Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.
The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at their lowest level of support in Canadian history. Those polls were of course conducted in the last three general elections and they are the only ones that matter.
A lot of Liberals will take refuge in a new opinion poll out that shows their party with an incredible lead, 44% to the Conservatives’ 27%, with the NDP even (Read more…)
● “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” – disgraced American president Richard Nixon
● “I don’t recall. I don’t recall that.” – disgraced American president Ronald Reagan
● “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. (Read more…)
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The Federal Court found there was fraud in the 2011 federal election (duh), but decided the irregularities were not enough to justify calling byelections to let a fair election play out in each of the six challenged ridings.
Six contested election results stand but Federal Court finds evidence of robocalls fraud in 2011 election. Story soon.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) May 23, 2013
UPDATE I: The court by ruling there was a “concerted campaign” to defraud voters, has decided the Members of Parliament for those cheated out of a fair election. Votes have been denied to (Read more…)
There are still a few more shoes to drop in the cracking Conservative caucus, of that we can be sure.
Was the rapid change in the media’s (and public’s) perception of the Duffy residency scam suddenly stoked by the demise of Doug Finley in mid May? It seems like a remarkable coincidence that a central conspirator in the Conservative rise to power with the In & Out election fraud dies, then Nigel Wright who the DPP didn’t implicate in the scandal, even though the media did loosely, falls from apparent power in the PMO.
He’s yet to be accused (Read more…)
Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours.
An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years for its members to run for office in much larger ridings would without a doubt only increase the likelihood of Senators exchanging votes for large financial contributions, both over and under the table.
In contrast, appointed Senators aren’t as vulnerable to bribes or shady deals.
The Conservatives are losing their favourite, time-tested tactic to reset public opinion: just say the word “sponsorship.”
For seven long years, anytime they could be criticised for ethical lapses, for cronyism and corruption, for pork and for secrecy (in a word, umm, always), they could simply refer back to “sponsorship” and be assured that the public would growl at horrific memories of Liberal sleaze, and we’d remind outselves how grateful we should be that things are, at the very least, not that bad.
Except that they are. And you know that they are when a Prime Minister not only (Read more…)
Harper hurried out of the country, and who could blame him? He had angry professional journalists on his tail, asking him questions that have no other true answer than to admit that a crime took place in the Prime Minister’s Office. His old friend Nigel Wright was under the CPC Bus, and Stephen Harper remained at the wheel, driving it over Mike “Loose Lips” Duffy at the same time Wright was hanging onto the front bumper before resigning himself to be chewed under the heavy Harper wheels of staffer sacrifice.
The non-existent Office of Public Prosecutions was busy not (Read more…)
The Senate under siege
With the press baying at the prime minister, calling for answers to serious questions about a possible deal with a senator accused of fudging expenses, PM Stephen Harper decided to leave Canada and visit South America. Resolute in his own righteousness, Harper refused to allow “distractions” to prevent his government from concentrating on the economy. Despite an openly rebellious crowd of journalists, who felt they had been unceremoniously brushed aside while raising serious questions about serious issues, Harper refused to address the issue which is tearing his party apart, and consuming Ottawa: Harper left on a (Read more…)
This whole Mike Duffy scandal isn’t new, but it is big news now, because further details came to light last week. We learned that Duffy was basically bribed by the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, so an audit wouldn’t continue or look so bad for the Duffster Fraduster senator.
Will the Conservatives survive the month intact? Sixth Estate assumes so, but I’m hoping this straw might finally break a little “Nasty Party” back. The Liberals eventually came down after people assumed they were so corrupt due to Adscam that anything would be better. Well, the (Read more…)
… tries to blame the Opposition for the latest CPC debacle! Canadians have grown to expect this complete lack of accountability. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Harper is unhappy! And upset too! Who will feel his wrath? Who will he throw under the big blue bus? Inquiring minds want to know! (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Here’s Stephen Harper giving a description of the Canadian federal political system. It’s obvious that his blubbering since about not understanding something about how the Prime Minister has unchecked power, is a charade. His “coup” talk during the coalition agreement of 2008, was bogus, he knows Parliament selects the Prime Minister, not citizen voters.
Now he’s ordering unpaid checks, and is a political imbalance.
Do you think he knew about Wright’s cheque to Duffy, the Senator “buddy” and “fundraiser” he appointed?
On the surface, you can make a comparison between our political system and yours [America]. We have an (Read more…)
I have underlined and bolded an explosive sentence in the Andrea Janus article about the CTV report on the agreement dealing with the payment to Senator Duffy of an amount of $90,000 regarding expenses he claimed. Remember that one sentence as this affair starts unfolding! Here it is: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former special counsel and legal adviser worked on the legal deal between Nigel Wright and Sen. Mike Duffy’s lawyer that called for Wright to help Duffy pay off $90,000 in invalid expense claims, CTV News has learned. Sources told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Senator Duffy Affair: An explosive sentence
What dirt does Duffy have on the Prime Minister, that would have had him order his Chief of Staff to cut Mike Duffy a cheque for more than $90,000?
Mike #Duffy and Nancy Greene, #senators raising money for CPC. Corruption and sponsorship #cdnpoli #revolting. en: youtu.be/FJUCugE8ZZQ— Susan (@SusanFelicity) May 19, 2013
It’s not this video with Duffy and climate change denier Greene-Raine fluffing the Olympics for partisan gain.
