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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- CBC reports on the latest research showing that Canada would save billions every year with a national pharmacare plan. And Thomas Walkom argues that politics are standing in the way of what should be a no-brainer from a policy standpoint.

- Richard Gwyn writes that most Canadians seem to be willing to put up with nearly anything in order to keep a relatively secure job – even as it’s far from sure that many workers can count on that being available.

- Lawrence Martin discusses the Cons’ strategy of provocation, pandering and prejudice (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Mike Duffy, and the PMO Nightmare

Stephen Harper's PMO is one of the most sinister organizations in Canada, and one of the most secretive.No decent Canadian has ever been able to penetrate its murky darkness, or know exactly how it works. Or how its monstrous master controls his faithful fanatics.But now all that is about to change, and for Harper and those fanatics it must be a real nightmare.Because as Michael Harris writes, the Mike Duffy trial is about to blow their secret world wide open.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Merry-Go-Round of Con Corruption

It's like some ghastly merry-go-round. Stephen Harper's groaning circle of scandal.One moment it's Mike Duffy or Pamela Wallin.The next moment it's Dean del Mastro.And today it was Diane Finley's turn to mount the stinking nag of Con corruption. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Conservative Senator Wallin committed “breach of trust and fraud”: RCMP

The RCMP announced Monday that ex-Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin, a Harper appointee, “committed the offences of breach of trust and fraud.”

The post Ex-Conservative Senator Wallin committed “breach of trust and fraud”: RCMP appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Breaking: The Duffy Trial Just Got Bigger and Better !!!

We always knew it was going to be a big trial. We knew that Mike Duffy would make sure it was.Especially now that he has had time to think about how Stephen Harper treated him, and he's REALLY pumped or pissed.And of course, as I pointed out yesterday, the perp walk of PMO witnesses will be bigger than the Macy's Parade…

But believe it or not, as big as it already is, the trial just got even BIGGER. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Will Not Escape the Duffy Trial

Well I can only imagine how grim the mood must be in Stephen Harper's monstrous PMO. After so many of Great Leader's most fanatical followers were subpoenaed to take the stand at the Mike Duffy trial.And no doubt their depraved master is trying to console them. Which can't be easy.Not when he's shaking in his boots, or in his closet…

Even though, unlike so many of his little monsters, it looks like he himself won't have to testify. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Dirty Secrets that Could Destroy Him

I don't know what is keeping Stephen Harper awake at night these days. But judging from his deathly appearance he isn't getting much sleep.And I bet there are a lot of things on his mind, that keep him tossing and turning in his bed. Or wandering around the grounds of 24 Sussex Drive dressed only in a housecoat.His biggest fear is probably the economy, which is threatening to envelop him like a shroud. But as Michael Harris points out, the biggest monkey on his back is probably still Mike Duffy. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: A Clear And Present Danger?

Only for some, I’m happy to report.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Reckoning

Well there he was last night attending a Climate Summit dinner in New York along with his Con cousin David Cameron.After skipping the summit itself. And while Cameron seems very chatty and was no doubt telling him how the Queen "purred" when she heard the Scottish referendum result. Knowing how much Harper loves the Queen AND cats.Great Leader seems troubled or very far away, as if staring at his own bleak future, or wondering how he's going to dodge this one. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Some Nightmares Are Real

Sleep tight, Prime Minister Harper.

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Montreal Simon: Will Mike Duffy Force an Early Election or Harper’s Early Resignation?

A few days ago I told you that I honestly believe that Stephen Harper is preparing for an early election to try to avoid the trial of Mike Duffy.In case the trial should start soon enough to be a factor in the next election campaign.And some of my friends said they thought I was pushing it, that he just wants to be ready so he can strike ANYTIME.And they may be right. He may be looking for a war so he can pose as a Great Strong Leader. Or waiting for a big trial so he can (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper is Terrified of Mike Duffy

It's taken a long time, but Mike Duffy's trial process has finally begun, and you can be sure that Stephen Harper must be absolutely terrified.Especially after Duffy's lawyer said Harper could be called to testify. Suspended senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer will not rule out calling Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a witness, as his client’s fraud case goes to trial.fter petitioning the court Tuesday morning to set the earliest possible trial date for his client, Donald Bayne said the defence is “considering any potential witness. It’s too early to rule anything out.” And Ol' Duff (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Stench of Scandal

Well as you know Stephen Harper is at the NATO summit in Wales and posing as a Great Statesman Leader.Although you'd never know it from his position in this group photo eh?Because any further back and you'd need binoculars to see him.But then I'm sure he's just glad to be there, because it is his last foreign honeymoon before he's forced to return to Canada.And it will be a hard landing…Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra And The Duffster

Straight from Frank; Mike Duffy apparently paid him to write speeches:

Oddly enough, this makes me think better of Ezra; I always assumed that his money came entirely from dad.

