An opportunity to strike a blow for parliamentary democracy has suddenly arisen and all democrats should take advantage of it. On Thursday, Michael Chong, MP for Wellington-Halton Hills, will introduce a Bill in the House that would dramatically devolve power from party leaders to MPs and constituency associations.
The Bill, entitled An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the
Harper’s leadership is becoming increasingly shaky in the wake of the Senate Expenses scandal. Rick Mercer’s Rant this week hit the nail on the head as far as Harper’s denials in the House of Commons are concerned:
“Either he is psychotic or he was in on it” Perhaps more interesting is that some of Harper’s backbencher’s are starting to talk openly about curtailing the PM’s powers.
One of the solutions they have embraced – the cause of their shackles – is the removal of the leader’s power to veto individual candidates. Because it is difficult to win an election (Read more…)
Stephen Harper’s greasy premiership relies on the notion that what goes on within his private, personal agency, the PMO, is not his responsibility. This from Prime Minister Accountability & Transparency ™.
“IT”- happened just down the hall from the prime minister’s own office- entailed at least four top aides, people with whom he would meet several times each day- was transacted by his chief of staff and his personal legal advisor- transpired over the course of days, weeks, months even- extended to at least four senior Tory senators- involved a scandal known (Read more…)
Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s story — and reputation — still hanging on by a thread
Look, it’s still possible for the MSM to cling to the narrative that the PM didn’t know about the illegal activity going on in his office (that he gave the “go ahead” to, according to Wright in an email). What’s wrong with Coyne and the NatPo giving the PM a fair shake you might ask?
Consider their presentation of the choices: Knowing about the crime vs. authorizing the crime vs. being so dumb as to not realize there was a crime? “What’s the truth?” (Read more…)
New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
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At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party [...], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end, it doesn’t really […]
Take 15 minutes, and listen to the last 5 years of Canadian politics be summed up off the top of my head.
What’s the PM’s next lie? Pretend he was on Crack, or in a Drunken Stupor when he gave Nigel Wright the go ahead to bribe Duffy?
The perfect graphic to illustrate Harper's involvement. #SenCA #Oshawa RT @ValckeNDP: #CTV nails it! #cdnpoli http://t.co/fXIKfeGtkf— Oshawa NDP (@OshawaNDP) November 21, 2013
Is it not obstruction of justice to knowingly give false answers to police? Asking for a senator.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) November 21, 2013
RCMP: (Read more…)
CBC was reporting that RCMP are calling the payment between Wright and Duffy a “bribe” and “breach of trust”. No charges yet. How come there are no charges from the Crown prosecutor?! The justice system shouldn’t wait until there is an angry protest 24/7 outside of the PMO before they enforce the law once they’ve discovered evidence of serious crime.
READING INTERNAL PMO EMAILS RENDERS ME A LITTLE GODDAMNED CYNICAL, YOU GUYS— Cranky Kady (@crankykady) November 20, 2013
Listen to a Harper Minister clearly state that Ministers are responsible for the actions of their staff.
Wright bribed Duffy, and Harper (Read more…)
Dears Straws: we are grasping at you. Sincerely, Steve “These latest allegations are troubling. Our Government does not condone illegal drug use, especially by elected officials while in office, including Justin Trudeau. We’ll continue to work with all levels of government on shared priorities, such as jobs and economic growth. That includes working with mayors […]
If some Conservatives were lying about when they supposedly spoke to Michael Sona about a robocall scheme, how dependable are similar stories from other Conservatives egged on by the party’s lawyer, Arthur Hamilton?
Some of the most damaging testimony, according to a sworn statement by Elections Canada investigator Allan Mathews, comes from Rebecca Dockstaeder, who worked for CPC MP Chris Warkentin.
According to the Mathews document, Sona allegedly came by her office and that of another Warkentin staffer, John Schudlo, and boasted of his robocalls work “a week to 10 days” after the May 2, 2011 election. That would mean (Read more…)
One of the not-so-solemn duties of the blogosphere is to hold the Main Stream Media in check when they go a little astray. I’m not sure if I should hold Andrew Coyne’s hand as I walk him back to where he was a week ago, or if I should slap it for being caught in the Conservatives’ propagand acookie jar. Mmmm, raisins.
Here’s where Coyne was last week:
.@acoyne: We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party? ow.ly/qs0nR #CPC13— canada.com (@thecanadacom) November 04, 2013
Here he was (Read more…)
Mike Duffy is releasing the next bits of information linking this whole steaming mess back to Harper’s doorstep (or his desk). Senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer has begun turning over hundreds of emails to the RCMP following a request by the Mounties last Friday to hand over documentation that may prove to be “evidence of criminal wrongdoing by others,” CBC News has learned.
In a letter obtained by CBC News on Monday, the RCMP said they were interested in “emails from the [Prime Minister's Office] specifically relating to a script for Senator Duffy to follow in advance of obtaining (Read more…)
Nigel Wright has resigned as PM Harper's chief of staff. This is a real loss to the people & good government of Canada.— (@davidfrum) May 19, 2013
Nigel Wright has resigned as PMSH's chief of staff.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) May 19, 2013
Well, that's one way to start a Sunday: Nigel Wright has just resigned as the PM's chief of staff. #hw— kady o'malley (@kady) May 19, 2013
Well Duffy left caucus, Wright resigned, and all's well that ends well, right?— (@FakeSteveHarper) May 19, 2013
Today, @TonyClementCPC announced a new mandatory system for (Read more…)
Wallin, Brazeau and, especially, Duffy – Stephen Harper wanted them gone, dead and buried, and he sent his Tory senators very clear marching orders. Steve told them to vote and get it over with.
