Harper’s staff have clipped this story for future use… Date – April 11, 2014. “Mr. Speaker, when I stood in this House last year, denying any knowledge of what transpired between Mr. Wright and Senator Duffy, I was hallucinating. The hallucinations began while I was speaking and that I tried not to panic because there […]
1) The various CPC scandals…. 2) The issue that, if the Grits are smart, will win them a majority: stopping the phasing out of home mail delivery No wonder Harper wanted the House to rise early. Justin should send him a note of thanks for this ready-made election platform plank! (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
So, apparently the PMO has “found” a bunch of e-mails that they previous claimed had been deleted.
The emails of Stephen Harper’s former legal advisor were not deleted when he left the Prime Minister’s Office, according to a letter sent from the Privy Council Office (PCO) to the RCMP.
Benjamin Perrin, who was named in RCMP documents last week as a player in the deal between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy, left the PMO in late March.
The letter released Sunday night states when Perrin left in March, the PCO said they deleted his emails records as part (Read more…)
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News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
Harper’s leadership is becoming increasingly shaky in the wake of the Senate Expenses scandal. Rick Mercer’s Rant this week hit the nail on the head as far as Harper’s denials in the House of Commons are concerned:
“Either he is psychotic or he was in on it” Perhaps more interesting is that some of Harper’s backbencher’s are starting to talk openly about curtailing the PM’s powers.
One of the solutions they have embraced – the cause of their shackles – is the removal of the leader’s power to veto individual candidates. Because it is difficult to win an election (Read more…)
The G20 scandal just got broader. Besides Canadian police massively violating protester’s rights, the NSA appears to have been assisted by CSEC to illegally spy on Canadians in Ontario for the G20.
Canada Defence Min declines to answer question from NDP about CBC report on NSA/G20 surveillance— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) November 28, 2013
Nicholson won't comment on foreign intelligence activities. He says CSEC prohibited from spying on Cdns.. won't say if they did or didn't.— Michael Den Tandt (@mdentandt) November 28, 2013
Remember the Fake Lake? Maybe it was a giant cover for an underwater spy base? No, of (Read more…)
But I’m pretty sure that the Harper Government(tm) isn’t doing it right.
Carolyn Bennett has an excellent article on Huffington Post today on the subject in light of the most recent bunch of documents to be released from the RCMP’s investigation into the Senate mess: We now know the Conservatives’ refusal to fund First Nations students attending school on reserves at the same level as their provincial counterparts is coming straight from the top. An internal PMO memo released as part of the ITO suggested language to the Prime Minister to reprimand the Conservative Leader in the Senate for (Read more…)
If there was just one thing that Tories learned from Monday’s by-elections it was that they’re up against a resurgent Liberal challenge with Justin Trudeau at the helm. They probably didn’t need the by-elections to tell them that, by contrast, their own leader is becoming increasingly unpopular if not outright toxic to Tory fortunes.
Stephen Harper has said he intends to lead the Conservatives into the 2015 election but that decision might not be his to take any longer.
The party establishment isn’t going to want a wounded leader going up against a popular, energized Liberal contender. There are rumours (Read more…)
It looks like New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair got an early lump of coal from Santa last night. The orange surge in Quebec came up short and Tommy’s star candidate in Toronto did not make it. And it was the Liberals who benefitted from the anger with Prime Minister Harper in Manitoba.
But Tommy, why were you being such a rotten kid in Toronto? Why the nasty campaign against Freeland? Why not leave that kind of stuff to Harper and his Conservatives? They are much better at being mean and cruel. When they say something nasty about you, you know (Read more…)
Canadian Banks To Be Compelled To Share Clients’ Info With U.S.
CBC | Posted: 11/25/2013 5:00 am EST
As a happily ex-Yank who gladly and gratefully accepted citizenship in this far superior (in every way) country, Canada, many decades ago, I would personally like to point out to the Yanks that Canada can’t even seem to chase after it’s own tax dodgers in the Caribbean, etc, never mind worry about those who you deem responsible for this act. Although I will never be accused of being rich enough to get chased down by anyone, threatening your biggest trading partner with (Read more…)
Our friend, the Salamander, left a comment that got me thinking. He asked what John A., were he alive today, would have said about Stephen Harper?
That brought to mind a much more recent prime ministerial heavyweight. Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Can you imagine, had he not been lost to us much too soon, what Pierre Trudeau, from the comfort of his retirement, would have had to say about Stephen Joseph Harper and his devious, authoritarian, undemocratic ways?
I can imagine Pierre Trudeau energizing the Canadian people to storm Sussex Drive with pitchforks and torches. Punks like (Read more…)
Harper has turned everything into ‘partisan advantage’ in Ottawa.
When Flaherty “asked” the opposition for “input” into the next budget, the letter was designed as less of a sincere request for input as a partisan attack.
“I will not entertain the traditional ‘laundry list’ of new spending or subsidy programs typically sent from the opposition,” Flaherty writes.
“Additionally … I will reject any proposal to impose new taxes on Canadians as recently suggested by the opposition — from increased business taxes to taxes on carbon.”
Of course, this is typical of Harper’s M.O. Everything is about scoring “partisan (Read more…)
Stephen Harper’s greasy premiership relies on the notion that what goes on within his private, personal agency, the PMO, is not his responsibility. This from Prime Minister Accountability & Transparency ™.
