Nigel Wright to Bruce Carson in 2011 as the later conducted his allegedly illegal lobbying:
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about you. Feel free to give me a call at any time.
You can read all about it here.
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At least these letters from Star readers suggest thus:
Pollster warns Tories their support is slipping, March 1
In addition to the concerns of university-educated male voters between the ages 45 and 64 identified in the article, there is another significant reason that this and many other demographics are deserting the Conservative party. It has to do with the values that have evolved to become associated with the party brand.Whereas the demographic in question had hoped once that the Conservatives would herald economic prosperity based upon a broad new vision for Canada, what the Conservatives have delivered is a (Read more…)
I have a somewhat busy morning ahead, so for the time being I offer the following:
Is the answer to things like this,
Re Manning Takes Aim at Tory Election Bill (March 3):
The Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act is anything but. Instead, it’s about ensuring they’ll form another majority in 2015. There’s only one realistic way to ensure that won’t happen: co-operation among the opposition parties.
Here’s a novel idea: We need leaders who will lead. Elizabeth May has already figured it out; Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair need to hold their noses and go for one-time-only co-operation. Kindergarten (Read more…)
Each year, George Carlin’s acerbic commentary and observations become more and more relevant.
If we don’t want a repeat of what happened last time, then it’s up to us to educate those who wilfully or otherwise do not know that Harper & the CONservatives have sold us out.
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At least if you are a reactionary in the Harper vein. First came the bad polling news showing increasing numbers of Canadians growing increasingly suspicious and weary of the relentless divide-and-conquer tactics of the so-called master tactician. Then came some stinging rebukes from that old icon of conservatism, Preston Manning, who, over the weekend, suggested that it is time for the Harper regime to start focusing on policy rather than politics, perhaps a veiled way of suggesting it might be time ‘to try that sincerity thing.’
Even that once-trusted source of cabal strategy, Tom Flanagan, weighed in as he (Read more…)
It is always gratifying to begin the week reading the thoughts of engaged Canadians who see through the thinly-veiled lies of the Harper cabal. In this morning’s Star, three letter-writers address the topic of Bill C-520, a ‘private member’s bill’ proposed by Conservative MP Mark Adler, about which I have previously written.
Watchdogs present united front against Tory disclosure bill, Feb. 26
Conservative MP Mark Adler’s claim that the desire for “transparency” is behind his private member’s bill is completely fraudulent. The bill would require all employees of the so-called “watchdog” agencies – like auditor-general’s office, the ethics commissioner, (Read more…)
Clearly, it was not the kind of news they had gone to the Manning Centre to hear, and, it seems, they did not receive it with particular good grace.
As reported in The Star, presenting the results of a poll he conducted in December, André Turcotte imparted the following to party activists Friday:
“For the first time, Liberals have re-emerged as the party that a plurality of Canadians identify with,” … “Now the Liberals and the Conservatives are tied almost as the party perceived to be the best to deal with the economy. This is a big change from previous (Read more…)
And it is very encouraging, in that it appears Canadians are beginning to wake up to the true nature of the Harper regime:
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe that the ruling Conservatives are settling political scores with their Fair Elections Act, a new poll has found. You can read all about it here.
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Like an ugly stain that resists the most determined efforts at removal, Bill C-520, a ‘private member’s bill’ proposed by Conservative MP Mark Adler, has Stephen Harper’s signature and paranoid paw prints all over it.
The bill, about which I have written previously, would require all employees in parliamentary watchdog offices — such as the auditor general, ethics commissioner, or Elections Canada — to disclose any “partisan activity” in the decade before joining the office.
The fact that it has the full backing of the Prime Minister’s Office is key to understanding both its genesis and the mentality that (Read more…)
I sincerely hope that other commentators on my blog do not think I am playing favourites when I repost another’s comments as a guest post. I sincerely welcome and value all of your comments. My reason for reposting The Salamander here, who offered the following comments in response to my piece, On Voter Engagement, is probably best expressed by my response:
Hi Salamander. As usual, your facility with language, your capacity for lacerating metaphor and simile in assessing the morass we currently find ourselves in, deserves a wider audience. I am therefore reposting your commentary as another guess post. (Read more…)
This letter to the editor reflects an issue I think most of us in the progressive blogosphere struggle with, as do the folks at samara:
Voter turnout is the key to federal change
Eroding the fabric of the Canada we loveThe only way that we are going to get rid of King Stephen’s Reign of Control is by getting out the vote. It seems that every time I pick up a newspaper there is at least one and often more articles about how the Harper government is ripping another piece from the fabric of the once democratic, (Read more…)
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Like many of the commentators and bloggers whom I read, I regularly feel a deep frustration over the passivity of people. No matter what the problem, be it political, social, environmental or a host of others, too many have a ‘can’t-do’ reaction that debases so many in a myriad of ways. Indeed, it appears to be one of our species’ defining characteristics, one at which Canadians seem to particularly excel, if our current political landscape is any indication.
