Federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff told about 3,000 people at a candlelight vigil in Vancouver Thursday he's proud of Canadians who are fighting for democratic rights in Iran. "The Iranian regime did not anticipate you," he told the last of a series of 10 nightly vigils at the Vancouver Art Gallery aimed at raising awareness of the violence in Iran and calling for a return to a fair and democratic electoral process in that country.
As the June 8th deadline for comments on the proposed distribution of Al Jazeera English on cable approaches, NDP leader Jack Layton, MPs Paul Dewar and Libby Davies, senators Hugh Segal and Marcel Prud’homme have lent their support for the 24-hour news channel but Conservative and Liberal politicians, with the exception of Segal, were conspicuously absent from the list.
OTTAWA - One leading critic calls it a law that would have put a young Barack Obama in prison, but Liberal justice critic Dominic LeBlanc defends the official Opposition's support of a Conservative bill to fight drug crime. MPs were set to pass Bill C-15 Monday, which relies heavily on mandatory minimum sentences to deter drug dealers.
A federal bill to impose automatic jail terms for drug crimes, for the first time in Canada, is headed for passage in the House of Commons in a final vote that could happen as early as Thursday. If the proposed legislation succeeds as anticipated, judges will be stripped of their discretion on whether or not to incarcerate drug traffickers, including offenders who grow and then sell as few as five marijuana plants.
New federal regulations allowing designated medical marijuana producers to grow cannabis for two approved users of marijuana -- up from one -- are a "slap in the face," advocates said yesterday. The changes, to be announced today, come nearly 16 months after a Federal Court judge struck down part of the old regulations as unconstitutional and unnecessarily restrictive.
Three Vancouver MPs and 20 others across the country sent a letter yesterday to two federal ministers urging them to halt the deportation of a former KGB agent living in Burnaby. As of press time, the Vancouver Sun reported that Lennikov had sought sanctuary in the First Lutheran Church on the East Side. Vancouver-South Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh, Vancouver-East NDP MP Libby Davies and Vancouver-Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies signed the letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is threatening to introduce a motion of non-confidence in the Conservative government as early as next week. Lashing out at the minority Conservatives over employment insurance, isotopes and the deficit, Ignatieff said his party "will make a serene and clear decision" by midweek about whether it wants to topple the Tories. The government's second "report card" on the federal budget's economic stimulus package is due sometime in June. That could be the catalyst for a non-confidence vote.