Peace, order and good government, eh?: Campaign Capers: Judge Mosley rules and the results stand

Remember that court challenge to the results of the 2011 federal election in six ridings? A number of electors, with the financial support of the Council of Canadians, felt that fraudulent robocalls may have sufficiently affected the results in six ridings where the Conservatives won by a slim margin that the results should be thrown ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: The Big Shift? Or Wishful Thinking?

Following up on the release of a new book called The Big Shift by John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker, Gerry Nicholls is in The Hill Times this morning to boil it down for us: Harper’s majority victory in 2011 was no fluke. Rather, the Conservative Party won because its emphasis on low taxes, balanced budgets, ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Expect a lot of noise? Very well put!

The headline on John Ivison’s column in the National Post today is almost perfect. Expect a lot of noise about union dues disclosure bill Noise, indeed. …Mr. Hiebert’s financial transparency bill – which, among other things, would require unions to disclose how much money they spend on political activities – could shatter the union business ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: A margin of error could not be calculated. Do tell?

This is from the final paragraph of a Toronto Sun story reporting on a poll that reveals Canadians really don’t want Omar Khadr back in the country. As the survey respondents were not selected randomly but were drawn from an online panel of more than 150,000 Canadians, a margin of error could not be calculated. ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Journamalism: Leave poor Dean alooooooone!

Tory MP Del Mastro hounded on the Hill OTTAWA – Election spending questions are hounding a Tory MP on Parliament Hill. The Liberals are calling on Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro to appear before a the ethics committee to explain news reports alleging that he signed a $21,000 personal cheque for election spending in 2008 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: And this is where we juxtapose

Gwyn Morgan in the Globe and Mail a month ago: Germany has given away $130-billion, mostly to solar-power companies. Yet solar power makes up a minuscule 0.3 per cent of German power supply, while doing almost nothing toward the original objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Reported by Reuters yesterday afternoon: German solar power plants ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Disclosure for thee but not for me?

This op-ed in the Globe and Mail depends in large part on the uncritical acceptance of the conclusions of a Fraser Institute report. So it might have been nice if the Globe had disclosed that the column’s author, Gwyn Morgan, is both a serious financial donor to the Fraser Institute and a member of its ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Journamalism: Broken Record Edition

The other day I asked whether the Globe and Mail has a published policy about the use of anonymous sources. Now I would ask the same question regarding both the Toronto Star and the National Post. And I don’t even particularly like Thomas Mulcair. John Ivison’s column in the National Post discussing Mulcair’s NDP leadership ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Apparently the Conservatives have their own Anonymous

The sources for the first half of this Globe and Mail update on the robocall controversy are “Tories, in private conversations Monday”, “one Tory source” and “Conservatives who worked on the 2011 election campaign.” A quick read through the rest suggests that those affiliated with other parties and those who are coming forward to say ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Journamalism: The Death of Privacy Edition

To all those who think that Bill C30, Vic Toews’ new legislation, represents an invasion of your privacy, Robert Fulford would like you all to know that you’re being naive. There is really no such thing as privacy online anymore. And Fulford knows because he’s been paying close attention. Experience tells us that just about ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Wanker of the day

Lorne Gunter, whose National Post column on the census is thoroughly dissected at Calgary Grit. Incidentally, should Tony Clement pop up to claim vindication since Statistics Canada has released the first set of results from the recent census today, feel free to remind him that the population data we’re getting right now is based on ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Fun with figures

One of the hot topics of discussion right now involves the speculation that the Harper Government™ intends to raise the eligibility age for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67. And here’s Brian Lee Crowley to argue that the real reason for doing so is that so many ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Journamalism

Surgery wait times longest in 18 years Wait times to receive medical treatment in Canada are the highest they’ve been in 18 years, according to a new report. And it may or not be true. The new report comes from the Fraser Institute and all the CBC does here is repeat the report’s conclusions and ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: How zombie lies are born. And never die.

About a year ago at this time there was an astonishing coincidence. At exactly the same time as Conservative MP Kelly Block was introducing a bill concerning the need for transparency on the salaries of First Nations band chiefs and councillors, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation released a report that indicated 82 of those band chiefs ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Wanker of the day

Brian Lilley. Go see Glen McGregor take Lilley’s latest column apart.

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Today in WTF? moments

With Libyan liberation, a political victory for Harper Stephen Harper’s first war victory was clinched in a few sudden hours when Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed and his last bastion of Sirte fell. Excuse me? The countries in the most powerful military alliance on the planet combined forces to defeat a single, relatively minor ...

bastard.logic: Johann Hari Vs. Johann Hari On The Ethics Of Making Sh!t Up

by matttbastard Johann Hari, September 2011: “If I had asked the many experienced colleagues I have here at The Independent… they would have explained just how wrong I was. It was arrogant and stupid of me not to ask.” Indeed it was — or was it…? Johann Hari, June 2011: “I called round…other interviewers for British ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: This is where I stopped reading

Since the title of Lawrence Martin’s column of yesterday is Pushing the limits of state surveillance, I would imagine he was going to go on to discuss the continuing assaults on civil liberties and privacy that have been part of the so-called War on Terror™. But I got disgusted at the end of the second ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Leave Sun TV aloooooooone!

Prosecuting freedom of speech If pricking an elitist balloon is all it takes to face the punishment of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, then the Sun News Network is in trouble. But then so is our constitutionally-guaranteed right to freedom of speech, the right to vigourous debate, divergent opinion as well as the right to ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: "in the hope of sparking a greater discussion"

Quebec NDP MPs stay silent on their political past The Star emailed every Quebec MP in the NDP caucus — excluding Interim Leader Nycole Turmel — a short questionnaire last week soliciting their opinions on the political future of the province and whether they had changed over time. They were also asked if they had ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: I guess some dances never go out of style

Every year or two I find a reason to point to Declan’s post on the Media Failure Two-Step. (And actually I could find a reason much more often than that.) To review, the Two-Step looks like this: Step 1) Cause something (bad) to happen through your reporting. Step 2) Report on this (bad) thing from ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Aaaaaand they’re off!

A favourite strategy of the Conservatives is to deflect discussion of the issues and instead try to make it look as though even an opponent’s participation in the conversation is somehow illegitimate. The best example was the focus on Michael Ignatieff’s years abroad but it’s a ploy they’ll use whenever the opportunity presents itself. It’s ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Media Fail

Yesterday the Calgary Herald published the kind of story that’s become all too familiar in Canada in recent years. This time it involves a scientist working for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Dr. Kristi Miller heads up a project created to investigate the abrupt decrease in the size of salmon stocks on the ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Zombie lies

I think it’s safe to add this one to the list of lies that refuse to die: that Stephen Harper confounded his critics on the left by showing himself willing to embrace Keynesian economics and use government funds to stimulate the economy during an economic downturn. Today it’s Bruce Anderson in the Globe and Mail. ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Standards? We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!

Sun Media pulls out of press council, citing issues with political correctness Sun Media is pulling out of the Ontario Press Council, saying it can’t adhere to the media watchdog’s “politically correct” standards. Glenn Garnett, vice-president of editorial at Sun Media, sent a letter this week saying that effective immediately the company’s newspapers are withdrawing ...