Conrad Black, the Canadian media mogul and convicted felon* was in Calgary last week to have a “conversation” with the Calgary business elite (and me) over lunch at the Calgary Petroleum Club.
The big question is why does Baron Black of Crossharbour—oh let’s just call him Conrad—continue to draw sell-out crowds. By the end of lunch and the exchange between Conrad and Ms Danielle Smith, the leader of the Opposition, I had my answer.
Before we go there, let’s set the stage. The Petroleum Club dining room is, as you would imagine, an upscale venue. Tables filled (Read more…)
What a farce?
I am in favour of rehabilitating felons but this felon is an exception. He needs no rehabilitation. Especially he must not spread his shenanigans to rest of the world via TV.
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How can that happen? I thought his buddy Harper would have helped him to reinstate his honours.
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Oh, this is special. Jailbird Conrad Black strikes out against BBC Interviewer. The National Post and of course PM Harper are falling all over themselves to cater to ahem, Lord Black.
Conrad is out promoting his revisionist account of his troubles.
Peggy Wente gets ready to write her next column. Globe and Mail columnists may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below, the real Ms. Wente, looking like she’s in a mug shot after being busted for plagiarism; the late Ken Adachi.
There has never been a shortage of plagiarism in Canadian letters.
The sins of the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente are literally nothing new, and hardly unique, although the highly entertaining social media furor about them may be.
Indeed, I feel just the tiniest bit of sympathy for Ms. Wente – who in the interests of full disclosure I must
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Considering plagiarism? Just forget it! Nowadays you’ll be busted for sure!
Canadian and British Joint-Embassy diplomats work out their timeshare arrangements. Below: The young Stephen Harper on the day he missed his history lecture after lingering too long over Atlas Shrugged; Perfesser Dave feeds lines to Opposition leader Tom Mulcair last weekend; Mr. Harper at the NCC.
Like Sir John A. Macdonald, a British subject I was born and now, apparently, a British subject I may die. What’s with that?
Or did I fail to get it right yesterday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his gang of so-called Conservatives have decided to give up he trappings of independent nationhood
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: About Stephen Harper’s ambassadorial timeshare: maybe he missed the lesson on the Statute of Westminster!
A strikebreaker drives across an early morning picket line during the Calgary Herald strike in early 2000. Below: Catharine Ford, Joan Crockatt.
It takes more than a little brass for retired Calgary Herald editor and columnist Catherine Ford to condemn Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt as someone who all but caused the strike at that newspaper in 1999.
In a Globe and Mail article last week that characterized the recently nominated Conservative standard-bearer in the upcoming Calgary-Centre by-election as a “polarizing candidate” – as a case can be made she is – Ms. Ford was quoted assailing Ms. Crockatt as “one
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The message from worried Canadians, in and out of uniform, to former Frank publisher Michael Bate. Below: Frank’s semi-iconic logo, Mr. Bate, a typical Frank cover from the Paul Martin era.
If you’re a Canadian politician, you should be afraid, very afraid.
Frank Magazine will soon be back… Or so it’s rumoured and so we fervently hope.
The last Canadians heard officially from former Frank editor and publisher Michael Bate, back in 2010, was that he’d “morphed into a Canadian composer.” Like, of music.
This was disheartening news. I don’t care if the guy is Charlie Flippin’ Parker,
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Neocon slapheads beware! This may not be just a Frank Prank?
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s book, “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth”, is the basis for this riveting doc by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.
Clearly, he is bent on Evil.
Incidentally, have any of my readers actually eaten kitten? If so–how is it? I’ve heard its like a cross between Unicorn and Elf. If so…UMMMM!
Some of the Edmonton Journal’s printers at work in the newspaper’s Eastgate printing plant, which will be shuttered next year, as described by Journal Publisher John Connelly, who is pictured below.
So much for the power of the press. As first reported in this space on Oct. 10, 2010, the floundering Edmonton Journal is about to push its valuable – or expensive, anyway – printing press in Edmonton’s East End over the side.
