Roundup: Dispute or drawing board?

A government-sponsored review of the Auditor General’s findings on the F-35 procurement failure could be indicating that they’re trying to dispute his findings, rather than taking the procurement process back to the drawing board like they (sort of) promised to.

A Dalhousie professor believes that our current approach to immigration is simply snobbery that won’t help with the coming demographic crunch, but rather that we need more unskilled labourers who will be industrious and start businesses.

Documents show that Jack Layton’s state funeral cost some $368,000 – more than the state funerals of the previous two governors general, who are actually entitled to such events.

Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber continues his goal of becoming an effective backbench MP and holding the government to account. He also reminds us of the old practice of ministers needing to run in by-elections to ensure they had support (and also demarcating the separation between caucus and cabinet). It’s like he’s an MP who’s literate as to his own responsibilities! Remember that this is behaviour we should encourage.

Historian Christopher Moore takes a look at the mass exodus taking place in the BC Liberal cabinet and reminds us that we should return to a system where the caucus chooses – and fires – its leaders and not the party membership. This is a position I have long been advocating, as current party leaders are now accountable to nobody, and having such a mechanism would help to re-empower MPs.

Hey, they’ve finally released the age of our new Chief of Defence Staff – he’s 55. Still wondering why they were so tight-lipped about it.

The CBC’s Greg Weston looks at the CNOOC/Nexen deal, and figures the government will have a really difficult time trying to turn it down, seeing as six months ago they were over in China begging for investment in the resource sector. Meanwhile, the NDP are still waiting for just what the “net benefit” test is supposed to entail for foreign takeovers.

Kady O’Malley pokes into the black hole that is “Other Revenue” on party financing balance sheets.

As of September 1st, the CRTC has outlawed loud commercials.

And here’s a look at 100 years of the Alberta legislature building (which is where I cut my political teeth as a page in high school).