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:: PoliticsWatch News Archive January 2007

MP wants explanation on CATSA contracts 
(January 31, 2007)

NDP MP Peter Julian wants Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon to appear before a Commons committee to explain how  250,000 passengers were reportedly allowed to rush through security with minimal screening at Toronto's Pearson Airport last fall.  

Flaherty stands by broken income trust promise 
(January 30, 2007)

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty appeared before a Commons committee Tuesday to defend his government's decision to break an election promise to not tax income trusts.  

Committee calls Dion to testify about oil sands meeting 
(January 29, 2007)

Liberal leader Stephane Dion is among four current and former cabinet ministers who have been asked by a Commons committee to discuss their knowledge of a meeting of government officials and oil executives on oil sands development in Houston last year. 

U.S. stands by decision to keep Arar on watch list
(January 26, 2007)

On the same day Maher Arar received an apology from the Canadian government, the U.S. issued a statement standing by their decision to keep him on a watch list. 

Environment tops priorities as MPs return
(January 26, 2007)

MPs return from a six-week winter break to a Parliament that looks like it will be dominated by the environment. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Cannon hints at more changes at airport security agency
(January 26, 2007)

 Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon said Friday he has asked the remaining members of the board of CATSA to clarify their intentions to remain on their jobs.

Health minister vows to protect drug supply from U.S. bill
(January 25, 2007)

Health Minister Tony Clement said Thursday he will use whatever tools necessary to protect Canada's drug supply from a reimportation bill currently in the U.S. Congress. 

Tory MP won't resign for praising aboriginal email joke
(January 25, 2007)

The chair of the Commons aboriginal affairs committee is refusing to resign after he praised an e-mail joke in which an aboriginal character is referred to as "Tonto." 

> Read the joke in question here

Harper should follow Bush lead on environment: Dion
(January 24, 2007)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion reacted positively Wednesday to U.S. President George W. Bush's State of the Union challenge to reduce U.S. gasoline usage by 20 per cent over 10 years. 

We still have to prove ourselves: Harper
(January 23, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper rallied his troops in Ottawa on Tuesday, to mark the first anniversary of the Tory election victory.  

Harper warns France to stay out of 
unity debate 
(January 22, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a rare rebuke of a foreign politician late Monday. Harper criticized the comments of French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, who said she was sympathetic towards Quebec sovereigntists.

One year later, Harper majority not 
in sight
(January 19, 2007)

Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the Tory election victory. After peaking in the polls in May, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chances for winning a majority government now appear to be growing out of reach.

Secret Canada-U.S. oil plan concerns opposition leaders
(January 18, 2007)

NDP Leader Jack Layton and Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said Thursday a report about a secret proposal for Canadian companies to rapidly increase oil sands production for the U.S. market raises questions about the government's commitment to combating climate change.

Team Dion revealed
(January 18, 2007)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion unveiled his shadow cabinet on Thursday and introduced four new caucus committees dealing with priority areas.
Tories favour nuclear oil sands
(January 17, 2007)

Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn came under attack from opposition parties Wednesday after he said he was "very keen on" Canada's oil sands reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by using nuclear energy.  

Dion's shadow cabinet questions
(January 16, 2007)

Some questions about Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's leadership style are expected to be answered on Thursday when he unveils his shadow cabinet in Ottawa.  

U.S. think tank pans Tories' stem cell research panel
(January 11, 2007)

The Harper government's inclusion of critics of stem cell research and abortion on a reproductive technologies panel is now drawing fire from unlikely critics in the U.S. 

Lapierre resigns
(January 11, 2007)

Liberal MP Jean Lapierre is resigning from the Liberal caucus by month's end, leaving his Montreal seat vacant.

Polling emboldens environment groups to pressure Tories
(January 9, 2007)

 Less than a week after a new poll put the environment at the top of Canadians' concerns, environment groups held a press conference to pressure the government to take action on climate change. 

Dion's foreign policy concerned 
defector Khan
(January 5, 2007)

 Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's lack of focus on foreign policy was a key factor in Toronto MP Wajid Khan's decision to cross the floor to the Tories on Friday.

Related Link:
> Harper or me- Dion tells Liberal MP

Harper shuffles deck
(January 4, 2007)

Tory MPs Helena Guergis and Jason Kenney are among the five MPs promoted to cabinet on Thursday. But the big move is that John Baird replaces Rona Ambrose as environment minister.

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