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:: PoliticsWatch News Archive April 2007

Calls for Defence minister's resignation continue
(April 30, 2007)

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor wasn't in the House of Commons Monday, but that didn't stop calls for his resignation over the handling of Afghan detainees.

Opposition parties plot next move day after Kyoto killed
(April 27, 2007)

The opposition parties appear to have no choice but to force an election soon if they want Canada to live up to its Kyoto commitments. But will they do it? Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Canada's Defence minister on the ropes
(April 26, 2007)

The opposition parties continue to press for his resignation over the handling of Afghan detainees, but has Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost confidence in Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor? PoliticsWatch examines the issue.

Liberals mock Baird's friendly invitation
(April 26, 2007)

 PoliticsWatch has obtained e-mails showing that
Liberal staffers and Senators had a good laugh Wednesday after responding to a friendly invitation to a technical briefing  by Environment Minister John Baird.

Canadian PM accused of lying about  torture allegations
(April 25, 2007)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is standing by his accusation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper lied to the House this week when he said there was no evidence that Afghan detainees were tortured by Afghan authorities.

> Don't trust Taliban torture tales- PM

Tory MP says drugs to Africa bill may never work
(April 23, 2007)

The chair of the Commons industry committee said Monday that a Canadian law designed to send generic versions of patented drugs to developing countries may never work because of the reluctance of recipient countries to identify themselves.

Harper and the image consultant
(April 20, 2007)

PoliticsWatch looks at why Stephen Harper's image consultant could become a big headache for the Tory caucus. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

PM accuses Liberals of exploiting Afghanistan casualties
(April 19, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday he believed the opposition Liberals introduced a motion calling for Canada to end combat operations in Afghanistan in order to take advantage of the recent deaths eight Canadian soldiers. 

Lewis tells MPs to fix drugs to Africa law (April 18, 2007)

Stephen Lewis, a former UN ambassador for HIV/AIDS, told MPs Wednesday that Canada's legislation designed to deliver cheaper, generic copies of drugs to the developing world has failed and needs to be fixed. 

Kyoto would send Canada into a recession: Baird
(April 18, 2007)

Environment Minister John Baird released an Environment Canada study Thursday detailing several negative economic consequences if Canada were to meet its 2012 Kyoto targets for greenhouse gas emissions. 

Canadian PM pays tribute to Virginia Tech victims
(April 17, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper opened question period Tuesday by paying tribute to the 32 victims of the Virginia Tech massacre, including a Canadian who was a French instructor at the college. 

MPs face busy week back in Ottawa
(April 16, 2007)

The government's environmental legislation, Afghanistan and spring election watch are on the agenda as MPs return after a two-week break. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Green-Grit deal: "No one wanted this"
(April 13, 2007)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's deal with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has again raised questions about his strategic and leadership abilities from within his party. 

Harper picks ex-separatist to probe Liberal-era polling
(April 11, 2007)

The Liberals are accusing the Conservative government of using taxpayer money to conduct a political witch hunt after the government named a former PQ cabinet minister the head of a probe of past government polling practices. 

Stronach latest MP quitting politics
(Updated April 11, 2007)

Liberal MP Belinda Stronach has become the 14th Liberal MP to announce plans to leave federal politics. Stronach said Wednesday she will not run in the next federal election and is immediately returning to her role as an executive at Magna. 

New poll could cool election fever
(April 10, 2007)

The much anticipated SES Research poll numbers were released over the holiday weekend and they show the Conservatives do not yet have the support needed to win a majority government. PoliticsWatch talked to SES's Nik Nanos about the numbers.

Wait times guarantees another promise kept: PM
(April 4, 2007)

Another election barrier was removed on Wednesday when Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared mission accomplished on his election promise to create a wait times guarantee for health care. 

Writing off Dion a risky business
(April 3, 2007)

Writing off Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has become the hot, new trend in Ottawa. PoliticsWatch looks at how writing off opposition leaders is nothing new but is done at many pundits' peril. 

Federal Crown Corps exempt from Harper's new lobbying rules
(April 2, 2007)

Private sector  lobbyists are crying foul over the Federal  Accountability Act not changing an exemption they say gives Crown Corporations an unfair advantage. 

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