Roundup: The GG and the Chief

Despite Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand that the Governor General be part of a meeting with the Prime Minister as a condition of ending her hunger strike, His Excellency has said that it’s not his place to meet with her over political issues, and will defer until given political instruction to do so – which is how things work under Responsible Government, in case anyone has any doubts.

Jason Kenney plans to re-launch the federal skilled workers immigration programme by May, which he hopes to keep more foreign-trained doctors and engineers from driving cabs (never mind that the biggest holdup to credential recognition is provincial regulatory bodies).

As was promised, the government has moved to eliminate gun show regulations – not that they were ever actually implemented in the first place.

John Ivison gave the scoop that Harper personally intervened to ensure that the next phase of the RADARSAT project would go ahead, which is a welcome relief for the company as they were laying of engineers with valuable strategic knowledge.

As part of a year-ender interview, Harper says that gun control works in Canada. He also took responsibility for naming an Auditor General who spoke insufficient French (though this is in part due to internal party pressure to say never again – coming in large part from Maxime Bernier). Meanwhile, Glen McGregor offers a look at assault rifle ownership in this country.

As part of his own year-ender interview, PEI Premier Robert Ghiz describes Harper’s top-down imposition of a new healthcare funding formula as “sabotage.”

It looks like the Commonwealth Charter is going ahead.

Here is your recap of last night’s political shows, where the Governor General demonstrated that he understands Responsible Government and represents the will of the government both at home and abroad.

And here are some astrological predictions for political leaders. Hint: Everything is coming up Justin.

Up today: The Supreme Court will rule whether or not a witness can wear a niqab in court when she testifies about a sexual assault. Remember, it is a part of our justice system to face your accuser in court, which will be an important consideration for the Court to consider.