Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.
A reader who says he has "long supported both the NDP and the Liberals" writes:
"I think the most important decision facing the NDP is whether they will focus all of their money and attention fighting Harper, or whether they will divide their focus by fighting Trudeau. If they go after Trudeau, they are simply assisting Harper... Early signals are not encouraging..."
The Liberal Ontario government may take action to give the Toronto City Council the tools to deal with an increasingly frightening Mayor Rob Ford.
An admitted liar and purchaser of illegal drugs, Ford has now lost the support of most Councillors, the Toronto Argonauts, the Santa Claus Parade, and, of course, the Toronto Chief of Police, Bill Blair.
It was Blair who set off the current fury with his revelation that the police are in possession of the now infamous video that seems to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.
The Mayor and his very few remaining allies have acted as though Chief Blair somehow has it in for Ford.
Ford and his team certainly treat the relationship with the cops as an adversarial one.
Prime Minister Harper and other members of his government -- and even the PM’s wife, Laureen -- are doing a fair bit of grandstanding against the backdrop of the cruel and devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines.
Almost daily, they are announcing various forms of Canadian aid: from cash to airplanes to teams of disaster relief specialists.
Anything Canada can do is desperately needed, of course. The people of the Philippines will welcome whatever assistance actually gets to those in need.
We must remember, though, that the officials and others making these announcements are not heroes. They are simply doing their jobs.
The money Harper’s Ministers are very publicly pledging is not their own; it is all Canadians’ money.
The federal Environment Commissioner, Neil Maxwell, is only acting on an interim basis, and doing his best under the circumstances.
His predecessor, Scott Vaughan, left before his term was up.
Vaughan was diplomatic. He did not say he left out of frustration with the Conservatives’ passive-aggressive approach to the environment.
But his last report sternly took the Conservative government to task for failing to enforce the 1999 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, an act Vaughan called Canada’s principal federal environmental statute.
During Vaughan’s term, the Commissioner’s office, which is part of the Auditor General’s operation, had to examine Canada’s progress in combating global warming.