The Disaffected Lib: How Nigel Wright Got a Pass

It’s an interesting story but hardly convincing. When the RCMP went after senator Mike Duffy for supposed bribery it left people shaking their heads. How could Duffy have committed the crime of bribery for receiving Nigel Wright’s $90-thousand without Wright being criminally responsible for giving the bribe? It became known as the “immaculate bribe.” Newly ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #RoboCon: Revisiting the 2008 Election Fraud

In light of this news from Elizabeth May, it may be worth re-reading these blog entries from 2012  and 2009. Duffy’s trial raised some damning information about the first infamous robocalls used to steal an election for the Conservatives in B.C. And read Alison’s more recent recap. I certainly think that Duffy’s testimony should be ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

3 years ago, I explained what was happening with the Duffy trial. Today it came to a close. It's about the credibility of Duffy vs. the credibility of the Harper PMO. One of them will take a big hit today. — Lawrence Martin (@LMartinOttawa) April 21, 2016 whatever else to think about #duffy verdict, good ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

The Duffy Trial has been a bit of an expose on how the Harper Cons’ PMO operated. It’s not pretty. The comments made about Sona and Finely are nothing to sneeze at either. With Sona destined to sit in jail, and Finely in a grave, it all seems a little bit of an academic discussion ...

The Disaffected Lib: Wherein John Ibbitson Explores the Darkness that Lurks Within Stephen Harper

Let’s be blunt. John Ibbitson is probably the most prominent journalist in Canada totally in the bag for Stephen Harper.  Note that I used the word “journalist,” a noun that eliminates most of the hydrophobic scribes at PostMedia. When it comes to Harper you can trust Ibbitson never to put the boot in. Which is ...

The Disaffected Lib: Now It Makes Sense. It Was Magic.

Okay, it’s not the mystery of the Sphinx but…  yesterday’s testimony by former Harper special counsel Ben Perrin goes a long way to explaining why Duffy stands alone charged with bribery. Bribery is a crime of giving and taking so, unless the giver or the taker is dead, there should be two people charged.  Except ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Lied In The House

Check out @LeslieCBC’s Tweet: What the PM said then, and how it stacks up against evidence submitted in court: @pnpcbc #Duffy fact check #cdnpoli http://t.co/okoZsW4OBB — Leslie Stojsic (@LeslieCBC) August 14, 2015 Duffy’s trial is giving facts about Harper’s criminal gang in his office.

Left Over: Dunce Cap Blowout for Emperor Steve…

Capping oil well blowouts within 24 hours too expensive, says Ottawa Shell Canada Ltd. given up to 21 days to contain subsea blowouts The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 06, 2015 11:23 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 06, 2015 11:23 AM AT This headline  all by itself should make any Canadian shudder, but if that isn’t ...

Politics Canada: Harper’s Conservatives need to PAY CANADIANS BACK

Do Canadians deserve to be paid back for the expenses submitted by Wallin and Duffy as they travelled to CONSERVATIVE PARTY FUND RAISERS?  I say yes, we need all of the expenses back and all of the funds raised donated to the taxpayer who paid for the speaker. No wonder the Conservative Party of Canada ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “I wonder if she gets paid.”

I wonder if she gets paid. “@GreenpeaceCA: Arctic drilling is obscene. @Janefonda http://t.co/MRRx4vvo6o pic.twitter.com/2vAlfXhw5e” — Vivian Krause (@FairQuestions) June 12, 2015 I wonder if she gets paid, to ask that. In the same time frame, Krause received significant funding from the oil, gas and mining industries and has said 90 per cent of her income ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fair and Balanced Questions

As you probably know, “Fair and Balanced” is the Fox News tagline that exists to trick the more easily fooled into thinking that’s what their actual objective is. Check out today’s story from the Vancouver Observer about “@FairQuestions”, a Conservative friendly researcher who took thousands of dollars in speaking fees from oil companies and testified ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Shadow of Steve Harper Hangs Over Doctored Duffy Audit Report

It sounds like damned near everyone in the Harper PMO was in on the plan to bail out cash-cow-senator Mike Duffy.  And that plan included corrupting the Senate audit process to “protect” the Cavendish Cottager. The Senate administration had hired the auditing firm Deloitte to look into the expense claims of senators Patrick Brazeau and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Ooh, This Is Beginning to Reek of RCMP and Richard Nixon

As the Mike Duffy trial begins to dissolve in the Crown’s hands, it’s beginning to smell like a political drive-by hit.  Steve Harper’s attempts to distance himself from it only makes the smell worse. Michael Harris looks at Sideshow Steve and sees visions of Richard Milhous Nixon. While the Judge publicly rattled the Crown’s case ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Oily Media

There are opportunities to support journalism in Canada that doesn’t take millions from the oil industry and the oil-soaked Conservative government. Had you heard that the Conservative Party communicated with Enbridge, in secret, through Mike Duffy? If you don’t watch independent journalism online, you might miss important news like that. The National/Vancounver Observer and CanadaLand ...

