The just-concluded Parliamentary session witnessed “serious abuses of power by the Harper Conservatives” through the use of two omnibus bills “that are radically changing Canada”: crime Bill C-10 and Budget Bill C-38. Please Go HERE to sign and share the Liberal Party of Canada’s petition against this abuse of power by Harper and the Conservatives.
About a year ago, I lamented the fact that the CBC, through Peter Mansbridge, seemed to be following a policy of appeasement toward the Harper government, probably in the forlorn hope of avoiding further decimation of its funding. Quite predictably, as we learned last week, that policy has proven to be an abject failure.
It is perhaps that realization that produced some ‘fire in the belly’ of last night’s At Issues panel, which saw pretty much a uniform condemnation of the Harper regime over its gross and intentional misrepresentation of the true cost of the F-35 jet procurement
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Must read post from Dave at Galloping Beaver: “Airshow” MacKay is now well over the line. On Peter MacKay’s abuse of his position by asking military personnel to provide him with political ammunition against a member of the opposition who questioned MacKay’s personal use of military assets. Dave, with military expertise, sets out what the military should have properly done in response to a MacKay request and what should happen now.
Favourite line from the internal military email train: “Great work by Sqn Ops staff on such short notice…just to give you a taste of life in Ottawa!!
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Let’s not overlook Peter MacKay today
Digging back through some old posts on Monday evening, your humble e-scribbler came across one titled “Abuse and power”.
This sort of thing happens every now and then when you start skimming back through old posts: a pattern starts to emerge out of what prompted the post in the first place. It could be something you saw before and were conscious of at the time. Or it could be some old issue that looked like a one-off at the time but instead turns out to be linked to other events or issues.
The thing is almost
. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: It just smacks you between the eyes #nlpoli
In the wake of the Speaker’s privilege ruling yesterday, the Conservatives are saying that “there will be no more phone calls to voters in Cotler’s riding, spreading the word that he was about to step down.” Take that for whatever it’s worth from these Conservatives. Until they’re caught in the midst of the next wonderful iteration of their permanent campaign.
So while this despicable little incident may be over, for the time being, one important point to keep in mind is that they’ve arguably harmed their case with the lawful access legislation that will be brought before Parliament in
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Cotler incident may harm Conservative case for lawful access legislation
Toronto News: Man settles G20 lawsuit, claims police brass ordered false arrests – thestar.com
Officers detaining Wall on June 27, 2010, told OPIRD investigators they were instructed to arrest people wearing bandanas, masks or gas masks concealing their identity. One officer said he was told to search anyone with a backpack, and if that person refused, he or she could be arrested for obstructing police.
Davin Charney, Wall’s lawyer, said the report shows the many unlawful arrests of that weekend were not just the result of a few bad apples or overreaction from front-line officers. “The orders must have
Yeah, “Support the Troops!” is Stevie Spiteful’s delayed defense of Petey MacKay’s jet setting with government jets these days– to the tune of $3 million. So, boys ‘n’ girls, shame on you if you’re questioning Petey MacKay’s (and I guess this would also go for questioning ol’ Walt Natynczyk’s Caribbean vacation as well) . . . → Read More: Stevie Finally Comes To Petey MacKay’s Rescue With Standard Excuse–”Support The Troops!” . . . → Read More: Stevie Finally Comes To Petey MacKay’s Rescue With Standard Excuse–”Support The Troops!”
Toronto News: Police board refuses to promote G20 officers – thestar.comGood for the board! The Toronto police b… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto Police Services Board shows some spine