Dean Del Mastro is Harper’s Parliamentary Secretary. He is also the point man for the Cons in dealing with the election fraud scandal. He is currently being investigated for cheating on election expenses (if found guilty he could face 5 years in jail).
Now, it has been discovered that there appears to have been some illegal contribution activity towards Del Mastro’s campaign.
So far, the guilt here points to Dean’s cousin, David Del Mastro, and the people who were paid to make additional contributions for David. But, there is no evidence (yet) that Dean knew of this contribution plan. (Read more…)
“Employees linked to cousin’s company each gave $1,000 to Dean Del Mastro campaign.” Bravo to Postmedia for pursuit of this story. But three donors to Del Mastro’s campaign or riding association, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say they were asked to make $1,000 donations and were reimbursed by Deltro for the full amount plus a $50 bonus. “It was put, ‘We need to find some people to make $1,000 donations,’” said one former Deltro employee.
Numerous sections of the Elections Act forbid donors from exceeding the individual limit on donations by concealing their donations and forbid others
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… if I wanted to skirt election campaign funding rules, this would be an effective way to go about it. Illegal, but effective. Numerous sections of the Elections Act forbid donors from exceeding the individual limit on donations by concealing their donations and forbid others from helping to conceal the real source of a donation. [...]
Sometimes when I stare at the horror of Harperland, like Simon in the Lord of the Flies stared at the head of the pig, I get a bit depressed eh?
I don't know how I'm going to make it to the next election. Three years seems such a long time.
And one really has to wonder whether there will even be an election the way things are going in Harper's Canada police state, Read more »
Assorted content to end your day.
- Thomas Walkom highlights why we should be nothing but dubious about the austerians’ call to slash public supports: The Harper Conservatives are scaling back spending on national parks to save about $20 million. But at the same time they are planning to spend $25 billion on 65 new fighter jets.
My guess is that most Canadians would make do with one less jet in order to fund parks properly. But in this, as in so many decisions, the voters — once they have elected a majority government — get no choice.
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
- The OECD is the latest independent observer to confirm Thomas Mulcair’s point that dutch disease is a real problem for Canadian manufacturing. And Marc Lee calls for a green industrial revolution as a better path toward economic development and environmental responsibility than the Cons’ focus on resource extraction alone.
- Andrew Coyne sees the ongoing opposition resistance to the Cons’ omnibus anti-environment bill as a battle for the very soul of democracy: This is how it happens. This is how it has happened: the more powers government acquires at the expense of
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Terry Milewski has a good overview of the deets on yesterday’s big news of allegations of Dean Del Mastro having overspent in the 2008 federal election. The report came from Postmedia who have been all over the robocall scandal like gangbusters and they have now uncovered these Del Mastro allegations as well in the course of their reviews of court documents.
That cheque above, courtesy of the Postmedia report, is payable to Hollinshed Research Group by Del Mastro. Funnily enough, Hollinshed received an Economic Action Plan grant of $125,000 to develop an application: “This project involves the development of
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Del Mastro under investigation
Uh oh. I KNEW it was a mistake to make Dean Del Mastro, the Con point man on the robocall scandal.
One moment he was leading the charge, bellowing like a bull, claiming da Liberals did it, and that the Cons didn't do dirty stuff like that.
The next moment he was under investigation. Read more »
To say the Dean Del Mastro makes Jason Kenney look like a genius! That is all. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Irrespective of how you feel about the Vikileaks episode, you have to recognize in today’s hearing that the Conservatives were hoist on their own petard. (Yes, I did see Veep this week.)
Check out Kady O’Malley’s liveblog as well. It draws out the point, in its entirety, that Del Mastro’s witch hunt, fishing around the Liberal research bureau in particular, was an exercise in sideshow politics.
Also, note a few references there to “key Liberal bloggers” and a “specific Liberal blogger” who apparently pointed the finger at the NDP at some point (11:23 mark). I don’t remember bloggers
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I suspect that Adam Carroll, the Liberal staffer who established the Vikileaks Twitter account revealing embarrassing yet publicly-available information about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was speaking for many of us today during his voluntary appearance before the Commons ethics committee today.
Despite the predictable bullying from member Dean Del Mastro, who insisted that Carroll must have been part of a Liberal conspiracy, Carroll said,
“I disagree with everything Mr. Del Mastro has said. To use his words ‘baseless smears’ or, in the acronym, B.S.”
You can read the entire satisfying account here. Recommend this Post
Ulysses S. Grant, exactly as he appeared. Below: Thomas Mulcair (from a Toronto Star photo), for comparative purposes; President Lincoln.
I like Thomas Mulcair for the same reason Abraham Lincoln liked Ulysses S. Grant.
As President Lincoln famously said of Gen. Grant, the Commanding General of the Union Army in America’s great Civil War: “I can’t spare that man. He fights!”
Legend has it that the president was responding to a silly delegation of people who wanted Gen. Grant cashiered because he was reported to be too fond of whisky. The President, who was personally an abstemious man, but
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Thomas Mulcair? We can’t spare that man. He fights!
Would you please appoint a Royal Commission to investigate Canada’s ever widening election fraud scandal? Rick Mercer and millions of other Canadians would be very pleased if you did.