Perhaps we need a national shoulder-shrug symbol as an expression of the what-can-you-do paralysis that cripples so many, a condition that undoubtedly (Read more…)
To paraphrase the Soup Nazi, young people, “No job for you!”
This message brought to you by the Harper government, not hard at work for you.
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Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas
I have now passed seven years of my ‘official’ retirement; it will be eight years this June since it actually began, given that I took a six-month leave before starting to draw my pension. According to all of the ‘good life commercials,’ I should be wiling away the rest of my days on the golf course, on some non-existent yacht, or fleeing harsh Canadian winters via the snowbird route.
Instead, I find myself increasingly restless and angry. Instead of disengaging from (Read more…)
Rick Mercer surely is one of our national treasures:
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And, of course, Fantino and the entire cabal showed what they are really made of yesterday in The House of Commons.
For an incisive evisceration of Fantino et al., check out The Galloping Beaver’s post. Recommend this Post
I can think of not one positive thing to say about Julian Fantino. Apparently, Toronto Star readers can’t either:
Fantino ‘absolutely regrets’ clash with veterans, Jan. 30
There is no possible excuse for the shameful treatment of our veterans by the federal Conservative government. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino’s arrogant and disdainful behaviour with a delegation of veterans who met with him to lobby for keeping eight regional Veterans’ Affairs offices open is another low point of his career. He should resign or be fired.
These veterans put their lives on the line for our country without questioning whatever political (Read more…)
Sounds like Rick Mercer has the Harper cabal’s number:
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While Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel is receiving wide domestic media coverage, coverage that I have been studiously avoiding out of deference to my at-times delicate sensibilities and constitution, the following Harper encomium strikes me as both chillingly ironic and hypocritical:
Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has rooted itself in the ideals of “freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”
Over time, … this is the only ground “in which human rights, political stability and economic prosperity may flourish.”
Strange, this pronouncement of praise for a political principle that the Prime Minister and his (Read more…)
I hope readers don’t think I have grown lazy or burnt-out when I reprint letters from The Toronto Star. It is just that their observations and ideas are frequently so nicely expressed that I think they merit some exposure in the blogosphere.
Today’s offers a sharp rebuke to the tired Tory ideology of low corporate taxes as the path to prosperity, a mantra that has been repeatedly shown to be as devoid of value as the head of their leader and our Prime Minister is devoid of ideas and vision.
Re: Canada hit by unexpected rise in jobless rate, Jan. (Read more…)
Since he was elected to the position, I have written several posts related to Pope Francis; several of them express a renewed hope that the plain-speaking pontiff can generate some hope in a world badly in need of inspiring leadership, something almost wholly absent in our current crop of politicos, obsessed as they are first and foremost with the attainment and retention of power.
In response to a recent article by the Star’s Carol Goar, readers offer their perspective on what politicians could learn from Francis:
Goar: World leaders respond to Pope’s message, Opinion Jan. 12
Carol Goar’s piece on (Read more…)
In yet another development in the dangerous drift toward autocratic rule, the Harper cabal, under the guise of a private member’s bill introduced by Mark Adler, the Conservative MP for York Centre, wants parliamentary watchdogs and their employees to disclose previous political activities.
Bill C-520, which has the full backing of Mr. Harper,
would require every applicant for a job with an agent of Parliament — such as the auditor general, or the chief electoral officer — to disclose if they’ve held a “partisan position” in the previous decade. The legislation would be retroactive, requiring any current employees to (Read more…)
Those of us who write blogs on a regular basis, I suspect, have a high tolerance for the uglier aspects of humanity that we regularly confront in our exploration of the political arena. Greed, deception, avarice and rampant egoism seem pervasive, concern for the collective good little more than a platitude. Yet we continue on, in part buoyed by the hope of a better future landscape where demagoguery and ideology are supplanted by reason and empiricism. One lives in hope.
Over at Northern Reflections, Owen, as usual, has an excellent post, this one on how the American politicos in (Read more…)
If Stephen Harper’s contempt for the things we hold dear as Canadians isn’t reason enough to vote, what is?
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