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The Disaffected Lib: Paul Martin Gives Tommy Angry Beard a Well-Deserved Kick in the Ass.

Paul Martin was the finance minister who plucked the federal government from the brink of fiscal chaos. It was a tough time for all including the provinces, even the Canadian Forces, but he balanced the budget and paid down $90 billion of our national debt. He kept the bankers in line and when he handed the reins to Harper he bequeathed a full treasury ready to absorb the brunt of the great collapse of 2008.

Put simply, Martin pulled our fat (yours and mine) out of the fire. Which is why he deserves to be heard on the mess we’re (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Hair: Canada’s boy in the bubble.

In the Imperial Prime Minister’s Office of today, Canada’s Prime Minister is isolated and alone. Protected and guarded by the sycophants of privilege, his minions mind the doors. In this cloistered sanctuary, the Hair rules. There are neither naysayers nor critics allowed where the Hair travels. Audiences are vetted for their loyalty. The people walls behind the microphone are carefully selected for a nice blend of colour. It is a false scene.

And you wonder what will happen when the Hair’s bubble bursts. Can any emperor return to being an ordinary man? Can Calgary serve as a suitable Elba? Could (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: HarperMan

Not surprisingly, the musician is being investigated by the paranoid and vindictive Harper Government.

The Streisand Effect is working though, and www.HarperMan.ca is a hit today.

When I tweeted #Harperman last June & you RTed it @saskboy, I did wonder if #cpc thugs would come after Tony. They sure did. @althiaraj

— deBeauxOs (@deBeauxOs1) August 28, 2015

Tony Turner sang #Harperman protest song with his church group. Where's the office of Religious Freedom? http://t.co/caLeHKj9Jz #cdnpoli

— PatRiotchick (@PatOndabak) August 28, 2015

OpenMedia.ca: Rabble: Fact-checking the Conservatives’ rural broadband strategy

The government’s rural broadband strategy falls way short of our digital platform and here’s why.

We need to fight back by pledging to vote now at OurDigitalFuture.ca

Article by Nora Loreto for Rabble.ca

The 2015 federal election promises to be an ugly fight, with a lot of half-truths and fact twisting. This has been the tone set by the Harper government so far, and it shows no sign of changing course. Luckily, rabble.ca together with our allies will be pulling together real numbers and evidence to refute the mistruths and fact check the election campaign.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Learn About Conservatives

Here’s a fun way to learn about the Conservative Party of Canada.

Reminds me of how I speak of Prime Minister Harper while on Twitter, I reference this guy instead:

I have been Prime Minister for 10 years. #elxn42 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/75NRMc6HcY

— Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) August 4, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pay To Access Harper

A lot has been said recently about people paying to have access to the Prime Minister.

@Justin_Ling @saskboy you are being told what to write?if i an issue with that

— shawn d hill (@nbf54321) July 8, 2015

Ling has said:

So @KoryCPC asked me to write a story about how I can't ask Harper questions without paying $78,000. I obliged. http://t.co/8V3HCr7o7m

— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) August 24, 2015

Perhaps it’s too obliging to ask the Harpercons about their exploitation of ISIS propaganda in this campaign?

While it's just a media access issue, I think @Justin_Ling is (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Badge

Here’s a joke about the Boy Scouts standing behind Harper for a photo-op he arranged.

#HarperScoutBadges: The "Wipe the Logs of the Robocall Database" badge #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/jKbVfdL7oM

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August 21, 2015

Scouts aren’t allowed to appear in uniform at political events.

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 why reading excerpts of Ibbitson’s new Harper biography, “Stephen Harper, The Making of a Prime Minister,” serve as a powerful yardstick for considering Harper’s fiercely concealed role in the Wright-Duffy scandal.

There are disagreeable aspects to Stephen Harper’s personality. He is prone to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Will Sergeant Horton Please Take the Stand

There’s a critical aspect to the Duffy trial that we’re not going to get out of Harper’s PMO staff or his “loyal unto death” shills in the Senate or the Conservative Party executive.

It’s an aspect that goes to what appears to be a political prosecution that, it could be argued, calls justice into disrepute thereby violating Duffy’s Charter rights.

It goes from then corporal, now sergeant Horton, the investigating officer straight up to the commissioner, Hank Paulson.  Did they “fix” the investigation of the Wright-Duffy scandal in the only way possible to nail Duffy and take everyone else off (Read more…)

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 in this case.  Just the one, the Cavendish Cottager. It’s the stuff of magic, a glimpse into the Dark Arts of the state police apparatus.

Presumably Wright might have been charged with giving the very bribe Duffy is charged with receiving – except that might (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Harper needs to take lessons from the Royals.

It is a good bet that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not thought of this. His friends the Brit Royals also have trouble with the paparazzi. They do hound one so! No matter how much editors might pay for a picture of Harper without his hairpiece, the Royals have it worse.

