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:: PoliticsWatch News Archive March 2007

Tories appear to be itching for a spring election
(March 30, 2007)

 Former Tory MP
John Reynolds' comments on a talk show and reports about new ads attacking Liberal leader Stephane Dion are the latest signs of a spring election. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Civil servants under investigation for working in ministerial offices 
(March 29, 2007)

Canada's Public Service Commissioner recently announced that she is looking at the circumstances surrounding the hiring of 97 public servants who also worked in ministers' offices dating back to 1990. 

Dion predicts victory 
(March 29, 2007)

An election hasn't been called and he doesn't want one, but that didn't stop Liberal Leader Stephane Dion Thursday from predicting victory in the next election. 

Liberian president meets Harper 
(March 28, 2007)

The first elected African female head of state was not far from Parliament Hill on  Wednesday but spent most of the day not sure if she would get a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was invited to speak in Canada by Liberal MP Belinda Stronach.

Quebec election no victory for Harper, opposition leaders say
(March 27, 2007)

The leaders of the three opposition parties said Tuesday that this week's Quebec election result is not a victory for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his open federalism. 

Liberals return documents to Conservatives
(March 26, 2007)

The Liberals on Monday returned to the Conservatives 10 boxes of documents the Tories left in the opposition leader's office after last year's federal election. The Liberals say the documents included personal employment information about 39 Tory staffers including a current Tory MP and the PM's press secretary.

Budget, Quebec election will dominate the Hill next week
(March 23, 2007)

The Tories face two more confidence votes in the House and a test of their open federalism in Quebec next week. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

May seeks Dion's help in defeating MacKay
(March 22, 2007)

 Liberal leader Stephane Dion has confirmed he has had discussions with Green Party leader Elizabeth May about the two parties working together, but won't say if this includes the Liberals not running a candidate in Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay's riding. 

Day riding documents found in treasure Tories left in Opposition leader's office
(March 22, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives left "thousands" of their own documents with the Liberals when they vacated their old offices for the PMO last year. The Liberals announced Thursday they sent four of those documents to the RCMP.

Transport Canada not competent enough to oversee airport security: senators
(March 21, 2007)

A Senate committee released a report on Wednesday recommending Transport Canada get out of the airport security business and hand those responsibilities over to the public security department.

Harper says Liberals care more about Taliban  than troops
(March 21, 2007)

 The Liberals are once again demanding Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologize after he suggested in the House of Commons that the Liberals had more "passion" about the state of Taliban detainees than Canadian troops in Afghanistan.   

Dion kicks Comuzzi out of caucus
(March 21, 2007)

Veteran Liberal MP Joe Comuzzi was expelled from the Liberal caucus Wednesday because he plans to support the Conservative budget.  

Tories defend budget from Atlantic premiers' attacks
(March 20, 2007)

 Finance Minister Jim Flaherty declared in his budget speech the days of federal-provincial bickering over. Not so in Atlantic Canada where three of the four premiers are not happy with the budget, including outspoken Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams. 

Harper asks why Liberals, NDP won't support "popular" budget
(March 20, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper attacked the two opposition parties  that aren't supporting the new federal budget during question period on Tuesday.  

Budget will pass with Bloc support
(March 19, 2007)

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe said Monday he will support the minority Conservative government's budget, averting a spring election for now. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget includes billions in new transfers to the provinces, including Quebec.

Budget in brief
(March 19, 2007)

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
tabled the second Conservative budget in the House Commons on Monday. The highlights include a new $2,000 family tax credit for each child under 18 and a tax worth up to $4,000 on gas guzzling SUVs and vans.

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Budget Preview
(March 16, 2007)

 Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will be the man of the hour at 4:00 p.m. ET in Ottawa Monday when he tables the Conservative government's second budget
. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

New NDP ads another sign election looming
(March 14, 2007)

The NDP has now joined the Conservatives as the only two parties to launch what appears to be pre-election advertising. The NDP released three issue-oriented ads on Wednesday.

Canadian MP strikes back after Colbert's attack on Windsor
(March 14, 2007)

Windsor MP Brian Masse is fighting back after late night funny man Stephen Colbert suggested Windsor, Ontario is one of the worst places in the world.

PM hands out more eco bucks
(March 13, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in B.C. Tuesday to make another multi-million dollar environmental funding announcement. The PM denied it is part of a pre-election spending spree.

Liberals concerned Dion surrounded by 2006 election loss deniers
(March 9, 2007)

Liberal insiders describe a glum mood on Parliament Hill about the party's election prospects with many former Paul Martin supporters in key positions in Stephane Dion's campaign team.   

Dion doesn't want an election until 2008
(March 8, 2007)

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion suggested Thursday that he would be happy if Canada's minority Parliament survived until 2008. Dion said he does not want a federal election and Canadians shouldn't have an election every year.   

Election 2007: The $275 million question
(March 7, 2007)

There's little reason to throw away those old campaign signs in today's political climate. If Canada goes to the polls this spring it will be the third federal election in three years. PoliticsWatch examines why Canada has spent close to $1 billion already this millennium on federal elections. 

Indict Ahmadinejad for inciting genocide: B'nai Brith
(Updated March 6, 2007)

B'nai Brith Canada has presented the Canadian government with a  formal indictment it could use against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting genocide.

PM gets in the mud, rises in polls
(March 2, 2007)

 As MPs prepare for a two-week break,
Liberals are clearly frustrated that Prime Minister Stephen Harper isn't being hurt at all politically for his constant attacks on Liberal MPs. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Dion shrugs off poll showing Grits nine points back
(March 1, 2007)

A new poll showing the Tories with a nine-point lead on the Liberals renewed speculation about a spring election on Parliament Hill Thursday. 

Canada readies no-fly list for summer
(March 1, 2007)

A senior government official told reporters Thursday that Canada is aiming to have its own no-fly list in operation by this summer.   

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