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Calgary Grit: Dean Del Gonza

Liberals from coast to coast are revelling in a pot of schadenfreude tonight:

Fifth Tory leaves Harper’s caucus in scandal

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost his fifth caucus member of the year to scandal, after his former right-hand man in the House of Commons was charged Thursday with improper election spending.

The Commissioner of Canada Elections laid four charges against Ontario MP Dean Del Mastro under the Canada Elections Act. Shortly afterward, the prime minister’s office said he “was no longer a member of the Conservative caucus.”

Montreal Simon: Dean Del Mastro Charged by Elections Canada !!!!

I'd almost forgotten Dean Del Mastro, Boss Harper's parliamentary secretary, he's been away for so long. All I can remember is that he was always blaming others for ethical lapses eh?So I really can't wait to see how he handles this one. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Simon Lewchuk makes the case for genuine participatory budgeting in contrast to the little-known and unduly-narrow means for Canadians to even make suggestions for our country’s public spending priorities: Operating under the guise of “consultation,” in June the federal finance committee announced its annual pre-budget process (don’t worry if you missed it, most Canadians did too). People were invited to “share their priorities for the 2014 budget” via an online form but, with an Aug. 5 deadline, it was unlikely that many Canadians were able to take the committee up on its (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s New Massive PR Problem

Well for one glorious but very brief moment Stephen Harper must have thought he was getting a break.Must have thought that Canadians would be too busy talking about the royal baby to think about all the scandals hanging around the neck of his rotting government.But sadly for him when the bun finally popped out of his oven, it wasn't the royal baby.It was Dean Del Mastro !!!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Scandalous Cons

Well there there they were today, driving through the streets of London, England, in the getaway limo.John Baird and Stephen Harper doing their best to try to escape the Senate scandal.But sadly for them the stench followed them everywhere, even into the British Parliament. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Cry Me A River?

Can’t help but wonder if this is a salvo in the Conservative battle to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of Elections Canada, given the recent and past party ‘indiscretions’ that have come to the attention of that body.

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Statement From Dean Del Mastro

I didn’t say what I just said.  Anyone who says I did, is lying.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Murray Dobbin writes about the significance of Idle No More as a shift away from the presumption that First Nations’ interests are represented solely by elected officials: There are some fascinating similarities between the Idle No More phenomenon and the Occupy movement. Both reflect a political dualism: they are focused on the lack of democracy, justice and equality for ordinary people and they are implicitly (and with Idle No More explicitly) telling conventional movement organizations that are supposed to speak for them that they have failed. And it should come as no

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Montreal Simon: Steve Harper and the Con Bandidos

Gawd. I realize Steve Harper is the leader of the worst gang of bandidos ever to ride into Ottawa.But this is getting ridiculous eh?Yesterday it was Julian Fantino hijacking the CIDA website, today we learn that Dean Del Mastro's campaign is being investigated by the RCMP. Read more »

Leftist Jab: Political Stooge of 2012: Pierre Poilievre

To be perfectly honest, I struggled with this. Here’s Pierre Poilievre repeating talking points ad nauseam without a hint of even considering answering the reporter’s question.

So it should be a slam dunk. Game over! Pierre Poilievre is the stooge of 2012!

And yet…

Here’s Maxime Bernier repeating boilerplate talking points, some of which are deliberately false statements, which reduces

Leftist Jab: Political Scapegoat of 2012: Michael Sona

Fraudulent phone calls and misremembered $21,000 cheques

Sun News, the media wing of the Conservative Party of Canada, through its Parliament Hill Senior Correspondent Brian Lilley “scooped” everyone when they pinpointed the source of the fraudulent robocalls in the 2011 election: Michael Sona.

Small problem with that scoop: it wasn’t true.

In defence of Brian Lilley, journalism is

Alberta Diary: Anonymous comments? Dean Del Mastro’s right: there oughtta be a law!

A young member of the Tory Online Rage Machine (TORM) composes a mean Tweet using talking points from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office. TORM operatives may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The unfortunate Dean Del Mastro.

It’s hard not to feel a pang of sympathy for Dean Del Mastro, the Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Peterborough, who informed us the other day that there oughtta be a law about anonymous comments on the Internet.

Who among us hasn’t felt the sting of the Anonymous Brigade on Twitter, Facebook and in the comments sections of myriad blogs and

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Impolitical: Parks Canada cuts and the Rideau Canal

A late summerish item this morning. This is a great local paper report on the Rideau Canal and the challenges being faced by users, small businesses that depend on it, local residents, cottagers, etc. Parks Canada’s budget has been cut by about $30 million and the impact on the Canal’s operating hours and infrastructure are becoming issues. The report covers a local meeting Bob Rae happened to attend given that he summers on a lake in the riding of Leeds-Grenville. Rae mentions that the Rideau could possibly lose its UNESCO designation due to the infrastructure cuts. The article gives you

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Politics and its Discontents: Del Maestro Is Close To Getting His Wish

Earlier this week Mr. Del Mastro, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and MP for Peterborough, complained about an Elections Canada investigation into his 2008 campaign, saying he’s frustrated he has no way to present his side of the story.

