Roundup: False plots to take away votes

There is no set by-election in Etobicoke Centre yet – in fact, the Supreme Court has not yet decided if they will hear the appeal – and the ground war in that riding is already heating up. The Conservatives have been calling voters to warn them that the Liberals were plotting to “overthrow” their votes, and that their votes would be “taken away” by the court decision. Which is a complete distortion, but all’s fair in war and politics, or something like that. Not that the Liberals haven’t started fundraising in preparation for the by-election there either, though not using such patently false claims it should be noted.

Thomas Mulcair blames Stephen Harper for east-west divisions, not his own comments. Shocking, I know. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall has some concerns over the “Dutch disease” comments, as does Dalton McGuinty. McGuinty says that the high dollar does pose challenges for the manufacturing sector, but it’s not “Dutch disease,” which really, when you actually weigh what’s going on, is more the case.

The Chief of Defence Staff is due to step down this summer, and the search for his replacement is on.

The continued practice of the government to ignore the independent commission that proposes the salaries of appointed judges – as they have been freezing any cost of living increases – means that judges may once again lose faith in that process and create a rift between the executive and judiciary.

It looks like Peter Kent was actually debunking climate change denial letters from his own caucus mates – even though he’s not exactly championing the cause as minister.

Here’s a reminder about why the relative measures used in child poverty reporting is often absurd, and doesn’t measure actual deprivation.

Canada’s leading-edge meteorite research is now in jeopardy thanks to budget cuts.

The Liberal party brass is getting set to meet in order to discuss the rules for the upcoming leadership race, and to determine if Bob Rae can still run to be permanent leader even though he promised that he wouldn’t back when he took the interim leader’s job a year ago.

Here’s Pat Martin proving once again that he has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to some pretty basic civic literacy in this country, this time with respect to the Queen of Canada.

Susan Delacourt looks at Stephen Harper’s use of photography to build his “brand narrative” of a patriotic hard worker.

And Alison Redford will be attending gay pride in Edmonton next weekend – the first time an Alberta premier has done so (not surprisingly).