Ten Seats in Quebec for the Harper Conservatives in Next Election? Keith Beardsley View From the Hill

Ten Seats in Quebec for the Harper Conservatives in Next Election? Keith Beardsley View From the Hill

CFN – Don’t you just love the summer doldrums and some of the political speculation that abounds in the news? One such story around speculation that the Conservatives under Harper could win ten seats in Quebec in the next election was certainly attention getting. This would require quite an extensive and on-going charm offensive from […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – No Danger Pay for our Soldiers in Afghanistan?

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – No Danger Pay for our Soldiers in Afghanistan?

CFN – Once again we have the Defence Department making a decision that leaves most fair minded Canadians shaking their heads.  It seems the brain trust at DND has decided that while our embassy staff and ambassador require soldiers to protect them in Kabul, the soldiers don’t merit danger pay? This DND decision also ignores […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Come Fly With Me! NDP Flight Attacks on Harper Gov’t.

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Come Fly With Me!  NDP Flight Attacks on Harper Gov’t.

CFN – Watching the NDP’s feigned outrage at the Conservative’s use (misuse) of government aircraft generates flashbacks to when the Conservatives were in opposition. At that time as head of the Conservative research group looking into Liberal misdeeds, we would often check the Challenger jet flight logs. Most of the time it was pretty boring […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Senate Change Has arrived After Trudeau Play – Jan 29, 2014

CFN – Justin Trudeau probably shocked his Senate caucus colleagues more than the voting public today when he announced he was removing Liberal senators from the Liberal caucus, thereby limiting the caucus to elected members of parliament. For the most part I don’t think the public cares one way or another how a senator labels […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – The End of Year Approaches December 13, 2013

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – The End of Year Approaches December 13, 2013

CFN – Our MPs finally stopped squabbling long enough to agree to depart from Ottawa for their home constituencies. I doubt too many Canadians will miss Question Period or for that matter the attacks and counter-attacks that have become the daily pattern when the House of Commons is sitting. Other than the Senate scandal, Ottawa […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Harper Senate Scandal Far From Over – Nov 6, 2013

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Harper Senate Scandal Far From Over – Nov 6, 2013

CFN – If you listen to the chatter amongst Conservative Hill staff, the government has enacted its revenge and punished the three senators who embarrassed the party and the Prime Minister. To them revenge is sweet, now it is forward to the 2015 election. Roll out the good news announcements, fire off the press releases, […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Latest Duffy Bomb on Harper Government Oct 29, 2013

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Latest Duffy Bomb on Harper Government Oct 29, 2013

CFN – The explosion you heard in Ottawa yesterday was the latest bomb Mike Duffy lobbed into Ottawa’s political circus. Duffy certainly got everyone’s attention, not only in the Senate chamber, but across the country. Whether you like him or not, it was a powerful presentation from a skilled speaker. With the Senate scandal continuing […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Canadian Senate Scandal Gong Show! October 28, 2013

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Canadian Senate Scandal Gong Show! October 28, 2013

CFN – Those aren’t the bells in the Peace Tower we are hearing; instead it’s the gong show that the Senate scandal has become. What a mess and we wonder why the public is so turned off with politics. No one escapes the blame on this one.  Conservatives can’t even agree if suspending the three […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Throne Speeches Come and Throne Speeches Go

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Throne Speeches Come and Throne Speeches Go

CFN – Throne Speeches come and Throne Speeches go, and the 2013 version has done both. When all is said and done, outside of the bubble that is Ottawa, who really cares about them? Worse yet, who even remembers what is in them? Throne Speeches do signal the government’s intentions in a variety of areas. […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley Harper Government Prorogation, Who Wins? Aug 23, 2013

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley Harper Government Prorogation, Who Wins? Aug 23, 2013

CFN – Was anyone surprised when Prime Minister Harper announced that he would prorogue Parliament this fall? I somehow doubt it as everyone from media types to pundits to political staff were waiting for his announcement. When it finally did come, it lacked key details such as when exactly would it happen and more importantly […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Is History Repeating Itself – Senate Scandals & The Harper Government

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Is History Repeating Itself – Senate Scandals & The Harper Government

CFN – Is history repeating itself? I would bet Prime Minister Harper certainly hopes it doesn’t, at least not while he is the Prime Minister. Back in February of 2004, then Auditor General Sheila Fraser brought in a report that kicked off what would eventually become known as the sponsorship scandal. The negative press coverage […]

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