Former top aide to Stephano Harper, Bruce Carson, is back in the news and, predictably, it’s bad news.
CBC reports that the disgraced senior advisor to Mr. Harper is the subject of an RCMP investigation into illegal lobbying. This scandal may also have snared another Harper senate appointment, Doug Black.
CBC News has learned the RCMP have seized banking records for Bruce Carson, a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, amid their investigation into allegations he illegally lobbied his former government colleagues.In court records CBC News retrieved Wednesday, the RCMP allege Carson used his connections to lobby (Read more…)
Hey, hey – whatever happened to Harper’s Reefer Madness? Word from Elmer’s unfortunate boy, Peter MacKay, is that the Harper regime is looking to backpeddle on its get tough on drugs policy. Perhaps running scared from Justin Trudeau, the Tories want to make simple pot possession a ticket offence instead of a full-blown Criminal Code matter.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay told reporters on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning he has tasked the justice department “with looking at and coming forward with what could be a draft legislation.” “We have not arrived on the exact mechanism in which (Read more…)
It’s refreshing to see that, this time, we’re not all falling for the official line, the Washington line that lays the blame for the Ukrainian fiasco at Moscow’s feet. Washington (and Ottawa) would have us believe the fanciful lie that this is all Putin’s doing but it’s not. The late U.S. diplomat and historian, George Kennan, heralded as the architect of America’s “containment over confrontation” policy during the first Cold War, foresaw the very situation facing us today in America’s unipolar superpower fantasy. Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University writes that Kennan’s (Read more…)
Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau turfed out in disgrace by a gaggle of Tory senators who had expense skeletons in their own closets to conceal. Word from Ottawa is that there are plenty of other senators in the same boat on housing expenses, perhaps two to three dozen, who all voted as they were directed by the prime minister to rid him of his three senatorial embarrassments.
As if in contemplation of the damaging – and damning – audit reports looming before the Red Chamber and the prime minister’s office, today we saw the conveniently-timed release of a second (Read more…)
We should all be immensely proud and grateful for the intervention of Canada’s First Nations in the fight to defend our country from environmental degradation, even catastrophe. They’re leading our fight, make no mistake about that. The rest of us are the supporting actors in this one but that doesn’t diminish the role we still have to play.
Canada’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs seems to have been transformed into something of an intelligence agency supporting government efforts opposed by First Nations. This sort of perversion of government agencies is Harper’s stock in trade. From The Guardian (Read more…)
Inspired by these stories: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-reduced-to-gestures-on-ukraine-say-former-top-envoys-1.2557882
We won’t have long to wait for the release of the tell-all book on Mike Duffy, penned by his old journalism colleague, Dan Leger.
The book, Duffy: Stardom to Senate to Scandal, is said to revisit the good old days when Leger met Duffy in Ottawa (1984-1990) and traces Duffy’s television career, his pursuit of a seat in the Senate and the scandal that brought him down and continues to plague Stephen Harper.
According to Leger, he and Duffy spent hours on the deck of the senator’s Cavendish cottage as Duffy spilled the beans. Duffy maintained, as he (Read more…)
Oh, methinks the Cons are worried – very, very worried. Preston Manning, self-styled Grand Dame of movement conservatism in Canada, can see that Stephen Harper’s pseudo-democratic reform package is a rancid loser.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government should back off a proposal to muzzle Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer that would “weaken” Elections Canada, and instead expand the agency’s power to boost voter turnout, Preston Manning says.The former Reform Party leader spoke out against a provision of the government’s proposed “Fair Elections Act” in a speech Saturday, hours after the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre, appeared at (Read more…)
Like Canada, Britain maintained a military contingent in Afghanistan for more than a decade. Like Canada, the Brits set lofty goals of their Afghan War. Like Canada, the Brits are leaving Afghanistan with precious little to show for their sacrifice in lives and treasure.
