Most recent entries for October 2013

Yesterday, we asked "Which scandal concerns you more?". Here's what you said: 
Rob Ford video 5% 
Senate expenses 91% 
Neither 3% 
Not sure 0%
Total responses: 2628

With the much-anticipated Conservative convention about to get underway, the House has switched to Friday hours in order to allow MPs to make the trek to Calgary --on their own dime, for those who were wondering -- in time for the kick-off of the three-day confab.

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Yesterday, we asked "Should there be a public inquiry into the senate scandal?". Here's what you said: 
Yes 96% 
No 4% 
Not sure 0% 
Total responses: 4527

As late-night Senate liveblog watchers -- or, alternately, early bird news readers -- are already well aware, a faint flicker of light has been spotted at what all concerned devoutly hope is the end of the Senate suspension showdown tunnel.

Last night, deputy Senate government leader Yonah Martin attempted to introduce amendments to the three main motions that would permit the sanctioned senators to continue to receive health and medical benefits.

Although her efforts were initially thwarted after Independent Senator Elaine McCoy denied the necessary consent to put them forward while other amendments are still under consideration, she'll likely be able to do so later today -- or, at the latest -- tomorrow, which may herald the striking of a compromise that will bring the standoff to a close.

Also expected today is a key ruling from Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella, who has been tasked with deciding whether the move to convert the motions to 'government business,' which is required before closure can be invoked to shut down the debate, is in order.

Back in the Commons, with the fall omnibudget bill having been duly dispatched to the relevant committees, the Chamber will turn its attention to the government's recently resurrected bid to establish the Canadian Museum of History, another casualty of prorogation subsequently reinstated at the last state it had completed before the Order Paper reboot -- which, in this case, is the opening round of third reading debate.

Before all that gets underway, however, MPs will retreat behind closed-doors to discuss the latest developments at their weekly caucus meetings, which will likely wrap at noon-ish.

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Yesterday, we asked "Is the Prime Minister responsible for the actions of his office?". 
Here's what you said: 
 Yes 98% 
 No 2%
 Not sure 0% 
 Total responses: 6335
New Democrat MP Charlie Angus has submitted still more material to the parliamentary record to support his contention that the prime minister may have misled the House last June when he stated that neither he nor anyone in his office were aware of the $90,000 repayment plan arranged by his former chief of staff for embattled senator Mike Duffy.

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Undaunted by the seemingly inevitable passage of a motion that they fear will drastically curtail their power to fully represent their constituents, a trio of independent-minded MPs have launched an eleventh-hour letter-writing campaign against the government's latest gambit to streamline the legislative process.

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In the aftermath of a second wave of startling allegations from embattled Senator Mike Duffy, the Red Chamber reconvenes this afternoon.

While the agenda for today is, as, it seems, always, seemingly in flux, the Upper House will hold its first vote on a substantive suspension-related matter later this afternoon, when it will cast its collective ballot on Liberal Senator Jim Cowan`s proposal to send the motion targeting Senator Patrick Brazeau to the privilege committee for further study.

A cautionary note, however, to those who may have been hoping that the outcome of today's vote will foretell the ultimate fate of the embattled trio: It would be unwise to assume that Conservative -- or, for that matter, Independent and Liberal -- senators will automatically vote the same way on all three motions and/or amendments.

Meanwhile, despite giving notice of their intent to trigger a complicated two-step closure process last week, neither the Government Leader in the Senate or his deputy have yet moved the necessary motions to start the clock on the final votes, which could indicate either a deal in the works with any or all of the senators facing suspensions, or that they, too, aren't entirely sure how this will play out on the floor.

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A chronological rundown of what we know so far about that now notorious $90,00 arrangement between the embattled senator and the PM's former chief of staff. 
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Yesterday, we asked "How involved do you think the Prime Minister was in the Wright/Duffy deal?". Here's what you said: 
Very 95% 
Somewhat 2% 
Not at all 3% 
Total responses: 3722
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