It is about the size of a parking space in Ottawa, but it is causing an almost constitutional-sized crisis in the Senate.
The space in question is about 15 square metres on the fourth floor of the Government Conference Centre.
It is, as Canadian mythology goes, the space where a deal was struck to save negotiations to patriate the Constitution, an incident that has become known as the “Kitchen Accord.”
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted Wednesday of charges of fraud and breach of trust in a verdict clearing the way for one of the country’s most powerful and polarizing figures to return to his post as the nation’s top diplomat.
Former Iceland Prime Minister Geir Haarde could on Monday become the first world leader sent to prison in connection with the financial crisis of 2008, as a verdict is due in his trial for negligence and mismanagement.
OTTAWA — Suspended senator Mike Duffy will vigorously defend himself, his lawyer said Thursday after a staggering 31 criminal charges were laid against him for fraud, breach of trust and even bribery.
“We are confident that when the full story is told, as it will be, and shown to be supported by many forms of evidence, it will be clear that Sen. Duffy is innocent of any criminal wrongdoing,” Donald Bayne said in a written statement.
OTTAWA — Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, is relieved that the RCMP won’t be laying criminal charges against him and is expected to move back into the private sector — but suspended Sen. Mike Duffy’s future is much more uncertain.
The RCMP has essentially wrapped up its investigation into Duffy’s Senate expense claims and the $90,000 personal cheque he accepted from Wright to pay back his questionable housing expenses. The file is now under discussion with the Crown attorney’s office.