Alberta Politics: RCMP explanation of why Nigel Wright was never charged doesn’t quite pass sniff test

PHOTOS: Sen. Mike Duffy arrives at the courthouse for the final day of his trial in April 2016 in this screenshot. A couple of hours later he would look considerably happier. Below: Nigel Wright, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff at the time of the events for which Sen. Duffy was criminally charged; ...

The Disaffected Lib: Now It Makes Sense. It Was Magic.

Okay, it’s not the mystery of the Sphinx but…  yesterday’s testimony by former Harper special counsel Ben Perrin goes a long way to explaining why Duffy stands alone charged with bribery. Bribery is a crime of giving and taking so, unless the giver or the taker is dead, there should be two people charged.  Except ...

Politics and its Discontents: It May Be Dry Out West, But It’s Raining Pork In Alberta

Desperate times require desperate measures, and there is definitely a whiff of desperation coming from the Conservative camp these days. With the majority of polls showing their fortunes in decline, it would seem that Pierre Poilievre’s giddy and fatuous Christmas in July’s bribe stunt was but the opening salvo in preventing voters from falling into ...

Valerie Burns: When you vote today, remember Chuck Cadman

There is very little satisfaction in saying “I told you so.” Being right is no fun when the consequences are actually dire. There is no bragging when we look back in time and know that we were right all along; however, it can be important to remind everyone of what happened when it forms part ...

Paul S. Graham: Stephen Harper, Duffygate and the Cadman Affair: grounds for criminal charges?

According to the Canadian Press, “The prime minister’s chief of staff went to Stephen Harper for approval of a secret plan that would have seen the Conservative party repay Mike Duffy’s contested expenses and whitewash a Senate report, new RCMP documents suggest.” According to the article by Jennifer Ditchburn and Steve Rennie, published today: When ...

Leftist Jab: Bribery, Threats, Extortion: The Mike Duffy Story

Above is the full audio recording, with contextualizing images, of Mike Duffy’s address to the Senate in which he accuses Stephen Harper of orchestrating the alleged illegal payment he received in order to have his improperly claimed expenses disappear. What a deliciously salacious scandal to rock Stephen Harper! And Pamela Wallin has yet to speak!

Politics and its Discontents: Thursday’s Ontario Byelections

Compelling reasons to hope that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty does not secure his majority government via Thursday’s byelections: The Ornge scandal, and his refusal to appear before the Legislative committee to explain his role in it. The $180 million taxpayers are on the hook for because McGuinty cancelled the gas-fired power plant under construction in ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: Did you have the Olympics on your home world?

That is a ridiculous question! I come from another planet, deep in another galaxy, on which the dominant lifeforms have evolved along a completely different track from you humans. What are the odds that we would have a celebration of … Continue reading →

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The essence of bribery #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Authorities in Quebec have their hands full with a raft of corruption investigations, according to the Globe and Mail. This paragraph toward the end of the Globe story stands out: The opposition parties alleged that the unit was being hampered by political interference. The Parti Québécois this week revealed in the National Assembly that the ...