The Conservative government generously gave First Nations in Saskatchewan enough grant money to build one impressively sized solar array that could power a half dozen homes.
Ontario is going with $5,000M.
SaskPower gave 10 times this much to the UofR to research how to put CO2 underground so more oil can be pumped out of the Weyburn area.
Lockheed manufactures illegal weapons, and is part of the F-35 dud stealth bomber boondoggle.
Solar is not “concentrated” in SK as explained in the article, we just have more sun hitting the ground throughout the year than most of Canada. There’s (Read more…)
They both have problems with telling the truth.
Yesterday, news broke that Rob Ford had been attempting to purchase the video of him smoking crack cocaine – before Gawker and the Toronto Star made the existence of the video public. In this morning’s news, we find Ford denying that he was doing that at all.
So far, in the course of this saga, every time Ford has denied something, evidence has come along to disprove his denials. At first, he denied ever having smoked crack cocaine, and then at the end of October, the video mysteriously turns up in the (Read more…)
with apologies to The Clash Here’s a few names for you. Richard Hatfield, Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney. What’s the significance you ask? Well, One was flung out of power like a union rep in a Walmart, bringing about a one party legislature in New Brunswick, one learned from his example and skipped town before […]
News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
The G20 scandal just got broader. Besides Canadian police massively violating protester’s rights, the NSA appears to have been assisted by CSEC to illegally spy on Canadians in Ontario for the G20.
Canada Defence Min declines to answer question from NDP about CBC report on NSA/G20 surveillance— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) November 28, 2013
Nicholson won't comment on foreign intelligence activities. He says CSEC prohibited from spying on Cdns.. won't say if they did or didn't.— Michael Den Tandt (@mdentandt) November 28, 2013
Remember the Fake Lake? Maybe it was a giant cover for an underwater spy base? No, of (Read more…)
Conservatives are stalling, as they have been for nearly 8 years on both Senate reform and climate change action.
.@mikedesouza Only 7 years ago the Made In Canada plan for CO2 was promised to Canadians. Conservatives only kick the can. #climatechange— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 28, 2013
Aglukkaq: Canada not ready to introduce oil and gas regulations to reduce GHGs #cdnpoli— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November 28, 2013
Aglukkaq unable 2 answer question about whether other sectors will have 2 do greater reductions 2 compensate for rising oil & gas pollution— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November (Read more…)
Being an inveterate reader, I frequently encounter something that is such a nice piece of writing it demands a second or third reading and occasionally even creates a pang of envy that I didn’t write it myself— a “wish I’d said that” moment. Such was the case when I read Andrew Coynes’ November 15th column in the National Post discussing Rob Ford and the state of the right in Canada today. The
Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s story — and reputation — still hanging on by a thread
Look, it’s still possible for the MSM to cling to the narrative that the PM didn’t know about the illegal activity going on in his office (that he gave the “go ahead” to, according to Wright in an email). What’s wrong with Coyne and the NatPo giving the PM a fair shake you might ask?
Consider their presentation of the choices: Knowing about the crime vs. authorizing the crime vs. being so dumb as to not realize there was a crime? “What’s the truth?” (Read more…)
New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
The post Senate scandal: New RCMP docs suggest Harper is “guilty of corruption” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Here’s an important story for Canadians, and Saskatchewanians in particular, which doesn’t have to do with the Riders or the Senate scandal.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan (GPS) wants to know why the Wall Government is still subsidizing Cameco. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently reported that Cameco owes $850-million in back taxes. And just recently Canada and Kazakhstan signed an agreement to jointly invest $200-million to develop a uranium conversion facility capable of feeding 40 nuclear reactors in Kazakhstan.
If uranium is profitable, then Kazakhstan should be able to build a uranium conversion facility without Canadian tax dollars. Why (Read more…)
Take 15 minutes, and listen to the last 5 years of Canadian politics be summed up off the top of my head.
What’s the PM’s next lie? Pretend he was on Crack, or in a Drunken Stupor when he gave Nigel Wright the go ahead to bribe Duffy?
The perfect graphic to illustrate Harper's involvement. #SenCA #Oshawa RT @ValckeNDP: #CTV nails it! #cdnpoli http://t.co/fXIKfeGtkf— Oshawa NDP (@OshawaNDP) November 21, 2013
Is it not obstruction of justice to knowingly give false answers to police? Asking for a senator.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 21, 2013
RCMP: (Read more…)
Andrew Prescott got instructions from Jenni Byrne to avoid Elections Canada until she could consult a lawyer. Prescott’s work on the Guelph Conservative campaign in 2011 earned him notoriety for having a computer used also by Pierre Poutine. Some would conclude he’s at the very least met Poutine, but has managed to dodge being compelled to testify in court as to that. Poutine at the very least managed to pick the same robocall company Prescott used to make legitimate robocalls for the Conservative CPC campaign.
A list of some of the witnesses, one or two proved liars by Sona’s travel (Read more…)
Worthwhile article from Chantal Hebert here.
