Roundup: Re-election and nuclear reactors

Barak Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States. Hopefully we can now stop obsessing about this and get on with our lives. Incidentally, Thomas Mulcair was first out to offer a congratulatory press release, Harper’s was a little later, while MPs from all parties are shocked and dismayed at the ridiculous $6 billion spent over the campaign.

During Harper’s trip to India, a deal has been signed to sell Canadian uranium for their nuclear reactors and they promise not to make bombs out of it this time. The government there also gave Harper a pointed warning about Sikh extremists back in Canada.

Peter Penashue, during his brief and flustered moments in QP yesterday, said he’d been travelling around the country. Kady O’Malley looked into that, and found that almost all of his travel has been to his riding to make government announcements, and that as Intergovernmental Affairs minister, he hasn’t even visited a number of provinces. Meanwhile, he did also briefly speak to the media, and promised that he won’t quit, but he will address campaign financing questions on Tuesday next week.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer put out another report yesterday, this one giving his first look at the budget cuts, and he says that – shockingly – they have a direct effect on programs and not just the “back office” as Flaherty claimed. Imagine that! And while most departments did finally respond to his request, they also provided him with inadequate data. Try to look surprised, everyone.

Despite the assurances that the new federal Shared Services email programme will be made-in-Canada, officials at the Communications Security Establishment warn that it won’t guarantee security, as all commercial products have some vulnerability to them. The trick, of course, is to find and mitigate them.

The price Australia will be paying for the very same version of the F-35s that we’re still likely to buy has gone up, putting even more doubt on our “fixed price” mythology.

Apparently the PMO and some anti-union groups have meet over this “union transparency” private member’s bill. The NDP are crying conspiracy, and while it remains unseemly for the government to throw its weight behind PMBs, I’ve heard from enough Conservatives to know that very few PMBs actually come from the Centre, and I’m not convinced that this is one of those, considering how poorly it is drafted.

Canada Post plans to charge developers a fee for extending mail service to new developments. As well they should, given that we need to focus on densification, not further suburban blight.

Here’s a video from the Green Party’s efforts in the Calgary Centre by-election.

Here is your American election-filled recap of last night’s political shows.

And here is an “It Gets Better” video from a bunch of RCMP officers out in BC, and it’s one of the best ones to date.