The survey says?
Last Monday, worldwide political poll analyst, Angus Reid, submitted its quarterly most popular premier poll, and as expected by a lot of people it’s Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, who topped the list as the most admired premiers. He got the highest rating percentage with 68%.
Prior to the start of summer, Quebec’s Premier Pauline Marois ranks as the least popular having a percentage of only 27%, her satisfaction rating this time jumped to 39%. She has now more support from Quebecers.
Analyst attributes her increase in support because of the way she handled the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy that happened last July 6 that left 42 people dead (the fourth deadliest rail accident in Canada), and the wedge issue of the Quebec Charter of values.
At the bottom of the survey belongs to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale getting only 6% approval rating, Manitoba Premier Greg Sellinger with 5% satisfaction rating, and lastly Ontariio Premier Kathleen Wynne getting with the lowest rating having only 4%.
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BACK TO POCKETBOOK POLITICS
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are going back to what Haper termed as “pocketbook politics” in preparation to the 2015 election campaign.
In their agenda the federal government is planning to lessen taxes as a way to fight the USA and Canada price difference, for example are things like consumer electronics.
In comparison to neighbor country the US on average is 15% lower on their prices paid, as proven by internal documents gathers by the National Post.
Records will show that a pair of sports shoes is 37% more expensive in Canada, a simple lawnmower is 31% more expensive, and a student’s backpack is 26% more expensive in comparison to US prices.
Efforts were made by the government like the reduction on the price of baby clothing and sports equipment, this was done by abolishing taxes that was above 18% on hockey skates, which way too up.
The government said this will serve as a test on their plan of reductions that may eventually give way to a more rational action in the future.
For the middle class family down to the lower class any plan of action to reduce prices is going to be “politically popular”.
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WILL THE NEW OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE BE SAFE?
A very alarming situation was recently discovered inside the future home of Canada’s Department of National Defense when they found an electronic listening device installed inside, this was according to a report made by the local newspaper the Ottawa Citizen.
Last year the Department of National Defense disclosed to the public that the old Nortel Networks complex, in Ottawa will be converting to its new main office. According to the newspaper, no one knows when the devices were installed or whether or not they were still useful.
There were already security issues made in the past indicating concerns the safety and security surrounding the former Nortel Network complex. This was based on the recently release documents provided by the department.
A conference was made by then Defense Minister Peter MacKay and said the public announcement of the transfer to the new facility will result on the rise in the level of security. Concerns of increase in security cost, delay in the transfer are just some of the problems DND will face because of the public announcement that was made.
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Gender issues raised on the nomination of Justice Marc Nadon.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominated Justice Marc Nadon to be justice of the Supreme Court. The seat became vacant after the retirement of former justice Morris Fish who reached the mandatory service age of 75.
The nomination of PM Harper caused concerns on gender issues in the Supreme Court. His recent appointment is the second time he appointed a male justice. Some experts view this as a gender imbalance on the nation’s highest court. With a ratio of six men to three women on the high court Nardon’s appointment will most likely be approved.
PM Harper said Nadon’s appointment was the best choice for the next justice of the Supreme Court.
The Prime Minister will have an opportunity the answer the gender ratio 1n 2014 the time when current Justice Louis LeBel reaches the mandatory retirement age, which will require Harper to make another appointment.
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PAN –AM GAMES OFFICIALS OVER CHARGING THE GOVERNMENT.
Premier Kathleen Wynne hit hard and charged Pan-Am Games CEO Ian Troop and its organizers for over spending and then passing the bill to the government. The Ontario government is asking organizers of the event to review all the expenses and payment made after it was discovered that some high-paid executives were involved on some questionable claims.
The Minister has already disposed all her directives to the board to strengthen the rules, this was told right after the Toronto Sun wrote on their newspaper that Ian Troop, who made $477,000 last year, along with his fellow executives were collecting the government for expenses for example, $1.89 for a Starbucks tea and also charging 91 cents each time they park. Some of the additional expenses charged to the government were travel, luxurious dinner, laundry, hotel and room services as told by The Sun.
CEO Ian Troop vehemently denied the accusations, but promises reforms on their present rules and policies which also includes spending.
A very much upset and fuming Wynne described those very lucrative expenses as unacceptable.
Premiere Wynne has already instructed Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Minister Michael Chan to investigate the allegations thrown against Ian Troop and his executives.
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