Starting next summer, the Journal announced yesterday, the moribund Alberta daily will contract out the work now done at its Eastgate plant to the Gazette Printing
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: All hands to Damage Control! Edmonton Journal tips east-end printing press over the side
Lawyer Lorne Waldman speaks to CBC about the open letter that he and 80 plus lawyers wrote to Jason Kenney that was published in the Globe today. It’s a very good interview and a key part is Waldman’s response on the documentary evidence that Kenney’s office has produced in order to prove that there was no political involvement with the Conrad Black visa application. Waldman repeats his view that it is not credible that Kenney wouldn’t have had any input on the decision, despite this documentary offering that Kenney’s office would have been expecting would be reviewed under ATI or
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Lawyer on the Kenney letter
…80 of them, in fact, are sure that CPC attack dawg, Jason Kenney, lied about his involvement in the “repatriation” of Conrad Black! Watch out J-boy! When 4 score of lawyers are pissed, you had better take cover under your boss’s desk! (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
In the Globe today: “An open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.” Dear Mr. Kenney
We, the undersigned, all members of the Ontario Bar, agree with the statement of Guidy Mamann when he asserted that it was not credible that the decision taken in relation to the Conrad Black Temporary Resident Permit was made without any input from yourself. Given the high degree of control which you exercise over your department, we do not believe that you did not give your consent, either express or tacit, in relation to the request.
The use by an official of your office,
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Kenney gets a letter
Ex-con, ex-financier, ex-Canadian Conrad Black is at it again, telling Canadians what’s wrong with them and their country.
This time he used a podium opportunity to exhort Canada to “seize more global influence” in a world rocked by global instability and broad decline of the affluent states. Black said this presents an invaluable opportunity for big resource exporters like Canada and Australia to step up and throw their newfound weight around.
As I read the news reports I was struck with the idea of Canada “seizing” anything. Seize what exactly? Seize it from whom? Just what
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The whole Nanos poll is here. I think I like it better when Alberta is polled separately and not as part of “The Prairies”. Split it off and I bet the NDP looks far more competitive in Saskitoba, as they do in the recent Forum survey. Either way, its pretty obvious that Mulcair has a strategy and, for the moment at least, its paying off. Apparently, get reamed out by both Conrad Black and Brian Mulroney isn’t a career breaker these days.
Freed from the US prison system Conrad Black is challenging Harper, Canada, and Americans on their failed policies. Particularly around prison reform. A businessman with good arguing skills, the chops to take on a government or two, and with the skills to spread his knowledge, Conrad Black may very well be our Warren Buffet. Conrad [...]
PostMedia CEO Paul Godfrey holds a translation of his memorandum to the chain’s newspaper staff yesterday. Warning, senior Canadian newspaper executives may not appear exactly as illustrated, or as below.
Welcome to the world of zombie newspapers, the era of the living journalistic dead.
Last week it was the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the venerable Louisiana newspaper with the best name in English-language journalism, which announced it would only publish three days a week and send most of its staff packing.
Yesterday it was PostMedia News, the tattered remnant of Canada’s once proud Southam family newspaper chain, also known
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The latest Forum Research poll (Forum Research results, National Post story) shows the NDP in the lead nationally, in Quebec, Atlantic and BC, and almost tied with the Conservatives in Ontario and the Prairies.
The only province that the Conservatives hold a strong lead in is Alberta.
Poll standings: Canada NDP 36% Con 32% Lib 20% Green 6% Bloc 5%
Ontario NDP 34% Con 35% Lib 25% Green 5%
Quebec NDP 40% Con 18% Lib 14% Green 5% Bloc 21%
BC NDP 40% Con 31% Lib 18% Green 10%
Alberta NDP 16% Con 61% Lib 15%
. . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Federal NDP Continue To Edge Towards A Majority Government
Conrad Black may want to sue Thomas Mulcair, NDP leader, for calling Black a British criminal. Being rich and well-connected helps.
The full interview.
Powerful symbolism, no matter how you look at it: Lord and Lady Black. Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, Canadians. Did any of us ever truly doubt – even for an instant – that the “Conservative” government of Stephen Harper would not welcome Conrad Black back to the Canadian fold as soon as the American correctional authorities escorted him to the border and handed him his coat and hat?Do you now imagine Lord Black isn’t here in Canada to stay?
Well, if you do, disabuse yourself of that notion!
Whatever you may think about Lord
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Black is the new Red: Why Stephen & Jason love Conrad more than they love Canadians
A journalist by the name of Peter Worthington opines that “Black is as Canadian as maple syrup”. Worthington says Black’s renunciation of Canadian citizenship was because of Jean Chretien. Mr. Worthington, Canada is composed of Canadians and Jean Chretien is not Canada as Harper is not Canada. Moreover, Black is a convicted felon.
Now that he is here maybe Harper should appoint Black a Senator because Black does support conservative causes. It is sickening that Cons will take this kind of position.
Mr. Gary Freeman is Canadian too. Why is he denied entry into Canada? Because he is a black