By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Our Senatorial soap opera entered a new chapter on Tuesday. Independent Sen. Patrick Brazeau informed the media that he’ll defy the Senate’s order to repay the $48,744 in living and travel expenses he fraudulently claimed from Canadian taxpayers. “Senator Brazeau has fulfilled his obligations in forwarding all relevant [...]
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Justin Trudeau’s riposte to the first blast of the Tory Slime Machine. So far, it looks like Mr. Trudeau is winning. Below: Mr. Trudeau with fake tattoo gets ready to punch out a Tory, for real; Calgary developer Cal Wenzel.
Round One in the fight started with Justin Trudeau by the Tory Slime Machine pretty clearly went to Mr. Trudeau – well, to Mr. Trudeau and the Canadian Liver Foundation.
Now, Round Two, Mr. Trudeau’s riposte, a 30-second video ad released by the Liberal Party yesterday, seems to have gone his way too.
I am speaking here as a (Read more…)
Golly. I knew if we put Mike Duffy's mug on a milk carton something good might happen.And sure enough, it did.He took a short walk in the snow, and finally admitted he was wrong mistaken confused.Senator Mike Duffy says he's going to pay back the living expenses he's claimed for his Ottawa home.Duffy blamed the Senate for having unclear rules and forms. "We are going to pay it back, and until the rules are clear — and they're not clear now, the forms are not clear, and I hope the Senate will redo the forms to
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For years, one of the few things that I have agreed with Harper has been on the issue of Senate reform. I don’t necessarily agree on all the details, and I think the NDP’s idea of abolishing the senate over reforming it holds some merit, but to the general spirit that there is something seriously wrong with the Canadian Senate I could not agree more. It is ineffective and costly, stuffed full of partisan patronage appointments with little hope for any third parties; all points, incidentally, that Harper has made in the past.
Yet it has been with something of
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Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Shawn McCarthy discusses the Cons’ latest plan to sell Keystone XL to the U.S. – which involves hoping that the best-resourced government on the planet will be suckered into accepting a transparently false pretense that the Cons have the slightest interest in addressing climate change. And Harper cabinet appointee Monte Solberg offers a window into the Cons’ environmental mindset, trying to make a case against “thinking globally” on the basis that there are easier votes to be won by focusing on small vacation areas while shredding the rest of the planet.
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Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Tabatha Southey rightly turns Brad Trost into a poster boy for the Harper Cons’ deliberate aversion to critical self-evaluation: We shouldn’t be too quick to judge.
Let’s instead take a cue from Conservative MP Brad Trost, who, when questioned regarding the calls, said, “I don’t think there was anything wrong with the robo-call. I think it was good and accurate information and we should stand behind it.”
Then Canada’s Candide went on to add, “I didn’t hear it. I don’t know the script. Don’t know anything. … One of my colleagues had
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If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted READ MORE
Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but things ain’t lookin’ good for the Brazman:
Senator Patrick Brazeau will be formally charged with domestic assault and sexual assault later this morning, following a brief appearance at the courthouse in Gatineau, Que.
Brazeau, who appeared in court wearing a black suit and white dress shirt, did not have his lawyer present for his first appearance at about 9:15 a.m. ET Friday.
Also (re: this):
If at #CTV's report is so important/relevant/factual, I'm sure they will look for me tomorrow in Parliament. I'll report back tomorrow.— SenPatrickBrazeau
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Conservative-appointed Senator Patrick Brazeau
Early this morning, Harper-appointed Senator Patrick Brazeau was expelled from the Conservative Caucus after being taking into police custody. Rumours are circulating about charges of domestic abuse, but nothing is entirely confused. This did not surprise most Canadians who were already familiar with Brazeau. He’s had a terrible record as a Senator.
Patrick Brazeau has:
had the worst attendance record in the Senate been accused of unjustly receiving a $21,000 housing allowance used his ex-father-in-law’s residence to get tax exemption called a journalist a bitch on Twitter generally acted like a baffoon on Twitter
I could go on…
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Uh oh. It looks as if Senator Brazzman's words have come back to haunt him.One moment he was putting down Chief Spence, and claiming he's a better example for native youth than she is.The next moment he was telling that one to the police AND Boss Harper. Read more »
Update: Holy shit:
Senator Patrick Brazeau is in jail following an alleged domestic assault, sources tell CBC News, and has been removed from the Conservative Party’s caucus.
