Roundup: New residency questions

It seems that Senator Peterson of Nunavut is next on the list to have his residency questioned. Apparently he may be spending more time in BC than in Nunavut, where he is representing. Meanwhile, intrepid reporters went to check out signs of life at Senator Mac Harb’s alleged primary residence in the Ottawa Valley, and found the Christmas lights were still up. Closer to home, there is talk that Senator Wallin’s travel expenses were flagged during a random audit, for what it’s worth. And yes, the audits of those residences will be made public. What is amusing is the concern that the NDP are showing about “secret audits” in the Senate – as though the Commons Board of Internal Inquiry were a paragon of openness and transparency as opposed to the most secretive organisation on the Hill.

What’s that? The RCMP has a problem of bullying within the ranks? You don’t say!

Irving Shipyards are ready to sign the next phase of their shipbuilding contract with the government. It seems that much of the design work for those ships will happen in Denmark, while Lockheed Martin has received the sole-source contract for shipboard electronics. Meanwhile, escalating costs and underestimation of inflation may have an even more detrimental effect on the plans to replace our naval resupply ships.

Because of escalating costs, it seems that if the F-35s are indeed chosen as the replacement for the CF-18s, they won’t be carrying as many weapons as was thought previously.

Despite media reports that Canada Post may be cutting back on delivery days because of their revenue shortfall, they say that they will maintain five-days-per-week delivery.

We are extending our C-17 mission to Mali for another 30 days – not that it’s a big surprise. And no, this isn’t something that should have been voted on, so don’t even go there.

John Baird is quietly making official visits to Cuba and Venezuela, and he’s totally going to focus on civil rights.

Seven people were isolated after a suspicious package was delivered to the Public Safety office in downtown Ottawa. And considering that I used to work in that building, that hits a little close to home.

Here is your look at the format for Saturday’s Liberal leadership debate, which mixes things up yet again. The Garneau-Trudeau exchange should be exciting, in any case. I mused more about the broader implications for their policy platform-versus-consultation approach here. Meanwhile, at a stop at Loyalist College, Trudeau was presented with a gift that had him fighting back tears. Oh, and Trudeau says that the Ethics Commissioner has approved the speaking appearances that he charges a fee for, in case you were wondering.

And here are the three things you need to see from last night’s political shows, including an interview with Senator Cowan, who makes the Senate richer by his very presence.