Quite possibly, the worst Photoshop job ever with the worst grammar ever. (Know Your Meme, Ancient Aliens)
Harpes symptoms: sweaty, fidgety, guilty looking as hell, overcompensating denials
noun Conservative Pathology
1. Blistering dishonesty, festering corruption, uninhibited contagion among Conservatives.
2. Most prevalent among those closest to Prime Minister Harper (Vic Toews, Dean Del Mastro). Also known to infect Conservative rap duos (Easy-E and K-Mart). Older
Dean Del Mastro on those robo-calls: Maybe a giant did it! Unnamed conservative voter-suppression operatives may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The credulous Mr. Del Maestro.
Conservative robo-calls point man Dean Del Mastro prompted a lot of rude repartee in the Twittersphere yesterday when he suggested we should all just calm down and stop jumping to conclusions.After all, Mr. Del Mastro explained in response to a CBC story the day before that pointed to a connection between people who had received misleading robo-calls and an earlier call from the Conservative Party that identified how they planned to vote,
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Notwithstanding Dean Del Mastro’s wonderment, the robo-call dots are easy to connect
Defenders say MP Dean Del Mastro’s performance on CBC-TV could be due to medication
Well, I guess this Gable cartoon kind of says it all. I mean what more can you say eh?
That’s what the Cons have done to our Parliament.
But since this is after all a four-ring fascist circus, it’s a quiet day, and I’m feeling a bit idiot, I thought I’d bring you some of the other lowlights. (1) Michael Sona says he’s shocked, shocked I tell you, that members of his own gang could finger him as a suspect.
Anonymous Conservatives have repeatedly fingered Michael Sona, singling out him alone among a group of workers on the campaign
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: An Idiot’s Guide to the RoboCon Scandal
Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro was himself behind two robocalls on election day, the Calgary Herald revealed today. Del Mastro’s campaign manager, Jeff Westlake, sent recorded messages to constituents reminding them that it was election day and offering rides, but only identified the caller as “Jeff.”
The problem is that the Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough is named Jeff Leal, and many constituents were confused. He also happens to be a Liberal, and claims calls were made during the Provincial election calling him a “baby killer.”
Del Mastro hired Nick Kouvalis of Campaign Research to
. . . → Read More: Law is Cool: About Those Robocalls…
Dean Del Mastro, March 1: “We learned that Joe Volpe paid over $25,000 to Prime Contact, a calling company with offices in North Dakota. These calls were made on behalf of the Liberal party. I see that they used this company quite a bit. It seems that they were robodialing quite a number of people on behalf of the Liberal party.”
Dean Del Mastro, March 5: “It’s … clear that the Liberal Party spent millions of dollars to contact hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of homes right across this country. It appears they had given
. . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Time for a Full Inquiry, for Dean’s Sake
There are strange things done ‘neath the Canadian sunBy politicians lusting for power;The backroom boys have their techno-toysThat would make your blood go sour;The ballot boxes have seen sly foxes,But the slyest they ever did seeWas on election day, the second of MayWhen they butchered democracy.
In two thousand eleven, for the forty-first time, Canadians lined up to vote,But some dirty tricks from some rotten pricks delivered a hell of a note,Nefarious brains launched their robo-campaigns designed to perplex and confuse,And keep opponents away on election day by a scurrilous, (Read more…)
Mere days ago the Conservative Party finally admitted their guilt in the “In & Out” election fraud scandal (remember that the Conservative Party headquarters was raided by the RCMP.) Months ago, the Conservative Party admitted that they paid to make phone calls in Mount Royal (saying Irwin Cotler was going to resign, which is a lie).
The Conservatives voted against giving Elections Canada the power to investigate the election fraud that they are being accused of today. Stephen Harper and Dean Del Mastro said repeatedly in the House of Commons that the Conservative Party didn’t use American call firms.
. . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Why Nobody Believes the Conservative Talking Points on the RoboCon Scandal.
Harper Government Super Troll I give credit where credit is due: Dean Del Mastro is one hell of a troll.
During Question Period on March 6th, 2012, he’s repeated a version of this statement 8 times: The opposition paid millions of dollars to make hundreds of thousands of phone calls. Before continuing these baseless smears, those members should prove their own callers are not in fact behind
Well there he was in Question Period, looking and sounding like a robot, refusing to say why his Cons are refusing to cooperate with Elections Canada.
Repeating the same answer over and over again.
“Mr. Speaker, I gave clear answers regarding the activities of the Conservative party of Canada,” he professed. “All this information has been available to Elections Canada since the beginning. Now is the time for the opposition, which has spent millions of dollars to make hundreds of thousands of phone calls, to give all its information to Elections Canada.”
As did his robot poodle Dean
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Robots
On previous episodes of Dean Del Mastro: Knower of Everything, Dean didn’t trust the survey results in a Peterborough newspaper poll, so he commissioned his own robo-push poll, in an effort to “protect democracy”. Then, last week Dean argued the Liberals used a US call centre and the Tories never did, despite Evan Solomon presenting him with irrefutable evidence showing the exact opposite of what Dean was saying.
So yes, we shouldn’t expect logic to be in abundant supply when Dean Del Mastro opens his mouth. But still, today’s spin from Dean is priceless:
Del Mastro, the prime minister’s
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