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Babel-on-the-Bay: Choosing a new leader for Canada’s Tories.

The date has been set: May 27, 2017. That is when the Conservative Party of Canada chooses a replacement for former leader Stephen Harper and Acting Leader Rona Ambrose. Looking for an abbreviation to use on the calendar, we call it ConCon. We have no idea where ConCon will be held or what form it […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Choosing a new leader for Canada’s Tories.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: C-51 Stops a Veteran From Being a Liberal Candidate

I wondered why Peter MacKay’s Liberal challenger was quitting too, and it seems the reason was how Trudeau mishandled the C-51 “anti terrorism” vote by supporting the bad bill. Since MacKay is quitting too for other reasons, Central Nova will be a riding to watch again.

Now-former LPC candidate on #C51: "a repressive . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: C-51 Stops a Veteran From Being a Liberal Candidate

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Just Not Ready To Debate

Who's not ready??? #cdnpoli #GPC pic.twitter.com/Beuw1DUacQ

— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) May 29, 2015

*Zing

Also, Goodbye Peter MacKay:

Good news everyone! Peter MacKay or Conservative polling indicated that MacKay wouldn’t have held his seat! And/Or he’s got a cushy private job lined up with a bank.

And I wish . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Just Not Ready To Debate

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Pony Express Government

CSE has undertaken a domestic spy operation that is illegal in Canada, because it’s spying on communication of Canadian citizens. CSE is supposed to only spy on foreigners, and the Commissioner overseeing the signals intelligence agency is supposed to put a stop to any overstepping of that mandate. Something clearly has gone awry in a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Pony Express Government

The Disaffected Lib: Tories Look to Make Death With Dignity a Wedge Issue for 2015 Elections

Well, that didn’t take long.  Just days after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the criminal prohibition on physician assisted suicide, Harper justice minister Peter MacKay let’s slip the Tories see it as a possible election issue.

[MacKay] noted the court provided a calendar year to deliver its answer, but said the government . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Tories Look to Make Death With Dignity a Wedge Issue for 2015 Elections

The Disaffected Lib: That’ll Be the Day When Pigs Swim

Everyone knows, deep down, that pigs can’t fly but we may discover that pork floats just fine even in Canada’s Arctic waters.

Stephen Harper would have us believe that he’s all about the Arctic.  He can’t get enough of the place.  Visits every summer.  He’s especially fond of watching the local Rangers fire their . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: That’ll Be the Day When Pigs Swim

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: F-35: Lies from Lying Liars #cdnpoli

The F-35 was going to be a plane made with Chinese parts, despite US law forbidding that.

mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBR… this just adds to the ridiculousness. Russia probably has deal w china to remotely disable these.— jeff cliff (@jeffcliff1) January 04, 2014

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: F-35: Lies from Lying Liars #cdnpoli

The Disaffected Lib: Who Will Lead the Tories into the 2015 Election?

If there was just one thing that Tories learned from Monday’s by-elections it was that they’re up against a resurgent Liberal challenge with Justin Trudeau at the helm.  They probably didn’t need the by-elections to tell them that, by contrast, their own leader is becoming increasingly unpopular if not outright toxic to Tory fortunes.

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Who Will Lead the Tories into the 2015 Election?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wright Quits, Wallin & Duffy Half-Quit, May Lashes the PM #cdnpoli

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wright Quits, Wallin & Duffy Half-Quit, May Lashes the PM #cdnpoli

The Disaffected Lib: Another MacKay-Fantino Love Child?

They could’ve stuck with the ships Paul Martin had on the books when he left office, but nooooo.

The ships, three of them, were to replace the navy’s 45-year old supply ships only they were to be supply ships and more.    That deal was scrapped by the Tories.

