The Conservatives are losing their favourite, time-tested tactic to reset public opinion: just say the word “sponsorship.”
For seven long years, anytime they could be criticised for ethical lapses, for cronyism and corruption, for pork and for secrecy (in a word, umm, always), they could simply refer back to “sponsorship” and be assured that the public would growl at horrific memories of Liberal sleaze, and we’d remind outselves how grateful we should be that things are, at the very least, not that bad.
Except that they are. And you know that they are when a Prime Minister not only (Read more…)
One person’s tragedy is another’s travesty.
We could get Nigel Wright’s resignation, but so what? His polling numbers don’t matter. If he trends on Twitter during his scandal, who cares? Nobody is going to vote for him, or against him.
Mike Duffy, ditto. He can be the least popular politician in the country, and it changes positively nothing. Even if a Senate Conflict of Interest Code hearing is called at a Senate committee, even if that committee makes a report to the Senate itself, and even if the Senate itself makes a finding against Duffy – even then we should not pretend that this is (Read more…)
… I KNOW that the only poll that matters is the one held on E Day, but for Libs like me, this is encouraging: The latest Nanos tracking numbers reveal that national support for the Liberal Party is at 35.4%, just ahead of the Conservatives at 31.3%. Liberal support has been slowly increasing since the [...]
From Dimitri Soudas on the PMO staffer who is taking a leave of absence from the PMO in order to be the official photographer for Canada’s Olympic team: “Jason before joining the prime minister’s office was an award-winning photo journalist, so we’re extremely lucky to have him,” Soudas said Thursday at a reception in London.
“He actually got this cleared by the ethics commissioner. People take a leave of absence from the PMO all the time, to do something called the partisan election campaign every few years. So joining to support that one unifying factor that Canada has, which
…n’appliquent pas à moi. More of the same from Harperland. The Prime Minister’s Office is defending a Conservative MP who raised thousands of dollars at a private fundraiser that had deep connections to a company registered to lobby the federal government. This stand is despite the fact that PMO’s own rules warn against even the [...]
It certainly looks that way as the Harpercons and the RCMP turn Canada into a more McArthyesque place to live. Apparently, one Mr. John Allsop became a “person of interest” as the RCMP made a special house call to his place of residence, basically, telling him he should watch what he does and . . . → Read More: Another Step To Criminalizing Dissent?
… who want to derail your dogmatic agenda with icky data, facts and findings???? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH2_ueCeVv4 Mercer does it again! Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Don’t you love the Globe & Mail? Is the Globe serious with this stupid headline? It reads like a statement from the PMO. This is why Anonymous exists. When the government and the media collude to cover up and promote one party’s agenda, we need groups like Anonymous. You want to know why the group is actually anonymous? Look at what happened to Occupy. Look at what is happening to Wikileaks.
Last night, Prime Minister Harper’s office sent off this “alert” to the media folks on its mailing list (via Kady O’Malley at the CBC). When I first read it, I thought it was political satire out of the pages of Rick Mercer or the gang over at This Hour Has 22 Minutes. But in fact [...]
Andrew Frank, who on Monday was fired from ForestEthics for going public with accusations that someone in the PMO labeled the organization an “Enemy of the Government of Canada” and of the “people of Canada,” was an annoying classmate. Actually, he could be a complete pain in the ass. Unlike the rest of us Radio and Television Arts students at Ryerson University in Toronto, Andrew had no aspirations of being a writer, director or broadcaster. Unlike the rest of us, he wasn’t after fame and the media spotlight. Instead, having decided that news and entertainment media were having an unduly
. . . → Read More: Chris Tindal: Who is Andrew Frank?
Continuing on in the festive spirit around here today, it’s another pre-Christmas story to note: Ottawa has to pay $200,000 in legal costs incurred by Jean Chrétien in his fight to restore his name after being blamed for the sponsorship scandal by the Gomery inquiry in 2005.
However, the Prime Minister’s Office called the ruling “disappointing,” and said the money rightly belongs to taxpayers.
Mr. Chrétien’s reputation was clearly tarnished by the final report of the Gomery inquiry, which stated he created a program that was secretive and circumvented normal administrative safeguards.
However, the former prime minister convinced the Federal
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Merry Christmas Jean Chretien
It seems that the NDP has given the Conservative government a well deserved slap in the face. After weeks of hounding CBC to produce documents about their internal operations, likely to give competitors an inside look at how the Crown Corporation operates, a question has now been put on the order paper by MP Tyrone Benskin (you can [...]
Quebec will not be a priority for the Conservative Canadian Prime Minister during the next four years of his comfortable majority rule. That was the message Stephen Harper sent with his appointment this week of Angelo Persichilli as the new director of… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: With Persichilli Appointment, PM Harper Shows Quebec The Political Middle Finger, Embraces The Ethnic Vote
..is that Angelo Perchelli, formerly of the Toronto Star, is now going to be the new Director of Communications for the PMO. He’s perfectly suited to it, as he has plenty of practise from his Star column writing hack pieces for the Conservatives…. . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Almost as surprising as Duffy being named to the Senate..
Yeah, can anyone honestly say they didn’t expect this? I can’t.Who would think to name him director of communications, though? He can barely writeAddendum:Actually, I take that back. Angelo has some major ties to a lot of the ethnic-based media outlets… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Angelo Persichilli – Now An Official Partisan Hack
Franke James, you are not alone. It’s not just the arts that get the Harper thug treatment. Science, the other most hated discipline of Conservatives, is also subject to censorship and the silent treatment. The following bit of horror comes from Postme… . . . → Read More: Another Canadian muzzled by Harper
This article by itself shows why this Conservative government should have little standing among the Canadian public interested in cutting expenses: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s own department has repeatedly broken the government’s tough rules for… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: The Greedy PMO
Here’s the criminal justice part of it via the superb QI:
Unless you work in the PMO, that’s different somehow.