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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the combination of institutional and personal flaws that’s combined to create the Stephen Harper Senate scandal.

For further reading…– CBC reproduces the documents tabled by Mike Duffy in the Senate here. – The Senate debates featuring the defences of Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau can be found here. – PressProgress reminds us . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Leftist Jab: Bribery, Threats, Extortion: The Mike Duffy Story

Above is the full audio recording, with contextualizing images, of Mike Duffy’s address to the Senate in which he accuses Stephen Harper of orchestrating the alleged illegal payment he received in order to have his improperly claimed expenses disappear.

What a deliciously salacious scandal to rock Stephen Harper!

And Pamela Wallin has yet to speak!

. . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Bribery, Threats, Extortion: The Mike Duffy Story

Accidental Deliberations: Accountability for thee, not for we

Marjory Lebreton makes clear that as far as she’s concerned, accountability begins where partisan Con affiliation ends: Senator Wallin is no longer a member of the Caucus and must be held accountable for her actions.

And needless to say the converse is also true as far as Lebreton and the rest of Stephen Harper’s inner . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Accountability for thee, not for we

OPSEU Diablogue: Conservatives vs. Conservatives – Anti-union bill gets gutted in Canadian Senate

When the Federal Tories took “progressive” out of their title after merging with the Reform Party, it was inevitable that the radical right wing ideology of the Reformers would come into conflict with the more pragmatic former Progressive Conservatives. This … Continue reading →

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bill C-304: The Final Battle?

LeBreton confirms #SenCA will sit into July if necessary to pass bills on order paper, including C-377. #cdnpoIi— Jordan Press (@jordan_press) June 18, 2013

The other bill they want to pass is C-304, which would strip section 13 (the hate speech clause) from the Canadian Human Rights Act.  When Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton first suggested . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bill C-304: The Final Battle?

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– The Star’s editorial board highlights why our elected representatives should be countering the effect of precarious employment (rather than exacerbating them as the Cons have done): Simply put, programs like Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan were created back in the days when employees received wrist watches . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links