Greg Rickford

It hurts when you’re not invited to the party

Another way politics is like high school

The Backbench Spring moves into summer

Brent Rathgeber’s independence and a backbench revolt

Greg Rickford stars in a new one-man play entitled, Cognitive Dissonance

There seems to be some confusion around the 2008 election

Inside the meeting

The Prime Minister’s Office has released the above photo of today’s meeting. Seated to the Prime Minister’s right is Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and to Mr. Duncan’s right is National Chief Shawn Atleo. Beside Mr. Atleo are Treasury Board President Tony Clement and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. To Mr. Harper’s left are Greg Rickford, parliamentary secretary to Mr. Duncan, and Mr. Harper’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

Voting on Bill C-45: So much standing, sitting and signing of Christmas cards

Aaron Wherry’s formerly live blog from a long night in the House


Pointing out the farce

Conservative MPs made 23 references to a “carbon tax” in the House on Friday. Two other references were made by Liberal MP Scott Brison, who offered the following to Conservative MP Greg Rickford.
Mr. Speaker, the honourable member sought my advice and so I will give it to him.My advice would be that the honourable member go to the website of the Department of the Environment and go back to 2008 where the Conservative government promised to do exactly what the New Democrat platform promised to do, which was to bring in a cap and trade system to Canada.

My advice for those Conservative members is to realize that before the NDP ever put a cap and trade system in its platform, Conservative government policy was to have a cap and trade system. However, the Conservatives did not call it “a carbon tax on everything”; they called it a “cap and trade system”.

I say it is on their website, but there is probably some 19-year-old pimply-faced fellow in the basement of Conservative Party headquarters working on taking that off right now. Some guy who just put down his Hayek books is rushing to the computer to try to eliminate the fact that the Conservatives had a big fat carbon tax on everything. That was Conservative policy. That is where the NDP picked it up.

Here again is everything you need to know about the Conservatives’ carbon tax farce.


Fantasy baseball

The only thing more fun than a cabinet shuffle is speculating about a cabinet shuffle

The Commons: That familiar refrain

The money may be running out, but Ottawa will never lack for things to shout about


How to spin

Last week, the NDP criticized Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu after Mr. Boisvenu suggested convicted murders be given rope and allowed to decide for themselves whether they wanted to live. Pat Martin referred to the Senator using a bad word.

The Commons: A salute to cognitive dissonance

NDP governments and Pierre Trudeau have unlikely fans in the Conservative cabinet


Who’s entitled to Old Age Security?

In light of a short-lived NDP motion on Old Age Security eligibility, Kevin Milligan reviews the practical principles at play.