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The Sixth Estate: Harper Minister Tries to Influence Court Decisions, Resigns Instead

Events of the past week have demonstrated what the limits of responsibility are in the Harper government. Violating the ministerial code of conduct is fine — Jim Flaherty’s letter to the CRTC, for instance. Expensing a $16 glass of orange juice — okay, too. Bilking tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers through residence flimflammery, . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Harper Minister Tries to Influence Court Decisions, Resigns Instead

The Sixth Estate: Conservatives Launch New Assault on Abortion Rights

The Conservative Party has opened a phenomenal new front in its proxy war against abortion. The new argument isn’t that we should revisit the meaning of life under the Criminal Code, or that we should ban sex-selective abortions. They’ve apparently given up on those fights in favour of a worse one: the RCMP should prosecute, . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Conservatives Launch New Assault on Abortion Rights

The Sixth Estate: BC Government Says It “Forgot” Documentation It Previously Claimed Didn’t Exist

The media has been breathlessly reporting the latest news from Quebec’s corruption commission as though there’s something unusually rotten in that province. I have to wonder, though. Every province should have such a commission. It’s a fairly safe bet that these sorts of shenanigans are bilingual. The most recent indication of this comes from Lotus […] . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: BC Government Says It “Forgot” Documentation It Previously Claimed Didn’t Exist

The Sixth Estate: Minimum Sentences for Us, Minimal Sentences for Them

It’s come to something when the Assistant Attorney-General of the United States, responsible for overseeing the country’s federal prosecutors, doesn’t just think this way. Doesn’t just act this way. But actually feels comfortable standing up in a public forum, sharing this, and then publishing it on an official website (and h/t Naked Capitalism):

To be . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Minimum Sentences for Us, Minimal Sentences for Them

The Sixth Estate: Authoritarian Immigration Fraud Crackdown Wins Awards from Negligent Media

Ottawa’s crackdown on residency fraud is a timely reminder that a Canadian passport is something to be earned.

That’s the general tenure of the positive media coverage the Harper regime has earned from the announcement this week that several thousand more Canadians will have their citizenship wiped away by the mighty pen of Immigration Minister . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Authoritarian Immigration Fraud Crackdown Wins Awards from Negligent Media

The Sixth Estate: Competition Bureau (Not) Tough on Crime: Government Voids Rule of Law

It’s a comparatively minor case, but for those who are hoping Canada’s various white-collar crime units will protect us from lawbreakers, this doesn’t exactly bode well:

Corporate Research Group… pleaded guilty today in an Ottawa court to a criminal charge of bid-rigging. The company is also under a court order that prohibits it from engaging . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Competition Bureau (Not) Tough on Crime: Government Voids Rule of Law

The Sixth Estate: Capital Punishment Debate on the Horizon?

Over the weekend I found myself wondering who would be the first to start baying for Luka Magnotta’s blood. Now I have my answer: Toronto councillor Giorgio Mammoliti and National Post columnist Joe O’Connor. Both of these men are eminent legal sages that we should take very seriously. Mammoliti is an amateur lesbian film-maker, and . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Capital Punishment Debate on the Horizon?

The Sixth Estate: New BC Draft Legislation Outlaws Phone Books, Pet Store Advertisements, and Media Coverage of Fish Farm Disease Outbreaks

Geek that I am, I may not be the best person to make this recommendation, but if you want to read something truly screwy, you could do worse than checking out BC’s Animal Health Act, currently at first reading in the provincial legislature. This new piece of legislation has two objectives: to control the spread . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: New BC Draft Legislation Outlaws Phone Books, Pet Store Advertisements, and Media Coverage of Fish Farm Disease Outbreaks

The Sixth Estate: Inside the Etobicoke Centre Ruling Overturning Ted Opitz’s Election

If this case can be summarized, in a single observation, it would be that it cannot be good enough to accept that individuals who voted were qualified to do so by registration, in the absence of the registration certificates, in the absence of the poll books recording anyone who registered by vouching and in the . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Inside the Etobicoke Centre Ruling Overturning Ted Opitz’s Election

The Sixth Estate: Minister of Adultery Decides to Waste More Taxpayer Resources

Honestly, this sort of complete and utter bullshit makes one wonder why the government bothers having press secretaries at all.

I do hope that Vic Toews recovers from whatever ails him, if only because he has yet to receive his well-deserved punishment at the ballot box for odiously asking the Speaker to hold anyone who . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Minister of Adultery Decides to Waste More Taxpayer Resources

The Sixth Estate: Applications for Canada’s Next Elections Commissioner Due This Friday

As one commenter noted in my previous thread, the timing of this is unfortunate, to say the least. I assume it is only because Corbett is reaching 65 or some such, and not because of the present investigation. But even if that’s true, it would throw a monkey wrench into whatever investigations are still ongoing:

. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Applications for Canada’s Next Elections Commissioner Due This Friday

The Sixth Estate: Let a Thousand Rumors Bloom

First, the government asked their pet Speaker to “investigate” who is behind Vikileaks30. Now, they want the police to investigate everyone who is behind the Twitter attacks. (Lest you think that Toews will limit his investigation to people threatening physical violence against him, remember that this regime currently defines groups that are “publicly critical of . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Let a Thousand Rumors Bloom

The Sixth Estate: Ottawa Citizen Continues Pro-Government Spin on Police State Bill

Yesterday, I suggested that the Ottawa Citizen was playing into the Conservatives’ hands by trying to turn the new government snooping law into a story about, above all things, NDP propaganda exercises. That ploy continues with the publication of an op-ed by Andrew Mitrovica, which blames the Liberals for giving Big Brother powers to the . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Ottawa Citizen Continues Pro-Government Spin on Police State Bill

The Sixth Estate: Postmedia, Vikileaks30, and the “Liberal” Media ho

If you doubted the political proclivities of the Postmedia chain, you need look no further for proof than their scurrilous and indefensible coverage of the Vikileaks30 saga. Someone — perhaps an NDP staffer, maybe a Liberal staffer, maybe even (and I favour this explanation) a Conservative one who doesn’t like the convicted cheater-turned-Justice-Minister Vic Toews . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Postmedia, Vikileaks30, and the “Liberal” Media ho

The Sixth Estate: Well, That Explains It: Vic Toews Can’t Read

I suppose it doesn’t surprise me that the responsibilities of a Cabinet minister in the Harper Regime do not include reading your own bill before introducing it in Parliament.

In fairness to Vic, in between violating election laws and having children with mistresses, there probably isn’t much time left over to read draft bills. Presumably . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Well, That Explains It: Vic Toews Can’t Read