Now, the opportunity appears to be close at hand.

But oh, the suspense is killing me. Will he avail himself of this opportunity to ‘set the record straight”? Recommend this Post

Impolitical: A quote of the day

It’s early but I’ll go with this one from Dean Del Mastro to his local paper yesterday: Del Mastro has repeatedly said he doesn’t understand why Elections Canada didn’t talk to him during its investigation. On Wednesday, he said he shouldn’t have to be put through this experience, as he’s a member of Parliament.

“I’m not the average person on the street,” he said. “I’m elected by the people of this riding to represent them.”

He’s above the average person on the street from the sounds of things. Not a winning quote from a politician.

Lots of other gems there too.

Politics and its Discontents: If It Walks Like A Duck….

Strange about Dean Del Maestro. Says he’s innocent but….

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Impolitical: Video: Del Mastro on his 2008 election spending allegations

Worth a look. Del Mastro, you see, is at a very important government announcement with mucho Economic Action Plan signage and someone dares to ask him a question about the significant allegations that are in the news about financial contributions to his 2008 campaign.

Del Mastro is a public figure, after all, and he should be prepared to answer questions beyond the narrow scope of his prepared photo-op event. Doesn’t go with the happy to answer all questions, I look forward to cooperating with Elections Canada, you know, the whole positive, high road thing that one might – quaintly –

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Alberta Diary: The coda to Oda was writ bright with orange juice

Bev Oda, foreground, enjoys a celebratory dinner at the Savoy, her orange juice just visible under her right arm. Departing Canadian politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Oda in happier times; Ms. Oda has a last cigarette before barking out the order to the firing squad.

Bev Oda had to know she was a dead woman walking – politically speaking, that is. So give the Member of Parliament for Durham, Ont., some credit for recognizing the obvious, and shouting out the order to the firing squad herself!

She’ll be gone by the end of the month,

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Trashy's World: While I am not unhappy to see the porch door…

… hit her butt on the way out the door…. Isn’t there someone more deserving of a walk off the plank? Just sayin’… (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your long weekend reading.

- Jim Stanford highlights how anti-labour “right to work” policy is spreading from the U.S. into multiple Canadian provinces: It’s clear we’re going to have to gear up our arguments on right-to-work laws, dues check-off, the Rand Formula, etc. In the last year three mainstream parties have introduced proposals for right-to-work style legal changes in Canada (Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party, the Wild Rose Alliance, and now yesterday Tim Hudak’s Ontario PCs).  This used to be terrain solely inhabited by the Fraser Institute and similar extremist camps, but no longer.  Clearly the

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Impolitical: Following the money

The big news of the past 24 hours in Canadian politics: “Del Mastro donors offer to trade details on alleged reimbursement scheme for immunity.” Donors who say they were reimbursed for contributions they made to Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 election campaign have offered to speak to Elections Canada if given immunity from prosecution.

A lawyer representing some of the donors wrote to the elections watchdog to say they will provide details of a scheme that allegedly used payments from a Mississauga, Ont., electrical company owned by Del Mastro’s cousin to reimburse donors.

The lawyer specified these

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Impolitical: Memories of Del Mastro

The Del Mastro Facebook page and its content became an issue during the federal election of 2011. The video outlines the issues.

Thought I would repost given the recent news involving brother David Del Mastro. Note the reference onscreen about midway to Douglas Del Mastro, another brother of the sitting MP. Elections are a family affair, of course. This one was highly motivated!

Impolitical: The first robocalls victim – again

The Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed by former Saanich-Gulf Islands Liberal candidate Briony Penn on Tuesday: “I was the first robocalls victim.” It tells the story of the 2008 federal election in that riding and the strange robocalls urging people to vote for an NDP candidate who had withdrawn from the race, thereby splitting the vote to the Conservative Gary Lunn’s advantage.

The funny thing is, the Citizen – home of McMaher – published the same op-ed when this story first broke back in early March, as an astute reader points out to me. She thinks that Penn’s piece

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A BCer in Toronto: Ethics committee talks social media without Del Mastro

I had a few committee meetings to choose from while I was in Ottawa last week, and attending the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics meeting on Tuesday made sense. And not just because it was hearing witnesses on a study of the privacy issues around social media.

I was hoping to see Conservative ethics committee member Dean Del Mastro, who has been keeping a low profile and allowing Pierre Poilievre to speak for him. Alas, Dean was a no-show. Disapointing to those hoping for a show, but perhaps a blessing for those looking for some substantive

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Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… absenteeism, heat and, of course, the Del Mastro edition.. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ There is a lot of talk around this “leaked” document purportedly (I say purportedly, because very few have actually seen it) showing that public servant absenteeism is a BIG problem costing Canadians GAZILLIONS of $$$’s a year!!! The Sixth Estate commented on this: Whether [...]