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Senator Mike Duffy cleared of all criminal charges

Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt cleared Senator Mike Duffy of all 31 criminal charges against him and criticized both the Prime Minister's Office under former PM Stephen Harper and also the RCMP.
 1 of 2 An article in the CBC byNeil MacDonald praises the judge's decision:  Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt proved that in Canada, the courts are there to protect citizens against the venal machinations of those in high office, and the terrifying power of the police and prosecutors who answer to them.Not only did the judge drop all 31 charges, he described those charges as an abuse of power. MacDonald is scathing in his remarks on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP) who prosecuted Duffy. Instead of defending the law as their motto claims, saying they "genuflected to authority, using police discretion to toss a single newsworthy individual into the nightmare of the criminal system, essentially stealing two years of his life, while ignoring other senators …

Manitoba's Tories win huge majority ending the long NDP reign

As expected, the ruling New Democratic Party(NDP) in Manitoba led by Greg Selinger lost power last night as the Progressive Conservatives(PC), under leader Brian Pallister won a huge majority.
The polls just before the election were not too far off the actual result. TheCBC Poll Trackerhad predicted from an average of polls that the PCs would win 42 seats whereas they actually won 40. The NDP were expected only to win 11 but they won 14. The Liberals were predicted to win 4 and won 3. In 2011, NDP won 37 seats while the Conservatives managed just 19, and the Liberals just a single seat. The Greens did not win any seats but came close in one. Greg Selinger, resigned as leader of the NDP after the results were announced. Selinger was re-elected as MLA for St. Boniface by a considerable margin but given that the NDP only won a little over a third what it had at dissolution he no doubt felt he should resign. He said: "In a democracy, friends, the people are always right, the collecti…

IMF lowers growth prediction for Canadian GDP in 2016 and 2017

Although the Canadian economy had a fast start this year the International Monetary Fund(IMF) has reduced its growth forecast. The IMF cited continuing damage to the energy sector and lower expected growth globally as reasons for the reduced prospects.

The IMFcut its projection for Canadian gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 1.5 percent in 2016. In the previous prediction last quarter in January, the outlook was for 1.7 percent. The outlook for 2017 was reduced from 2.1 percent to 1.9 percent. The IMF said commodity-exporting economies suffered from reduced income and reduced investment. In Canada, the energy sector was a drag, only partially offset by a lower loonie and an expected increase in public investment by the Liberal government. This is the sixth straight quarter that the IMF has reduced part of its two-year Canadian GDP outlook. The decline in our growth outlook has reflected the slump in prices for commodities. The Bank of Canada also predicted lower growth in Canada i…

UFO sightings in Canada second highest ever in 2015

Ufology Research based in Winnipeg, Manitoba has published its 2015 UFO Survey. Quebec leads the provinces in number of sightings. There were 1,267 sightings in 2015. The most sightings were in 2012 when there were 2,012.
According to some, the world was to end in 2012. Ufology Research has published the report annually since 1989. In spite of sensational stories, the report claims there is no incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases have involved contact with extraterrestrial creatures. The reports can be foundhere.The average number of sightings has been going up every year for years. The average since 1989 in 2015 was 626. Over a third of this year's sightings were in Quebec, 35 percent. For some reason, the number is far above that of previous years, when the Quebec percentage ranged from just 5 to 15 percent. In Montreal alone there were 97 reports. There were 78 in Toronto and 69 in Vancouver. A typical sighting will last about 16 minutes with more than half of the repor…

Conservatives still far ahead in polls as Manitoba election approaches

A new poll by Insight Manitoba polling finds that the Liberal Party has dropped from having 19 percent approval to just 13 percent in the capital and main city of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
The vote for the incumbent New Democratic Party (NDP) and Progressive Conservative(PC) has gone up. The NDP went from 21 percent to 24 percent and the PCs, led by Brian Pallister, rose to 38 percent from 35 per cent. The number of undecided voters dropped from 20 percent to just 17 percent. This is still quite a significant number with less than two weeks before the election on April 19. The poll results came as a surprise to the three main figures behind Insight Manitoba who are all Liberals. Province-wide figures show the PCs at 42 percent, NDP at 22 percent and Liberals at 15 percent. The Greens are at 5 percent with 16 percent still undecided. A political analyst at the University of Manitoba, Royce Koop said that the dropping Liberal support would help the NDP most. In Winnipeg in particular, the NDP…

Saskatchewan Party wins third majority term by a wide margin

he Saskatchewan provincial election was another triumph for the Saskatchewan Party led by premier Brad Wall. The party won a third majority in a row.
The Saskatchewan Party won a whopping 51 of the 61 seats in the Saskatchewan legislature.Cam Broten, the leader of the opposition New Democratic Party, lost in his own constituency. The race in a Saskatoon constituency was close with the Saskatchewan Party candidate winning by only 232 votes. David Buckingham won with 49.2 percent of the vote while Broten had 46.3 percent. The Saskatchewan Party captured just under 63 per cent of the vote and prevailed in 51 of the province's 61 constituencies. The NDP managed just half of that at over 30 per cent of the vote. It won 10 seats, just one more than the last election. However, there were only 59 seats then. The results were not much different from the 2011 election that was disastrous for the NDP. The Saskatchewan Party won 64 percent of the vote while the NDP had 32 percent. Of the 61 s…

Saskatchewan Party likely to win a majority in Saskatchewan election

Regina - When the Saskatchewan Legislature was dissolved on March 8, the Saskatchewan Party polled 53.5 percent of the vote, while the opposition New Democratic Party(NDP) had 34.5 percent.
Theelection began with the Saskatchewan Party led by Premier Brad Wall having a commanding lead over the NDP. Often during a campaign, a lead this large will shrink. This time the opposite is happening. As ofApril the 1st the poll averages were: Saskatchewan Party 59.9 percent; NDP, 30.7 percent. The Green Party and Liberals both have 4.3 percent of the vote. The margin between the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP has increased from 19 points to over 29. Unless the April 1st averages were an April Fool prank , the outlook for the NDP tomorrow does not seem rosy. The seat projections as of April 1st are not encouraging. The average number of seats the Saskatchewan Party is predicted to get is 49 with the NDP only getting 12. No other party will win a seat. If these projections are anywhere near correct…

Mulcair likely to survive upcoming federal New Democratic Party leadership review

The federal New Democratic Party (NDP) convention is scheduled for April 8 to 10 in Edmonton, Alberta. A new Ekos poll shows the party is polling the worst it has in well over a decade.
According to the Ekos poll,only 11.7 percent of Canadians support the NDP, down eight points since the October election, which was already low. In contrast, the Liberal Party under PM Justin Trudeau is up a further 2.6 percent to 42.1. The Conservatives under interim leader Rona Ambrose are at 31.7 percent, down marginally from the 31.9 percent they had at election time. Elizabeth May's Green Party is up 2.9 points at 6.4 percent. While there have been some complaints about Mulcair's leadership, there does not seem to be any obvious alternative to run for the leadership against Mulcair or any well-organized opposition to his leadership. While party leader Rebecca Blaikie said Mulcair needs a 70 percent approval to remain as leader, the party constitution requires only 51 percent. Every party co…