Like Canada in Kandahr, the Brits used a carrot and stick approach in their mission to Helmand province. This consisted of taking the fight to the Taliban, the warfighting, and construction of schools, roads and other infrastructure to win over the hearts and minds of the local Afghans. According to The Guardian, even (Read more…)
Canada’s opposition NDP open to coalition, Liberals less keen Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:49pm EST – Reuters In a a comment re : http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/02/tom-mulcair-and-coalition-dream-that.html
Although in principle I agree that whatever progressives elected to Parliament should band together in the sense of controlling the votes, I fail to see why, or how, a coalition of ConLites and the NDP can be a good thing..at least as a formal coalition.. There is nothing very progressive about the Liberal agenda, aside from the usual vaporous nothings of Junior Trudeau re decriminalizing pot and some vague stuff that only (Read more…)
It’s just the thing that pro-Western Ukrainians have been fearing – but also anticipating. Russian president Vlad Putin has ordered combat units to mobilize, supposedly for a snap exercise. It appears the Russian force might include airborne troops.
With Kiev in control of the pro-West faction, the pro-Russian side is consolidating in Sebastopol, the traditional Soviet/Russian navy Black Sea base. They may give Putin all the justification he thinks he needs to send motorized units rolling into Ukraine.
The new mayor of Sebastopol has announced the formation of vigilante “self defence” units in an attempt to (Read more…)
The Canadian people have finally forged a clear mindset of Stephen Harper and, sadly for the prime minister, he’s living up to our expectations.
Harper’s former campaign manager and BFF, Tom Flanagan, says the public have finally clued in to Harper’s devious ways and it’s making it tough for Beelzebub to slime Justin Trudeau.
“It’s difficult to attack somebody who is held in higher esteem than you are. Often, the attacks just fall harmlessly.”Flanagan said Harper’s sagging reputation with voters is due, in part, to his own actions — including how he has handled “in a secretive way” (Read more…)
“He Didn’t Hear a Word I Said.”
After their private tete-a-tete in Mexico, the president of the United States and the prime minister of Canada each released summaries of their discussion. When it comes to climate change you might, on reading the summaries, think they weren’t even in the same room.
Let’s begin with the more credible of the two, Barack Obama. The president reports that he discussed climate change with Canada’s prime minister and urged Canada to get on the same page with America to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
“I said previously that how Keystone impacted (Read more…)
The president’s gone, Mr. Harper. You can come out now.
Give the man his due, Stephen Harper towers over every other prime minister before him in how he has managed to embarrass himself, the office of prime minister and the country he supposedly represents on the world stage.
He was told, well in advance, not to push his luck by pressing Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline at the North American leaders’ summit in Mexico. American officials were crystal clear on that, a plain warning to Harper not to make an ass of himself.
Undeterred by those warnings, (Read more…)
Stephen Harper apparently didn’t get the message that Obama doesn’t want to be pestered about the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. officials in advance of the North American leaders summit in Mexico went out of their way to make it clear that Harper should back off.
So, what did Stevie do? He attended a meeting with officials of TransCanada to get briefed on what they expect him to tell and ask Obama about Keystone XL.
Michaela Pereira, CNN television personality and news anchor (I use the term loosely) asked a member of the Canadian Olympic skiing team this question: “What makes Canada so great?”
My immediate reaction was: What a goofy question. Luckily the Canadian athlete had more tact. He replied: “Teamwork”.
He may be on to something, something that’s much bigger than 17 days in Sochi.
Acts of Kindness
By now we’ve all heard the story about Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth who climbed over two snow banks to give Russian skier Anton Gafarov a new ski when his own (Read more…)
Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney, Canada’s second-worst prime minister (Harper is the worst).
Stephen Harper and Silvio Berlusconi, disgraced former prime minister of Italy.
Vic Toews and Stephen Harper. Toews is a disgraced former Conservative MP with fascist tendencies and a sleazy personal life.
Pamela Wallin and Stephen Harper. Wallin is a disgraced Conservative senator who fraudulently misused senate expense money for personal and partisan purposes.
Bev Oda and Stephen Harper. Oda is a a disgraced former Conservative MP who misused tax money for personal benefit. She also fraudulently altered a government document.
