View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Throwing fuel on the fire – Cornwall Ontario – June 16, 2010

Cornwall ON – Yesterday, the Law Clerk and Legal Counsel for Parliament, Rob Walsh, came out with a decision that says political staffers must show up if requested to do so by a committee. Indeed, he advises that even the Prime Minister can be required to show up. This is the day that Dimitri Soudas […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Michael Ignatieff Fight or Fly? – Cornwall Ontario – June 11, 2010

Cornwall On – Michael Ignatieff is faced with some pretty tough choices over the next few weeks, but they can be summed up by fight or flight. Either way, in the short term it will significantly cripple the Liberal Party’s ability to take on the Conservative government. Yesterday’s affidavit by Warren Kinsella will bring some […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – A Double Dose! Who Signed Off on the Billion Dollar Boondoggle & What the Heck is a MEP? June 9, 2010

Cornwall ON – Keith Beardsley has been writing up a storm as things are hopping in Ottawa!  Here’s a double dose of his View from the Hill! With all the clamour over the G8/G20 media centres lake, pond, pool or whatever you want to call it, one thing has been over looked, namely the sign […]

Harper issuing Gag Orders? View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Cornwall Ontario – June 8, 2010

Cornwall ON – It’s quite amusing to see the media response to a so called “gag order” issued by PMO. This email told MPs not to discuss home mortgages with two reporters working on a story. Why the media shock and outrage? It reminds me of the feigned indignation of MPs in Question Period. Since […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Partisanship over Citizenship – June 4, 2010 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – The chaos that erupted at the Government Operations committee yesterday reflects badly on all parliamentarians. Anyone who watches the whole video will be left wondering why we elected these MPs in the first place. John Baird can be a fine parliamentary performer and his award yesterday as Parliamentarian of the Year is […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Adding up the Tabs on the G8/G20 – Cornwall Ontario – June 3, 2010

Cornwall ON – Sun Media reports today that some $19.3 million were spent by bureaucrats on meetings leading up to the G8 and G20. Some of it will astound you. For instance, besides Ottawa, DFAIT had 156 contracts for prep meetings in Victoria, Calgary, Yellowknife and Quebec City. In Ottawa, they paid $22,000 for flowers […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Liberal Leader Blowing in the Wind – Cornwall Ontario – May 27, 2010

Cornwall ON – Ignatieff shifts like sand blowing in the wind when it comes to the Auditor General auditing MPs books. While publicly stating that the Board of Internal economy should meet with Sheila Fraser to resolve the audit issue, we learn that internally, Iggy is asking his MPs not to be transparent and to […]

Parliament becoming OK Corral – Another show down looms – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 26, 2010

Cornwall ON – The recent announcement by Jay Hill, the Government House Leader, that ministerial staffers will no longer appear before committees, opens up a Pandora’s Box of potential issues. The first issue of course is who is supreme? Is it Parliament as represented by its MPs on committees or is it the Prime Minister’s […]

When the Bloc is acting with the MOST concern for Canadians you know…. VIEW FROM THE HILL by Keith Beardsley – May 21, 2010

Cornwall ON – While MPs of all parties continue to stonewall the public on the Auditor General’s request to audit Parliament, pressure continues to mount on them. Most MPs still don’t get it. This is one issue the public can understand and no amount of spin from our MPs or their spokespersons will work. Canadians […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley THE CRACKS ARE STARTING TO SHOW MP’s dealing with Auditor General Over Expenses – May 19, 2010

The cracks are starting to show. Cornwall ON – MPs from all parties are really feeling the heat from voters over the refusal of the Board of Internal Economy to open MPs books to an audit by Sheila Fraser. Cracks are starting to appear in the ranks of our MPs, as some are now suggesting […]

View from the Hill by Keith Beardsley – MPs Running from the Auditor General – Cornwall Ontario – May 18, 2010

Cornwall ON – There are media reports that the Auditor General in Nova Scotia has called in the RCMP to investigate four former members and one sitting member of the Nova Scotia legislature. No surprise then that our federal MPs turned tail and ran at even the suggestion that Shelia Fraser look at their books. […]

Board of Internal Economy rejects Auditor General’s Request to Open Books – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 15, 2010

Cornwall ON – We now know where our MPs stand on being open and accountable. The Board of Internal Economy has rejected a request by the Auditor General to look at their expenses. Am I the only one who thinks that smells? This is the 21st Century, not the 18th when they would not have […]

Harper Government VS CBC – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 14, 2010

Cornwall ON – Today, we have another round of Conservative CBC bashing. Really, what does it accomplish? While it is an interesting “channel changer”, a tactical move to distract from the Jaffer-Guergis Affair and detainee documents, how many votes will it switch to the Conservative cause?  On a positive note the Conservatives have managed to […]

June 28th – Pension Time for MP’s – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – May 13, 2010

Cornwall ON – One interesting but over-looked side story in the present impasse over the Afghan documents is that magical date of June 28th. The importance of this date was flagged in a story by CanWest on September 13, 2009. This is the date that some 74 MPs will qualify for their pension as they […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Helena Guergis: Stand By Your Man – May 11, 2010 Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON- It was good theatre. I am referring of course to the Helena Guergis interview on TV. The script played out exactly as one would have expected with a calm, at times teary eyed Guergis defending herself, her reputation and her husband. The only thing missing was “Stand by your Man” playing in the […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Question Period Reform Part 3: Civility Required – May 7, 2010

Cornwall ON – As mentioned previously MP Michael Chong has taken on the daunting task of trying to reform Question Period. One proposal which will be very controversial is the suggestion that the Prime Minister only show up one day a week, on Wednesday. The catch is that he would answer all questions for the […]