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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Barbara Tasch writes about the IMF’s latest research on growing inequality in developing and developed countries alike. And Michael Krassa and Benjamin Radcliff study the impact an improved minimum wage can have on economic well-being: Simply stated, as the minimum wage increases, the economic wellbeing of the national . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Seven with one blow #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Seven companies in Newfoundland and Labrador have reached a deal with Elections Canada in the Penashue illegal contributions case.

According to Canadian Press, the companies have reached an agreement with Elections Canada in which the companies admit to making illegal contributions and promise not to do so again.

“Executives of Air Labrador Ltd., Dee-Max Innu . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Seven with one blow #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Politics and its Discontents: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Shelley)

I see that Shelley Glover, the Conservative M.P. for St. Boniface riding, is in a spot of trouble. It seems that the lady who practically levitates out of her House of Commons seat to lead a standing ovation each time her dear leader deigns to speak could be suspended from that seat should Elections . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Shelley)

Scott's DiaTribes: Labrador speaks – and rejects Conservative tactics

Prime Minister Harper called Peter Penashue the greatest MP representative Labrador has ever had. Cabinet Ministers went into that riding (though notably not Harper) declaring that a re-elected Penashue would continue to give Labrador influence – while darkly hinting a Liberal win would not.

Labrador voters rejected those claims, as well as Penashue:

Penashue quit . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Labrador speaks – and rejects Conservative tactics

The Canadian Progressive: Peter Penashue: Harper’s “strong voice” rarely heard in the House

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A new analysis by democracy advocacy group, Samara, suggests that the Conservatives’ characterization of Peter Penashue as a “strong voice” for Labrador in the House of Commons is a grotesque political exaggeration. In fact, the Conservatives insulted our collective intelligence when they warned that “if Newfoundland and Labrador . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Peter Penashue: Harper’s “strong voice” rarely heard in the House

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Spin-Able Victory

Upshot:  the anti-Justin Trudeau attack ads, which debuted in the Maritimes so as to get Peter Penashue his seat back, did not work.  In fact, given that this is a Forum poll, they probably didn’t work even worse than their top line number suggests.

The Canadian Progressive: Labrador Byelection: May says Harper violated Conflict Of Interest Act

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May suggests that PM Stephen Harper’s handling of the Panashue affair violated the Conflict of Interest Act. The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP wrote to federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson on May 3 and asked her to “undertake an examination, and issue a public ruling, with . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Labrador Byelection: May says Harper violated Conflict Of Interest Act

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– George Monbiot comments on the outsized influence of advertisers on children: How many people believe this makes the world a better place? A company called TenNine has hung hoardings in the corridors and common rooms of 750 British schools. Among its clients are Nike, Adidas, Orange, Tesco . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Thomas Walkom offers an insider’s look at outsourcing: Arlene says any outsourcing scheme begins with the institution’s senior management. Usually, she says, the aim is to transfer about 60 per cent of the affected jobs — often in back-shop areas like information technology — to India where wages . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Tanya Gold discusses how the UK Cons – like other right-wing parties around the globe – are seeking to minimize the effectiveness of government by declaring that anybody who can benefit from social support is inherently undeserving: How many benefits have been unfairly removed or reduced? But there . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Joyce Murray: Electoral cooperation in Labrador by-election guarantees progressive win and Harper fail

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, Joyce Murray, is absolutely certain that opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election “will ensure progressive win and Harper fail”. That it would demonstrate how electoral cooperation works to arrest the perennial anti-democratic trend […]

The post Joyce . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Joyce Murray: Electoral cooperation in Labrador by-election guarantees progressive win and Harper fail

Montreal Simon: The Total Moral Corruption of the Con Regime

When I watched this stunning moment in Question Period today, at first I couldn't believe it. Then I was outraged, and then I was disgusted.For nothing could have summed up better the total and absolute moral corruption of the Con regime.Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Total Moral Corruption of the Con Regime

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Jason Fekete reports on the growing recognition that tax evasion and avoidance are serious global problems – and the Cons’ attempt to be seen nodding at the issues. Needless to say, that posturing would be far more plausible if the same Cons weren’t simultaneously announcing their intention to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading.

