A new analysis by democracy advocacy group, Samara, suggests that the Conservatives’ characterization of Peter Penashue as a “strong voice” for Labrador in the House of Commons is a grotesque political exaggeration. In fact, the Conservatives insulted our collective intelligence when they warned that “if Newfoundland and Labrador want to continue to have a strong voice within government they need to re-elect him (Penashue) as the Member of Parliament for Labrador”.
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Last week, the Auditor General reported that the Harper Conservatives can’t account for $3.1 billion of the $12.9 billion allocated to the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Initiative [PSAT] for the period 2001 to 2010. The New Democrats are demanding action and accountability.
Via a motion that was scheduled for debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, the NDP is hoping to empower the House to force the government to deliver all related documents, including annual reports, departmental evaluations, Treasury Board submissions, by June 17, 2013. After they have been produced, the official opposition wants the documents audited ”until the missing $3.1 billion is found and accounted for.”
Finally, the NDP wants the Speaker to “make arrangements for these records to be made available online.”
A report tabled in the House of Commons last Friday reveals that the Harper Conservatives nuked more than 15,000 public service jobs last year, 8,000 of them fulltime positions.
Strangely, the cuts seem to be waging a war against Canadian women and the future. 7,000 of the gutted positions benefited students and casual employees, the majority of them women and the youth.
And, as has become common practice by the Conservatives, the report was tabled “quietly”.