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BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Being An Asshole in Politics, Part 1.1037

This was indeed somewhat assholish.  Not very, because Bob Rae couldn’t have known (though he should have suspected) that the cameras would have been on him.  And I get the sentiment.  If it had been me up there I would have talked about… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Being An Asshole in Politics, Part 1.1037

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Being An Asshole in Politics, Part 1.1037

This was indeed somewhat assholish.  Not very, because Bob Rae couldn’t have known (though he should have suspected) that the cameras would have been on him.  And I get the sentiment.  If it had been me up there I would have talked about… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Being An Asshole in Politics, Part 1.1037

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: 2016 will mark the end of Senate Elections in Alberta

The Senatorial Selection Act, the law that governs Alberta’s unique Senate nominee elections, expires on Dec. 31, 2016. The longstanding policy of the Alberta New Democratic Party which supports the abolition of the Canadian Senate likely … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: 2016 will mark the end of Senate Elections in Alberta

The Canadian Progressive: Information commissioner takes Harper to court for withholding Senate expenses scandal documents

Suzanne Legault, Canada’s federal information commissioner, is taking Stephen Harper to the Federal Court for withholding information relating to the Senate expenses scandal.

The post Information commissioner takes Harper to court for withholding Senate expenses scandal documents appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Free This Country from the Scourge of Harperism

These days you might get the impression that this election is all and only about the economy.The economy that Stephen Harper has helped drive into the ground.But today two very different Canadians sum up what it's really all about.Read more »

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Accidental Deliberations: Good to go

A few images which may or may not become highly relevant in just a few minutes.

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atypicalalbertan.ca: Harper is not serious about senate reform

Stephen Harper is not serious about senate reform.

Despite his announcement last week that he plans to stop filling vacancies in the upper chamber until the senate is reformed, his track record on the issue is very poor.

Stephen Harper, cc: pmwebphotos (Flickr.com)

Harper was first elected to parliament in 1993 as the Calgary West . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan.ca: Harper is not serious about senate reform

Montreal Simon: Vic Toews and the Never-Ending Scandals of the Con Regime

He emerged from a Mennonite colony in the Paraguayan jungle to terrorize Canada. He was one of the worst cabinet ministers this country has ever known.A brutish religious fanatic, a vicious anti-gay bigot, and a ghastly hypocrite.He called those who didn't agree with him perverts.He was dogged by one scandal after the other.And now . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Vic Toews and the Never-Ending Scandals of the Con Regime

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Conservative Senator Wallin committed “breach of trust and fraud”: RCMP

The RCMP announced Monday that ex-Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin, a Harper appointee, “committed the offences of breach of trust and fraud.”

The post Ex-Conservative Senator Wallin committed “breach of trust and fraud”: RCMP appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and God Save Justin Trudeau

Ever since Justin Trudeau became Liberal leader Stephen Harper has been trying to portray him as less masculine than he is.As a girly man, the one his supporters like to call Justine.Even though as he recently demonstrated, by cowering in that closet, he's no manly man himself eh?But now a movie is about to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and God Save Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: Senategate : The RCMP Goes After the PMO !!!

Oh goody. It looks as if my favourite show Senategate is back.With the whole cast of characters ready to entertain us again.And now even MORE exciting than before.With the RCMP going after the PMO !!!!Read more »

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Politics and its Discontents: On Harper’s Judgement

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

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not the Senate, But Close

Disgraced, ex-Tory senator Patrick Brazeau has found work apparently almost in the shadow of Parliament Hill.  Brazeau is the new day manager at the Bare Fax Gentlemen’s Club.

A visitor from Lanham, U.S.A. left this review on Yelp:

Coming from the US for a business trip in Ottawa. I have to say Barefax is the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not the Senate, But Close

Eclectic Lip: December: a podcast premiere

The nice folks at http://www.thisweekinenergy.tv/ (TWiE) invited me to guest on their podcast on their late November episode, Good News, Bad News, Ugly News. While most of their guests are leading experts in their fields, and I’m just a talkative and reasonably-knowledgeable former fuel cell engineer, I heeded Gore Vidal’s wisdom and agreed. 🙂

It . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: December: a podcast premiere

Calgary Grit: 2013: Year in Review

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 . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: 2013: Year in Review

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Deflect, Spin, Misdirect: Preston Manning and the PMO

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 . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Deflect, Spin, Misdirect: Preston Manning and the PMO

Progressive Proselytizing: A Scandal in Two Institutions: The Senate Half

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 . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: A Scandal in Two Institutions: The Senate Half

Alberta Diary: Repeat after me: Justin Trudeau is making rookie mistakes… have you got that?

