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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Testify, Born Again Christian #RoboCon

Andrew Prescott’s immunity deal is a strange development. The loyal party worker and born-again Christian had for two years categorically denied any knowledge of or involvement in the robocall affair. But why do innocent people need immunity deals? One of the people Prescott professed his innocence to was Michael Sona.

Testify!

“I looked Andrew dead in the eyes outside church. He was in his car in the parking lot. I asked him if he knew anything. He said, ‘I don’t know anything.’ That’s why I defended him when I went on the CBC. I took him at his word. (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Implications of Flaherty’s Death

Flaherty passed away suddenly this week.  I did not like Jim Flaherty‘s politics – a follower of Mike Harris in the 1990s, and a minister to Harper since 2006, Flaherty has consistently subscribed to following political leaders that I fundamentally disagree with.

However, I’m not writing to speak ill of the dead – that’s for another time and place when I can speak more clearly and fully on the subject.  Others have already done a far more succinct job of critiquing his time as Minister of Finance than I have time for.

Even his resignation from Cabinet and the (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant.

There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the loss of  Jim Flaherty, but this recent death and the response to it by all politicians, not just Mulcair, shows the real tragedy of a political life.

Because it’s only now, after resorting to the lowest denominator in attacks against Mr.Flaherty for his whole political (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim…

Canadians will forever be indebted because of Jim Flaherty.

Regardless of what one thinks of the recently deceased man on a personal level, if one uses objective, non-emotional criteria, it is clear that he was probably the worst finance minister in Canadian history. Unfortunately for us, his replacement, Joe Oliver, will likely be much worse.

Almost immediately after Flaherty’s death became public, the fawning political praise and sickening historical revisionism flooded in like oil from an Enbridge pipeline spill. Over-the-top accolades for the small callous man have been stomach-churning, and is an insult to his many victims. It is (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Anita Vandenbeld on the "Fair" Elections Act

Anita Vandenbeld, past federal candidate in Ottawa West-Nepean and green lit candidate for the 2015 nomination has written a fantastic post for iPolitics about the “Fair” Elections Act and how regressive it truly is.

“The last time I worked in a country where a government used its majority in Parliament to ram through changes to an election law without public input was in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. I never would have expected this in Canada.”

“I can honestly say that in all my years of working on democratic development with the United Nations, OSCE, NDI (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Quebec Election Shows Hypocrisy On Clarity Act

Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Andrew Coyne, among others, are wrong to suggest separatism was recently defeated by Quebec voters. Well they aren’t just wrong, they’re hypocritical.

Since the close defeat of separatism in the 1995 referendum, federalists have demanded a clear question for any public decision on Quebec sovereignty. Parliament even passed the Clarity Act, enshrining such a requirement into law.

Considering the need therefore of a clear question to decide whether Quebeckers want to stay in Canada or not, it is mind-blowing to see our country’s politicians and pundits claim that the Parti Quebecois’s (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: No Charges Despite New Prescott #RoboCon Information

After giving some immunity to a man who either lied to me, or to Elections Canada’s investigators, Canada’s election agency has no new charges to announce against the perpetrators of 2011′s Guelph or national election fraud robocalls.

Andrew Prescott’s information fingers the already charged Michael Sona, and the exiled Ken Morgan who is living in Kuwait. Prosecutors will have to decide if he is telling them the truth, or if he was telling me the truth when he told me in an email conversation he’d asked me to share on my blog last year:

Feel free to think whatever you (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bill C-32: Is This Even Necessary?

As I start to review the content of Bill C-32, the so-called “Victim’s Bill of Rights” legislation, I find myself wondering if this piece of legislation is even meaningful.   The first thing that made me wonder about this was the following:  

11. Sections 380.3 and 380.4 of the Act are repealed.

I went on a fishing expedition and dug up the to be repealed sections of the Criminal Code, and what do I find but the following:

380.3 (1) When an offender is convicted, or is discharged under section 730, of an offence referred to (Read more…)

The Right-Wing Observer: Mashup of public opinion and political events

Angus Reid has begun a series of public opinion polls – I hope – leading all the way up to the 2015 general election. So I thought it would be interesting to plot these results on a time-series alongside a timeline of interesting events that might have an impact on those results.

Initially, there are only the first two Angus Reid polls (Feb 17 and March 24) and I have categorized major events into storylines, so you can track these separately. Just click on a storyline to highlight all the events in that storyline.

The timeline stretches from Feb 1, (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Jason Kenney, Tony Clement and…

… a number of other ReformCon Ministers and PMO staff are reportedly on their way to the site to get new material for the 2015 CPC election campaign. Artifacts like these meets the criteria necessary to be considered as platform planks – material must be very old, fail the smell test and originate from Middle […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soudas was Resign-Fired #HarperFired #cdnpoli

It happens with plenty of Harperites. They Resign, no wait, they were Fired. Depending on who you are, there’s a different tale of what caused the undesirable to fall under the Harper Omni-Bus.

Fired.

Resigned.

Nigel Wright who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office until last year was also Resign-Fired. Fired.

Resigned.

Michael Sona was Resign-Fired too. Maybe this needs a name or hashtag? #HarperFired? Resigned.

Fired.

Left Over: Mikey Doesn’t Like It…

 

Former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt quits NDP Harcourt let membership lapse over many issues including the party’s opposition to carbon tax

CBC News Posted: Apr 01, 2014 8:10 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 01, 2014 8:10 AM PT

 

Have to agree with Mike, in principle, although my membership lapsed years ago, and though I vote for the NDP in spite of the things they do that I don’t like (the alternatives are unthinkable) I am, like so many BCers, leaning towards the Greens..I can’t speak for other Provinces , but here on the West Coast, (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soudas All By Himself

Soudas

@MarkHorseman LOL, don't worry, @PMOharper took care of that too. news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/24/rob… #Anders— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 28, 2014

I think Rob Anders would have been a better choice for Finance Minister than Joe Oliver.