She’s not the first to link Harper’s gutting of environmental regulations, skeptical attitude towards climate change and attacks on the environmental movement to other countries (particularly our major trading partner south of the border) reluctance to embrace Canada’s natural resources, but in just two sentences, Hebert does a good job of exposing the box that the Conservative government has painted Canada’s economy into:
“Harper has made it impossible to have a national conversation on the economy without talking about pipelines, but just as impossible to debate those without addressing his climate change record. (Read more…)
If some Conservatives were lying about when they supposedly spoke to Michael Sona about a robocall scheme, how dependable are similar stories from other Conservatives egged on by the party’s lawyer, Arthur Hamilton?
Some of the most damaging testimony, according to a sworn statement by Elections Canada investigator Allan Mathews, comes from Rebecca Dockstaeder, who worked for CPC MP Chris Warkentin.
According to the Mathews document, Sona allegedly came by her office and that of another Warkentin staffer, John Schudlo, and boasted of his robocalls work “a week to 10 days” after the May 2, 2011 election. That would mean (Read more…)
It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s not all about the crack. The crack-centred Rob Ford jokes, skits, songs and Internet memes certainly have been entertaining, but Ford’s recent crack use is but one of the many reasons he is hopelessly unqualified to be mayor of the largest city in Canada.
It’s about the lying, the cover-ups, the hypocrisy, the unpunished crimes, the nepotism, the football charity bribe scheme, the blatant disregard for the rules, the pilfering of expensive government resources for personal benefit, the bigotry and discrimination, the bullying, the back-room deals, the promise-breaking, the unexplained (Read more…)
Trudeau, Ford Set Bad Example For Country: Justice Minister
Globalnews.ca | Posted: 11/17/2013 11:09 am EST
Hey, McKay, pot callin’ the kettle..guess it’s okay to waste taxpayers’ money, and be the kind of grifter that imperiously orders up a an Armed Forces helicopter when you need a ride from your fishing trip..and hey, wasn’t that you lyin’ your face off to Orchard about your Con philosophy/loyalty, then throwing him under the bus at the first opportunity? No fan of either RoFo or Junior Trudeau, but, c’mon, stones and glass houses and that sort of thing, Pete.
Can (Read more…)
Harper Conservatives’ draconian law-and-order agenda is challenged as Ontario court declares mandatory minimum sentences “cruel and unusual punishment”.
The post Ontario Court Rules Harper’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unconstitutional appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
One of the not-so-solemn duties of the blogosphere is to hold the Main Stream Media in check when they go a little astray. I’m not sure if I should hold Andrew Coyne’s hand as I walk him back to where he was a week ago, or if I should slap it for being caught in the Conservatives’ propagand acookie jar. Mmmm, raisins.
Here’s where Coyne was last week:
.@acoyne: We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party? ow.ly/qs0nR #CPC13— canada.com (@thecanadacom) November 04, 2013
Here he was (Read more…)
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone – as long as the person getting stoned is a conservative. Below: a typical strained pea conservative blubbers, although not in this case about the cruel treatment meted out to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford by liberal bullies and the media. Interestingly, this tear was shed back in 2011. Below that: Spiro T. Agnew. Where’s a conservative with a way with words now that we could actually use one?
What’s the No. 1 characteristic of “conservative” Canadian politicians and their supporters at this late date in the eras of Toronto Mayor (Read more…)
Old, but important in understanding that PM Harper’s corrupt team isn’t new at it.
Just a thought running through my head right now: When does ideology trump principle? Are there people who exist for whom principle always trumps ideology? Lets look at some examples: Mayor Rob Ford smoked crack. Two news organisations, one reputable, the other less so, ran a story in which their reporters saw and described said […]
If there’s an incriminating video out there, naturally you’d hire a criminal cracker to destroy every copy.
My prediction? Rob Ford will announce a new housing strategy.— Andrew Matte (@AndrewMatte) November 05, 2013
Then spend months denying there’s a video. When the police confirm they have recovered the video of the drug abuse, admit to drug use, but a legal drug. Then admit to using the other drug, but not at the time the infamous video was shot.
MT @stephen_taylor: Anyone who smokes drugs when in political office is not fit for political office." (Read more…)
…Or that might be what the usually compliant and forgiving media would say if they hadn’t been pissed off about being locked out of policy meetings at the Conservative Convention last weekend in Calgary.
the weird, unsettling vibe that hung over the whole event. (We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party?) That reporters were constrained from doing their jobs is perhaps a side issue. But that a democratic political party, at its national convention, would go to such lengths to hide from public view is just a bit creepy.
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Will Rob Ford’s crack smoking video knock Mike Duffy’s expense scandal off the top of the wires? Which story is worse for the Conservative establishment? How’s that convention going, anyway?
As the Conservative Party of Canada skulks from Ottawa to the friendlier confines of their heartland for their party convention, right to work legislation is going to be one of the top items for discussion. At its core, right to work legislation allows workers in unionized workplaces to opt out of union membership and paying […]