Ray Novak, 35, has been named the new chief of staff following Nigel Wright’s resignation on Sunday. The once fresh-face political science grad is considered a long-time confidant of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and is highly regarded by his cadre of political advisors.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel said she’s “disappointed” over the ongoing Senate expenses scandal but stands firmly by her party, and the government is motivated by a “desire to make sure that we have accountability and transparency in the Senate.”
As Canadians prepare to celebrate Victoria Day, the official date of birthday honours for the reigning monarch, there is increasing speculation that Queen Elizabeth is about to make a decision that could have constitutional implications for Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper forced Sen. Pamela Wallin out of the Conservative caucus after learning the preliminary findings of an audit looking into her travel expenses, a source has told CTV News.
A federal agency that ensures banks and other financial institutions follow the rules has itself broken the rules on hospitality spending. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada spent well in excess of the maximum allowed for a gala dinner in Toronto last November.
The Canadian government has launched an aggressive campaign to lure Silicon Valley tech workers frustrated by U.S. visa policies northward, just as Congress wrestles with a long-sought overhaul of America's immigration system.