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Accidental Deliberations: On clear oversight

Shorter Chuck Strahl: I can’t see why a secret police service should be overseen by anybody other than the MPs who are willing to break their own rules to inflict it on the public in the first place.

A BCer in Toronto: Being a good guy doesn’t excuse Chuck Strahl’s lack of judgment

I don’t know Chuck Strahl, but I’ve always thought he seemed like a pretty good guy, all in all. He certainly has won many friends on all sides of the political fence and in the pundit class, and they were quick to shower him with praise last week when he resigned as head of the . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Being a good guy doesn’t excuse Chuck Strahl’s lack of judgment

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Lana Payne calls out Stephen Harper’s hypocrisy in paying lip service to the problems with the use of disposable temporary foreign labour while expanding exactly that policy throughout his stay in power: The program was supposed to be a last resort for employers dealing with skills shortages and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Alberta Diary: Still hoping for a ‘deal’ with AUPE, Alberta Deputy Premier Dave Hancock has a Seinfeld moment

Deputy Premier Dave Hancock holds forth in the Legislature this morning as a few bored reporters half-heartedly listen. Below: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who could have written Mr. Hancock’s script; former Reform Party and now former SIRC chair Chuck Strahl.

With nothing to report in “negotiations” between the government of Alberta and the Alberta . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Still hoping for a ‘deal’ with AUPE, Alberta Deputy Premier Dave Hancock has a Seinfeld moment

Accidental Deliberations: On self-interest

With Chuck Strahl’s massive conflict of interest between lobbying and patronage appointments already making news, the revelation that Vic Toews has found his way into the lobbying industry (having seemingly planned for it before he’d even resigned from Parliament) looks all the more noteworthy. And Toews’ assertion that a lawyer who would seem to have . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On self-interest

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– The Star’s editorial board sees Canada’s woeful job numbers as a signal that it’s time for some economic management in the interests of people (rather than artificial manipulation of numbers): Economists used words like “dismal” and “ugly” for these results, and no wonder. Last year turned out to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

Lobbyists gather in the lobby of the House of Commons at Westminster. Below: Politician turned lobbyist Chuck Strahl, B.C. Lobbying Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

Notwithstanding his classification as a Designated Public Office Holder under the federal Lobbying Act, former Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and Conservative office holder Chuck Strahl is breaking no laws or . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Former federal Tory Chuck Strahl’s lobbying activities break no laws, but highlight a problem

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Jim Stanford writes about the myth of a labour shortage in Canada: In this context of chronic un- and under-employment, it is jarring that so many employers, business lobbyists, and politicians continue to complain about a supposed shortage of available, willing, and adequately skilled workers. Employers routinely claim . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware

Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away

For What . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Thomas Walkom points out that many Canadians can expect to lose jobs without any social supports due to the Cons’ focus on political messages over real-life impacts. And Blake Zeff offers a reminder that while progressive economic policy may be receiving more attention over the last year, it’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Manning Centre-Security Intelligence Review Committee Chair and Enbridge lobbyist Chuck Strahl. Below: Former would-be Reform Party prime minister Preston Manning; Reform Party prime minister in waiting Jason Kenney. All these slightly out-of-focus profile shots were taken by your blogger during his infiltration of the 2013 Manning Centre conference in Ottawa.

When people at . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Montreal Simon: Why Has Stephen Harper Not Fired Chuck Strahl?

It's been more than two days since we found out that Chuck Strahl, Canada's spy watchdog, is moonlighting as a lobbyist for Enbridge.And by so doing has erased the boundaries between the petro state and the surveillance state.Now to make matters even worse, we find out that Strahl is also a lobbyist for . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Has Stephen Harper Not Fired Chuck Strahl?

Left Over: Right, Right, you’re bloody well Right…

Former Tory minister on the hot seat over Enbridge lobbying gig by Kady O’Malley Posted: January 7, 2014 9:00 AM Last Updated: January 7, 2014 8:58 AM CBC online I was a bit disappointed in the lack of a big anti-pipeline presence outside the location of the Harpster’s meeting with the BC Bored of . . . → Read More: Left Over: Right, Right, you’re bloody well Right…

Montreal Simon: The Spy Watchdog and the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Well it seems that Stephen Harper is pulling out all the stops to try to crush all opposition to his Northern Gateway pipeline.By not only getting the National Energy Board to rubber-stamp his insane project.But also by getting Canada's top spy watchdog to lobby for the pipeline maniacs from Enbridge. Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Spy Watchdog and the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Alberta Diary: The Doctor of Panama: a strange tale of Harperite politics and national security

Positive vetting? Where’s George Smiley when you really need him? Not in Canada, by the sound of it. Below: Dr. Arthur Porter with his former pal Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Globe and Mail photo).

It’s almost bizarre, and almost certainly driven by political expediency, that no one seems to have so much as . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Doctor of Panama: a strange tale of Harperite politics and national security

Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

Chuck Strahl listens to a participant in the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa in March. Below: Manning Centre founder and figurehead, Preston Manning.

Should Chuck Strahl be able to serve simultaneously on the board of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a partisan political organization tied to the ruling Conservative Party of Prime . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Your blogger with Preston Manning, both exactly as illustrated, although, in fairness, Mr. Manning may not have known just who your blogger was. Then again, maybe he did. He did say something like, “Oh, you…” Below: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Is somebody going around trying to pull a Mitt Romney on . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Rick Salutin offers an important take on the U.S. election by pointing out that the Occupy movement and its focus on inequality laid the groundwork for Barack Obama’s re-election:The aftermath to the bailouts was the… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Sunday reading.

– It’s a few months old, but the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s comparison of U.S. states with a zero personal income tax to those with the highest tax levels looks like one of the most clear refutations yet of the idea that there’s any real economic benefit . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Leftist Jab: Aveos: Denis Lebel More Or Less Says Chuck Strahl Lied To Parliament

Denis Lebel’s formal salute to union workers involves another finger. When Air Canada passed off its maintenance jobs to Aveos in 2011, there was a significant outcry about the move. Nobody at Air Canada wanted to go to Aveos which had financing issues as late as 2010. They were told to take the deal that . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Aveos: Denis Lebel More Or Less Says Chuck Strahl Lied To Parliament

Right of Center Ice: Gun registry, bad. Kayak registry, good?

Hypocrisy, thy name is the Harper Party. The Transport Canada regulations, brought in last fall, will require everyone from professional outfitters to people leading recreational boat trips to fill out five separate forms, measure their boat and pay a $50 fee.

Wow. If the long gun registry is rarely used, a waste of money, and . . . → Read More: Right of Center Ice: Gun registry, bad. Kayak registry, good?