Zorg Report: Always Join a Club of Which You Weren’t a Member: Mike Duffy and the Senate

Abstract:  Whatever happens in the Mike Duffy trial, let’s not forget one thing: Duffy watched the Senate for decades, and he wanted a part of it.  Whatever might be said of his actions, or of the (comically alleged) hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil, see-no-evil members of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most intimate inner circle, the Duffster knew, from ...

The Disaffected Lib: Can Duffy Shred Nigel Wright’s "Goody Two-Shoes" Routine?

Nigel Wright’s ‘gift’ of $90K to senator Mike Duffy was a bribe when it was pocketed by Duffy but not when it was given by Wright.  Most of us are finding that pretty hard to square and it is.  The logic by which Duffy is culpable and Wright is not reflects how far the RCMP ...

The Disaffected Lib: Five Days Until the Senate of Canada Stands Trial

It’s been pretty obvious for a while now that the Mike Duffy corruption trial will likely be transformed into an indictment of the Senate of Canada.  “We all did it” seems to be a core element of Duffy’s defence.  Andrew Coyne seems to agree. He writes that the already overdue audit reports will reveal that ...

The Disaffected Lib: Because You Really Can’t Tell the Players Without a Programme

The Duffy trial is just about a week away.  It seems like forever since the scandal broke plunging Harper’s PMO and the Senate into a fearful rout. To get you back up to speed on the scandal and all the players, National Post has published a dandy primer on the Who’s Who of the witnesses expected ...

The Disaffected Lib: Duffy’s Sting

It’s a tale with two scripts.  One is the story presented by Stephen Harper, his PMO, the RCMP and others.  The other is the account presented by disgraced senator Mike Duffy.  At least one side isn’t telling the truth. Who to believe?  We’ll have to wait until all the evidence is in but I figure ...

The Disaffected Lib: What’s Going On with the Senate?

It seems there are a good many senators anxious about the already overdue audit reports into their expenses.  Complicating matters is the letter they were cajoled into signing that waives all privilege, both Parliamentary and solicitor-client. Suddenly we seem to have a Senate packed full of Mike Duffys in waiting. From what I’m hearing they’re ...

The Disaffected Lib: Rumours Swirl Around Harper’s Head

Interesting opinion/speculation piece from Harry Stirling in this morning’s Times Colonist.Now there is some speculation that, due to the abrupt resignation of Baird, coupled with Adams’ defection, Harper himself might increasingly find his own leadership questioned by normally loyal party members. Even one of the Conservatives’ former MPs, Albertan Myron Thompson, expressed his concern over ...

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Nearly "Duffy Time" Again

We’re just over two months away from the start of the trial of senator Mike Duffy.  It’s scheduled to open April 7 and continue to May 12, when it will adjourn to be completed from June 1 to 19.  That’s 41 court days in all. With trial prep, motions and 41 days in court, that ...

Trashy's World: Does anyone doubt an early election now?

First, this morning, with the ouster of the Burglar of National Defense, Harper was clearly wiping the table of any “nuisance” that may dog him during the campaign. Now, it comes to light that Harper will deign to meet the Premier of Canada’s largest province before the junior hockey game tonight; thus deflecting criticism that ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Mike Duffy Call the Next Election?

Sure, it sounds far fetched, but the opposition parties had better be prepared for Harper to call a snap election. Word I’m getting from Ottawa is that the evidence in the Duffy trial will directly implicate the prime minister in the under-the-table payment/bribery scheme.  If that happens, Stephen Harper’s political career is essentially over. Duffy ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Cavendish Cottager Comes Roaring Back to the Front Page

Stephen Harper’s pucker factor must be at “Level 7- Deep Purple” at the prospect of what awaits when Conservative senator Mike Duffy begins his criminal trial process this week.   A former top advisor to the reigning prime minister says the word is that they’re shitting bricks about what Duffy might have up his sleeve. ...