British PM David Cameron to step down this year in wake of EU vote
Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign by the fall and insists the British people’s will must be respected after voters chose to leave the 28-nation European Union.
“I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” Cameron told reporters outside 10 Downing Street just before 8:30 a.m. in London.
Cameron, in power for six years, said he will resign by the time of the Conservative party conference in the fall. He turns 50 on Oct. 9.
“I held nothing back,” he said. “I was absolutely clear in my belief that Britain was stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union … but the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path.”
Cameron said he had spoken to Queen Elizabeth II about the steps he was undertaking to prepare the government for new leadership.
British stocks are plunging as the market opens as investors scramble to react to the news. The pound has hit a 31-year low.
Cameron sought to reassure investors and markets that “Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong.”
When he promised the referendum, in 2013, Cameron said it would “settle this European question in British politics” once and for all.
He told voters he would forge a new deal between Britain and the EU that would make remaining an attractive prospect. At a Brussels summit in February, he won changes to welfare benefits that he said would reduce immigration and an exemption for Britain from the EU’s commitment to “ever-closer union” — a phrase that stirs images of a European super-state in some patriotic British hearts. (Source: CBC News)
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Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday February 27, 2016
No mixed martial arts or boxing, please, we’re Hamilton
(By Andrew Dreschel) For a city that claims to be open for business and eager to generate revenue, Hamilton sure has a funny way of showing it.
Get a load of this story.
Boxing promoter Tyler Buxton figured he had a perfect fight card lined up at the city-owned Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
After preliminary bouts between local pros, the main event would feature Hamilton’s own Kevin Higson defending his Canadian super welterweight championship in front of a hometown crowd.
But then the word came from city staff — no combat sports allowed at city-run facilities.
Why, you ask?
We’ll get to that. For now let’s just say banning combat sports is not a council-approved policy. It’s strictly a staff decision.
Buxton, president of United Boxing Promotions, was stunned by the refusal. How could this be? Boxing is a legal and licensed sport, overseen by the Ontario Athletics Commission, which sets rigid safety, medical and liability insurance standards.
Buxton has run boxing events in city-owned community facilities in Ajax and Belleville, and regularly stages fights at the Hershey Centre, privately managed but owned by the City of Mississauga.
“This is the first time I’ve ever had any issues,” he says
Maybe the first for him, but he’s not alone.
The Ancaster resident says city staff was initially very receptive to renting to him until he got a phone call several weeks later.
“Somebody at City Hall basically said, ‘No, we don’t want it. It’s against our policies.'”
Ace says he pressed but didn’t receive a more detailed explanation. Instead, he moved the event to Burlington’s city-owned Central Arena last May, which was attended by about 2,500 fans.
Both promoters say they want to grow events in Hamilton. Ideally, Ace would like to do four at the Mountain Arena this year alone.
FirstOntario Centre and Hamilton Place are too costly to rent. Private convention facilities too small. With a seating capacity of 3,000 or more, the Mountain Arena is the ideal venue.
The problem is, city staff keep turning thumbs down. It’s not clear who’s making the call or how far up the ladder it goes. Recreation director Jack Brown bounced inquiries to communication staff. (Continued: Hamilton Spectator)
Editorial cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday July 14, 2015
Harper says Canadian economy in ‘downturn’ due to negative global trends
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the government will react with “strong fiscal discipline” to the “downturn” in the Canadian economy, which he blamed on the recent turmoil in the global economy.
“Let me just state clearly what the situation is, there has been a downturn and the reason for that has been the downturn in the global economy,” Harper said in Pickering, Ont.
“It’s really that simple. Look around the world, we have another crisis downturn in Europe, we have a very significant slowdown and some other related economic problems now in China, we had very negative first quarter growth in the United States.
“So those things have obviously affected this country and in particular through oil prices and some commodity prices.”
Harper added that the federal government will not “spiral ourselves into deficit” and face credit downgrades, create an “investment freeze” by hiking taxes on businesses or take away tax breaks to Canadian families.
“Those are things we don’t do,” he said. “What we are doing, is providing strong fiscal discipline with lower taxes and we will have very large scale investment going into the Canadian economy this month alone through the increased universal child care benefits.”
Harper said that the outlook for the Canadian economy is favourable for the rest of the year, just days after Finance Minister Joe Oliver said it was too early to tell whether Canada has slumped into a recession. (Source: Toronto Star)
By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, November 9, 2013
Column: Trudeau and Mulcair seize their moments
The new session of the House presents no shortage of opportunities and challenges for both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, as they position themselves on the left and centre of the political spectrum.
Mulcair enjoys an inherent advantage as leader of the Opposition, while Trudeau’s strengths are not in the House, but on the hustings.
The Senate expense scandal has been the gift that keeps on giving to Mulcair. He has been dominant in question period, relentless in asking who knew what and when. He’s also learning to control his famous temper, and even appears to be enjoying himself. Last week, when he asked Stephen Harper how many lawyers it takes not to have a meeting, he was doubled up in laughter.
This week’s gift is a letter from the RCMP seeking emails from the Prime Minister’s Office to Mike Duffy, on whether the PMO made up a story about a $90,000 loan from the Royal Bank to re-pay his ineligible expenses, when the cheque was cut by Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright. And then Conservative bagman Senator Irving Gerstein made a speech to the party’s convention last weekend in which he said he told Wright the party would not reimburse Duffy’s expenses, and “it never did.” This is at odds with information from Wright to the RCMP last summer that they discussed reimbursing Duffy a much smaller amount, but not $90,000. So that’s another version of a story that keeps on changing. Tick-tock.
For Mulcair, it doesn’t get any better than this. He would have been a great chief counsel to a royal commission. It’s a lawyerly role he was born to play.
But while question period is Mulcair’s on-camera moment, his real work has been behind closed doors at caucus on Wednesday mornings. It’s impossible to be in a job like leader of the Opposition and not grow into the role. Like Jack Layton before him, Mulcair’s top priority is managing his caucus, particularly his large Quebec deputation.
He did a very good job last year in keeping his Quebec MPs out of the Quebec election, though he could have done without a couple of them donating to Québec Solidaire, the left-wing separatist party. But no one endorsed any local candidates for the Parti Québécois, and that would not have played well in the rest of Canada.
And this fall, Mulcair has been equally adept at keeping his Quebec MPs on the sidelines of the wretched debate over the Marois government’s proposed Charter of Quebec Values. While Mulcair has been very clear in his opposition to it, he has been very smart to let it play out in Quebec. (Source: Ottawa Citizen)
When I saw your cartoon for Saturday I just had to cut it out for my eldest daughter. She is in Guelph University and she, along with many of her uni friends are ardent followers of Monsieur Justin Trudeau!
I showed the cartoon to two of my other daughters and at first they wondered why because they only noticed Stephen Harper … until they looked to the right …. that’s when they both jumped up and down excitedly screaming Justin, Justin! The youngest exclaimed that she doesn’t care what he stands for politically, she would vote for him just cause he’s so hot!! She’s only 15 so her vote won’t count for a long time. The middle daughter will be 18 by the time the vote takes place and she is for sure casting hers his way. All my girls think Justin is just Beautiful.
So thanks Graeme – you hit the nail right on the head with this cartoon. You must know Justin’s gonna win!
I’ll be framing that cartoon for all my girls – future predicted.
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