Qatar has withdrawn its bid to bring the International Civil Aviation Organization's headquarters to Doha from Montreal, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announces on Twitter. Industry Minister Christian Paradis will comment on the decision live at 3:15 p.m. ET.
Senator Mike Duffy says he wants a "full and open" inquiry so Canadians can get all the facts about the scandal that has rocked the Senate and the Prime Minister's Office and that he has no plans to resign.
The widening Senate scandal that the prime minister flippantly tried to dismiss as a 'distraction' just days ago has instead become arguably Stephen Harper's worst hour.
A Conservative MP said Thursday the prime minister will not appoint new senators until there is "substantial reform" to the Senate — but a spokesman for Stephen Harper swiftly contradicted the claim.