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Federal Court dismisses former PBO Kevin Page’s application

PBO Kevin Page. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  The Federal Court of Canada has dismissed a request by former Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, to clarify the office’s mandate. In his application, Page had also sought “judgment affirming he has the jurisdiction to seek the information” relating to the $5.2 billion in fiscal savings outlined in the 2012 federal budget. Page had in… Read More

Appalled by Harper’s decision to kill the Health Council of Canada

Council of Canadians denounces Harper decision to kill the Health Council of Canada By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Canada`s leading progressive citizen’s advocacy group says it`s appalled by Harper’s decision to kill the Health Council of Canada. In a press release issued earlier this week, the Council of Canadians said it’s “sadly not shocked” by the federal government’s decision. The… Read More

TransCanada Pipelines Whistleblower Receives National Award

"Someone is going to die," says engineer Evan Vokes, worried that shoddy welds and inspections will lead to a lethal explosion like one in Mississippi, shown here, which claimed a worker's life.

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive A former TransCanada Corporation employee who blew the whistle on the rising pipeline incidents and rule-breaking by Big Oil has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Golden Whistle Blower Award. Evan Vokes, a former professional materials engineer at TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL), received the award in Ottawa on Monday. The award, sponsored by Canadians for… Read More

Aagh, Harper Conservatives Nuked Democratic NDP Motion On Role Of PBO

PBO Kevin Page. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Showing their burgeoning disdain for accountability, transparency, financial oversight and the independence of federal watchdogs, the Harper Conservatives earlier this week nuked a progressive NDP motion on the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).  The motion, tabled by the Official Opposition’s Finance critic, Peggy Nash, sought to extend the mandate… Read More

Liberals: Minister of Defence Must Resign Over F-35 Fight Jet

by Liberal Party of Canada Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the Conservative government’s reported cancellation of the F-35 contract: “The termination of this multi-billion dollar contract has fully exposed the Harper Conservatives’ fiscal incompetence and complete mishandling of the F-35 procurement process. They have spent millions of taxpayer dollars promoting… Read More

Canada’s PBO Kevin Page Takes Harper Conservative Government To Court

PBO Kevin Page. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Nov. 21, 2012: Canada’s Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page has had enough of the Harper government’s lack of accountability and transparency, highlighted by it’s refusal to comply with his repeated requests for information on the $5.2 billion in fiscal savings outlined in the 2012 federal budget. He’s taking legal action.