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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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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Jim Armitage discusses how the privatization of public services in the UK is being mashed up with the principles behind subprime lending and debt bundling – leading to a bubble which promises to take down investors and the public alike.

- Dylan Matthews offers what would seem to be a natural conclusion about the simplest, most effective answer to poverty: As solutions to global poverty go, “just give poor people money” is pretty rock solid. A recent randomized trial found that Kenyans who received no-strings attached cash from the charity GiveDirectly built more (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No Charges Doesn’t Mean Wright Is Clean

On Friday, we learned that the RCMP will not be laying charges against Nigel Wright for writing a cheque to Mike Duffy in the amount of some $90,000 and change.  The CPC, and the PMO, seem to think that this is some kind of exoneration.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The RCMP only lays charges when they have evidence of criminal activity that is sufficiently solid to have a “reasonable expectation of conviction”.  If for any reason, the evidence is insufficient to meet that bar, charges are not laid. In no respect does this mean that what (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Not So Good Good Friday

Lordy. I see that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good Good Friday.His Easter Message was no doubt well received by his dwindling flock, the 28% of Canadians who still support him.Because they all agree that Jimbo Flaherty would want the Cons to keep his legacy alive.Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts.By killing government in his memory.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: CPC slogan 2015: “No grounds for criminal charges.” *

* H/t Dan Gardner

In the twisted morality of the Harper universe, it will be claimed and conveyed as a complete vindication of the Prime Minister.

That the RCMP has found no grounds upon which to lay criminal charges against Nigel Wright in the $90,000 payoff-to-Mike-Duffy-scandal does nothing to dissolve the deep and abiding suspicions about Harper’s influence-peddling machinations was not lost on the At Issue panelists last night:

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Montreal Simon: Why the Senate Scandal Can Still Bring Down Stephen Harper

For a brief moment today I wondered whether I should remove Nigel Wright from the poster for my new and exciting season of Senategate.After the RCMP announced that he was no longer under investigation. The RCMP has ended its probe into Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his $90,000 payment to suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.But then I thought no, this scandal is still as sordid as ever. It couldn't have happened without Nigel. Bless him. And it could still bring down Stephen Harper.Read more »

Alberta Diary: Redford-Hancock Government moves ahead with plan to gut public sector pensions

Alberta Environment Minister Robin Campbell, right, in one of the rather undistinguished jackets that are causing such a brouhaha in the provincial Legislature this week. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Doug Horner, below, is moving to attack the pensions of 300,000 Alberta public employees and no one is paying much attention. Below him, NDP Leader Brian Mason, who opposes his plans, and former prime ministerial chief of staff Nigel Wright. But you’ll have to read to the bottom if you want to know what Mr. Wright has to do with this story.

Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner gave notice yesterday that the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Scandalous Senate and PMO appointments say Harper is unqualified to criticise Trudeau’s f-bomb

by: Obert Madondo | March 31, 2014

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he addressed the crowd at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Quebec, over the weekend.

“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself,” Trudeau said. “Your name, your fortune, your intelligence, your beauty, none of that fucking matters.”

The crowd reportedly cheered.

But, as usual, the Conservatives weren’t amused. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to capitalize on the expletive to score cheap political points.

“This is yet another example of Justin Trudeau’s lack of (Read more…)