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Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper And Dean Del Mastro: The Bromance Continues

I think this video amply illustrates their relationship:

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Montreal Simon: The Further Insane Adventures of Dean Del Mastro

Uh oh. It looks as if I might have to correct one of my posts.

Remember how the other day I accused Dean Del Mastro of living in denial.Well I was wrong eh?Because I'm sorry to say I now think the Deaner is DELUSIONAL. MP Dean Del Mastro is filing to reopen his defence against allegations he spent too much in the 2008 election and covered it up. The Peterborough, Ont., MP was found guilty last Friday, but says there is fresh evidence that Elections Canada didn't turn over in time for the trial.Or to (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: In The Outer World

…no one can hear Dean Del Mastro scream his innocence despite his conviction on three counts of overspending in his 2008 election campaign. In Del Mastro world, however, his guilt is just a subjective matter: The judge’s ruling “was not a final decision,” Del Mastro said. “I’ve in no way broken any of the laws governing elections.”

“I know what the truth is. That’s her opinion. My opinion is quite different.”

The delusional soon-to-be-former Conservative MP from Peterborough is now engaging it what seems best described as a ‘Hail Mary pass’: MP Dean Del Mastro is filing (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Walking Dead

My friend Dave in Winnipeg is always urging me to subscribe to Frank magazine for its unforgiving political assessments, the kind of commentary that rarely, if ever, finds its way into the MSM. It is advice I should heed.

Not one to show respect for the politically deceased, Frank offers its latest on the ignoble career of Dean Del Maestro, the once up-and-coming parliamentary secretary to the great one himself, Stephen Harper. Enjoy. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Hard To Keep A Dead Man Down

Even though it is a day past Halloween, don’t let your guard down just yet. The dead still walk among us. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Chris Matthews takes note of the gross growth of inequality in the U.S. Dean Baker notes that much of the wealth built on what’s branded as “innovation” reflects little more than successful attempts to evade health, safety and consumer protection laws. And Mike De Souza explores how the notorious ALEC pushes climate denial and other anti-social policies with an alarming amount of support from businesses who (once challenged) claim not to know who they’re funding.

- Meanwhile, Digby points out that the corporatist right is downright eager to work people to the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Downfall of Dean Del Mastro

Uh oh. Beat a drum slowly. Or if you're in the Harper PMO beat a gong furiously.The Deaner is DOWN !!!! A judge has found Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro guilty of spending too much in the 2008 federal election and falsifying a document to cover it up. Del Mastro now faces the prospect of losing his seat in the House of Commons and possibly being sentenced to up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.Read more »

The Liberal Scarf: Dean Del Mastro guilty on election charges

Del Mastro was Harper’s former Parliamentary Secretary. So much for judgement, eh?

Del Mastro could possibly resign his seat, triggering a by-election in Peterborough.

Politics and its Discontents: A Tale Of Two Parliamentary Secretaries*

What do Paul Calandra and Dean Del Mastro have in common? Well, let’s answer that question by first stating the obvious. Both are of Italian heritage; both have served as Prime Minister Harper’s Parliamentary Secretary; both have made blubbering speeches in the House of Commons; and, surprise surprise, both have stood accused of illegal/unethical conduct.

You may recall that Del Mastro, whose trial for falsifying election documents and knowingly exceeding the Election spending limit is winding up, offered an emotional defence of his integrity in the House. Please watch only until you feel your gag reflex kicking in:

After (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Stench of Scandal

Well as you know Stephen Harper is at the NATO summit in Wales and posing as a Great Statesman Leader.Although you'd never know it from his position in this group photo eh?Because any further back and you'd need binoculars to see him.But then I'm sure he's just glad to be there, because it is his last foreign honeymoon before he's forced to return to Canada.And it will be a hard landing…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Summer of Discontent

Golly. I only hope Stephen Harper was able to shield himself from the rays of last night's super moon. Because in his agitated state I can only imagine the effect they might have had on him.He desperately needs to relax, but how can he? When he's facing a long summer of discontent, he just can't get Justin Trudeau and the Chief Justice out of his mind.And everywhere he looks the Cons are getting pounded.Read more »

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It’s High Time Canadians Started Listening to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News

The Conservative Movement, that has been gaining momentum since the 1960s, has made one of their missions, destroying progressive agencies; especially those that support the Welfare State.

In the U.S., they honed in on ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), that advocated for low- and moderate-income families.

What bothered Conservatives the most about ACORN, however, was their voter registration drives, that encouraged the poor and disenfranchised to take part in the democratic process. They knew that anyone involved with the organization would not vote Republican, so have always worked to make sure that they didn’t vote (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Dean Del Maestro Trashes Neil Young For Being A Californian

Well, its a novel angle at least:

Perhaps the most surprising part of his recent criticisms goes back to where he has called home for the past 50 years, namely California a state that continually ranks amongst the worst in America for ground water, soil and air pollution. 

Incidentally, I am pretty sure Neil still owns land on Vancouver Island.  He did back in the 80s, when he would occasionally show up to look at it and visit him mom.

Montreal Simon: The Many Ghastly Faces of Dean Del Mastro

Well I'm glad that Dean Del Mastro just can't wait for his trial to begin. The lawyer for former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro says his client wants to go to trial "as quickly as possible" to face four charges laid against him by Elections Canada. "Mr. Del Mastro is confident the trial process will clear his name so he can get back to work," the lawyer said.Because frankly I can't either eh?Del Mastro and his official campaign agent Richard McCarthy are accused of wilfully overspending during the campaign and of submitting documents to Elections Canada that they (Read more…)

LeDaro: Dean Del Mastro: Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and now Dean Del Mastro

Del Mastro the Dean of them all. Step aside Duffy and Pamela the Maestro himself is here.

“Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro has quit the party’s caucus after he and a campaign staffer were charged with intentionally breaking campaign rules during the 2008 federal election, he said in a statement Thursday.

Elections Canada alleges Del Mastro, who represents the Ontario riding of Peterborough in the House of Commons, intentionally overspent his 2008 campaign limit and tried to cover it up by reporting a $21,000 expense as $1,575.”

Read more at CBC News here.

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