontario leaders

Quebec reaction to PM's new communications director

When Angelo Persichilli was announced as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new director of communications on Wednesday, it wasn't hard to get up to speed on his point of view about some of the issues he may handle in his new job.

Persichilli has covered federal politics in his columns for the Toronto Star, the Hill Times and in the Italian-Canadian newspaper Corriere Canadese, among others, for years.

His columns on Quebec have drawn perhaps the most interest, and today Le Devoir reported (requires subscription or purchase; here's the truncated translation) that a French-language rights group has written a letter of complaint to Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser (also, as it happens, a former Toronto Star columnist).

My Radio-Canada colleague Emmanuelle Latraverse summarized the controversy in a blog post . . . after the jump.

PM begins Arctic trip in Resolute Bay Tuesday

The Prime Minister's Office announced Sunday Stephen Harper will travel to the Arctic for what has become an annual trip on Tuesday, visiting the communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. He will also visit Resolute Bay, site of this weekend's deadly plane crash.

Here is the full statement from the PMO:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel to Canada's North for the sixth consecutive year. The Prime Minister will tour the North from August 23 to 26, 2011.

"Canada's North is a fundamental part of our heritage and national identity and it is a cornerstone of our Government's agenda," said the Prime Minister. "Since forming Government, we have made significant progress on economic and social development, asserting our sovereignty, providing good governance, and protecting the Northern environment."

The Prime Minister will visit Resolute Bay on Tuesday, where he will meet with community members and first responders involved in rescue and recovery efforts for First Air Flight 6560.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by Saturday's tragic plane crash," said the Prime Minister. "Thanks to the herculean efforts of first responders, including members of the Canadian Armed Forces, lives were saved that otherwise might have been lost."

Following Resolute, the Prime Minister will stop in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon, where he will meet with Premiers, visit initiatives that are benefiting Northerners, and make several announcements that will further contribute to the economic and social development of Canada's North.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by: Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Minister of Health; John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; and Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.

Elections Canada releases report, official results for May 2 vote

Canada's Chief Electoral Officer has released his official report on the May 2 election, along with official voting results.

Read some highlights (UPDATED) and the full report after the jump....

WebWatch: Stockwell Day Connex

Former Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day, who retired from government before the recent election, has launched a new consulting company, Stockwell Day Connex.

Here's an annotated look at his new website.... after the jump.

Live blog: NDP convention

The CBC's Laurie Graham and Karina Roman are in Vancouver at the NDP's convention. Follow news from the convention here and at, and on CBC News Network.
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