“IT”- happened just down the hall from the prime minister’s own office- entailed at least four top aides, people with whom he would meet several times each day- was transacted by his chief of staff and his personal legal advisor- transpired over the course of days, weeks, months even- extended to at least four senior Tory senators- involved a scandal known (Read more…)
Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s story — and reputation — still hanging on by a thread
Look, it’s still possible for the MSM to cling to the narrative that the PM didn’t know about the illegal activity going on in his office (that he gave the “go ahead” to, according to Wright in an email). What’s wrong with Coyne and the NatPo giving the PM a fair shake you might ask?
Consider their presentation of the choices: Knowing about the crime vs. authorizing the crime vs. being so dumb as to not realize there was a crime? “What’s the truth?” (Read more…)
Take 15 minutes, and listen to the last 5 years of Canadian politics be summed up off the top of my head.
What’s the PM’s next lie? Pretend he was on Crack, or in a Drunken Stupor when he gave Nigel Wright the go ahead to bribe Duffy?
The perfect graphic to illustrate Harper's involvement. #SenCA #Oshawa RT @ValckeNDP: #CTV nails it! #cdnpoli http://t.co/fXIKfeGtkf— Oshawa NDP (@OshawaNDP) November 21, 2013
Is it not obstruction of justice to knowingly give false answers to police? Asking for a senator.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 21, 2013
RCMP: (Read more…)
… on the the Harper Christmas card too. But his boss said no (wait for it), one rodent is a enough. Budda-bing! (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
CBC was reporting that RCMP are calling the payment between Wright and Duffy a “bribe” and “breach of trust”. No charges yet. How come there are no charges from the Crown prosecutor?! The justice system shouldn’t wait until there is an angry protest 24/7 outside of the PMO before they enforce the law once they’ve discovered evidence of serious crime.
READING INTERNAL PMO EMAILS RENDERS ME A LITTLE GODDAMNED CYNICAL, YOU GUYS— Cranky Kady (@crankykady) November 20, 2013
Listen to a Harper Minister clearly state that Ministers are responsible for the actions of their staff.
Wright bribed Duffy, and Harper (Read more…)
Worthwhile article from Chantal Hebert here.
She’s not the first to link Harper’s gutting of environmental regulations, skeptical attitude towards climate change and attacks on the environmental movement to other countries (particularly our major trading partner south of the border) reluctance to embrace Canada’s natural resources, but in just two sentences, Hebert does a good job of exposing the box that the Conservative government has painted Canada’s economy into:
“Harper has made it impossible to have a national conversation on the economy without talking about pipelines, but just as impossible to debate those without addressing his climate change record. (Read more…)
In the last two weeks, we’ve heard a lot about – and from – Rob Ford. He’s been, to say the least, prominent in the headlines – shocking most of the time, belligerent the rest.
Of some consideration though is the dead silence coming from the PMO where Rob Ford is concerned. Harper has been silent on the matter, and aside from allowing Peter Mackay to wander in front of a live microphone trying to link Rob Ford’s antics with Justin Trudeau’s stance on legalizing marijuana.
A signature aspect of Harper’s government has been the “tough on crime” business. Throw (Read more…)
In the wake of this week’s Supreme Court Hearings on the Senate Reform consultation questions that the Harper Government posed last spring, the National Post’s Andrew Coyne has postulated that the provinces shouldn’t be part of the amending formula.
The government’s lawyers have gamely maintained that much of tis short-term agenda for Senate reform – term limits, consultative elections and so on – could be pursued unilaterally. At the other extreme, abolition, they submit, could be achieved under the Constitution’s general amending formula: seven provinces with 50% of the population.
The consensus view is that the feds are out (Read more…)
Flaherty is expected to deliver an “optimistic” fiscal update report today, which will show the government tracking to achieve a “balanced budget” by 2015.
Unlike last year’s update which went down like a spoonful of cod-liver oil — tastes awful, but good for you — Flaherty has signalled he expects to report a better-than-projected deficit this fiscal year and a bigger surplus in 2015.As it turned out, last year’s doom and gloom update, with its warning of a $6 billion hole in revenue intake and elevated global risks, never did pan out. Last month the government reported that (Read more…)
Senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer, Don Bayne, has reportedly handed over hundreds of pages of documents to RCMP investigators thought to be relevant to the Wright-Duffy-Harper affair. The RCMP asked, they got.
It’s said that Duffy may have up to 800-pages of e-mails, correspondence and other records pertaining to the under-the-table PMO cash deal. Duffy’s lawyer – and others who have read them – claim they directly implicate Stephen Harper in the backroom wheeling and dealing. As one of those who read them put it, some of the documents have “Stephen Harper’s fingerprints all over them.”
Some (Read more…)
Stephen Harper’s all-time favourite garden gnome, former Australian prime minister John Howard, has come out swinging in favour of Australia’s new hard rightwinger, Tony Abbott.
John Howard has told an audience of climate sceptics in London that Tony Abbott’s defiance on global warming in the face of left-wing zealotry was the foundation of his electoral victory in September.In a lecture at the Global Warming Policy Foundation, established by former Thatcher minister and climate sceptic Nigel Lawson, the former Australian prime minister insisted that the high tide of public support for “overzealous action” on global warming has passed.“I (Read more…)