The longest election campaign in modern Canadian history delivered more than a surprise Liberal majority – it yielded six new Jewish MPs for the winning party: Michael Levitt in Toronto’s York Centre; Anthony Housefather in Mount Royal, and Jim Carr in Winnipeg South Centre – all ridings with large Jewish populations – as well as . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: What does the Liberal win mean for Jewish groups?
One of the questions I posed in this space a few weeks ago was: who will be the next big-name Jewish MP? With apologies to Joe Oliver, Canada’s first Jewish federal finance minister, what I may subconsciously have been asking is who will be the next Irwin Cotler, now that the 75-year-old Mount Royal Liberal . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave
Last week, we examined four “Jewish” battleground ridings, including two – York Centre in Toronto and Mount Royal in Montreal – where, one way or another, a Jewish candidate is likely to win. This week, we look at Jews running for all four major parties across the country. Jews have served in the House of . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Who will be the next big-name Jewish MP?
It’s no secret that Jewish voters have apparently shifted from being largely supportive of the Liberal party to heartily supporting the Conservatives in what seems like majority numbers, due largely to the party’s full-throated support for Israel under Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and to a much lesser degree its commitment to security for religious institutions). . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Four ‘Jewish’ battleground ridings to watch
Did Liberal MP Irwin Cotler rebel against party leader Justin Trudeau when he abstained from Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on Harper’s decision to drag Canada into an unwinnable military campaign in Iraq?
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This and that for your Thursday reading.- There’s always been reason for skepticism about the pundit-class theory that the 2011 federal election should simply be deleted from the history books as an aberration. But Abacus provides a compelling example … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Saulie Zajdel, former Harpercon candidate who ran against Irwin Cotler in Mount-Royal and up until today, James Moore’s “employee” has left under the same cloak of secrecy he was hired under. Yep, ol’ Saulie resigned his post as Irwin Cotler’s shadow.
“I’m no longer working for the federal government,” Zajdel said in a . . . . . → Read More: Bye Bye Saulie!
The right thing appears to have been done in the case of Saulie Zajdel, the ‘Shadow Tory MP’ who ran against Irwin Cotler in Mount Royal but who nevertheless gained a job in the Heritage minister’s office and who proceeded to act like a shadow MP in Cotler’s riding: An unsuccessful Conservative candidate from Montreal . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The Mount Royal "Shadow Tory MP" departs government service
Harper is an unusual man, could easily be the “quiet neighbour who always kept to himself”. Unusual because of his absolute obsession with destroying the Liberal Party of Canada and satisfying himself, it seems, solely with pure vengeance. Holding onto power and vengeance are the key motivators of his regime, look at his crime bill . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Why Harper’s obsessed with winning Mount Royal
My, it was just a few short weeks ago that Heritage Minister James Moore was making a windy case in defence of his department’s hiring of Saulie Zajdel, the Conservative candidate who lost in the riding of Mount Royal in the May election. Here was Moore: But Moore bristled at the suggestion that his employee . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Sure looks like a shadow MP from here
Mere days ago the Conservative Party finally admitted their guilt in the “In & Out” election fraud scandal (remember that the Conservative Party headquarters was raided by the RCMP.) Months ago, the Conservative Party admitted that they paid to make phone calls in Mount Royal (saying Irwin Cotler was going to resign, which is . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Why Nobody Believes the Conservative Talking Points on the RoboCon Scandal.
Yeah, that’s going to do it. One corrupt body made up of corrupt members going after one of its own. Right.
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In the wake of the Speaker’s privilege ruling yesterday, the Conservatives are saying that “there will be no more phone calls to voters in Cotler’s riding, spreading the word that he was about to step down.” Take that for whatever it’s worth from these Conservatives. Until they’re caught in the midst of the next wonderful . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Cotler incident may harm Conservative case for lawful access legislation
I honestly don’t know why people are so shocked about our adorable speaker, Andy Scheer. I always knew he would be a hyper-partisan speaker. Others speculated about whether or not he could be non-partisan, as well, despite the fact that the Harpercons would’ve preferred someone older.
And when push comes to shove in the . . . . → Read More: We Don’t Have a Speaker! We Have a Stevie Spiteful Yes Man!
An even faintly ethical government, confronted with reprehensible behaviour that escapes any ramifications based merely on a technicality, might be expected to at least turn its mind to trying to fill in the gap.
Anybody want to take bets on who’ll even waste their breath suggesting that the Cons could have enough interest in honest . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Burning question
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Duncan Cameron points out how the Cons are copying the Republican economics that have led the U.S. to ruin: The Harper Conservatives model their economic policies on beliefs held dear by American Republicans: just lower taxes, and reduce government, and business will create the wealth.
With this . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Rumours have surfaced that House Leader Peter Van Loan was rushed to a local Ottawa hospital to undergo an emergency colonic irrigation procedure to alleviate the heavy accumulation of fecal matter in his intestinal tract. The details surrounding his medical mess is still murky and the situation is still fluid.
Peter Van Loan blaming the . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Peter Van Loan Undergoes Emergency Colonic Irrigation Procedure
John Kenneth Galbraith, once said of Richard Nixon: “Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Conservatives Did What? Please, Not While I’m Eating!
Conservatives admit they’re behind false byelection phone calls in Liberal riding
OTTAWA — The Conservatives have confirmed they are behind a rash of phone calls to Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s Montreal-riding over the past couple of weeks in which constituents allegedly were told of Cotler’s resignation and a pending byelection.
This is completely indefensible, only . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Demand Better
It’s not like it hasn’t been done since 1999, they say. Let’s see how some of them justify these latest actions, shall we?
“Every political party in the House identifies its voters in one way or another,” Conservative MP John Williamson said. “This is an important part of the political process.”
Hmm, perhaps, . . . . . → Read More: Shorter Harpercons: Yeah, We’re Behind Those Pesky Phone Calls, Spreading Irwin Cotler Resigning Rumours, So What?
So imagine this. You are an MP of a riding in the middle of Montreal. You’re not any MP, though, you are a Liberal MP. Your party has held this riding since 1940 and not only that, the first time you ran for this riding, you won it with 91%. Now it’s true, . . . . . → Read More: Odd Happenings in Mont-Royal
As you may have heard by now, a polling company has been phoning around Montreal, claiming that Liberal MP Irwin Cotler is about to resign and asking who they plan to vote for in the upcoming by-election. The first problem is that Cotler hasn’t resigned and there isn’t (as yet) a by-election. Now, Cotler may . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Polling Company Trying to Discredit Liberal MP Has Conservative Ties
Well boys ‘n’ girls, the latest political happenings in Mount-Royal could definitely go in the Harpercons flare for the unprecedented files. It appears that the good constituents in the riding of Mount-Royal have been robo-called, being asked if they would support the Harpercons in the upcoming by-election. There’s a tiny snag, though; there . . . . . → Read More: Looks Like The Harpercon Saulie Zajdel Camp May Be Pushing Irwin Cotler Out The Door Prematurely