The riding of Calgary Heritage will need a new MP as Stephen Harper is walking away from politics. The former prime minister has issued a social media video giving his ``eternal thanks'' to constituents and Canadians for allowing him to serve ``the greatest country in the world.'' He stepped down as Conservative leader after the party lost the federal election 10 months ago to the Liberals, but continued to sit as an MP. At age 57, he will now be a consultant on international issues with his own company.Peacekeeping
The Liberal government has announced the Canadian Armed Forces are ready to put on the blue beret again. Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan have put the United Nations on notice that Canada will provide up to $450-million over three years for peacekeeping missions around the world. They also unveiled plans to commit up to 600 Canadian soldiers -- including engineers and medical units -- for future peacekeeping operations, as well as equipment such as helicopters and planes. It represents a dramatic increase over the 19 Canadian troops deployed on peacekeeping missions at the end of July. (Photo: AP)Market patrol
Enhanced police presence will continue in the Byward Market this weekend. Ottawa Police released a statement this morning, confirming they will continue stepped-up patrols which began last weekend, and this will be the status quo for the next several weeks. The process began after four shootings happened in and around the downtown core on Sunday, August 14th. Police say there were a total of 36 provincial offence notices issued last weekend, most of which were alcohol-related.