Now we’re told to expect an announcement . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Another MacKay-Fantino Love Child?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Week of Hell #RoboCon

The Conservatives have had a (deservedly) rough week, and it’s about to get more rough next week. The Council of Canadians’ court challenge is Monday. The Prime Minister closed out the final news cycle hour this week by actually taking questions from the press, (which has hardly ever happened before). The Conservatives procedural pushed a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Week of Hell #RoboCon

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: F-35: Thirty Five ways to Fail

MacKay has implicated the whole CPC cabinet as being complicit in an attempt to deceive voters prior to last year’s election as to the true cost of new fighter jets.

Another unprecedented situation where every [then] cabinet minister of the government should resign for misleading Parliament (and thus lying to Canadians). What percentage of the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: F-35: Thirty Five ways to Fail

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Double Them

The F-35 costs were (more than) double what MacKay and the Conservatives told the public. The books used to track expenses for the jets were doubled. The books for Fantino’s CPC Vaughn campaign are alleged to have been doubled. Bruce Carson, Harper’s trusted PMO adviser, was a two time convict.

For the Minister of Defence . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Double Them

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Lied About F-35 Contract

Peter MacKay lied.

In 2010 Defense Minister Peter MacKay said many times that the F-35 was selected in an open, competitive, and transparent process, this is contradicted be the Auditor General Michael Ferguson who has said there was no competition, that the costly $25 billion, and growing, contract was indeed sole-sourced.

May 27 2010 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Lied About F-35 Contract

The Scott Ross: The F-35 Boondoggle

Many are angry that instead of the promised $16 billion cost of the new F-35’s the actual price tag will be more than $25 billion but Canadians shouldn’t forget that originally not only did this government continually claim the cost would only be $9 billion, Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay, Tony Clement, and other Conservatives . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The F-35 Boondoggle

Polygonic: The Coyne chrysalis

‎”This isn’t about the planes, in other words, or costs, or accounting. This is about accountability. This is is about whether departments are answerable to their ministers, and whether ministers are answerable to Parliament — or whether billions of public dollars can be appropriated without the informed consent of either Parliament or the public… And . . . → Read More: Polygonic: The Coyne chrysalis

Polygonic: MacKay: We’re just as dodgy with our accounting as Sponsorship-era Liberals

Duhhhhr! Ooonnggg… errrrggg….

Out of the mouths of babes.

It’s been an awkward delight watching Conservative spinmeisters trot out Plan A through Plan W in their Catalogue of Flimsy Excuses over the F-35 affair. Blaming bureaucrats didn’t cut it, even blaming the other parties hasn’t cut it. One waits with bated breath for . . . → Read More: Polygonic: MacKay: We’re just as dodgy with our accounting as Sponsorship-era Liberals

The Disaffected Lib: CBC’s Brian Stewart Casts Bones & Reads Entrails – Stephen Harper’s Bones and Peter MacKay’s Entrails

It seems Brian Stewart has been a CBC defence wonk since the days of muzzle loaders and black powder.   That makes his take on the F-35 fiasco all the more notable.

“The who-knew-what about the real costs of the F-35 fighter jet Canada wants to purchase is worrisome enough. But at the heart of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: CBC’s Brian Stewart Casts Bones & Reads Entrails – Stephen Harper’s Bones and Peter MacKay’s Entrails

The Disaffected Lib: Harper Cons – Sucked In Again by DND

A Con conned?  Say it ain’t so.  But it’s now emerging that those grifters at Canada’s Department of National Defence knew a couple of marks when they saw them and pulled the wool over the eyes of Steve “Rambo” Harper and his boy child/DefMin “Meathead” MacKay on the supposed merits, cost and performance of the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper Cons – Sucked In Again by DND

The Disaffected Lib: The Perversion of Canada’s Military

Since he clawed his way into power, Steve Harper has wasted little time turning Canada’s public and armed services into political agencies of the prime minister’s office.   He began by gagging the public service and the armed forces.  Under Harper’s iron fist communications policy, the public were not allowed direct contact with public servants . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Perversion of Canada’s Military