Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

The tale of Eve Adams gets increasingly melodramatic, and increasingly reminiscent of Helena Guergis. That she will suffer Helena’s political fate is looking more likely with each passing day. Readers may recall that prior to her fall from grace, Helena Guergis, at the Charlottetown airport in February of 2010, allegedly threw a tantrum and screamed ...

Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

Michael Chong is one the most respected people in the country when it comes to democratic reform. He quit his cabinet position on principle, and proposed a series of thoughtful Question Period reforms in 2010, which seem all the more overdue after the Paul Calandra show we saw last week. So when Michael Chong tables ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Tim Harper discusses Stephen Harper’s current list of distractions – with Rob Ford and his Senate appointees naturally topping the list. But sadly, while John Ivison may be right in noting that actual citizens are having trouble getting the Cons to bother administering federal programs, the combination of ...

Accidental Deliberations: On tests of character

Dr. Dawg has rightly pointed out the Cons’ attempt to invent a story based on Tom Mulcair’s audiacity in driving to his own parking spot. (Though we can be assured that members of the limo-propelled Con cabinet will never face precisely that same scenario.) But if there is a story worth noting, I’d see it ...

Alberta Diary: Why wait? Read 2013’s shocking political headlines right now on Alberta Diary!

The Dagny Taggarts, a synchronized skating team from Ottawa get ready to do their popular routine, “Where Is John Galt?” Defence Minister Joan Crockatt is in the front row, second from right. Below: Senator Tom Flanagan; U of C economics student Kim Jong-un, in full Calgary drag; Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, ecstatic for his boss; ...

Law is Cool: Canada’s Newest Law Student – Helena Guergis

If you are starting law school this fall at the University of Alberta, you’ll have a celebrity of sorts in your class. Helena Guergis, the former MP who unsuccessfully sued Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada, is starting law school this year according to the Toronto Star, Her first year of legal ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Michael Harris continues to highlight some of the fundamental problems with the Cons’ view of politics, this time identifying Stephen Harper as being afflicted with “master of the universe syndrome”: When you control all the levers of power, when you have no scruples, when you are surrounded by ...

Alberta Diary: The coda to Oda was writ bright with orange juice

Bev Oda, foreground, enjoys a celebratory dinner at the Savoy, her orange juice just visible under her right arm. Departing Canadian politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Oda in happier times; Ms. Oda has a last cigarette before barking out the order to the firing squad. Bev Oda had to know she ...

Leftist Jab: Brent Rathgeber Denounces Cabinet Perks as Cover Against Allegation of Being "Asshole" Email Leaker

Rathgeber: attempting to avoid the wrath of Jason Kenney As backbenchers go, Brent Rathgeber certainly has political acumen. The current chatter in Canadian politics is that Brent Rathgeber is hurting his advancement chances by blogging about the opulence of cabinet ministers. Technically, that’s very true but he probably also saved his political career. If a ...

Impolitical: Taxpayers subsidize more Harper litigation

There’s a story in Postmedia about Harper using a private lawyer and not a Department of Justice counsel to defend himself in the Guergis lawsuit against him and many others. The taxpayer will be put to extra expense as a result of the hiring of Robert Staley, who specializes in, among other things, defamation, which ...

Helena Guergis lesson to Michael Sona: you can’t fight ‘em once they’ve thrown you under the bus

"Holy shit Helena, what do I do now?" "Shut up and eat it." You have to feel for Michael Sona. We don’t know if he’s guilty or not, much in the same way we still don’t really know the facts about Helena Guergis’ fall from Conservative grace. Stephen Harper gave the axe . . . ...

Helena Guergis lesson to Michael Sona: you can’t fight ’em once they’ve thrown you under the bus

“Holy shit Helena, what do I do now?” “Shut up and eat it.” You have to feel for Michael Sona. We don’t know if he’s guilty or not, much in the same way we still don’t really know the facts about Helena Guergis’ fall from Conservative grace. Stephen Harper gave the axe to Guergis because ...

Law is Cool: Helena Guergis Sues Harper, CPC, and Cassels

When former Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Member of Parliament, Helena Guergis, filed a claim yesterday against Prime Minister Harper and the CPC at the Ontario Superior Court, the story made headlines. What didn’t attract as much attention is that the claim also included as defendants Arthur Hamilton and his law firm, Cassels Brock & ...

Prime Minister gets his ass sued

OTTAWA – Former federal cabinet minister Helena Guergis is suing Prime Minister Cowboy Steve, the Conservative party, and several of their lackeys for her 2010 ejection from caucus over allegations of improper conduct. The former cabinet minister publicly stated she had been mistreated and maligned by her former boss and his employees. As plaintiff in ...

Sue Helena Sue!

I love this. Not that the suit will amount to anything. But the girl’s got moxie. Kady’s reaction is priceless.

Right of Center Ice: Of what value is Bernier to Harper?

Maybe Harper really is the master tactician that Flanagan and Levant swoon about. Maybe. After all, I cannot for the life of me figure out the value Bernier has to Harper and the CPC caucus in Quebec. Well, that’s not true, I have a loose hypothesis but I’m not really seriously considering it. Sorta. My ...

Rahim Jaffer implicated in Guergis pregnancy

OTTAWA – At a parliamentary committee hearing, Rahim Jaffer was revealed to be the mastermind behind his wife Helena Guergis’ pregnancy. Jaffer admitted to cooking up the entire scheme when it appeared that no one else would step forward to take responsibility. A private investigator who was tailing the couple said Jaffer and Guergis were ...

Confused about the Guergis/Jaffer Affair?

Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is taking responsibility for anything (which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about government as well). And if you’re really into making your head explode, you can watch Snowdy’s testimony here.  

Memo to Helena Guergis

Memo to Helena Guergis: If you want to be believed, try telling the truth. Don’t rely on crocodile tears about how Stephen Harper isn’t your BFF anymore; what a good Christian you supposedly are; tales about how you were working so hard that you had absolutely no idea what was going on in the rest ...

This week in Conservatives behaving badly…

– The Cons have stripped Helena Guergis of the chance to run in her riding without, she claims in a letter to the party, providing any reason for the decision. She is also scheduled to testify, along with her husband Rahim Jaffer, at the government operations committee on June 9th. The Cons have been crowing ...

Jaffer – The Victim

Rahim Jaffer, appearing in front of the government operations committee this afternoon – choking back crocodile tears while proclaiming what a victim he is – claimed that he has never lobbied the government on behalf of his business, Green Power Generation Corporation [link to conveniently scrubbed web site], and, speaking about his arrest last fall ...

The Wheatsheaf: This and that, here and there

The lack of inspiration, motivation, and recreation to complete a blog entry with any degree of analytical thought prevents a lengthy post. Rather here is a summary of thoughts on recent topics. Guergis and Jaffer – the power couple we love to hate:I am sick of this news story. The salacious gossip has news media ...