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November 7, 2007

Canadian defence minister escapes rocket attack in Afghanistan

Canadian defence minister escapes rocket attack in Afghanistan

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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Peter MacKay (left) with Celso Amorim.
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Canadian Minister of Defence Peter MacKay just narrowly escaped a rocket attack by the Taliban in Afghanistan yesterday morning. He was visiting Forward Operating Base Wilson 20 kilometres west of Kandahar.

MacKay escaped into a Jeep as the first explosion went off at 11:00 a.m., local time (UTC+4:30). The second rocket, which struck 15 minutes after, hit four Canadian soldiers. The soldiers are now in good condition.

MacKay was picked up by a helicopter an hour later.

Some military experts and reporters on the scene suggested that the attack would not have been targeted to hit MacKay specifically. But according to Canadian Press reporter Bill Graveland, the Taliban could have guessed someone important was present when they saw Blackhawk helicopters.

“I don’t believe that there was any way they had any idea the Mr. MacKay was there, but if you see a number of Blackhawk helicopters flying over a base, you’re going to assume it’s somebody important,” said Graveland.

“I do not believe he was targeted,” said Chief of the Defence Staff General Rick Hillier. “I think these are things that have occurred [coincidentally] in time and space.”

MacKay held a news conference at Kandahar Air Field last night.

“There was an explosion. It was a loud bang,” said MacKay. “When it happened, we heard the explosion, we heard the whistle overhead, we were told to get down and we did. Thankfully, again, when missions like this are underway, you’re given a very thorough briefing as you’d expect. We’re told how to react, everything went like clockwork. We were taken out of harm’s way very quickly, and put in an armoured vehicle. And I’m grateful for the experience, because now I have a greater appreciation of how competent, how able and how successful our people are in the field.”

MacKay is in Afghanistan to talk about improving the country’s economy, security, health care and education.



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April 13, 2007

Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader

Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader

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Elizabeth May at the Green Party of Canada leadership debate on June 21, 2006.

After Green Party leader Elizabeth May announced her plans for running against Conservative MP Peter MacKay in his riding of Central Nova in the next federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada have decided to not have a candidate in the riding. In return, the Greens have agreed not run a candidate against Liberal leader Stéphane Dion in his riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville in Quebec.

Both Stéphane Dion and Elizabeth May held a joint news conference today in Central Nova to talk about their plans.

The riding has a long history of Conservative MPs which finds it a tough race to fight for May with the Liberals backing her.

The decision earned some criticism from NDP leader Jack Layton. “It’s incredible that this matter of such importance is being decided by two leaders in secret,” Layton told reporters. “That’s not what democracy is about. It is the citizens that ought to make choices about who is going to be representing them…”I’m surprised to see Ms. May support the member of Parliament [Stéphane Dion] who was at the Liberal cabinet table during the decade that greenhouse gases went up by more than 30 per cent.”

Stéphane Dion held the Minister of Environment portfolio under former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin. At the end of his Liberal leadership campaign he changed his campaign colour to green to represent his interest for environmental issues in Canada. May is an environmentalist and is largely noted as founder of the Sierra Club of Canada.

The Green Party of Canada has run a full slate of candidates in the last two elections, but has yet to win a seat in Parliament. If May wins the riding in the next federal election, she would be the first one ever.

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March 19, 2007

Canadian Green Party leader set to challenge MacKay for seat

Canadian Green Party leader set to challenge MacKay for seat

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Monday, March 19, 2007

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Elizabeth May at the Green Party of Canada leadership debate on June 21, 2006.

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May announced Sunday that she will seek the party’s nomination for the seat of Central Nova in the next federal election.

The riding is represented currently by Conservative Party MP Peter MacKay, who has held the seat since 1997. MacKay is Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. MacKay was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and completed an Arts degree and Law degree in the province.

His father, Elmer MacKay, who was with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, had been re-elected six times in the riding. Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney also held the riding in 1983. Elmer resigned in order to give Mulroney a seat in Parliament.

As a teenager, May moved from the United States to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. In her press release of March 18, 2007, May explained that she began her vocation as an activist and political campaigner in Nova Scotia. “It is entirely fitting that I now come back here to launch my first full campaign as leader of the Green Party of Canada”, May stated.

May ran recently in a federal by-election, held on November 26, 2006, in the Ontario riding of London North Centre. Although May came in second behind Liberal Party candidate Glen Pearson, the Green Party had increased their vote by 20% over the previous election. If May won the seat of Central Nova in the next election, she would be the first ever Green MP in the Canadian House of Commons.

