In Focus Canada Key data Population: 34,838,000 (2012) Ethnicity: The 2001 census found that about 48% of the population were of British or Irish origin, 16% of French origin, 9% German, 4.3% Italian, 3.7% Chinese, 3.6% Ukrainian and 3.4% Native American. More than 200,000 immigrants arrive each year from around 150 countries. The provinces with the largest populations are Ontario (11,400,000; 38% of the total), Quebec (7,237,000; 24%) and British Columbia (3,908,000; 13%) Life expectancy: 81 years Land area: 9,976,000 sq km GNI: US$1,777.9 billion GNI per capita: US$50,970 GDP growth: 1.1% pa 2008-2012 Infl ation: 1.8% pa 2008-12 Grand Roy • Canada global second quar ter 2014 www.global -br ief ing.org l 55 levels of government. In less than a year, this scandal has claimed the careers of Harper’s Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, as well as several well-known senators and a clutch of advisers in the inner circles of Harper’s offi ce. It has been called the “Senate scandal” because it originates in questionable expense claims within the unelected body of parliament, but it has transformed in popular parlance into the “PMO-Senate scandal” because of the extraordinary ways in which Harper’s offi ce has tried to contain the controversy over the past year. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation has unearthed a signifi cant volume of emails, remarkable for their glimpse into the minutiae of how this government handles communications crises. The clinching development was the Chief of Staff’s decision to write a personal, $90,000 cheque to cover the allegedly improper expense claims of one senator, former broadcaster and journalist, Mike Duffy. The year ahead could well see formal charges laid in connection with this political mess for Harper.
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