Justin Trudeau at left, with some boring white guy in a tie that’s too wide. Don’t ever underrate the power of pixie dust! Below: The same boring guy with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and with well-known cage fighter Patrick Brazeau. Weirdly, everyone in these pictures appears exactly as illustrated!

Repeat after me: Rookie . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Repeat after me: Justin Trudeau is making rookie mistakes… have you got that?

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Deja Harper

With much more of a whimper than a bang, Harper’s three ‘disgraced’ Senators have been suspended from the Senate. No doubt, Conservative insiders are patting each other on the back and sitting back and assuming that this headache is finally about the p… . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Deja Harper

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Deja Harper

With much more of a whimper than a bang, Harper’s three ‘disgraced’ Senators have been suspended from the Senate. No doubt, Conservative insiders are patting each other on the back and sitting back and assuming that this headache is finally about the pass.

But is it?

Recent polling data has shown that the government, and . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Deja Harper

liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

Senate votes to suspend Brazeau, Duffy, WallinThis is a dark, dark day for Canadian democracy and justice. The unelected senate took it upon itself to create a new system of so-called accountability by unceremoniously turfing 3 senators who haven’t bee… . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

Senate votes to suspend Brazeau, Duffy, Wallin

This is a dark, dark day for Canadian democracy and justice. The unelected senate took it upon itself to create a new system of so-called accountability by unceremoniously turfing 3 senators who haven’t been legally charged or convicted of anything – all at the behest of Control Freak . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

The average Canadian can be forgiven for not being able to follow all of the bouncing balls being bunted about in the PMO playHouse as Stephen Harper fancies himself the prime mimicker of everything decent and upstanding while failing to keep his senate scandal stories straight from one day to the next. Absolute control corrupts absolutely (to bastardize an old cliché).

Last week, CBC/The National’s Peter Mansbridge summarized some of the history quite well in this video clip, in case you need to refresh your memory or catch up on the sordid affair. 
Caution: may leave a bad aftertaste, especially if you’re a Conservative…

Two Key Dates in the Senate Story

Master of the straw man this past Friday nite, Steve proudly told Conservative convention thunderstick enthusiasts:

“Our opponents accuse us of being unfair, nasty and ruthless and portray the offenders as victims, even martyrs. Friends, in terms of such opponents, I couldn’t care less what they say.”

Well, we already knew he couldn’t care less – about a lot of things. But to not care less about imaginary  ideas you’ve concocted about your enemies…well…that takes a certain sort of something, doesn’t it? The word “strength” does not come to mind. “Delusion”, maybe.

And, ironically, it is exactly the classic Martyr personality that when confronted with its own weaknesses and mistakes, blames them on anything it can shake one of those thundersticks at. He blamed the courts, the Liberals, the NDP… never mentioning the fact that Conservative senators are also opposed to the senate motion to suspend Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy without pay. Something about “due process” – a concept Steve doesn’t seem to understand.

Due process, however, has now come knocking on the PMO’s door:

Duffy allegations bring RCMP to PMO doorstep

They may be paying a little visit to the office of Senator Irving Gerstein any day now as well – he who let it slip out (rather loudly and in front of hundreds of people) that he was in the thick of L’Affaire Duffy.

Whoops.

The chamber formerly known as that place as sober second thought will finally vote on the fate of the senators three on Tuesday.

What’s the rush, Steve? What’s the rush?

No matter what, this isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. Even a delusional man can figure that out. Well, most of them can, anyway.

. . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

The average Canadian can be forgiven for not being able to follow all of the bouncing balls being bunted about in the PMO playHouse as Stephen Harper fancies himself the prime mimicker of everything decent and upstanding while failing to keep his senate scandal stories straight from one day to the next. Absolute control corrupts . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving