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somecanuckchick dot com: Former CPC candidate Saulie Zajdel arrested — what does this say about PMSH?

You remember Bruce Carson, a [former] top adviser to PMSH?

And, then there was that $90K cheque from PMSH’s right-hand man, Nigel Wright, to Mike Duffy…

Well, now there’s Saulie Zajdel… you remember Saulie Zajdel, right?

Saulie Zajdel was arrested this morning by Sûreté de Québec and faces five charges, including abuse of confidence, . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Former CPC candidate Saulie Zajdel arrested — what does this say about PMSH?

somecanuckchick dot com: Eventually, the Teflon® wears off…

Eventually, the Teflon® wears off…

Scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal…

It’s only taken 7+ years!

somecanuckchick dot com: Senator Wallin seriously contradicts Wright-Duffy timeline…

Peter Mansbridge’s interview with Senator Pamela Wallin aired the evening of Thursday, June 13th. [ Transcript ]

What about the Conservative caucus? Was that your decision or was it clear to you they wanted you out?

It was clear to me that they wanted me out. That was, a phone call comes and you’re given . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Senator Wallin seriously contradicts Wright-Duffy timeline…

bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

Don Lenihan has a must-read column up today, on how centralization of power to the Prime Minister’s office over the past several decades has atrophied the connection Canadians — especially youth — had with our government, and what he believes this could mean for Canada’s system of democracy:

In the early 1970s, the Trudeau government . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

bastard.logic: These Are Not Your Father’s Tories. Seriously.

“I worked for (Mulroney-era environment minister) Tom McMillan, who was a very red Tory. I wrote speeches for him. We never checked his speeches with the PMO. He’d get up to answer in Question Period. He didn’t have a script for how to answer. Brian Mulroney was not telling his cabinet members what to . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: These Are Not Your Father’s Tories. Seriously.

bastard.logic: Black Out Speak Out

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bastard.logic: The F-35 boondoggle in context: This “is oppressive, dictatorial regime-building that would do any petro-state proud”

We are definitely not in Kansas anymore, Canuckistan — and Michael Harris says that we just had our “Wizard of Oz moment”:

The curtain has been well and truly whipped away from the PM’s self-promoting deceptions and he is revealed for what he is: a power-tripper on a mission to give Canada an extreme . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The F-35 boondoggle in context: This “is oppressive, dictatorial regime-building that would do any petro-state proud”

bastard.logic: In Praise of NDP PR Jiu-Jitsu

Paul Wells on how it’s best sometimes to simply shut up and let your opponent’s own negative momentum take them down:

Harper is certain to keep portraying the NDP as the only bunch of witless ideologues in sight. In quiet moments Conservative strategists say that, if they ever tire of whacking Bob Rae, they . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: In Praise of NDP PR Jiu-Jitsu

bastard.logic: The Real Bev Oda Scandal: Politicizing (& Corporatizing) Canadian Foreign Aid

That now-infamous taxpayer-subsidized luxury hotel switcheroo in Mother London? Small potatoes.

Don Cayo:

[A]nalysis by Fraser Reilly-King, a policy analyst at the non-profit Canadian Council for International Co-operation, shows substantial cuts to foreign aid in last month’s federal budget are aimed mainly at the same kind of underprivileged countries [that were removed from CIDA’s . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Real Bev Oda Scandal: Politicizing (& Corporatizing) Canadian Foreign Aid

bastard.logic: Fun With Infographics (Ethical Oil Edition)

Via Matt Price @ HuffPo Canada:

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bastard.logic: Deja Vu All Over Again (And Again, And Again, And…)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Canuckistan:

Stephen Harper is leaving the door open once again to extending Canada’s military participation in the costly Afghanistan war.

When the Official Opposition NDP pressed the Prime Minister on Wednesday about reports the United States has asked Canada to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Mr. Harper . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Deja Vu All Over Again (And Again, And Again, And…)

bastard.logic: Happy 30th Anniversary, Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

According to Louise Arbour, Canada’s internationally renowned & universally lauded Charter of Rights & Freedoms (HBD, eh?) “has transformed a country obsessed with the federal-provincial division of powers and enabled it to address its diversity in a substantive, principled way.”

Gee.

No wonder Harpercon insurrectionists can’t stand the fucking thing.

. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Happy 30th Anniversary, Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

bastard.logic: On That Zombie Suzuki Resignation Story

The Globe:

Canada’s most famous environmentalist, David Suzuki, says he left the board of his charitable foundation to avoid being a lightning rod for criticism and government attacks that would undermine its work.

Still, Peter Robinson, who is the head of the David Suzuki Foundation, said the group is facing a “chill” that is leading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: On That Zombie Suzuki Resignation Story

bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast), Redux

AP video, Feb 15, 2011:

A recent [US] government report states the terrorist threat from Canada is greater than from Mexico, and that only 50 kilometres of the border is adequately patrolled.

CBC News, today:

Major job cuts at the Canada Border Services Agency could undermine national security and public safety, according to a . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast), Redux

bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)

TorStar, March 20th:

Schools, hospitals and popular burger restaurants such as Hero’s and Lick’s are part of a suddenly massive beef recall over fears of E. coli contamination.

The G&M, today:

Veterinarians and other inspectors responsible for food recalls and ensuring the safety of Canadian meat are among the hundreds of federal public servants . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)