With a need to bolster his public image in Quebec, and the real sense of how much trouble he could be in should the PQ get elected in the province, Harper apparently had a secret meeting with Brian Mulroney last week for advice. (I’m still trying to figure out when that might have happened, given that Harper’s been a pretty busy PM of late, between international travel and vote-a-thons in the Commons). Nevertheless, necessity can make for strange bedfellows. Paul Wells dissects what it all means here.
The Rio+20 summit has ended with little in the way of agreed upon targets or timelines. Peter Kent says it’s a good thing, and that big conferences like that end up being counter-productive, and that binding targets are “inappropriate” and “unrealistic.”
Despite the requests to waive solicitor-client privilege in the investigation of a soldier’s suicide, Peter MacKay says no.
The Indian High Commissioner is not happy with Thomas Mulcair’s characterisation of the raid on the Golden Temple in the early eighties. The fact that Mulcair didn’t spell out that the Indian government was combating terrorists prompted the criticism.
In case you were losing track, here’s the timeline of the Dean Del Mastro affair and the cheques and invoices involved.
The former lieutenant governor of Quebec is trying to avoid fraud charges by invoking Sovereign Privilege – the legal concept that the Queen can do no wrong. Small problem – she’s not actually the Queen – just her former representative. As such, it’s an absurd and wrong defence.
And here’s a lengthy profile of Elizabeth May, post C-38 and her deep-seated fears for the fate of environmental legislation in this country.