On her choice of Central Nova, May suggested in her press release that she had to “follow [her] heart” and felt compelled to “run in Nova Scotia and that challenging a prominent member of the government will enable [her] to keep a strong focus on why Nova Scotia and Canada cannot afford another government led by Stephen Harper.”

In the latest federal election of January 23, 2006, MacKay took the seat of Central Nova with 41% of the vote. In that election, the Green Party candidate, David Orton, came in fourth with under 2% of the vote.

In the latest national Strategic Counsel poll, conducted for CTV News and the Globe and Mail, the Conservatives are at 36%, the Liberals 31%, the NDP at 15%, and the Green Party at 10%. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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November 13, 2006

Alberta premier Ralph Klein joke outrages Liberal MP Belinda Stronach

Alberta premier Ralph Klein joke outrages Liberal MP Belinda Stronach

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Alberta premier Ralph Klein was at the annual Calgary Homeless Foundation roast Tuesday evening when he poked fun at Liberal MP Belinda Stronach crossing the floor from the Conservatives to the Liberals. “I wasn’t surprised that she crossed over to the Liberals. I don’t think she ever did have a Conservative bone in her body. Well, maybe one.” [Referring to Conservative MP Peter MacKay, her ex boyfriend]. “Well, speaking of Peter MacKay…,” he continued.

Klein refused to apologize for the remark saying: “I’m making no apologies….I read the copy and I approved. I thought it was a funny line….So did Bruce [his bodyguard],” he added.

“A roast is a roast is a roast. It’s not a toast,” Klein told reporters.

The audience laughed at the joke, but after some people said they felt uncomfortable with it.

“Ms. Stronach roasted the premier two years ago and made remarks about his weight, his clothing and even his flatulence,” Marisa Etmanski, Klein’s press secretary, told the Canadian Press. “In a roast situation, these remarks were hysterical, and that’s the same kind of thing that happened this year.”

Ralph Klein (far right) at the 2005 Calgary Stampede Parade

Stronach, a feminist, was offended by the joke and said that “we want to attract many more women to participate in politics” and “improve the civility that occurs in public life.”

Stronach was in Montreal on Thursday for an international conference on global poverty and defended herself from the comment. “Ralph should put his money where his mouth is and buy a whole bunch of bednets to save kids from malaria in Africa.”

The joke was taken from Mr. MacKay’s alleged comment calling Stronach a “dog” last month in the House of Commons.

“I don’t know of any person who is more respectful of women, who is less inclined to tell off-colour stories or use improper language,” said Shirley McClellan, Klein’s deputy premier. “I’ve worked with this gentleman for 17 years, and have never been treated with anything more than the utmost respect. And I am so disappointed in our media.”

The video (see external links section) has made its way around the popular internet video site YouTube. It has been viewed more than 19,500 times and more than 100 comments had been posted about the video.



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October 27, 2006

Canadian foreign affairs minister accused to have called Liberal MP a \”dog\”

Canadian foreign affairs minister accused to have called Liberal MP a “dog”

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Friday, October 27, 2006

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Foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay was accused last week of calling Liberal MP Belinda Stronach a “dog” in the House of Commons.

Stronach, a feminist, said the comment was offensive to all women.

NDP leader Jack Layton said on Saturday that MacKay should apologise or resign.

MacKay said that he did not call her a dog. “I made no such gesture. I made no derogatory or discriminatory remark toward any member of the House,” MacKay said yesterday in the House of Commons.

Despite MacKay’s comment, the Liberals are still asking for an apology.

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September 27, 2006

Former NHL player Tie Domi alleged to have cheated with Canadian MP Belinda Stronach

Former NHL player Tie Domi alleged to have cheated with Canadian MP Belinda Stronach

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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Canadian MP Belinda Stronach, 40, has reportedly cheated with Canadian hockey star Tie Domi. Domi and his wife were in court today getting divorced and both have now reached a temporary settlement in their divorce proceedings, less than an hour before the case was to be heard before Toronto’s Superior Court. Stronach is refusing to comment on the divorce or say if she “wrecked” Domi’s marriage.

“If it wasn’t for my husband’s affair with Belinda, we wouldn’t be getting a divorce,” Leanne told the Toronto Star in an interview last night. Domi’s wife claimed that the former Toronto Maple Leaf player told her if she did not hire a lawyer he would give her $1 million in cash and a $1.5-million house if she kept quiet about his affair with Stronach. If she contacted a lawyer, however, she “would get nothing.”

“I’m not going to comment at this point in time whether it’s true, it’s false or it’s just the opinions of others,” Stronach said on CTV’s Mike Duffy Live. “I’m not prepared to talk about my personal life at this moment.”

