CBC: the At Issue Panel took questions from people all over Canada. All hail Chantal Hebert.
CNews: The federal Justice Department pays to help publicize leading criminal justice research that frequently discredits the Conservative government’s “tough-on-crime” agenda. And while the goal of the government-funded project is to “focus . . . on research that is policy relevant,” and provide a “general education” to those interested in criminal justice policy, the Harper government doesn’t appear to be listening.
CTV: Strong movement within the Conservative Party, both at the grassroots level and at the highest levels of the government to have the PM dump Guergis
Macleans: his Parliament began, a little more than a year ago, with a short-lived attempt at forming a coalition government. In its place has emerged something much more enduring: a coalition non-government. The government pretends to govern, and the opposition pretends to oppose it, and both sides seem quite content with their appointed roles. Because everyone’s too afraid to do anything else. Fear is the order of the day in today’s Parliament, and it has paralyzed the place.
Calgary Herald: When a judge with Conservative credentials arches an eyebrow at the proposed sentence for a sitting cabinet member's spouse, particularly one appointed by the current federal finance minister in an earlier political life, the verdict seems clear: former Edmonton MP Rahim Jaffer got off with a sweetheart sentence. Initially charged with drunk driving, cocaine possession and careless driving after a police pullover in rural Ontario on, ironically, 9-11 last year, the popular former Conservative MP was hit with a $500 fine on the modest driving charge Tuesday.
The Globe: Stephen Harper’s tough-on-crime Conservatives were accused of being not-so-tough when it comes to one of their own today during a particularly nasty Question Period. Winnipeg Liberal MP Anita Neville raised the issue of the $500 fine given to former Tory MP Rahim Jaffer after he pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving earlier today. Her questions – and accusations – touched off a firestorm in the Commons. “Members of this government are always quick to comment on any court judgment that doesn’t align with their get-tough-on-crime rhetoric,” Ms. Neville said.
National Post: Officials in the Obama administration are quietly seeking a way to repatriate Canadian-born terror suspect Omar Khadr, an authority in a position to know has confided to Canwest News Service. "They don't have the stomach to try a child for war crimes," said the source, who declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of such a U.S. bid. Mr.
CBC: Federal government documents on Afghan detainees suggest that Canadian officials intended some prisoners to be tortured in order to gather intelligence, according to a legal expert. If the allegation is true, such actions would constitute a war crime, said University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, who has been digging deep into the issue and told CBC News he has seen uncensored versions of government documents released last year.
Back to back special from Chantal Hebert and the boys, all about the budget. Too lazy to read the budget yourself? (of course you are).
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See what the three best political pundits in Canada have to say about the massive Speech From the Throne delivered by the GG today.