Building projects in Ottawa have so far received only a slim share of infrastructure funds allocated by the Harper government, while more than half the federal money committed in Ontario is earmarked for major transit improvements for Toronto. A breakdown of investments by Infrastructure Canada since the January federal budget shows that $50 million for the new convention centre is the only Ottawa project funded by the Tories out of about $1.4 billion committed for the province.
Conservatives push mandatory prison sentences for drug crimes -- even for growing as little as one marijuana plant. Canada's justice minister says people who sell or grow marijuana belong in jail because pot is used as a "currency" to bring harder drugs into the country.
It may not have been a large crowd but the New Democratic Party revitalization conference held at the Elks Lodge in Grande Prairie Saturday was more about the quality of discussion, said Vancouver MP and keynote speaker Libby Davies. She called it building a base to work from. “The process that we are involved in today comes out of the results of the last election,” said Brian Mason, Alberta NDP leader and also a guest at the conference.
An important private member's bill introduced by New Democrat MP Libby Davies — the Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act — is at second reading in the House of Commons. Bill C-304 positions housing as a human right and it would oblige the government to create a national strategy around housing, in consultation with provincial and municipal partners.
OTTAWA — Want to know how your MP has been voting in the House of Commons? Finding out has just become a whole lot easier. The House of Commons website has launched a feature that allows visitors to see how MPs voted. Friday's change brings Canadian transparency one step closer to the system in the United States — where Congress regularly posts voting results within an hour, and has detailed records going back 20 years.