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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.”

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How Nigel Wright Got a Pass

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 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #RoboCon: Revisiting the 2008 Election Fraud

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 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

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 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Wherein John Ibbitson Explores the Darkness that Lurks Within Stephen Harper

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. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Now It Makes Sense. It Was Magic.

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.

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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 . . . → Read More: Left Over: Dunce Cap Blowout for Emperor Steve…

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 . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Harper’s Conservatives need to PAY CANADIANS BACK

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: “I wonder if she gets paid.”

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Fair and Balanced Questions

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Shadow of Steve Harper Hangs Over Doctored Duffy Audit Report

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

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Oily Media

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 long, long experience, that the Senate was the place to be for easy money.  That the Duffster, an ultimate insider, knew what the Senate was like for so long, and so desperately longed to get into it, should make all Liberal and Conservative supporters wonder why they so enthusiastically support, for purely partisan reasons, the red chamber.  That’s red as in your money disappearing.

 No-one seems to be all that preoccupied by the fact that a guy who reported on politicians for decades so desperately wanted to be an unelected one.  I submit that that is a problem.

Sure the Duffy trial is annoying, but let’s not forget that the Duffster was watching it for decades; he knew what was going on, and he knew what he could get, and he wanted it, badly.  Mix in some party work, and the “Senate” becomes a taxpayer-funded propaganda instrument, even more expensive than the $75 million you already spent (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/that-75-million-in-ads-you-paid-for/article23824771/).  To what extent are Peter Mansbridge and Lisa LaFlamme already sizing up their opportunities, solidifying their contacts, making sure they’re at the head of the line?  You’d have to be mentally absent to think that Mansbridge and LaFlamme are not going to be your handsomely-paid and expensed senatorial representatives just a few years from now.

 

Key thing to remember about the Duffster, lest we all lose sight of it, is that the Duffster was a Hill veteran for years.  He knew the ins ands outs, and the in-and-outs.  He angled like an obsessed man for his appointment, even launching lawsuits against those he thought hurt his entitlement opportunities (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Duffy).   Now, you could say, well, Mike was just tired of being a journalist and wanted to get in on the real political action in a partisan way his “journalistic” profession had “technically” always denied him.  I’d almost respect him for that—Mike Duffy waking up one day and saying, “Gee, I’m a Conservative, and I’m going to dedicate the rest of my life to that cause.”

But no, that’s not how it works.  Mike Duffy was there, all the time, and though he may have been more craven than most, he admired and was utterly smitten by the lawlessness of the entire Senate, the easy access to taxpayer money, the unashamed and mock-serious gloating of the party hack appointees.  He watched it for decades, and he wanted a part of that moral- and tax- and cost-free zone.  Who wouldn’t?  It says much, much indeed that Liberal and Conservative supporters have cherished, for partisan and publicly extortionate reasons, a body that, from its origins, was intended to preserve privilege, as opposed to initiative (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_senate).  Good ol’ Bertie Brown, the great Conservative farmer-senate-reformer Senator, was able to ring up over $330 000 in expenses in just one year (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadas-only-elected-senator-also-the-most-expensive).  I’ve never met Bert Brown, but I know kinfolk like his, and all of them would be ashamed and disgusted to know that they had ever known such an individual as him.  His family will for generations be remembered as the one that used Canadian taxpayers for massive personal emolument while pretending to be on their sides.

The occasional jurisdiction has eliminated senatorial entitlement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_abolished_upper_houses), and not necessarily for altruistic reasons.

Nancy Ruth, who objected to cold cheese and crumbled crackers on airplanes, raised a valid point when she said that “flying around the world” (in her case, for basic Senate purposes, Toronto to Ottawa), was something that others “just didn’t understand” (http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/04/01/liberal-nancy-ruth-says-auditors-dont-understand-what-being-senator-is-like.html).  When you’re accustomed to such entitlement, you just go with the flow and take it as it comes, and it does become very easy to blend the private with the professional.  Yet it *can*, pace entitled Nancy Ruth, be hard to differentiate between legitimate personal expenses and professional ones.  They *can* blend. And sometimes, there *are* grey areas.  But, by appointing only party hacks and promoters, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has clearly upped the game—to be a Senator now, as Pamela Wallin and Duffy have shown, is not really about not being very clear on the already rather fuzzy rules; it’s about exploiting whatever fuzziness there is (Dean del Mastro, anyone?) for partisan Conservative purposes to indebt Canadian taxpayers for ideological reasons.

And there, really, is the rub.  Mike Duffy, who knew what was going on for decades, wanted a piece of the action.  Stephen Harper, operating in a personal moral-free zone with respect to taxpayers, liked the cut of the Duffster’s jib, and wanted some of the Duffster’s ample influence for his own: hence, the Senate. 

Plus ca change, ou est-ce qu’on peut change?

–zr

 

 

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Five Days Until the Senate of Canada Stands Trial

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

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Duffy’s Sting

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What’s Going On with the Senate?

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Rumours Swirl Around Harper’s Head

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, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Nearly "Duffy Time" Again

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 . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Does anyone doubt an early election now?

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.

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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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Cavendish Cottager Comes Roaring Back to the Front Page