If Stephen Harper thought he could get away with his foul assault on democracy, by ramming his so-called Fair Elections Act through Parliament, after this weekend he must be having second thoughts.Because first he got spanked by the Godfather of the Conservative movement, Preston Manning, for trying to muzzle the chief electoral officer.And now a former chief electoral officer has pointed out yet another flaw in that anti-democratic bill. Read more »
It’s no surprise that the Cons’ idea of accountability for themselves is to provide nothing but blank pages when faced with a request for information about their dealings with Senate reimbursements. But one of the reasons for the secrecy looks like a noteworthy story in itself.
Here’s the exemption being applied to several pages of the record: 21. The head of a government institution may refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that contains … (b) an account of consultations or deliberations in which directors, officers or employees of a government institution, a minister of the Crown or the (Read more…)
January: SunTV applies for corporate welfare, arguing that they cannot survive unless the government forces people to watch them.
Later this year, they would give Rob and Doug Ford their own show…before cancelling it faster than Lucky 7.
Whoever could have guessed this fine young man would find himself at the centre of so much controversy?
February: Patrick Brazeau is knocked out of the Tory caucus. While the Senate has yet to change rules around travel expenses, they were quick to pass a “no pictures of senators in thongs” bill.
March: In what was really the only (Read more…)
I wonder what is he doing these days?
The Parliamentary Press Gallery, apparently as seen, sort of, but not quite, by Preston Manning. New ethical guidelines required? Doubtful. Below: The founder and namesake of the Calgary-Based Manning Centre; Senator Mike Duffy.
Let me get this straight: the founder and namesake of the Manning Centre presumes to lecture Ottawa’s Parliamentary Press Gallery on a supposed dearth of ethics because one disreputable Conservative Senator was once a member of the exclusive journalistic club and another worked as part of the Fourth Estate?
Preston Manning, the godfather of the Canadian Organized Right who acts as its chief financial matchmaker, teaming (Read more…)
Apparently, Preston Manning must have received new orders from the PMO. In yesterday’s Globe and Mail, we found Mr. Manning opining on the supposed issue of ethics in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
The upshot of Manning’s arguments is that the whole Duffy affair wouldn’t have happened if the Parliamentary Press Gallery had a rule in place that prohibited members from taking a government appointment for five years after they leave the Press Gallery.
In short, “Hey look! The problem is over there!”.
No Mr. Manning, your transparent and ridiculous attempt to direct attention away from the centre of the (Read more…)
Shorter Preston Manning: Mike Duffy openly flouted the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s rules for years by seeking to trade his celebrity for a patronage appointment. When Stephen Harper was the only Prime Minister willing to offer that deal for political gain, Duffy proceeded to flout every new set of rules which applied to him as a Senator while serving as the Conservatives’ most prominent fund-raiser, setting up a scandal and cover-up reaching to the top levels of the Prime Minister’s office.
Obviously, this story demonstrates there’s a problem with the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and no other person or party involved. (Read more…)
It's a personality cult worthy of a place like North Korea. With a monomaniacal Great Leader who seeks total power.Who would muzzle his opponents, declare the truth to be what he says it is, attempt to brainwash us into submission with OUR money.And replace the Government of Canada with the Harper government. Read more »
So, apparently the PMO has “found” a bunch of e-mails that they previous claimed had been deleted.
The emails of Stephen Harper’s former legal advisor were not deleted when he left the Prime Minister’s Office, according to a letter sent from the Privy Council Office (PCO) to the RCMP.
Benjamin Perrin, who was named in RCMP documents last week as a player in the deal between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy, left the PMO in late March.
The letter released Sunday night states when Perrin left in March, the PCO said they deleted his emails records as part (Read more…)
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Welcome to the 1980s, everybody. Above, Pierre Trudeau, saying just that. Below: Justin Trudeau, embracing victorious Liberal candidate Emmanuel Douburg last night in Montreal’s Bourassa riding. (Montreal Gazette photo.)
“Well, welcome to the 1980s!” He haunts us still.
I don’t know about you, but I could almost hear Pierre Trudeau’s familiar, scratchy, defiant, weirdly challenging voice last night, reaching out to us all from whatever corner of the Universe he now resides in and welcoming us all back to the ninth decade of the Twentieth Century as the federal by-election results started rolling in.
It may be (Read more…)
There is very little satisfaction in saying “I told you so.” Being right is no fun when the consequences are actually dire. There is no bragging when we look back in time and know that we were right all along; however, it can be important to remind everyone of what happened when it forms part of a larger pattern.
Canadians are shocked that Stephen Harper’s staff would pay Mike Duffy $90. Duffy is a sitting legislator, and there are strict rules, criminal law rules, about when payments can be made to law-makers of this type. Since even in the (Read more…)
Stephen Harper adds “Sargent Schultz” to his list of impersonations
PM didn’t know staff asked Conservative Party to pay Duffy’s expenses: spokesperson
Prime Minister Stephen Harper had no idea his staff had asked the Conservative Party to pay Sen. Mike Duffy’s ineligible expenses, his spokesperson said Sunday.
