CTV reports on the funnelling of money from SNC-Lavalin into the Cons’ coffers. And we shouldn’t be surprised to see that connection in light of the Cons’ attitude toward corporate wrongdoing.
But it’s especially worth noting what’s missing from the Cons’ denials of involvement: Elections Canada records reveal that 10 top SNC-Lavalin managers and their . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On corporate takeovers
(..if they could get away with it):
International Development Minister Christian Paradis says the government will not fund overseas projects that allow war rape victims and child brides to obtain an abortion…Paradis says the government’s policy would follow the same logic as that behind Canada’s $3-billion G8 funding commitment for maternal and child health — . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: What our Conservative government would do here on abortion..
TweetThe westward migration of Central Canada-based political operatives continues. Controversial former Ottawa Conservative staffer Sébastien Togneri is now employed as the Caucus Whip Coordinator for Danielle Smith‘s Wildrose Official Opposition. Political watchers may remember Mr. Togneri as the aide to federal Conservative cabinet minister Christian Paradis who, in 2010, resigned over his alleged meddling in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Controversial Ottawa Tory operative now working for Wildrose Opposition.
Behold the Christian Paradis legacy to Public Works from his time as minister: Public Works said Saturday that action had been taken to address situations where the minister wants civil servants to meet with companies from the local riding, but didn’t elaborate.
“Policies and procedures on this matter have been communicated to staff through . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Public Works protects itself from future ministers
Where the government releases its approval of a $6.1 billion acquisition of a Canadian company: “Minister Paradis Approves Glencore International plc’s Acquisition of Viterra Inc.”
A little strange to see an announcement of that magnitude in the government news centre on a Sunday. They must not have wanted much attention.
More at CBC. And here . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Just your average Sunday in July
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, with Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois … or something very much like that. The politicians pictured above may not be exactly as illustrated in real life. Below: Thomas Mulcair, Jack Layton.
Now that our sullen neo-conservative prime minister is on speaking terms once again with former PM Brian . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: How far will Prime Minister Stephen Harper go with separatists to hang onto power?
Despite the ongoing and very critical coverage of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and his myriad leadership failures at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, the truculent top cop refuses to both apologize and resign.
The most withering criticism I can think to make is that Blair is just another politician.
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He’s Just Another Politician
Well, what else would you call this happy set of events? Those SNC-Lavalin execs sure are of a like-mind politically. They all donate to the same two riding associations in Quebec too. So happenstance!
A big Conservative winner from the series of donations, of course, ethics poster boy, Christian Paradis with $30,000 transferred into . . . → Read More: Impolitical: All the Conservatives’ corporate-like donations
Assorted content to end your week.
– Brian-Michel calculates the expected outcome of the 2011 election minus the Robocon election fraud based on Anke Kessler’s data. Alison, thwap and Saskboy all rightly lament that a government claiming that a majority entitles it to treat Canada as a helpless plaything may never have had a legitimate . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Say it ain’t so! A CPC Cabinet Minister caught doing something UNETHICAL!!!! Wow. That’s about as shocking as finding out Don Cherry isn’t a vegan! Sheesh, why does the MSM even bother to cover this stuff anymore? The Cons will just blame the Liberals, or extremists, or socialists, or aliens… etc. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
The Ethics Commissioner has finally gotten around to deciding on the Rahim Jaffer matter where, if you will recall from way back in 2010 when this arose, Mr. Jaffer was seeing the ministerial door swung wide open to him. This report, coming in March 2012, is just way, way too late to put the fear . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Another feckless accountability mechanism weighs in