After we were told the video made by Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau would be made available to the public, the RCMP has changed its mind, or had it changed for them. RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson wasn’t exactly clear on the specifics. He said there may be a release of “some aspects of a transcript of the video”… whatever that means.
Given the terrorist narrative favored by the government and also by the police, how can the public be sure that ‘aspects of the transcript’ aren’t cherry picked to reenforce the preferred narrative. Surely the honest and transparent thing to do (Read more…)
Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, and not long after he emerged from his closet, Stephen Harper declared that Canada was under attack by the dark forces of ISIS.And starting calling the dead gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, an ISIS terrorist. Even though he was a mentally ill crack addict.And a few days later the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson claimed the RCMP had a video that showed that Zehaf-Bibeau had acted for ideological motives.
But now it turns out we may never see that video, and as Tim Harper points out, that's a real threat to our democracy. Read more »
The BC Civil Liberties Association says the recent RCMP arrests on Burnaby Mountain, and the civil contempt charges laid, “could be found illegitimate.”
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Rafe Mair stands with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Derrik Corrigan fighting for land use jurisdictional authority against Kinder Morgan and the Prime Minister Harper’s Federal Government.
Kinder Morgan’s plans are to dramatically increase the flow of bitumen that they wish to ship from the Alberta Tar Sands to Burnaby and then through Vancouver’s harbour on tankers headed to China.
The 100 plus protestors standing in defiance against Kinder Morgan’s drilling in Burnaby Mountain parkland continue to be arrested by RCMP. The arrests tally 53 plus and that number is growing.
They are to be congratulated and supported. They are (Read more…)
Susan Bibeau, the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, says her son was not a terrorist but “felt cornered” and “acted in despair.”
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As it becomes more clear that the two recent murders of Canadian soldiers had less to do with terrorism and more to do with people who are otherwise screwed up, the RCMP commissioner issues a media statement claiming the police have a video that links one murder to “ideological and political motives.”
But they can’t release the video and may never release it.
Here’s the Ottawa Police Service’s statement on today’s shootings at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.
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The Mountie made famous last year by the media and the RCMP for being punished while smoking medicinal marijuana while in uniform, has died of an undisclosed cause. He was facing sentencing for charges in the fallout of the scandal last year.
We already knew that for almost five dismal years Leona Aglukkaq was the worst Health Minister this country has ever known.Having done absolutely nothing to improve our medicare system, preferring to let it wither on the vine, while embarrassing us at conferences all over the world.We know she's worst and most shameful Environment Minister in the history of any country. A climate change denier, from the Arctic.But who knew she was also one of the most aggressive pit bulls, or attack chihuahuas, in the House of Commons? Read more »
.@DavidMcLA @mikedesouza Remember, the RCMP are experts at critical energy infrastructure terrorism. http://t.co/6MhPHIS97R #Oil
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 15, 2014
The RCMP would know.
@DavidMcLA does it tie into this? http://t.co/dfZpU7AxgT
— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) September 15, 2014
Twas the night before Parliament, and at 24 Sussex Drive not a creature or a mouse rat was stirring.Except in the dark basement where Stephen Harper was planning his triumphal return, after his golden photo-op summer.And no doubt rehearsing his new role as Indiana Harper or Great Explorer Leader. The man, who in his mind at least, led the successful search for the Franklin expedition.As I'm sure you remember…
But sadly for him I fear his flight voyage of fancy will be short-lived. Read more »
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police stand in the way of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
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Political discourse in Canada, as seen by the National Post, that well known champion of common courtesy. Below: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
The National Post is shocked, just shocked, at the tone of the public commentary responding to the threatening break-in at Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home while his wife and small children slept.
“Canadian political dialogue is devolving into a mosh pit where even the vilest personal attacks are more or less routine,” lamented political columnist Michael Den Tandt in the Post yesterday, apparently in response to some of the ferocious debate that reports of the (Read more…)
Her era drawing to a close, Alison Redford is sent out of a Progressive Conservative Caucus meeting on March 13 while Tory MLAs argue over her fate. Below: Premier Dave Hancock; Tory leadership aspirant Thomas Lukaszuk.