In an interview with CTV’s Question Period, Harper’s director of communications, Jason MacDonald, also said Harper didn’t know PMO staff wanted a Senate report into Duffy’s expenses sanitized, or that the party’s chief fundraiser tried to influence the independent audit of Duffy’s claims.
The problem for Stephen Harper is that, regardless of where (Read more…)
What has become known as the Senate Scandal is really a scandal in two institutions: the Senate, of course, but also the PMO. The PMO half of this scandal was written here. What follows is the Senate half of the scandal:
One of the advantages of living in a (relatively) functioning first world democracy is that we are (relatively) unburdened by the kinds of systemic corruption that plagues other polities. Cases of direct financial payoff – suitcases full of cash changing hands in empty parking lot in exchange for political favours – is relatively low. Where in countries with far (Read more…)
New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
The post Senate scandal: New RCMP docs suggest Harper is “guilty of corruption” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Well he wasn't in the House of Commons today. He was out in Lac Megantic handing out a $95 million cheque. But he couldn't run away from the questions about another cheque. The one he was apparently prepared to write Mike Duffy to paper over a budding scandal with party funds.The one that can be boiled down to this question: who do you believe Stephen Harper or the police? Read more »
According to the Canadian Press, “The prime minister’s chief of staff went to Stephen Harper for approval of a secret plan that would have seen the Conservative party repay Mike Duffy’s contested expenses and whitewash a Senate report, new RCMP documents suggest.”
According to the article by Jennifer Ditchburn and Steve Rennie, published today:
When the party balked at the ultimate total of Duffy’s $90,000 bill, however, Nigel Wright paid the bill himself — apparently without Harper’s knowledge. Harper has called that a “deception.”
But emails included in Wednesday’s new RCMP court filings quote Wright as getting (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Toby Sanger highlights how the Cons (following in the footsteps of the Libs before them) have already slashed federal government revenues and expenses to levels not seen since the first half of the 20th century – even as they continue to call for more blood: Total federal government spending as a share of the economy is projected to drop to a 14% share of the economy by 2018/19. This would be the lowest since at least 1948. Because the government has tied the federal public service up in knots, actual spending will (Read more…)
At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party [...], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end, it doesn’t really […]
Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (Read more…)
Is it too early/too bold to predict that because of today’s RCMP revelations/allegations that multiple members of the Prime Minister’s Office and top Conservative Senators conspired to whitewash the Mike Duffy report, it may have assured the Liberal Party wins the Brandon-Souris byelection on Monday – a riding it has only won once in the last 60 years?
Maybe. As has been pointed out by others who are veteran campaign folks, the Conservatives will have a large advantage on organization and ground game, and there are reports from a week or 2 ago that Jenni Byrne, the top person in (Read more…)
Your blogger with Rev. Bill Phipps, former United Church of Canada moderator and, in 2002, the NDP’s challenger to Stephen Harper. Below: Harper doubters Andrew Coyne and Tim Harper.
“The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.”
– Junius, published in 1772, from the Masthead of the Globe and Mail
I was sitting in Calgary’s airport the other day reading about Stephen Harper in a free copy of the Globe and Mail when, lo and behold, I spied Bill Phipps, who used to be the (Read more…)
Uh oh. Call out the Fire Brigade or the Big Lie Brigade. There's more smoke pouring out of the PMO. Remember when Mike Duffy accused the Harper gang of cooking up what he called a "monstrous fraud?" Duffy also alleged that the prime minister’s office gave him a script to lie about where the money came from, claiming that he had taken out a loan. “The PMO told me to say my wife and I took out a loan at the Royal Bank,” Duffy said. “That line was written by the PMO to deceive Canadians as to the real (Read more…)
OMG. The horror, the horror. It was supposed to be Stephen Harper's Day of Jubilee. The day he showed off the severed heads of the three Senators to his demoralized caucus. Or tossed them in the general direction of the opposition.
And solemnly declared that the sordid Senate scandal, or The Great Distraction, was over.But instead the scandal took another macabre twist, when one of the heads started talking….to the RCMP!!!! Read more »
Reading this excellent piece by Shawn Whitney on how the left shouldn’t assume great policy will automatically come from the downfall of either Harper or Ford, the author speaks to my own discomfort with the Senate expenses scandal: At the federal level, Stephen Harper’s troubles have nothing to do with his murder of thousands of Afghans in support of NATO’s attempt to subdue that country. It has nothing to do with his shutdown of the national daycare plan that Paul Martin put in place to try and save his own skin, or his scuppering of the deal he made with (Read more…)