The Fair Elections Act passed third reading in the House of Commons and is on its way to the Conservative-dominated Senate.
What should progressives do now about the Fair Elections Act?
After the resignation of Shawn Atleo, the Harper government has decided that it will put consideration of Bill C-33 First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act on hold until the AFN clarifies their position.
What do you think about the decision to put the First Nations Education Act on hold?
Parliament is back in business this week and there is a lot on the docket. One gets the sense that the Conservatives are going to try to push through a hamper full of legislation in a very short time. The opposition are concerned that the Conservatives are pushing too hard on a number of fronts.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing Parliament?
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled today that if the federal government wants to fundamentally change the Senate, in any significant way -- ranging from elections to term limits to abolition -- it will need provincial consent as laid out in the 1981 amending formula.
Those procedures for amendment mean either approval of the federal government plus seven provinces that make up at least 50 per cent of the population or, in some cases, unanimous agreement of all ten provinces.
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision on Senate reform?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday that Canada has agreed to send six CF-18s to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe. Of the decision Harper said, "This is in response to the situation that's developing there, and frankly, more generally to the concern that we have on what really is expansionism and militarism on the part of Russia under the presidency of Mr. Putin."
Do you think Canada should intervene in Eastern Europe?
CBC announced yesterday they will be cutting 657 jobs over two years, halting planned regional expansions and reducing services in a number of other areas in an effort to cut $130 million from their budget.
What is your reaction to the planned CBC cuts?
What'd you do this week? Oh well, this week, the B.C. Liberals passed a bill making it legal to explore, research and develop fracking, oil drilling and pipelines in provincial parks.
What do you think about the decision to allow industrial development in B.C. parks?
Let's do the cabinet shuffle! Again! Jim Flaherty resigned as Finance Minister this week to go back to working in the private sector, and Harper replaced him with new Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
What do you think about Joe Oliver as the new Finance Minister?
The province of Alberta has recently released a development plan for public schools that enlists Suncor Energy and Syncrude Canada in the creation of future Kindergarten to Grade 3 curriculum. Oil giant Cenovus will partner in developing curriculum for Grades 4 to 12.
How do you feel about Big Oil in children's classrooms?