Two years ago, the country granted the Conservatives a majority government. This morning, these are the top headlines on everyone’s chosen news aggregator, National Newswatch:
Aaron Wherry, in his corner on this site, posed a question:
The sensationally forecast aboriginal insurrection, which came out of a paper published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, is not the top story of the week. Nor are the Qatar-led efforts to move the International Civil Aviation Organization out of Montreal. Wherry’s question is probably the biggest of the week. If you’re unfamiliar, the story so far is this: the government can’t really account for $3.1 billion of anti-terror funding earmarked between 2001 and 2009. There’s no suggestion that money was misspent, or hoarded, or anything so untoward. But plenty of questions remain about what did actually happen to that money.
The government’s no further along in providing a coherent response to all of that, and its ministers are still busy putting out all those little fires set by Auditor General Michael Ferguson when he released his spring report.
What a great week to celebrate that big majority win, amirite?
What’s above the fold this morning?
The Globe and Mail leads with a Qatar-led campaign to wrench the International Civil Aviation Organization’s headquarters from Montreal. The National Post fronts Andrew Coyne’s suggestion that government should spend less, not better. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s intention to campaign on an “NDP-style” budget, if the government falls. The Ottawa Citizen leads with doubts inside the RCMP about how effectively the force can investigate white-collar crime. iPolitics fronts today’s tabling of the Ontario budget at Queen’s Park. CBC.ca leads with four questions about the Ontario budget. National Newswatch showcases John Ivison’s column in the National Post that muses about the future of aboriginal relations in Canada.
Stories that will be (mostly) missed
|1. Mental health. Charles Matiru’s family says the military offered little help when Matiru, a veteran of four tours in Afghanistan, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and died of suicide.||2. RCMP. The national police force was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a Canadian Forces veteran who served in Bosnia and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.|
|3. Charbonneau. Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau, among other public figures, was used by political organizer and engineer Gilles Cloutier to secure lucrative construction contracts.||4. University. Four small schools in eastern Canada—St. Francis Xavier, Acadia, Mount Allison, and Bishop’s—are partnering with each other to enhance student experience and save money.|