Is it this one that has a clue in it? Did the Prime Minister promise a journalist (Duffy) a Senate seat if he helped throw the election? Remember the unconventional (Read more…)
Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, is alleged to appear in a video of him smoking crack.
Mike Duffy, former Conservative Senator, is now just another failed Senator, sitting as an independent.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Conservatism has gone horribly wrong in Canada. What else connects these two awful men besides their political party? Stephen Harper.
BREAKING NEWS: @RobertFife has been told Sen Mike Duffy attempted to influence #CRTC decision on Sun Media mandatory carriage. #cdnpoli— CTV News Breaking (@CTVNewsBRK) May 17, 2013
Condoning, protecting, rewarding & compensating #fraud: PMO helped Senator #Duffy with expenses issues: theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/… #Cdnpoli— EmperorStephenHarper (@RobertJensen2) May 15, 2013
BREAKING:@RobertFife reveals that Nigel Wright, PM's Chief of Staff, wrote a personal cheque over $90K to cover Sen Duffy's expenses— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) May 15, 2013
S.17 Senate Conflict Code: "a Senator [shall not] accept… any gift or other benefit… that relate[s] to the Senator's position" #cdnpoli— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) May 15, 2013
“S.17 Senate Conflict Code: “a Senator [shall not] accept… any gift or other benefit… that relate[s] to the Senator’s (Read more…)
This morning I saw a few minutes of a CBC Newsworld political panel and again concluded that Canada must abolish its senate immediately. Abolish it now! There is no time for messing about.
The dishonourable, fraud-committing senate serves no legitimate purpose in this day and age, and it’s debatable whether it ever did. The unelected, patronage-appointed, archaic institution is an insult to democracy; costs us an obscene amount of tax money; and provides a bad example to young Canadians that crime does pay. It is nothing but a den of Liberal and Conservative crooks and liars living high on the (Read more…)
Yesterday the former dictator of Guatemala, Efrain Montt, was convicted of 80 years in prison for Genocide. The sentence is, in a sense symbolic considering that Mr. Montt is now 86 years old and very unlikely to survive any significant time in prison. But the sentence is interesting at least because it is one of the very few examples in which a nation is actually trying to come to grips with its fascist past. The sad fact is that Guatemala has seen a string of dictators and brutal militarists (the current president was an military officer under the Montt regime). Central America (Read more…)
Good news on the RoboCon front: A team of talented, non-political-party-aligned Canadians is working to notify masses of people of the piles of evidence detailing the largest election fraud scheme in Canadian history.
There are piles of evidence. I’ve collected some of the most important bits here for you to listen to, or look through.
“The Conservative Party can say absolutely definitively it has no role in any of this.” – Stephen Harper, PM, in the House of Commons, 2012. Now it’s 2013, and Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona is charged with illegal robocalling.
Guelph was Ground (Read more…)
Note: This blog post below was written on March 9th but not published. Given this news of the past day, “Harper Government Spends Millions Monitoring Press Of Own MPs,” thought it would be useful additional context. Also, note to self: Listen more intently to that friend who passes these things on…
Let’s look at one of the late Friday afternoon announcements last night, just for fun: “Government of Canada continues to look for savings in media monitoring.” Mentioned 6 times in this brief announcement, including the title, is the word “saving” or “savings.” Which makes (Read more…)
The verdict for the Robocalls Federal Court challenge is still not in, after the judge started deliberating and writing back in December. No rush, I guess. Why hurry when we’ve coped for 2 years already with a probably illegitimate government? They are willing to run a confessed election criminal in Labrador, and promise him a cabinet seat again should voters be stupid enough to vote for Penashue again. Fool them one, shame on the Cons; Fool them twice, it’s from working closely with Elections Canada and a compliant, docile media.
I’m pretty pissed off that it’s nearing the middle of (Read more…)
… We’ve been told that conservatives are better money managers… So. Um. Why is $3 billion or so, um, missing? Money managers? Methinks Harper is over his head. (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
“When Joe Clark’s portrait was unveiled in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper skipped the event, a classless act of petty personal vindictiveness.” – Jeffrey Simpson’s column in the Globe yesterday
Simpson captured the truth very eloquently with “petty personal vindictiveness”. I tend to think of Harper as someone who’s a savvy political operative, but really he’s more motivated by petty personal vindictiveness than by political smarts.
On Thursday Harper snubbed astronaut/MP Mark Garneau by excluding him from the unveiling of the Canadarm exhibit at Ottawa’s Space Museum. There was no reason except that Garneau is a (Read more…)
The Bank of Canada, like all central banks, is supposed to be independent from the government. That, as the Globe & Mail put it this morning, is sacrosanct.
When a governor resigns, the BoC’s board of directors is supposed to recommend a candidate to the finance minister. However, we learned this week that Stephen Harper decided to make the Governor of the Bank of Canada a political appointment, so Jim Flaherty did not involve the board of directors at all. This is a disturbing repeat of the way Harper changed the appointment of judges a few years ago.
We learned (Read more…)
$3.1 Billion is missing according to a damning audit of the Harper Government. Let’s see what political pundits recently have said about audit failure:
Federal government audit ‘severely critical’
- The Star headline
“The independent audit [...] speaks for itself, and we accept its conclusions and recommendations,” said Jan O’Driscoll, spokesperson for the Minister. [The auditor] called the lack of records “inappropriate for any recipient of public funds.”
- The Star
“I cannot in my lifetime recall such a devastating audit. [...] A stunning indictment.”
- Ian Lee of the Sprott School of Business
“It (Read more…)