Roundup: A Métis victory

The Métis of Manitoba won a Supreme Court ruling yesterday that states that the government didn’t fully implement the 1870 promise that led to the creation of Manitoba in the first place. And while there was no remedy attached – so no, Winnipeg, you don’t have to worry about being displaced – it will be interesting to see how this moves forward now that there is this recognition.

Jim Flaherty met with private sector economists yesterday and declared that he was confident in the budget – whenever it may be tabled – thanks to good job numbers.

Jason Kenney says that the lower-than-promised refugee resettlement numbers are due in large part to the civil war in Syria. After promising to resettle a large number of Iraqi refugees who had fled to Syria, well, we can’t process them effectively with a civil war in that country having wreaked havoc with diplomatic missions and resettlement logistics.

In news that surprises exactly nobody, polls suggest that Canadians find the Economic Action Plan™ ads to be a waste of money.

Rona Ambrose says she will likely vote against the upcoming motion on sex-selective abortions – despite saying that her concern over them was why she voted in favour of the previous backdoor abortion motion in the Commons. Lesson learned in the backlash, perhaps?

Your Friday-before-a-constituency-week announcement for burial was that the Prime Minister’s former press secretary, Angelo Persichilli, has been appointed to be a citizenship judge in Toronto.

In this week’s Maclean’s, John Geddes looks at the various troubles the Senate has been having lately (I refuse to call them all “scandals” because that grossly inflates the magnitude of the issues at play), and the reform or abolition options on the table. Still missing are the context of the various roles the Senate actually plays, and the fact that the transparency demanded of the Senate doesn’t happen on the Commons side either. Over in the Star, Tim Harper suggests that some of Senator Pamela Wallin’s troubles may be because she may be aspiring to replace Marjory LeBreton as Government Leader as LeBreton’s time mandate grows short. Wallin denies this, while her stature in the Senate on the rise, especially after she turned the Senate’s Defence and Security Committee from being a vocal critic of any government in power to one where you hear almost nothing out of. I’ve personally heard from people familiar with the situation in the Upper Chamber that there are personality conflicts at play, and that people in the party who don’t like the Wallin’s media darling status have been behind some of the leaks, which makes a great deal of sense.

Over in the Liberal leadership race, it looks like David Bertschi’s campaign team has abandoned him. Perhaps it’s time for Bertschi to acknowledge his delusions at this point, and sashay away. Sadly, Bertschi continues to cling to his delusions and insists he’s still in the race. Meanwhile, Greg Weston discusses those polls that show the Liberals winning the next election, despite there not being a leader actually chosen yet.

Here are the three things you need to see from last night’s political shows, including Kevin Page bemoaning the choice of an interim successor.

And Susan Delacourt discusses Donald Savoie’s new book, and the disconnect in treating the public service like a business.