It is getting so bad over in Old Blighty that Kensington Palace sent a polite note to the news media about it. In typical Brit terms, this letter was supposed to be strongly worded. It took umbrage with the bad habits of photographers in using many different ruses to (Read more…)

Susan on the Soapbox: Nigel Wright Trips Over Duffygate

“When I refer to the government as an elected dictatorship it’s not personal in any way to the Prime Minister nor to his party, it’s a reference to what’s happened, a creeping growth, an unhealthy growth of power in the Prime Minister’s Office—Elizabeth May, Leaders Debate

Less than one week after Elizabeth May made that damning statement Nigel Wright, Harper’s former Chief-of-Staff, proved her right.

Duffygate

Conservative senator Mike Duffy is facing 31 criminal charges, including three for fraud, breach of trust and bribery in connection with his acceptance of a $90,000 cheque from Nigel Wright, Harper’s former chief-of-staff, (Read more…)

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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau’s stop-gap Senate solution.

Babel-on-the-Bay is only giving Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau a conditional pass on his proposed Senate solution. The truth is that Trudeau just does not want the constitutional problems that the Stephen Harper or Thomas Mulcair solutions will cause. He is not his father’s son in that regard. Pierre Trudeau was always ready to fight for Canada.

But Justin does not believe that the Senate is worth fighting over. His is an elitist solution but he feels it can solve the problem on a short-term basis. What he wants to do is create a bi-partisan committee to recommend appointments and that (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critics say

If Canada adopts the TPP, it will criminalize your Internet use and force your Internet provider and search engines to censor online content, things the government had consistently rejected throughout the copyright reform process. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Zack Dubinsky for CBC

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Susan on the Soapbox: The Leaders Debate: No One Won And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Tempting though it may be for those of us in the peanut gallery to rattle on about who won and who flopped in the Leaders Debate, the really important question is this: did we learn anything new about the men who would be king, er, prime minister?

A healthy economy?

Everyone but Harper agrees that Canada is in a recession. The fact is Harper ran up eight consecutive deficits and we’re $150 billion in debt.

Harper says our economy is healthy. Just look at the Stats Canada numbers—Canada created more net new jobs than any other G7 country. And (Read more…)

Trashy's World: The only real downer over my holidays…

…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime. And we had to say that Harper has been the only one. My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than […]

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bearding a bully.

Canadians watched a bully get his comeuppance last night. There were no knock-out blows or deathbed repentances but some solid points were made. In balance, the Greens’ Elizabeth May looked good, the New Democrat’s Thomas Mulcair was stuffy, the Liberal’s Justin Trudeau showed strength and the Prime Minister kept saying “Let’s be clear,” when he really was not.

But why did it all look like an attempt at stand-up comedy at a funeral directors’ convention? Why were the men all in black suits with ties out of the Salvation Army bag? At least Elizabeth May could stand out in her (Read more…)

Trashy's World: How long till Harper is unemployed, you ask?

(0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Susan on the Soapbox: The One Question to Ask a Conservative Candidate in This Election

He did it. Stephen Harper dropped the writ and we’re heading into a 78 day election campaign. Oh joy!

I’m serious.

I intend to have a real conversation with my Conservative MP, the ditzy Joan Crockatt.

I expect our conversation to go something like this:

Ding dong.

(Dog erupts into manic barking. Mr Soapbox grabs his collar and hauls him away from the front door. I step out and greet Joan who’s wearing a bright smile and is surrounded by minions trying to keep her out of trouble).

Me: Yes?

Joan: Hi, I’m Joan Crockatt. I’m your MP. Blah, blah, (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The bully tactics of Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be a bully who has never grown up. He seems to be a misanthrope: a person who dislikes other humans. He shows narcissistic tendencies with his vanity over that hairpiece that is always so perfectly in place. He has always been stuffy, vain and demanding of power. His hairdresser is always on hand to fix his hair, make-up or take the lint off his suit. He has turned on all his mentors and has no close friends.

But it is the bully that is most dangerous to Canadians. You would accept the vanities and narcissism (Read more…)

Trashy's World: The CPC, liars since 2006…

Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit. Like, what do they know? The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.    (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Are Not Charmaine Borg, We Are The Conservatives

Ms. Borg is an NDP MP, and is most definitely not one of these Conservative trained seals.

It's funny but I think they left out female MPs to make it look like CPC are a bunch of old white men https://t.co/k42JOtTSTC

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) July 30, 2015

This is hilarious. 13 Conservative MPs deliver the same PMO script. #WeAreBorg https://t.co/aJPW1Kosoy #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) July 29, 2015

Trained seals….. https://t.co/LJ2ASKPEha

— Brent Rathgeber, MP (@brentrathgeber) July 30, 2015

If you show too much independent thought, you must leave the Conservative Collective. e.g.:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ignorance Means Power For Conservatives

A cringe-worthy tweet explains the Conservative mindset in running the election campaign early before school gets back. Keep kids in the dark, and disengaged so wise old people can continue to run things for them. Poppa Harper knows best.

@ChristinePenro1 @CBCAlerts election date hasn't changed.regardless, I certainly don't want students learning about elections from teachers

— AJF (@AronJFinn) July 30, 2015

Aron’s autobiography: “Conservative. Pro Oil & Gas. Man made Climate Change is a farce. Anti Trudeau / Wynne and the biased MSM [Mainstream media].”

.@CBCAlerts It would be nice if @GGDavidJohnston would politely tell the PM to (Read more…)