Alberta Diary: Is there any benefit for Albertans in a criminal prosecution of Alison Redford? Not really

Alison Redford, in days past, somewhere in the skies over Alberta. OK, I never said I was a master of Photoshop! Below: Disgraced Canadian Senator Mike Duffy, Alberta Tory leadership frontrunner Jim Prentice, leadership candidate and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

Will Alberta benefit from a police investigation of Alison Redford’s use of the government’s small fleet of passenger aircraft?

Not really.

Here’s why: Notwithstanding the hyperbole from a number of elected officials of more than one political persuasion, not to mention the opinions of numerous columnists, bloggers and Twitterers, a trial, let alone a conviction, is extremely unlikely.

For (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: A meditation on the parlous state of the prime ministerial belfry: is he batty, or what?

Psychological-political portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper by Edmonton artist William Prettie. (Used with permission.) Below: The young Vladimir Putin; the young Stephen Harper.

When I ponder our prime minister’s mental state nowadays, my mind spontaneously offers up a rude phrase about the things bats leave behind in belfries.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has got a national election looming; he’s none too popular in certain essential parts of the country and not quite popular enough just now in others; Disgraced Canadian Senator Mike Duffy is facing a criminal trial and apparently wants the PM on the witness stand; it’s (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Will Mike Duffy’s Chickens Come Home to Roost in Harper’s Backyard?

“Because my family has no money, I’ve decided to become a prostitute. That’s right, I’m going into politics. ” ― Jarod Kintz, The Merits of Marthaism, and How Being Named Susan Can Benefit You

During the final days of the 2008 Canadian federal election campaign, the Liberals were starting to climb in the polls. Stephen Harper had not done well in the debates and Climate Change was increasing as an election issue.

According to Nik Nanos The fallout from the French and English debates shows the previous pre-debate 10 point Conservative margin is now four percentage points. Tracking shows incremental (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Perfect Storm that Will Defeat Him

He has yet to comment on the latest twist in the Duffy scandal. But in his shadowy bunker Stephen Harper must be feeling the heat.For by now even he must realize that the writing is on the wall.And that he could soon be sweating in a witness box.Trying to explain under oath what Nigel Wright meant when he said that Harper had told him the deal to pay off Duffy was "good to go." The leader of a tired, increasingly unpopular government with nowhere to go but down. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: No Words Needed Here

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Scandal that Will Destroy Him

Well there I was today in the north of Scotland, when I thought I saw a mysterious creature in this little bay.At first I thought it was another kind of Nessie. Or a big fat dolphin.But then I realized it wasn't eh?It was only Moby Duff…

Getting ready to dive dive dive !!!! And take down Stephen Harper. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For Your Friday Evening Enjoyment

When it comes to Mike Duffy, the hits keep on coming. Enjoy:

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Northern Reflections: Harper’s Perfect Storm

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Now that the RCMP has thrown the book at Mike Duffy, Stephen Harper finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm. It’s a storm entirely of his own making. And, at last, Andrew Coyne writes, we will get some answers:

The biggest question to be answered remains: why? Not only why did Mr. Wright make the payment — which, remember, was not to “the taxpayer” but to Mr. Duffy, in secret and on condition that he remain silent about it — but why were so many other senior people in and around the government, (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: The most important Duffy trial must be held in the court of public opinion

Mike Duffy, back in pre-Senatorial days, but already feeling the heat. Below: A more recent shot of Senator Duffy; former prime ministerial chief of staff Nigel Wright.

How could the handoff of a $90,000 cheque to Senator Mike Duffy by the prime minister’s chief of staff not be worthy of prosecution while the acceptance of the same piece of paper by the senator is?

Wherever the trial of Mr. Duffy leads us in the months and years to come, this is the question ordinary Canadians are scratching their heads about today as they pick up a whiff of something not (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Blast From The Past

I am sure that some politicos would prefer certain things remain buried in what seems to be a collective public amnesia. Thankfully, the Internet is the gift that just keeps on giving, as this piece from Press Progress reminds us:

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Politics and its Discontents: Do they Not Get Any Canadian News In Peru?

I had to wonder after reading this story and watching the video below. After all, asserting to be Mike Duffy’s daughter is not something that most people would claim, given the porcine senator’s domestic notoriety:

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