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:: PoliticsWatch News Archive October 2007

Liberals could reverse GST cut: Dion 
(October 31, 2007)

Liberal leader Stephane Dion says if elected his party may reverse the Conservative government's cuts to the Goods and Services Tax.

Canadian MPs monitoring Google DoubleClick deal 
(October 31, 2007)

 PoliticsWatch has learned Canadian politicians are monitoring the  Google-DoubleClick merger.  

China issues warning to Canada
(October 30, 2007)

China's government is warning of "consequences" for Canada following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's unprecedented meeting with the Dalai Lama. 

Canada cuts GST to five per cent 
(October 30, 2007)

In his fall economic update, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the government will cut the GST to five per cent effective January 1, 2008. 

High Canadian generic drug prices "a big problem," says health minister
(October 29, 2007)

A Competition Bureau study concluding Canadians are paying too much for generic drugs has prompted calls for drug system reform from Health Minister Tony Clement.

Canada introduces bill banning veiled voting
(October 26, 2007)

Canada's government has introduced legislation that would require  Muslim women to unveil at polling stations before voting.

Tobacco fight turned fierce a decade ago
(October 25, 2007)

Formal Liberal health minister David Dingwall looks back at the battle to pass  Canada's Tobacco Act in Parliament 10 years ago. 

House business a mystery
(October 25, 2007)

The Canadian government's legislative plans for the next week are a mystery after the opposition Liberals boycotted their weekly question to Government House leader Peter Van Loan. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Conservatives threaten Liberals with lawsuit
(October 25, 2007)

A lawyer representing six Conservative party officials and ministerial staffers has sent a letter to Liberal party headquarters accusing the party and an MP of making "defamatory" statements. 

Canada's mixed message on drug testing
(October 24, 2007)

Calls from the president of B.C. Ferries is putting pressure on the federal government and Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon to clarify their position on the complex issue of mandatory drug testing.   

Inuit shipping company announces record 2007 sealift
(October 24, 2007)

A Nunavut company has announced a record sealift season for 2007.  

Canada brings back special anti-terror provisions
(October 23, 2007)

The federal government has introduced legislation to reinstate two extraordinary investigative powers given to police after 9/11.  

Canadian House of Commons gets back to work
(October 19, 2007)

The Conservative government will face two confidence votes on the throne speech this week. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Conservative omnibus crime bill a confidence matter  (October 18, 2007)

Canada's Conservative government introduced a comprehensive omnibus crime bill that could trigger an election if the opposition parties defeat it.

Canadian  economy to cool down: Bank of Canada  (October 18, 2007)

The Bank of Canada lowered its  economic growth forecast for Canada because of the stronger Canadian dollar and a "weakened" U.S. economy.  

Liberals won't defeat government on throne speech  
(October 17, 2007)

The prospects for a fall Canadian federal election decreased on after Liberal leader Stephane Dion said his party will not defeat the government on the throne speech. The Liberals will likely abstain when the time comes to vote.

Know where your MP sits
(October 17, 2007)

You may not know where your MP stands, but you can find out where he or she sits by checking out the House of Commons' new sitting plan. 

Throne speech plays up Canadian nationalism 
(October 16, 2007

Asserting Canada's role in the world and mapping the Arctic seabed are among the promises in Canada's Conservative government's throne speech.

Canada's second elected senator sworn in 

(October 16, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on hand Tuesday as Alberta's Bert Brown was officially sworn in as Canada's second elected senator in history. 

Mexican refugees showing up at Canadian border in record numbers  
(October 15, 2007)

The flood of refugee claimants to Windsor, Ontario highlights the fact that Mexico now ranks as Canada's top source of refugee claimants, ahead of countries such as China. 

Canada announces panel to review future of  Afghan mission  
(October 12, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday that former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley will chair a panel that will examine Canada's role in Afghanistan. 

Casey to run as an independent
(October 11, 2007)

Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey said in an interview with PoliticsWatch that he will run as an independent in the next federal election. 

Parties prepare for Parliament's return  
(October 12, 2007)

A new session of Parliament begins on Tuesday evening with the speech from the throne. Read more about this and what's happening in the House in PoliticsWatch's weekly Legislative Update feature.

Ottawa reaches deal with Nova Scotia on resources
(October 10, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday the federal government had settled a politically sensitive dispute with Nova Scotia on the province's offshore oil and gas revenues. 

Dion makes changes
(October 9, 2007)

Liberal leader Stephane Dion announced minor changes to his shadow cabinet on Tuesday as his MPs prepare for the return of Parliament and a possible election.  

Will Nunavut's premier survive? 
(October 5, 2007)

Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik faces a major challenge this fall trying to lead a consensus-based legislature after being unanimously censured by MLAs. 

Canada declares war on drug dealers
(October 4, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a wide ranging national drug strategy aimed at getting tough on drug dealers and educating Canada's youth and parents about the dangers of drugs. 

Harper dares opposition parties to force an election
(October 3, 2007)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned opposition parties  that if the Conservative government's throne speech passes he will consider future votes on key elements of it matters of confidence which could force an election.

Canadian politicians should be drug tested: Marijuana advocates
(October 2, 2007)

Supporters of legalizing marijuana said Tuesday if the federal government is going to go ahead with a national illicit drug strategy then it's only fair that MPs and top government officials be subjected to mandatory drug testing. 

U.S. defence companies to show their goods at embassy trade show
(October 1, 2007)

Major U.S. defence and security companies will descend on Ottawa this week for a special trade show and networking event organized by the Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States of America in Ottawa. 

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