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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Things have veered sharply off course for the most controlling politician Canada has had for many decades. What was to be a tightly controlled and swiftly administered exercise in damage control, has turned into a nightmarish exposure party that is guaranteed to sink Stephen Harper’s government in the coming elections.
The Feint & The . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Duffy Senate Scandal: Nigel Wright tells the truth and sinks Harper
Stephen Harper says ‘subordinates’ not responsible for Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy’s actions Conservative leader faces questions arising from senator’s fraud trial, for 3rd day in a row
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Aug 14, 2015 1:01 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015 5:26 PM ET
“…You hold . . . → Read More: Left Over: Harper’s Hapless Harbingers…There’s Your Trouble…
Ever since the trial of Mike Duffy began, his lawyer Donald Bayne has been circling over Stephen Harper, like a hawk over a rabbit.But today all that changed.When Bayne swooped out of the sky, and went in for the kill.Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Duffy’s Lawyer Went After Stephen Harper
Let’s see if we can turn Stephen Harper’s otherwise laughable spin on his PMO’s widespread cover-up into a couple of points we can all agree on.
First, the ultimate responsibility for lies and cover-ups lies with superiors rather than subordinates – in Harper’s own words:
Second, exactly one person fits bears that responsibility when . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On points of agreement