Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Arancha González Laya distinguishes between international trade and corporatism – arguing that we should be looking to ensure people benefit from the former by reining in the latter: Making trade more inclusive requires action on three broad policy fronts: trade rules, domestic social protection, and international cooperation to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links
It’s an interesting story but hardly convincing. When the RCMP went after senator Mike Duffy for supposed bribery it left people shaking their heads. How could Duffy have committed the crime of bribery for receiving Nigel Wright’s $90-thousand without Wright being criminally responsible for giving the bribe? It became known as the “immaculate bribe.”
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How Nigel Wright Got a Pass
It was for me the burning question at the heart of the Mike Duffy scandal. The one that never got answered.Why did the RCMP charge Duffy with bribery, and not charge Nigel Wright for paying that bribe out of his own pocket?And now we finally know the answer.Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Now We Know Why The RCMP Didn’t Charge Nigel Wright
PHOTOS: Sen. Mike Duffy arrives at the courthouse for the final day of his trial in April 2016 in this screenshot. A couple of hours later he would look considerably happier. Below: Nigel Wright, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff at the time of the events for which Sen. Duffy was criminally charged; . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: RCMP explanation of why Nigel Wright was never charged doesn’t quite pass sniff test
PHOTOS: Rona Ambrose dressed up in hospital scrubs and a stethoscope. Hint: She’s not a real doctor. It’s not clear from this photo, which was published on a CTV site, if the other people are real health care workers or Tory MPs. Below: Your blogge… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Those crazy federal Tories! Just how dumb do they think we are? (Hint: plenty)
PHOTOS: The Conservative Party of Canada is still singin’ the same old tune – Stephen Harper’s. (CBC photo.) Below: Senator Mike Duffy, former Conservative cabinet member Jason Kenney, Manitoba Tory MP Candice Bergen, Ontario Court Judge Charles … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …
Okay, it’s not Mike Duffy. We won’t hear much of him again until the election is over.
Today’s fare is more like a light lunch, maybe just a handful of trail mix. It’s Bruce Carson time!
The two-time jailbird, fraudster and, naturally, top Harper aide goes back to his old stomping grounds today, the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: For Harper, It’s Showtime – the Sequel. Fremdschamen, Indeed.
A few days ago I wrote a post where I wondered why the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has so far failed to explain the reason his investigators decided not to charge Nigel Wright for his role in the Duffy scandal.Even though he promised to do that more than a year ago.Now Michael Harris goes . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris: Have the Mounties Become Harper’s Private Police?
Now that we know that Stephen Harper's lawyer believed that Nigel Wright had Harper sign off on a five-point plan to payoff Mike Duffy. That good to go really meant good to go. And now that we know this:Donald Bayne, Duffy’s defence lawyer, read from the transcript of a police interview Perrin did a . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Duffy Cover-Up: Why the RCMP Must Explain Itself
Harper defence to Trial #2
Here’s what Harper is saying in response to questions about the senior advisors and senators involved in a cover up of the real facts in the Duffy senate expenses scandal:
The Conservative leader refused to respond to direct questions whether Novak had his support and would remain involved . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Duffy Scandal: PM Harper does not get it that there is a second trial going on
H/t Theo Moudakis
And this from Star letter-writers: Re: Duffy scandal dogs Harper, Aug. 17
There are many types, just as there are many kinds of lies – white, boastful, malicious, and the Big Lie. This last kind can perhaps be used successfully only by one class of liar – the Big Man or . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Fun With ‘Deceivin’ Stephen’
It's the smoking gun. Or should I say the smoking flamethrower? The Con conspiracy has finally been exposed.It now seems that Ray Novak, Harper's beloved Chief of Staff, knew all about Nigel Wright's payment to Mike Duffy. Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Conapocalypse: The Duffy Trial’s Explosive New Revelations
Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike-duffy-trial-nigel-wright-testimony-day-5-1.3194569
Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike-duffy-trial-nigel-wright-testimony-day-5-1.3194569 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: Mike Duffy’Ant trial: Nigel Wright’Ant communicated with Ray Novak’Ant 2 weeks ago
Donald ‘Darth Vader’ Bayne
Barrister Donald Bayne, the Darth Vader defender of democracy (and of the sad figure of Senator Duffy), scoffedat the answer given him by Harper’s former Chief of Staff about the reactions by Canadians to Wright’s payment to Duffy of $90,000:
Nigel Wright testified Tuesday that he knew there was . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Duffy trial: How many in the Harper PMO were walking around in a cloud?
His friend on Bay Street and in the MSM describe Nigel Wright as a "straight shooter." A man who wouldn't lie about anything.But the evidence presented at the Duffy trial so far has shown him to be a grubby schemer, who would do anything to protect the image of the Con regime, and his . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Nigel Wright and the Trial of Stephen Harper
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“When I refer to the government as an elected dictatorship it’s not personal in any way to the Prime Minister nor to his party, it’s a reference to what’s happened, a creeping growth, an unhealthy growth of power in the Prime Minister’s Office—Elizabeth May, Leaders Debate
Less than one week after Elizabeth May . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Nigel Wright Trips Over Duffygate
If you haven’t tuned into the Duffy trial over the past week, than you are living under a rock, or you’re missing one of the best political dramas in Canadian history. The cross examination of Nigel Wright in Senator Mike Duffy’s trial over inappropriate expenses, is becoming quite interesting to many Canadians. Canada seems to […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Harper’s House of Cards is Falling Down
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Scott Clark and Peter De Vries discuss the need for a Canadian economic plan which involves investment in the long term rather than politically-oriented payoffs only within a single election cycle. And Joseph Stiglitz points out the obvious need for a global system of investment and financial . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
As a Facebook wag described the above, Harper’s caucus room post-election.
I have always respected Smokey’s advice. At this critical juncture, Canadians would be foolish to ignore him. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Fun With Stephen
Barrister Bayne, Duffy and Nigel Wright chronicleherald
Yesterday Donald Bayne, the bulldog barrister acting for senator Duffy in Duffy’s criminal trial, focused on an email that Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, had not disclosed as part of the 400 plus pages of email data dump.
Found here, in Macleans delightfully . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Duffy Senate trial: The Missing Prime Minister “Shut Down” Email
Of course, I am using the word narrative quite euphemistically here.
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