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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Joseph Heath discusses how the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal fits into a particular type of corporate culture: (W)hen the Deepwater Horizon tragedy occurred, or now the VW scandal, it was hardly surprising to people who follow these things. Certain industries essentially harbour and reproducing deviant subcultures. This is one . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Jim Stanford discusses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is renegotiating NAFTA – and taking away what little Canada salvaged in that deal. And Jared Bernstein highlights the TPP’s impact on prescription drug costs.

– Rick Smith rightly challenges the effort some people have made to minimize the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Northern Reflections: You’ve Heard This Story Before

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Bruce Carson’s trial did not last long. We now await the judge’s decision. On one level, the trial was about one individual’s corrupt behaviour. But, on another level, the trial revealed yet again how the Harper government corrupts everything it touches. David Keith provides a little context:

In the spring of . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: You’ve Heard This Story Before

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Paul Weinberg discusses the need to focus on inequality in Canada’s federal election, while Scott Deveau and Jeremy Van Loon take note of the fact that increased tax revenue is on the table. The Star’s editorial board weighs in on the NDP’s sound and progressive fiscal plan. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Jesus Harper and the Not So Miraculous Surplus

It looked like a scene in that sordid B-movie, The Rise and Fall of Jesus Harper.The one where the Oily Messiah takes a fishy deficit and miraculously turns it into a tiny surplus.Stephen Harper seemed to have some extra spring in his step Monday after struggling on a variety of fronts in what has . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jesus Harper and the Not So Miraculous Surplus

The Disaffected Lib: For Harper, It’s Showtime – the Sequel. Fremdschamen, Indeed.

Okay, it’s not Mike Duffy. We won’t hear much of him again until the election is over.

Today’s fare is more like a light lunch, maybe just a handful of trail mix. It’s Bruce Carson time!

The two-time jailbird, fraudster and, naturally, top Harper aide goes back to his old stomping grounds today, the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: For Harper, It’s Showtime – the Sequel. Fremdschamen, Indeed.

Montreal Simon: Will Stephen Harper Go For a Late Fall Election?

It's been the subject of much fevered speculation. Will Stephen Harper call an early election? And if so how early?And no doubt Great Desperate Leader is consulting his crystal ball, and the fevered voices in his head.And in his brief moments of lucidity, probably wondering if he DID go early what would be his . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Will Stephen Harper Go For a Late Fall Election?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Jim Armitage discusses how the privatization of public services in the UK is being mashed up with the principles behind subprime lending and debt bundling – leading to a bubble which promises to take down investors and the public alike.

– Dylan Matthews offers what would seem . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Lonely At The Top?

If Stephen Harper isn’t ‘feelin’ the love,’ it is a situation of his own making. Two brief excerpts from Tim Harper’s column in today’s Star, entitled Stephen Harper’s slide into isolation, are instructive.

Tom Flanagan, former best-buddies with Dear Leader, wrote in his recent book, Persona Non Grata, this about Harper:

“He can be suspicious, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Lonely At The Top?

Montreal Simon: The Blindness of the Media, and the True Nature of Stephen Harper

It's the question that haunts me the most. The one I keep asking myself, but can never answer:Why after all the horrible things he's done to Canada and its values do so many in the MSM still not recognize the true nature of Stephen Harper ?Or ask themselves whether it's normal for a Canadian . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Blindness of the Media, and the True Nature of Stephen Harper

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

– Jim Stanford looks into the fine print of the Hudak PCs’ assumptions about corporate tax slashing and finds that even their own numbers show that most of the money gifted to corporations would be thrown away (emphasis added): On second reading there are other interesting aspects to the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Enemies List: A Prominent Member

Yesterday I wrote about a fund-raising plea that the Harper machine has sent out to its true believers with deep pockets; the missive stressed the need for big dollars to get out the truth to Canadians about what a fine job the regime is doing, a message that is, according to the neocons, being . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Enemies List: A Prominent Member

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Harper aide charged with illegal lobbying, influence peddling

by: Obert Madondo | May 18, 2014

Obert Madondo, Editor, The Canadian Progressive

The RCMP last week charged Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with illegal lobbying and influence peddling.

This is further confirmation that Harper is the world’s worst talent scout. Even more interesting is the fact that the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Harper aide charged with illegal lobbying, influence peddling

Montreal Simon: Could Stephen Harper Soon Be Toast?

