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Wright’s $90 000 Duffy gift came from a secret $1 million PMO fund

Harper-Wright-Duffy Photo

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ex-chief of staff Nigel Wright tried to kill the Senate expenses scandal. He cut that $90,000 cheque which paid off Sen. Mike Duffy‘s fraudulent claims. Until now, the Conservatives have insisted that Wright used his own healthy bank account. The money possibly came from a secret $1 million fund in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Peter Penashue: Harper’s “strong voice” rarely heard in the House

Peter Penahue and Peter MacKay. Photo: Facebook

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  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… Read More

NDP demands action on missing $3.1 billion in anti-terrorism funding

Parliament Building, Ottawa

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  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… Read More

Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Jason Kenney’s 15% Rule Selective Amnesia

Jason Kenney, Canada's Immigration Minister

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  In the House of Commons Monday, Jason Kenney denied that the Harper Conservatives implemented the 15% wage rule, the cornerstone of the scandal-ridden federal Temporary Foreign Work Program. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration denied that the government implemented this colonialism-style policy, which gave companies “greater flexibility” to hire cheap foreign workers while… Read More