Brazeau, who has weathered several controversies since his appointment in 2009, will continue to sit in the Senate as an Independent.
It’s not clear whether any charges have been laid. Brazeau was arrested at 9:10 a.m. ET Thursday at his residence in Gatineau, just across the river from Ottawa.
Marjory LeBreton, the government Senate leader, sent a letter to Brazeau’s office and caucus members in the morning informing them of
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Oh boy. To think the Senate used to be known as the House of Sober Second Thought.But that was long ago eh?Now it's known as Stephen Harper's House of the Gobbling Con Turkeys. Or just Puffy's Place. Conservative Senator Mike Duffy’s office contacted Prince Edward Island’s minister of health to discuss expediting an application for a provincial health card after being asked to produce documents proving he lives in the province.Read more »
OMG. It's true. They really are trying to change Stephen Harper's image. It's the most massive makeover in Canadian history. Even bigger than the last one.For there he was today making merry with Monsieur Bonhomme. And so soon after cuddling the chinchilla.Bye bye Mr Nasty Crazy, hello Great Nice Leader. But of course appearances can be deceiving eh? There is only so much lipstick you can put on Harper, and you can't take the grubby out of him and his Cons.Read more »
A match made in…somewhere. Wow, what a choice. Not the best star to hitch a party’s wagon to these days. Worth noting who a party views as a worthwhile patron.
… where I support the stance of the NDP – abolish the Senate. Or at least gut it and start over. I say this not only in the context of the Senator Brazeau attendance controversy, but does anyone seriously believe that the Senate has become anything more than a soft landing place for failed candidates, [...]
Meet Patrick Brazeau (pictured), the sexist Canadian senator who called Ottawa-based reporter, Jennifer Ditchburn, a bitch yesterday. Her crime: she’d done her job by highlighting his poor attendance record in Canada’s appointed upper house of Parliament. He immediately issued a “reluctant” apology.
Why did Brazeau call the reporter a bitch? She was just doing her job. Is it because he’s an ex-soldier? He served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Is it because he’s a 2nd degree black belt in Karate. Is it..?
Let’s get to know a little more about Brazeau, the Conservative senator Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed in
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The Source, With David Climenhaga: Here I am on the set of my new Fox News North TV show with two polite young people from the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties to whom I’m about to be rude. Below: Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant; Senator Patrick Brazeau.
Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant is spending so much time complaining about me on national television these days they ought to call his show The Source, with David Climenhaga.
If this keeps up it’ll go to my head!
Apparently all on my own I pose an existential threat to the mighty
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Gawd. I’m in the doghouse again. Some of my friends have been beating up on me for my post about the Thrilla on the Hilla.
For they were shocked and appalled that I should “glorify” such a brutal spectacle, and then crudely bait the Cons. And by so doing lower myself to their level.
I tried to explain to them that they don’t call me Raging Simon, or the Beast from Montreal, for nothing eh? And the only reason got carried away in the heat of the moment was after listening to Ezra Levant’s grotesque commentary.
I told them they
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I admit to being skeptical of Justin Trudeau agreeing to fight a more experienced and better trained Conservative opponent at a Conservative gathering featured on a Conservative network. Not only did Trudeau appear to not have a chance, he was about to humiliate the Liberals and the progressive community on Conservative home turf. All the signs pointed to another Liberal Armageddon.
Once again JimBobby comes up with a timely, toe-tapping ditty that will put a smile on your face.
OK. So I admit I was a bit worried about this one eh? In fact, to be perfectly honest I thought that Patrick Brazeau was going to KILL Justin Trudeau.
And so did the Ezra Levant…
Because in the minutes leading up to the match he was in a frenzy raving like a crazy man about how he had always hoped somebody would punch Trudeau in the face. And now it was LEGAL !!!!!
“Look at the tats !!! Look at the shoulders on the man !!! ” the fleshy nerd screamed as Brazeau made the way to the ring with his
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Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, the young Trudeau feller surprised me last night when he whupped the trash-talkin’ senator’s sorryass. I had a video sing-song all done up fer when Justin got his ass handed to him but danged if i didn’t hafta toss that one in the dumper an’ start over again this mornin’.
There’s a couplafew high notes I couldn’t reach up to on this here song so I hope you’ll take ‘em with a grain o’ salt or maybe with a heapin’ glass o’ grain alcohol.