Babel-on-the-Bay: On a play date with the Hair in Holland.

The Hair and friends are not going to let that kid Vladimir play in the G8 sandbox this time. The newly described G7 are meeting in The Hague this week and all the talk is about the member who is not there. It is all about Vladimir the Victor: He corrected history and easily won the Crimean War.

And the emasculated G7 are sitting around asking each other what to do. If they would just let Old Vladimir play, he would certainly be the one to tell them what they can do with themselves.

Now the G7 can understand Neville (Read more…)

The Right-Wing Observer: Can we protect our Democracy from unscrupulous Democratic Reform?

When a person or an organization observes an opportunity for profit or gain and are then confronted with laws that make it illegal to proceed, they usually have to make a choice between two or three vastly different courses of action:

Break the law and attempt to escape detection, capture and punishment; Decide that the costs of being caught breaking the law are not worth the risk and forfeit said opportunity; or Decide that the law is morally right and therefore said opportunity does not actually exist.

In Ottawa, the Conservative Party of Canada currently reigns as the democratically elected, (Read more…)

Left Over: Supremely Satisfying…

The Day Stephen Harper Was Pounded By the Supreme Court

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/03/the-day-stephen-harper-was-pounded-by.html

Have to admit I had to read it twice..but yes, Nadon was re-jected byHarper’s own appointees! Every one of ‘em…wow, it must be Canada, or something….

It’s a good day for Canadian citizens..and another round of eating crow (poor crow!) for Harper..waaaahhhh!!!!! Bet Obama is wishing that his Supremes were as supportive of the US Constitution. And, it’s equally wonderful to realize that Harper attempted to ‘stack’ the Court with rightwing judges..but, who could have even fantasized that they actually decided (Read more…)

The Right-Wing Observer: My cats’ gotta go pee, Mr. Harper

Our household is down to our last 20kg of Litter Purrfect clumping cat litter. This is the brand we buy at Costco. Costco didn’t have any this week or last week, so we sent an email to the good folks at Litter Purrfect to find out why.

Turns out their factory in Lethbridge has a shortage of clay.

Where I live (Regina), we have lots of clay in the ground, but it’s frozen solid! So I guess it gets shipped in from some place warmer. As it turns out, the Litter Purrfect people told us the clay isn’t getting to (Read more…)

The Right-Wing Observer: Now what is Harper hiding?

Why so much secrecy today in Ottawa?

Joe Oliver’s name was all over Twitter last night. Everybody knew who was being sworn in as the new Minister of Finance. It was purely symbolic. Harper should have seen this an easy opportunity to spite his haters and demonstrate his ‘transparency’.

It should have been painless for him. But instead, he went out of his way to hide from cameras. He placed a big black, bullet-proof SUV in front of Rideau Hall between him and the cameras, didn’t let anyone in, and didn’t have a word to say to anyone.

Even Bieber (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Governing in Secret #cdnpoli

.@joeoliver1: "we'll talk a little later" as he gets into car. Let's see if Greg Rickford talks. #hw— Laura Payton (@laura_payton) March 19, 2014

Canada's new Minister of State for Science and Technology is Ed Holder – former insurance broker— Quirks & Quarks (@CBCQuirks) March 19, 2014

@pmharper jumps in car hidden by other SUVs ….refusing to take questions about cabinet shuffle #hw #cdnpoli http://t.co/gxJVWqPPbK— Hannah Thibedeau (@HannahThibedeau) March 19, 2014

@InklessPW @BCheadle @alexboutilier Does this mean you're okay with a ban on asking questions at photo ops?— Laura (Read more…)

The Right-Wing Observer: Harper’s Open, Accountable Government

Visible government = accessible government = accountable government.

The Federal Identity Program (FIP) reportedly uses this as their motto. This is the gang responsible for maintaining the Government of Canada’s Brand: the people behind all that Conservative Blue on Government of Harper websites and making sure Canadians know that Harper is hard at work for us. So it’s questionable whether they have anything to do with visibility, accessibility, or accountability.

One of the requirements of FIP is that the use of any non-compliant symbols must be approved by the Treasury Board as an exemption to the policy. When Amy Minsky (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: March 12, 2014 was the day that the Canadian government…

March 12, 2014 was the day that the Canadian government officially ended its 12-year occupation of Afghanistan. What a pointless waste of lives, money and resources for a so-called “mission” that was never clearly defined and kept changing whenever the previous excuses stopped fooling the public.

Hopefully the Canadian military does actually get out of that country instead of doing what the Americans usually do when they invade countries across the globe: set up permanent bases and never leave.

Based on the evidence, the Jean Chretien Liberals committed our troops to this directionless, bloody escapade as a way to appease (Read more…)

Pample the Moose: Silencing or Strategic Manoeuvring? Professor Strong-Boag, International Women’s Day and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

For the past three days, my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been filled with a series of re-posts and re-tweets related to Professor Veronica Strong-Boag’s blogpost about International Women’s Day (IWD) for the (still-to-be-opened) Canadian Museum of Human Rights.  According to the detailed report on ActiveHistory.ca, containing Strong-Boag’s post and commentary about the story, she had been commissioned by the Museum to write a post about IWD for their collective blog.  When she submitted the blogpost, it was initially approved, and then withdrawn when the communications department expressed concern over her comment on the current Conservative (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: He’s Back! Bruce Carson Under Investigation for Influence Peddling.

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…)

The Disaffected Lib: You Know the Tories are Running Scared When They Go to Pot

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…)

The Disaffected Lib: A Cold War of Washington’s Own Making

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…)