– Jennifer Ditchburn reports that the Harper Cons are making ample progress in their goal of removing Canada from any list of socially-developed welfare states, as Canada has dropped from being the world’s leader in the UN’s Human Development Index to a position outside the top 10 countries by . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Not so funny now, is it, Peter? #nlpoli

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The Liberal Scarf: Labrador insta-analysis

I present to you some thoughts on the upcoming Labrador by-election. By the way, here is a link to donate to the Labrador FLA: https://action.liberal.ca/en/donate/Riding/10004

With the resignation of Conservative Minister Peter Penashue after he admitted his campaign took illegal donations, Labrador faces a fascinating by-election. Penashue is taking the rare step of running in the . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Labrador insta-analysis

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Standing up for what he believes in #nlpoli #cdnpoli

In this photo, beleaguered federal Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue rises to vote against a Liberal bill that would strengthen penalties for violations of the Canada Elections Act. For those who can’t quite make him out, that’s Penas… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Standing up for what he believes in #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Time to Rescind the Pork Appointment #nlpoli

Last December, the federal cabinet appointed intergovernmental affairs minister Peter Penashue’s campaign manager in the 2011 to a plum seat on the joint federal-provincial board that regulates the province’s offshore oil industry. It was a pure p… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Time to Rescind the Pork Appointment #nlpoli

Leftist Jab: Peter Penashue’s Statement Deconstructed

The Sixth Estate: Harper Minister Accused of Election Shenanigans Promises “Explanation”… Next Week

After yet more evidence of electoral shenanigans in Labrador last year, Harper regime intergovernmental affairs minister Peter Penashue issued a bizarrely mealy-mouthed statement today that seems to imply that an explanation will be forthcoming… maybe… somewhere… eventually: I’m under pressure. There’s lots going on and I want to speak with my constituents and explain what […] . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Harper Minister Accused of Election Shenanigans Promises “Explanation”… Next Week

The Sixth Estate: Conservative Party Sends Team to Labrador to “Investigate” Its Own Election Misconduct

There were two major developments in the ongoing, CBC-led investigation of election misconduct by Harper regime governmental affairs minister Peter Penashue in Labrador. First, it was alleged by the Liberals and by the CBC that Penashue’s campaign appears to have taken a $5500 donation from a corporation. This is illegal under the election law: corporations . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Conservative Party Sends Team to Labrador to “Investigate” Its Own Election Misconduct

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sally’s Cove, Labrador #nlpoli

During the last federal election two polling stations in the riding of Labrador closed for two hours after an Elections Canada worker drove away with the ballot boxes, according to the Toronto Sun.

According to the Sun:

A spokesman for Elections Canada said an employee in Labrador thought ballot boxes were for "training" and drove . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sally’s Cove, Labrador #nlpoli

The Sixth Estate: What’s the point of an election law if it can be violated with impunity by government officials?

CBC has been doing superb work researching financial improprieties with respect to the election campaign of the Harper regime’s Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, Peter Penashue of Labrador, for some months now. I avoided commenting because there didn’t seem like anything I could add to the record, but in light of the fact that it’s become clear . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: What’s the point of an election law if it can be violated with impunity by government officials?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Toby Sanger discusses how wealthy Canadians – especially in the financial sector – are making more and more use of offshore tax havens to avoid paying their fair share: The latest Statistics Canada figures  show 24% of Canadian direct investment overseas in 2011 went to the top twelve . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Impolitical: To overspend or not to overspend, that is a Conservative question

Kudos to the reporter who pursued Penashue here. What a rare treat to see a politician, in Canada, quizzed like this. It really should happen more often and ideally, to the Prime Minister. A gal can dream, hey?

Really, the questions could have gotten even more aggressive with Penashue. If you are curious as . . . → Read More: Impolitical: To overspend or not to overspend, that is a Conservative question