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James Cudmore

James Cudmore has been a national newspaper reporter, a national television reporter and a national radio reporter. He's reported from every province and territory in the country. James has been, in no particular order, a bouncer at a Toronto night club, a book-seller, a house-painter, a soldier, a prep-cook, an ice-cream scooper, coffee-server, dish-washer, and paper boy. James has covered three federal elections from Ottawa, and two more from Alberta. James covers Defence for the CBC and has reported from Afghanistan. He also covers politics (but most days would rather be cooking).

Cost of Harper's flown-in fleet still up in the air

I could see it sitting out there on the Bangalore, India tarmac, baking in the sun, its fat nose and droopy wings unmistakable.

"That's a C-17," I said to my seatmate, as we taxied off the runway on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's plane, RCAF 001.

And indeed, it was. And not just any C-17, but a Canadian C-17, with a Canadian flag emblazoned on its tall grey tail, operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, and in Bangalore today as the means of transport for Harper's armoured rides.

More, after the jump...

UPDATED - Dimitri's Last Briefing

The final background media briefing by soon-to-be-former PMO communications director Dimitri Soudas began with a debate about picture-taking.

Hit the jump for the full post. 

Dropping bombs, dodging questions on Libya

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(Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

The Canadian military is refusing to say how many bombs its fighter pilots have dropped on Libyan targets.

The Canadian Forces lead spokesman Wednesday told reporters the information was protected because of operational security concerns.

Brig.-Gen. Richard Blanchette says disclosing the number of bombs dropped might be useful to Libyan intelligence agents, though he couldn't really say why.

"How could they use it?" Blanchette asked. "It's not necessarily clear right off the bat. But, it could be used in a way that would be going against the effort that we're having in the theatre of operation."

Read more... after the jump.

Jack, Joe and me (UPDATED)

There was a face in the crowd at Jack Layton's multi-media town hall in Toronto, Tuesday, that I recognized.

It belonged to Joe Cressy who, as it turned out, helped organize the evening's event.

Cressy's also the campaign co-chair for Olivia Chow, the NDP candidate in Trinity-Spadina (and Jack Layton's wife).

He is also, more famously, a participant in a Parliament-disrupting protest in the public galleries of the House of Commons in 2009.

UPDATED: Tories to Ignatieff: 'Misquote us? Misquote you!' The transcript flap, blow-by-blow

A day after the Conservative Party harangued Michael Ignatieff for misquoting their leader on health care, the Conservative war room has returned the favour.

In a media release titled "COALITION WATCH" rushed out by following Ignatieff's televised interview with Peter Mansbridge on Tuesday, the Conservative Party misquotes the Liberal leader.

Ignatieff was talking about how it could be possible to become prime minister without winning the election.

Trying build support? Run to Rona...

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(Adrian Wyld, Canadian Press)

We're at a Rona, in Gatineau, waiting for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

The media is set up in the 'portes and fenetres' section.

Behind the podium marked "Liberal," are two doors. White ones, with glass panels.

I was expecting something a little more inventive. Like perhaps a red door, and a blue door.

Chow comes prepared for the pitbull

Perhaps the sticker affixed to the condo door should have been the first clue we were entering dog territory: "Punish the deed," it read, "not the breed."

And the second clue was somewhat more obvious. It was a loud, barrel-chested bark, that startled even through the still-closed door, and echoed down the hall.

Olivia Chow was door-knocking in her Toronto Trinity-Spadina riding.

And behind this particular door, was a dog named Rocky.

Layton's double-pointed sword in Quebec

Jack Layton is promising to fight hard for more seats in Quebec.

Currently the NDP have one seat, in Outremont. But they've picked up a star candidate in Cree politician and activist Romeo Saganash.

Saganash is very well known in Quebec, and he's running in the province's far north in Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.

Layton's message in Montreal is focused on two enemies: The Liberal party and the Bloc. It's sort of an assumption for Layton that no Quebecker really wants to vote Conservative.

Weird tales from the campaign 1

Warning: This blog contains material of a (robo) sexual nature.

Domo Arigato.

Campaigns are filled with weirdness. But having covered three federal elections, I can honestly say, I have never heard of anything as weird as this.

Jamie Butler, a camera-operator and editor for Global News, last night had a run in with a robot.

Or at least, the cast-off tinfoil-covered cardboard remains of a homemade robot suit.

More - too much, really - and photos, after the jump...

No questions for Layton on Day 1

By the time day ends, NDP leader Jack Layton will have been the only federal party leader NOT to have taken a question from reporters.

Layton's press secretary is promising questions tomorrow. But today, says Karl Belanger, the campaign is busy.

And it is. Layton started the day in Ottawa, where he delivered a 15-minute speech twice (once in each Official Language).

Then he jetted to Edmonton -- a four-hour flight -- for a largish event at the Art Galllery of Alberta.

From there the tour will take off for Vancouver, in preparation for tomorrow's event in the Lower Mainland.

So, yes. It is a busy day. But, really, it's never too busy for questions ... is it?