Rob Anders and Stephen Harper. Anders is (Read more…)
Stephen Harper and Pierre Poilivere, the minister in charge of dismantling democracy in Canada.
Stockwell Day, Chuck Strahl and Stephen Harper. Day and Strahl are disgraced former Conservative MPs who now work as sleazy lobbyists.
Tom Flanagan and Stephen Harper. Flanagan, who is Harper’s political mentor and former colleague, is a creep who has said many creepy things.
Stephen Harper and Hamid Karzai, the corrupt president of Afghanistan.
Stephen Harper and Andrew Prescott, the alleged “Pierre Poutine” in the Conservative election fraud phone scandal.
Michael Sona and Stephen Harper. Sona is one of the alleged footsoldiers in the Conservative election (Read more…)
Harper-&-Rogues Gallery – Part 1
Recent news that the drummer in Stephen Harper’s terrible cover band was charged with sex crimes re-emphasizes the fact that Harper loves to surround himself with sleazebags, crooks and various ne’er-do-wells. That’s because he is one of them. Here is part one of a gallery of photos of Harper with undesirables. From top to bottom, Harper is with:
1. Phillip Nolan (on the far right), charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation over alleged incidents while he was a school teacher.
2. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s quasi-fascist, corrupt, bigoted president.
3. Justin Bieber (Read more…)
When it comes to reviewing Bill C-23, as much as I enjoy exploring the labyrinthine language of legalese, I am also interested in what the current head of Elections Canada has to say – after all he’s spent the better part of the last decade in that space. Pierre Poilievre, the minister of state for democratic reform, justified the move to strip many of Elections Canada’s powers by saying “the referee should not be wearing a team jersey.”
But Marc Mayrand, the chief electoral officer, told reporters that if he’s wearing a jersey, it only has black and (Read more…)
A break from analyzing Bill C-23 today, but not a break from covering the darkness that is Harper’s shadow.
Today’s instalment comes in the form of the obviously politically motivated witch-hunt that the CRA is engaging in with environmental organizations in this country. This isn’t particularly new, the Conservatives have been trying to paint the environmental lobby in this country as “terrorists” for years.
Finance Minister Flaherty announced today that the upcoming budget would contain more of the same: “There are some terrorist organizations, there are some organized crime organizations that launder money through charities, and make donations to charities,” (Read more…)
Last week I sent a letter to Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Wayne Easter expressing support the Liberal bill that would impose parliamentary oversight over CSEC. Here is Mr Easter’s reply. I copied my letter to the Prime Minister, his Defence Minister and my MP, Joan Crockatt. Not a peep from that corner.
Dear Ms. Wright,
Thank you for your letter regarding CSE surveillance activities and your support for my bill. This bill is a decade old and should not have been allowed to languish for so long. Had a parliamentary oversight committee been in place, what (Read more…)
And if you think that is bad, just wait till you check out his politics.
Filed under: Canada Tagged: Canada, Harper, Oy, Sad Kitteh, Things I do not neccesarily want to understand
I have not by any means finished my analysis of this bill and what it is setting up. However, a lot of other smart writers have been going over the bill too, and they have much to say which bears summarizing and considering.
First, over at the Toronto Star, Chantal Hébert has pointed out that the limitations the government is placing on Elections Canada in terms of its ability to inform the electorate of their right to vote and where they can vote fundamentally plays to Harper’s desire to promote electoral apathy: Under this bill Elections Canada would be allowed (Read more…)
Saturday’s headline in Canada’s “newspaper of record”, The Globe and Mail, was not “Harper government caught spying on Canadians” but “Rob Ford admits jaywalking ticket in Vancouver”. Are you kidding me???
Let’s review the week, shall we?
It started with Edward Snowden revealing that American and British spy agencies target smartphone applications like Angry Birds to capture the user’s personal information including his age, gender, location and sexual orientation. This information combined with the real time geo-tracking function made “leaky apps” irresistible to spy agencies.
Do terrorists play Angry Birds? Aren’t they mucking around (Read more…)