And that was the third and final day of the Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax, and it too had its share of drama as BC Premier Christy Clark walked out on the discussions on a national energy strategy until her concerns over the Northern Gateway Pipeline were addressed. While BC MPs gave a fairly mixed reaction to Clark’s move, the other premiers seemed fairly non-plussed with the attitude that it’s a big country, and they can go ahead without them. And then they all went back to complaining about health transfers. Meanwhile, a portion of an existing Enbridge pipeline in Ontario was approved to have its flow reversed, which could be an early step in bringing more western crude to eastern refineries – assuming that the pipeline can carry heavy crude and has enough capacity to make it worthwhile.
Here’s a look at five past and current interprovincial disputes.
In the Paul Calandra fundraising news, it seems that the chairman of the proposed radio station vying for the licence was encouraged to attend the fundraiser and make a donation. Yeah, that should have raised a flag.
Lawyers on both sides in the Dean Del Mastro improper campaign donations imbroglio are frustrated by the silence coming out of Elections Canada.
Former Harper staffer Bruce Carson – remember him? – has been charged with influence peddling.
Hey, look – the deficit for this year (so far) is smaller than expected. That said, the fiscal year is still young.
Susan Delacourt looks at the relationship between Stephen Harper and Rob Ford, and notes that it looks far less cosy than it did last summer, before the Ontario election.
And Senator Romeo Dallaire points out that it’s been ten years since Omar Khadr was captured in Afghanistan.