Now that she will be attempting to form a government in Quebec, Pauline Marois is vowing to toughen language laws and scrap the tuition hikes – but whether or not she’ll get enough support remains to be seen. And if she wants provincial control over EI, well, Diane Finley’s not keen to give up that power either. In the wake of the shooting at the PQ rally Tuesday night, the federal political leaders have all offered their condolences and condemnation. Paul Wells offers some perspective of previous incidents of violence ostensibly tied to the political debate in Montreal. Jean Charest has stepped down as the provincial Liberal party leader after a 28-year political career. Susan Delacourt remembers her encounters with him.
The shooting incident has several Liberal MPs recalling their own issues with security in the past.
From their caucus retreat or “strategy session” in St. John’s, the NDP are looking to prove that they’re ready to form government. Thomas Mulcair says that the PQ victory in Quebec will be a “short minority,” but also that it will hamper his party’s plans to form a provincial wing before the next election there.
From the Liberal camp, Bob Rae spoke about the need for more venture capital in the country, better access to medicine, and the need to have a new relationship with the First Nations and Aboriginal communities. He affirmed the party as one of choice for women (so he’ll be whipping the pro-lifers who remain in his caucus?), for the rights of immigrants, and equality of opportunity. In castigating Harper, Rae also raised the need to construct an east-west pipeline in the country. Rae also said that Senators Zimmer and Fairbairn shouldn’t be used as political footballs, and clarified that the party is out of debt and is in a good financial situation – contrary to the constant false attribution of the party as being bankrupt. Jane Taber offers a teaser about the possible rules of the upcoming race around spending limits and campaign debt.
The government cancelled a tour of the Arctic for foreign defence attachés, but is going ahead with a tour of military bases in Southwestern Ontario.
Here’s a look at how six MPs spent their summer.
In the wake of PSAC’s endorsing the PQ, Pierre Poilievre hints that there may be anti-union “right to work” legislation in the works.
Now that Vic Toews has the additional material on Omar Khadr that he requested, it is hoped he’ll make a decision on his repatriation soon.
Aaron Wherry continues to take apart Joe Oliver’s “NDP carbon tax” talking points and points out that Oliver too ran on a Conservative platform that included cap-and-trade. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Syncrude says that industry needs carbon pricing so that they can make plans and find options.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer is going to start publishing his own quarterly reports on the impact of budget cuts.
Elections Canada has only spent under a quarter million dollars on robo-call investigations so far.
And here’s a great blog post on the failure of the media Tuesday night to demonstrate how governments are formed.