When Stronach was with the Conservatives she dated fellow MP Peter MacKay. In an interview in the Toronto Star on January 8, 2005, Stronach confirmed that she and MacKay were dating. Stronach, elected as a Conservative in the 2004 election, crossed the floor to the Liberal Party on May 17, 2005. She did not comment on what impact this would have on their relationship. On May 18, 2005, MacKay told the CBC that his relationship with Stronach was indeed over. Stronach crossed the floor from the Conservative party directly to Paul Martin’s Liberal cabinet in May 2005. Stronach was previously married to Olympic speed-skating champion Johann Olav Koss of Norway, then divorced in 2005.

Tie Domi said he would not comment on his personal life and his agent said Monday the hockey star would have nothing to say while the matter was before the courts.

Leanne Domi’s divorce application was filed on September 18, just one day before Tie Domi announced his retirement from the NHL.

None of the allegations have been proved in court.

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September 13, 2006

Condoleezza Rice makes visit to Nova Scotia

Condoleezza Rice makes visit to Nova Scotia

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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay made a visit to MacKay’s Nova Scotia riding, Pictou, Nova Scotia, yesterday. Rice spent 23 hours in Canada. She thanked people in Atlantic Canada who helped thousands of Americans stranded when their planes were forced to land in the region. Rice and MacKay travelled together to and from the riding. It was a 90-minute drive each way from Halifax.

At the reception on Monday night, she met with members of MacKay’s family, his father Elmer MacKay, a former federal Tory cabinet minister. “Family means a great deal to me … Wherever you go and whatever you’re doing, there’s nothing like really strong and great family. They keep you grounded,” she told local dignitaries gathered at the Museum of Industry. “They remind you of the things that you did when you were 5 years old, and it’s not easy then to lose sight of who you are,” said Rice. “And so, Peter, thank you very much also for letting me share some time with your family.”

“You don’t get four hours of the secretary of state’s time even if you’re the Queen of England,” said an American official.

Rice and MacKay took a stop at the Tim Horton’s in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

The mayor, Sandy Cyr, of nearby Westville said, “This is the biggest thing we’ve ever had here and I’ve been here for 70 years.”

She delivered her message as a two-day visit that focused on thanking Canadians for their support during the 9/11 crisis just five years ago. They discussed a number of issues including border security, Canada’s role in Afghanistan, and support for the war.

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September 7, 2006

Canada\’s Afghan mission in question

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper reportedly failed to explain why Canada is fighting in Afghanistan, while the Harper government won parliamentary approval for a two-year extension of Canada’s mission.

Polls show that while Canadians may oppose about their soldiers engaging in direct combat, most are immensely proud of the mission.

“This is tough slogging. Canada has one of the most difficult parts of Afghanistan. They (the troops) are engaged in a very determined effort to take the Taliban on,” Foreign Affiars Minister Peter MacKay told CBC.

“I think we should stay in but we need to have a proper debate about whether this is the right course of action in the future. What is our best role in the world? Is our only security, military security?” Liberal MP Ken Dryden said.

NDP leader Jack Layton wants to pull troops out of Afghanistan, including having a debate. “The prime minister won’t even use the word ‘war’, even though it’s obvious that’s what Canada has now declared. There is no exit strategy that’s ever been offered and there’s no comprehensive plan to achieve peace,” says Mr. Layton.

Gilles Duceppe, the leader of the Bloc Quebecois, is also demanding an emergency debate on the whether Ottawa should pull its troops out of Afghanistan.

Harper and Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor issued a statement yesterday expressing their sadness and condolences over the death of Pte. Mark Anthony Graham, who was killed in a friendly fire incident by an American plane.

“His sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice, will have helped the local displaced population to return home and be free from the shadow of the Taliban,” Harper’s statement read.

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July 21, 2006

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper assigned airforce aircraft to pick up Canadians in Lebanon

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper assigned airforce aircraft to pick up Canadians in Lebanon

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Friday, July 21, 2006

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper fulfilled his promise to use his own assigned airforce aircraft to pick up Canadians fleeing from the assault on Lebanon and who are currently stranded in Cyprus.

About one hundred people were taken on board the Prime Minister’s aircraft and flown out of Cyprus with Harper.

Harper, who greeted the evacuees, told the media in an interview that the situation was challenging for the government due to the numbers of Canadians fleeing the war torn region by boat to Cyprus.

Canada has one of the largest groups of nationals in Lebanon of any country in the world, and has already seen eight citizens killed in an Israeli air strike to date.

“Today has been a successful day, as far as the evacuation has gone,” “Nothing is perfect in ideal circumstances, and this is a war zone.” said, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay.

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