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:: PoliticsWatch News Archive February 2007

Canadian generic drug prices too high to help Africa: Clement
(February 28, 2007)

A Canadian law designed to ship generic versions of drugs to developing nations facing epidemics is not working because Canadian generic drugs are too expensive in comparison to those from China and India Health Minister Tony Clement said Wednesday. 

Hijab debate gets political in Canada
(February 27, 2007)

 Canada has become the latest country in the world involved a political debate about Islamic dress.
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is criticizing Quebec Premier Jean Charest for supporting a Quebec soccer referee's decision to eject an 11-year-old girl from a game for wearing the hijab. 

Canada votes down anti-terror measures
(February 27, 2007)

Opposition parties used their control of Canada's House of Commons Tuesday night to defeat a government motion to extend two controversial anti-terror measures introduced after 9/11.   

Related Link: PM proposes last-minute compromise to save anti-terror measures

Canada pledges $200M more for Afghan aid
(February 26, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada is upping its reconstruction aid to war-torn Afghanistan. Opposition parties have been criticizing the mission for lacking balance. 

MPs vote on anti-terror bill on Tuesday
(February 23, 2007)

The sun sets on two controversial anti-terror measures next week and the PM seems prepared to depict the Liberals as soft on terrorism if these provisions die. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

No apology 
(February 22, 2007)

An unrepentant Prime Minister Stephen Harper is standing his ground and refusing to apologize for attempting to read into Hansard a newspaper article linking Liberal MP Navdeep Bain's father-in-law to the Air India investigation.  

Related Link: Liberals demand PM apologize for smear attempt

PETA stages naked protest 
(February 22, 2007)

Three members of the animal rights group PETA stripped partially naked in front of the Peace Tower on Thursday to protest the Canadian seal hunt.  

Tax cuts coming in March 19 budget
(February 20, 2007)

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Tuesday the federal government will deliver its budget on March 19 and it will include new tax cuts and spending to address the fiscal imbalance.

Bill Gates, Canada announce millions for global HIV/AIDS research
(February 20, 2007)

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $139 million in new HIV/AIDS research funding on Parliament Hill Tuesday.

Liberals accuse Tories of foot dragging on ethics bill
(February 19, 2007)

The Liberals are asking the Conservative government why two months after it received Royal Assent the Federal Accountability Act still has not been fully implemented.

Will the Tories boldly go to the polls against Kyoto?
(February 16, 2007)

A private member's bill compelling the federal government to meet its Kyoto targets could provide a fertile election wedge issue for the Conservatives. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Liberals say trust charge exonerates them
(February 15, 2007
)

The RCMP has laid charges against a senior finance department official in relation to the income trust probe, prompting the Liberals to demand an apology.  

Dion soft on terror: PM
(February 15, 2007
)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper twice went after Liberal Leader Stephane Dion in question period Thursday, accusing him of being "soft on terrorism." 

Liberal MP's Kyoto bill passes, but faces uncertain future
(February 14, 2007
)

A backbench Liberal MP's bill compelling the government to meet the Kyoto accord passed in the House of Commons Wednesday evening. What happens after that is a matter of great speculation in Ottawa. 

Dion won't respond to latest Tory attack ads
(February 13, 2007
)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said Tuesday he will not respond to the latest attack ads released by the Tories. PoliticsWatch examines whether the Liberals are snoozing through the pre-writ period. 

Justice minister defends graphic artists, fire fighters nominating judges
(February 12, 2007
)

The opposition parties accused the Conservative government Monday of stacking judicial nomination committees with unqualified people with current or past ties to the Tory party. 

The E-Word spreads in Ottawa
(February 9, 2007)

Wild rumours and speculation about a spring election was the hot topic at the end of the second week of the winter session of Parliament. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Dion proposes Canada purchase overseas Kyoto credits 
(February 8, 2007
)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said Thursday that he would create a $5 billion fund that could be used to purchase international credits to help Canada meet its Kyoto targets. 

Baird won't comment on oil sands tax break
(February 8, 2007
)

As concerns grow in the oil industry about the government ending a tax break for oil sands development, Environment Minister John Baird deferred commenting on the policy while appearing before a Commons committee Thursday.

MPs to pursue perjury investigation of Adscam players 
(February 7, 2007)

The Commons public accounts committee appears set to launch hearings and call witnesses into discrepancies in  the testimony of numerous Adscam players.     

Harper promises "historic action" on tax cuts 
(February 6, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday the upcoming federal budget will include a law to use interest savings from deficit reduction to cut taxes.  

Turner joins Liberals
(February 6, 2007)

Outspoken Independent MP Garth Turner announced at a press conference Tuesday with Liberal Leader Stephane Dion that he has joined the Liberal caucus. 

Opposition accuses Tories of more broken promises 
(February 5, 2007)

The opposition parties say health care wait times and a promised deep water port in the arctic are the latest election promises that the Tory government have broken.  

PM expresses frustration with opposition Kyoto "fantasy"
(February 2, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper ended the week expressing clear frustration with the opposition parties and their demands for Canada to meet its Kyoto targets. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature. 

Limbaugh loves Harper's Kyoto letter 
(February 1, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's 2002 letter in which he described the Kyoto protocol as a socialist scheme won praise Wednesday from popular American talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.   

MacKay accuses Graham of "feigned indignation" over Guantanamo
(February 1, 2007)

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay is criticizing former Liberal foreign affairs minister Bill Graham for a letter he co-wrote condemning the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. 

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