Political Musings July 26, 2013: PM Stephen Harper sending gifts to mark the birth of Canada’s future monarch Prince George

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Harper sending gifts to mark the birth of Canada’s future monarch Prince George

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Thursday, July 25, 2013 Canada’s official gifts to the new royal baby Prince George Alexander Louis, the first child born to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess…READ MORE

Political Musings July 25, 2013: RCMP Duffy-Wright investigation reaches PM Stephen Harper’s office

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RCMP Duffy-Wright investigation reaches PM Stephen Harper’s office

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The RCMP’s investigation into Senator Mike Duffy bloated personal expenses claims and former chief of Staff Nigel Wright’s cover-up attempt has now reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police….READ MORE

Political Musings July 23, 2013: John Baird weighs-in on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumption

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John Baird weighs-in on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumption (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has weighed in on the announcement that Israel and the Palestinians will begin peace talks after a three-year hiatus. On Sunday, July 21, Baird phoned Israeli and Palestinian officials to state his support of…READ MORE

Political Musings July 19, 2013: Staffer at center of Senate expense scandal leaves PM Stephen Harper’s office

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Staffer at center of Senate expense scandal leaves PM Stephen Harper’s office

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Chris Woodcock, a staffer in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office that may have had knowledge of the check written out by former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright to cover Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses is no….READ MORE

Political Musings July 19, 2013: Severance pay to former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum causes uproar

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Severance pay to former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum causes uproar

By Bonnie K. Goodman

In news that has caused an uproar in Montreal, late Wednesday, July 17, 2013, it was revealed that the City of Montreal gave former Interim Mayor Michael Applebaum nearly $268,000 in severance pay. Applebaum resigned on June 18, after…READ MORE

Political Musings July 17, 2013: PM Stephen Harper unveils “steady hands and new faces” in cabinet shuffle

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Harper unveils “steady hands and new faces” in cabinet shuffle (Photos)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his newly restructured cabinet on Monday July 15, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. The cabinet shuffle reflects the biggest changes Harper has made to the cabinet since his began… READ MORE

Political Musings July 3, 2013: Louise Harel drops out of race for Montreal mayor

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Louise Harel drops out of race for Montreal mayor

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The candidates list is getting more defined for Montreal mayoral elections this fall, when Tuesday morning, July 2, Louise Harel announced she is no longer running in the race. She will however, still run for her council seat in Ville Marie…READ MORE

Political Musings July 11, 2013: Quebec Premier Pauline Marois pledges $60 million in aid to Lac-Megantic

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Quebec Premier Pauline Marois pledges $60 million in aid to Lac-Megantic

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Wednesday, July 10, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced that the Quebec government would provide $60 million in aid to Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the small tourist town of only 6000 people at the heart of a disaster. On July…READ MORE

Political Musings July 9, 2013: Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau visit Lac-Megantic War Zone

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Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau visit Lac-Megantic War Zone (Photos)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

In the past few days, on July 7 and 8 the leaders of Canada’s major political parties and the prime minister visited the site of the oil tanker train derailment disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec….READ MORE

Political Musings July 7, 2013: Montreal city council breaks for summer

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Montreal city council breaks for summer

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Montreal’s city council met on Thursday, July 4, once more before taking their summer recess to deal with unfinished business. The meeting’s agenda focused on infrastructure, the fate of the Royal Victoria and Hotel Dieu hospitals…READ MORE

Political Musings July 5, 2013: PM Stephen Harper has more space to shuffle cabinet as members resign

Harper has more space to shuffle cabinet as members resign

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set this month, July 2013 to shuffle the positions in his cabinet and recent resignations are giving him more room to work with. On Thursday, July 4 two additional cabinet members announced their resignation….READ MORE

Political Musings July 4, 2013: Martine Beaugrand becomes the new Laval interim mayor after uncontested race

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Martine Beaugrand becomes the new Laval interim mayor after uncontested race

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On July 3, Laval city councillor Martine Beaugrand became Laval’s third mayor in less than a year. She was named the new interim mayor after being the only councillor to declare her candidacy. Beaugrand succeeds Alexandre Duplessis who…READ MORE

Political Musings July 3, 2013: Marcel Côté announces Montreal mayor bid

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Marcel Côté announces Montreal mayor bid

By Bonnie K. Goodman

This morning, July 3, Montreal acquired another candidate for mayor when economist and businessman Marcel Côté, 70, announced he is joining the race. Côté’s announcement comes at the heels of the leader of Vision Montréal…READ MORE