I've always thought it ironic that a man called Greg Horton should be the one who might bring down Great Timmy Leader by exposing the corruption of his evil empire. But it wasn't until today that I realized how much we owe that RCMP investigator. The Mountie investigating the Senate expense scandal, Cpl. Greg Horton, went before a judge on Wednesday to consent to the public release of the Information to Obtain (IT0) a production order he had sworn five days earlier. The ITO was provided to the media later that day. Had Horton not consented, it could have been (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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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…)
It was a scene right out of the last days of the Weimar Republic. A Con regime exposed as rotten to the core. Its leader proclaiming his innocence, and clinging to ignorance. Read more »
Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (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…)
Watch how the media portrays the standoff between First Nations protesters, and the RCMP in New Brunswick. They talk about the “violent protest”. Was the protest violent until the RCMP showed up with snipers, dogs, and a phalanx of officers? Who is the real instigator of violence? Could the outbreak of it be traced back to a fracking gas company that wants to risk the water supply of the people living there?
The media can spin their little yarn to tell us it’s all about unsophisticated and violent Natives, but you don’t have to buy into their fairy tale. We (Read more…)
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The battle lines have been drawn in New Brunswick as the Mi’Kmaq First Nations stand to defend their unseeded territory from fracking and threatening their way of life.
The RCMP, as they have done throughout our history, have come in to push the natives back and their conduct appears to be highly questionable at best.
Canada we are facing unbelievable threats, challenges and difficulties as our governments stand only to assist fracking and pipeline operations at the bequest of the Corporate Oil & Gas corporations.
The events taking place as we read and hear about them could (Read more…)
Well it seemed like a good idea at the time eh? Kill the long gun registry, screw those dead women, get the RCMP to hide the cost of destroying the records.And pleasure his rabid base.Because he thought they would be easily satisfied…
But unfortunately for Great Majority Hunter Leader they weren't. Read more »
If you want to know what Stephen Harper and his monstrous Con regime have done to this country, all you had to do was look around you today to see it in all its horror.
A Parliament shutdown by a Prime Minister to prevent the opposition from asking questions about a sordid scandal involving his own office.
Hundreds of scientists demonstrating outside, and all across the country, to demand that the government stop muzzling them. Read more »
In the USA today, a black youth was jailed for life after a jury trial convicted him of a March 2013 shooting. The time from homicide to related conviction: 5 months and 22 days.
In British Columbia today, prosecutors announced they will seek to appeal the acquittal of Const. Bill Bentley on a charge he gave perjured testimony to an inquiry after he and three other RCMP members killed Robert Dziekanski. Perjury charges against the three others are unlikely to proceed until the Bentley case is finalized. That might take years and taxpayers are paying for both the prosecution and (Read more…)
A cheerful looking Doug Griffiths, back when he was running against Alison Redford for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.
Many of us were asking ourselves yesterday afternoon if Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths had really dropped an F-Bomb on the Wildrose Party?
Well, now we know he did, and, from the perspective of the government of Premier Alison Redford, it can’t be a good sign.
For one thing, it shows the Wildrose Opposition is getting right up the Progressive Conservative government’s collective nose, which is exactly what you want to be doing (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/23/harper-tour-chinese-reporter_n_3806307.html?1377288176&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008
Clive Thompson wrote this amazing piece in Mother Jones about how a new method of interacting will allow access across the street and eventually around the world independently. No cables, no phone lines and presumably no snooping.
Scores of communities worldwide have been building these roll-your-own networks—often because a mesh can also be used as a cheap way to access the regular internet. But along the way people are discovering an intriguing upside: Their new digital spaces are autonomous and relatively safe from outside meddling.
Read the full article here.
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Not surprisingly, this week’s revelations about Pamela Wallin have set off plenty more discussion about what’s wrong with the Senate and its current beneficiaries. Andrew Coyne recognizes that the problem lies in the design of an institution based on patronage and unaccountability rather than being merely an issue of who’s getting appointed, while Andrea Hill discusses how the Senate breeds a sense of entitlement. Rosie DiManno sees Wallin as a prime example of that phenomenon in action, while Tim Harper writes about Stephen Harper’s role in establishing his appointees’ expectation that they’d (Read more…)
Last Sunday, a large group of family, friends and associates gathered and paid tribute to Pierre Lemaitre, an officer who once was the RCMP’s senior media relations officer in British Columbia. I expected corporate media would be at the memorial — they cover biker gang remembrances don’t they? — because sudden, unexpected deaths of police officers, often involving PTSD, are events worth examination.
The only mention that I noted in the corporate press was by CBC. However, it was incomplete and inaccurate. This is the entire written report on the CBC news website:
“Friends and family gathered at a (Read more…)
Canadian citizen Maher Arar has lived in this country for more than 25 years. He has an undergraduate degree from McGill and a graduate degree in telecommunications, is married and father of two children. Until the infamous ordeal of 2002, he had never been charged with any offence or been principal target of any investigation. RCMP officers had been interested in interviewing Arar as a witness in a security case but they did not consider him a suspect or a target of their investigation.
Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar by Justice Dennis O’Connor
“On September 26, 2002, (Read more…)
The RCMP now alleges that Sen. Mike Duffy changed his banking address from Ontario to PEI just four days after the Senate announced an internal audit into the senator’s fraudulent expense claims.
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The sudden death of RCMP Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre was probably in mind when Resergeance.net posted the video embedded here. More than a few people believe that Lemaitre was misused by his superiors after four RCMP officers ended Robert Dziekanski`s life by homicide. Then an E Division media spokesperson, Lemaitre released information provided him by a more senior Mountie. When video evidence proved the account was materially incorrect, Superintendent (now Assistant Commissioner) Wayne Rideout took over media relations for the case and prevented Lemaitre from correcting the record. To the public, he was made to look a prevaricator. Lemaitre cared (Read more…)
Senator Patrick Brazeau fraudulent Senate living and travel and expense claims are a breach of trust, according to a sworn RCMP affidavit filed in an Ottawa court on Thursday.
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In April of this year the RCMP announced that they had uncovered a bio-terrorist threat involving two Canadian scientists working for the innocuous sounding: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The agency itself had been in the news lately due to regulatory failures leading to a number of food poising cases from bacterial outbreaks in a packing plant in Alberta. The two CFIA scientists were busted for attempting to sell Brucellis virus to China. In fact one of the scientists, herself Chinese, had gotten away to China.1 They were under investigation for two years when it became known that they were trying to commercialize (Read more…)
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…)
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…)
“An investigative reporter who analyzed hundreds of FBI counterterrorism stings says the case of a Surrey couple accused of plotting to bomb the B.C. Legislature rings eerily similar.
” ‘…you find these people who want to commit some sort of act of violence, they just have a general, vague idea of what they want to do, and then the FBI — through the sting operation — provides everything including the explosives’ …”
Read Bob Mackin for the whole story: What Role Did RCMP Play in BC Bomb Plot?
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RCMP foiled an attempt to detonate pressure cooker bombs that were about to be set off at the BC Legislature. The attempt could well have resulted in fatal results as it was set to explode while large crowds were attending Canada Day celebrations..
Two Surrey residents, John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody had prepared the that were bombs similar to those used at the Boston Marathon bombing attack.
CSIS agents had been tracking the pair for several months feeding the needed intelligence to the RCMP.
The BC Legislature was targeted and could have resulted in fatal results (Read more…)