It's all going horribly wrong. His foul voter suppression bill is only making even more Canadians want to vote to throw him out of office.He has more scandals than he can count. His Cons are fighting themselves or urging people to vote for another party.Pro-life Conservative MP Kyle Seeback told attendees at Campaign Life . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Could Stephen Harper Soon Be Toast?

The Canadian Progressive: Scandalous Senate and PMO appointments say Harper is unqualified to criticise Trudeau’s f-bomb

by: Obert Madondo | March 31, 2014

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he addressed the crowd at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Quebec, over the weekend.

“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” Trudeau said. “Your name, your . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Scandalous Senate and PMO appointments say Harper is unqualified to criticise Trudeau’s f-bomb

Politics and its Discontents: Few Escape The Bruce Carson Taint

Nigel Wright to Bruce Carson in 2011 as the later conducted his allegedly illegal lobbying:

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about you. Feel free to give me a call at any time.

You can read all about it here.

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Few Escape The Bruce Carson Taint

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Return of Bruce Carson

Well I think it's safe to say it's the last thing Stephen Harper needed, what with all his other scandals.It must be a bit like Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past.But like it it or not old Brucie is BAAAACK !!!! Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Return of Bruce Carson

The Disaffected Lib: He’s Back! Bruce Carson Under Investigation for Influence Peddling.

Former top aide to Stephano Harper, Bruce Carson, is back in the news and, predictably, it’s bad news.

CBC reports  that the disgraced senior advisor to Mr. Harper is the subject of an RCMP investigation into illegal lobbying.  This scandal may also have snared another Harper senate appointment, Doug Black.

CBC News has learned . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: He’s Back! Bruce Carson Under Investigation for Influence Peddling.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and My Fabulous Con Reunion

Well as you know the Con convention in Calgary had to be postponed due to an extreme weather event.And Stephen Harper is terribly depressed because he can't press the reset button on his old and tired government.So I thought I'd try to cheer him up eh?By organizing a smaller convention, or Con reunion, of . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and My Fabulous Con Reunion

somecanuckchick dot com: Former CPC candidate Saulie Zajdel arrested — what does this say about PMSH?

You remember Bruce Carson, a [former] top adviser to PMSH?

And, then there was that $90K cheque from PMSH’s right-hand man, Nigel Wright, to Mike Duffy…

Well, now there’s Saulie Zajdel… you remember Saulie Zajdel, right?

Saulie Zajdel was arrested this morning by Sûreté de Québec and faces five charges, including abuse of confidence, . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Former CPC candidate Saulie Zajdel arrested — what does this say about PMSH?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Ghost of Bruce Carson

Golly. I wouldn't be surprised if Stephen Harper is having nightmares these days, like Ebenezer Scrooge did in A Christmas Story.

Waking up in the middle of the night, sweating like a pig, staring at the ghost of Bruce Carson come back to haunt him.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Ghost of Bruce Carson

The Disaffected Lib: He’s Back. Stevie Boy’s BFF, Bruce Carson, Charged with Fraud

I’ve been wondering what rock Harper aide Bruce Carson has been hiding under of late.

Bruce Carson, 66, has been charged with one count of what’s formally referred to as influence peddling, RCMP said Friday.

He served as Harper’s chief policy analyst and fixer from 2006 to 2008 and returned to the prime . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: He’s Back. Stevie Boy’s BFF, Bruce Carson, Charged with Fraud

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 12, 2011

Monday, December 12 saw two main topics of debate. But perhaps most striking was the introduction of the Cons’ newest tactic to dictate the terms of discussion in the House of Commons.

The Big IssueMuch of the day’s discussion focused on the Cons’ copyright bill. And Paul Calandra started proceedings by moving that question be . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 12, 2011

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Hands Found in Harper’s Deep Pockets

In 2007, knowing that they couldn’t ride Adscam forever, the Harper government put our tax dollars to good use, by hiring a private investigator to dig into the Liberal’s polling expenses.

However, the firm he hired did not uncover the results he was hoping for. An independent investigator hired by the Harper government to . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Hands Found in Harper’s Deep Pockets

The Disaffected Lib: Has Harper’s Buddy Bruce Carson Conveniently Fallen Between the Cracks?

What happened to the RCMP investigation into Bruce Carson that Harper himself ordered, presumably to get his own lard arse off the hook?   Carson, you will recall, is the convicted fraud artist/disbarred lawyer/courtesan frequenting and purported influence peddling dirty old man who wangled his way into a fixer job in Harper’s inner sanctum, the PMO.

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Has Harper’s Buddy Bruce Carson Conveniently Fallen Between the Cracks?