Seems the Tory Senate leader doesn’t quite see it Steve’s way, at least not any longer. Senator Claude Carignon now says he’ll seek a consensus solution from the Tory caucus on Monday morning.
Carignan told Radio-Canada’s television political program Les Coulisses du pouvoir that there is the potential to change sanctions that would be levelled against senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau if (Read more…)
It’s very important to Canada’s economy that we send a resource (we can’t use without killing the planet) to Communist China so their economy can continue to pollute at record pace as they ship unneeded goods to the United States and Canada so we can bury them in our landfills when we aren’t burning them to create electricity to power our other throw-away devices.
I’ve predicted for a year or so that the power brokers in Ottawa will soon sense that Harper isn’t their meal ticket any longer and jump bandwagons to Trudeau because they are not (Read more…)
In this speech, delivered to the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Duffy says PM Harper told him to repay the $90 000 he fraudulently claimed from the Red Chamber.
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More claims from the accused in the Prime Minister’s Office vs. Senator Mike Duffy, came to light today.
The PMO claimed the money from Nigel Wright was part of “compassion and friendship” toward Duffy. Duffy said it was part of an extortion deal where he’d take hush money for improperly claiming Senate per-diem money while campaigning for the Conservative Prime Minister. If he talked, he was to lose his seat as a Senator.
Duffy has gone from one of the Conservative Party's 'greatest assets' to one of its 'greatest liabilities,' says Bayne. #hw— kady o'malley (@kady) October 21, (Read more…)
Good old visitor logs, shining light on the hogs.
These are also the only times that the names of Tkachuk, then chairman of the Senate’s internal economy committee, and Gerstein, who heads the Conservative Fund of Canada, appear in the February visitor logs for the Langevin building, which is across the street from Parliament Hill. Outside of the two days in February, none of the three men appear as visitors to the Prime Minister’s Office in the visitor logs on any other days from January to April.
A spokesman for Harper said the prime minister “did not participate in (Read more…)
“Can’t talk …can’t speak freely …stay tuned.“ All I’m getting out of Ottawa Tories is static. It’s as though they’re locked down. Nobody wants to talk Duffy or Wright much less Tkachuk, Stewart-Olsen or Harper himself. The whole PMO/Senate scandal seems to have become taboo, off limits, out of bounds, perhaps even a bit dangerous.
No e-mails, no phone calls, no nothin’.
You and me, outsiders, can only watch from the sidelines and pick up whatever scraps fall from political talking heads and the national media.
Right now I think you would have to dangle (Read more…)
Senate scandal – it’s not just for the rookies any more. Veteran Tory senators, Dave Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, have issued statements denying they knew anything about the backroom deal between Harper chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and the beleaguered Cavendish Cottager, Mike Duffy, to cover Duffy’s Senate tab.
Tkachuk and Stewart Olsen deny that PMO deal had anything to do with their laundering of the Senate
report into Duffy’s expense problems – even if that might have been part of the deal between Duffy and Wright.
“It was all a coincidence, ya see – a pure (Read more…)
Is he just really bad at figuring out where his legal primary residence is? Is Duffy a victim of Harper PMO corruption? Seems like a willing victim until just recently.
A few years ago, we were treated to a new low in Canada when the RCMP had to raid the offices of the Conservative Party of Canada in relation to an Elections Canada investigation. And now, the RCMP are eyeing the Conservative Prime Minister’s Office as well.
We hear now that the PMO has confirmed the RCMP has asked them for information related to their investigation into a $90,000 payment former Harper chief of staff Nigel Wright made to Mike Duffy, who was facing a demand for repayment of improperly claimed expenses he charged to the Senate.
The RCMP have (Read more…)
Remember sustainable development?
Under the Harper government™, sustainable development of the environment has all but gone the way of the dodo…
And now, the Harper government™ has removed the long-term goal of “sustainable development” from its plans for the environment, opting instead to focus solely on using and abusing the environment for the short-term goal of “economic prosperity”.
With #shuffle13, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Growth [which had included previous Environment Ministers] has been re-branded as the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and newly-minted Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq is ^not among its members.
But, (Read more…)
Interesting pickup by Alison at Creekside on the RCMP sworn information in relation to “Project Amble,” the Duffy Senate matter: According to RCMP Corporal Greg Horton’s excellent summary :
On June 21, 2013 my office received a letter from Peter Mantas, which I have read, advising that Mr. Wright recalls that he told the following people that he would personally provide funds to repay Duffy’s claimed secondary residence expenses:
a. David van Hemmen (PMO)
b. Benjamin Perrin (PMO)
c. Chris Woodcock (PMO)
d. Senator Irving Gerstein
“Would” is future tense, seeming to indicate they were all advised before Wright wrote (Read more…)
Where is this event you ask?
3:15 p.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a photo opportunity.
Why is Harper there?
You could say that Harper’s PMO has all the tact of a runaway train.
– Hat tip to Daniel J.