Former premier Alison Redford signed off from public life in Alberta yesterday morning with the words, “I truly believe we made a difference.”
Well, if nothing else, Ms. Redford got that part right! In less than three years Hurricane Alison, the royal plural and all, shook the place to its foundations.
After the lingering Air Redford scandal, the astonishing Sky Palace affair, the (Read more…)
Alison Redford, in days past, somewhere in the skies over Alberta. OK, I never said I was a master of Photoshop! Below: Disgraced Canadian Senator Mike Duffy, Alberta Tory leadership frontrunner Jim Prentice, leadership candidate and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.
Will Alberta benefit from a police investigation of Alison Redford’s use of the government’s small fleet of passenger aircraft?
Here’s why: Notwithstanding the hyperbole from a number of elected officials of more than one political persuasion, not to mention the opinions of numerous columnists, bloggers and Twitterers, a trial, let alone a conviction, is extremely unlikely.
For (Read more…)
De Plane! De Plane! Tattoo calls out from the tower to announce the arrival of the premier’s plane at Calgary International Airport. Actual members of former Premier Alison Redford’s staff may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Redford; Alberta Auditor General Merwan Saher.
Those ghost riders on Alison Redford’s government flights aren’t going to go away. They will be the death of the party she led to government in 2012.
As Tattoo used to cry from the bell tower in the creepy Fantasy Island TV series: “De plane! De plane!”
Yesterday the CBC revealed that when she (Read more…)
The politics have a look of desperation about them. As they see their electoral chances diminishing among the wider Canadian public with each new sordid revelation, it looks like the Harper crowd is doubling down with its base, a strategy that I questioned in my earlier post today.
Steven Blaney, who could only be considered a Public Safety Minister in a Canada that has grown decidedly Orwellian, has announced a plan that will erode public safety but perhaps fire up the base. CBC News reports the regime minion has announced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act which would make (Read more…)
It’s not uncommon for an RCMP Commissioner to jump through hoops at Stephen Harper’s bequest.
We saw that when Zaccardelli gave Harper a leg up to victory by conjuring up an empty scandal about Ralph Goodale in mid-election campaign. Ominously for a country based on the rule of law, Zac refused to explain his actions afterwards, defying the demands of Parliament for answers.
Now we have Commish Paulson who seized the Duffy-Wright-Harper scandal at the outset with an iron fist. Paulson’s leaked e-mail in which he absolutely forbade his senior officers from having contact with opposition parliamentarians without his express (Read more…)
The 31 charges the RCMP laid against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy, who was appointed to the Senate by Harper in 2008, include fraud and breach of trust.
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Sun News Network columnist Lorne Gunter is presented an award by National Firearms Association President Sheldon Clare for his commentary on the so-called “High River Gun Grab.” (Grabbed from the NFA’s website.) Below: Floodwaters roar through High River last year. (CBC Photo)
Rain is falling and floodwaters are rising again in Southern Alberta.
A year less a day since catastrophic floods hit the nearby town of High River, population 13,000, local states of emergency were declared yesterday on the Blood Reserve, around the towns of Claresholm and Cardston, and in the areas of the cities of Lethbridge and (Read more…)
While watching the coverage today of the funeral of the three Mounties killed in Moncton, I was transported back to those bleak days in March 2005, when little Mayorthorpe was in the same situation.
I was an MLA during those shocking days, and I was fortunate enough to have been given a seat at the mammoth memorial held at the Butterdome at the U of A. It is one of the most vivid memories of my brief career in politics.
My fellow Liberal MLAs took the LRT to the event, about a two minute ride from the legislature to the (Read more…)
Here in BC, we appreciate any and all support for this issue..but where is the rest of the country on all the damage this MonsterCon has caused? They can’t all be the drooling knuckle-draggers of Ford Nation, but I have to wonder if it isn’t already too late…the people of Canada, in general, seem so passive that they come across as catatonic.. Where is the energy to fight? I remember back in the 70′s hitting the bricks on a regular basis to fight Trudeau’s price and wage controls, to protest war, to stop the (Read more…)