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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Scandal at 24 Sussex Drive

Well compared to all the other scandals he is facing this may not be the biggest. Paramedics were called to the Prime Minister’s official residence in Ottawa over the weekend after an 18-year-old woman suffered from severe intoxication. The Ottawa Paramedic Service confirmed that it responded to a call involving an 18-year-old who suffered from “possible alcohol intoxication” at an event at 24 Sussex Drive.But it is scandalous to see how lightly the incident is being treated, and the way the RCMP seem to be trying to protect Stephen Harper.Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PMO: RCMP is Deeply Offended You’re Not Buying Their Crap

“Come on!” – RCMP

The Canadian people know when they’re being fed smoke and mirrors, and things taste very smoky and shiny right now.

@PierAsselin It almost seems like he just doesn't like the questions being raised.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014

+1 RT @mdemeny: So the letter refuting the RCMP as an agent of the governing party by policy had to be vetted by an agent of party. Ironic.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014

“Thanks to the RCMP, we know that senior officials in our government were conspiring to cover up (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Paul Krugman explains how one’s political values figure to affect one’s view of evidence as to the success or failure of a policy: (T)he liberal and conservative movements are not at all symmetric in their goals. Conservatives want smaller government as an end in itself; liberals don’t seek bigger government per se — they want government to achieve certain things, which is quite different. You’ll never see liberals boasting about raising the share of government spending in GDP the way conservatives talk proudly about bringing that share down. Because liberals want government to (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: Heartbleed SIN breach suspect ID’d by RCMP

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/heartbleed-sin-breach-suspect-id-d-by-rcmp-1.2610803

Montreal Simon: Senategate : The RCMP Goes After the PMO !!!

Oh goody. It looks as if my favourite show Senategate is back.With the whole cast of characters ready to entertain us again.And now even MORE exciting than before.With the RCMP going after the PMO !!!!Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Do Canadians Make Prime Minister Stephen Harper Nervous?

by: Obert Madondo

Let’s face it, Stephen Harper is increasingly becoming a nervous, expensive and absentee prime minister.

On the face of things, Harper has this annoying habit of finding himself in foreign countries during crucial moments in our dubious democracy. And when he makes those big, life-altering policy announcements.

Two examples:

First, last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Harper’s appointment of Marc Nadon. In a historic 6-1 decision, current justices ruled that Nadon was unqualified to join them. The decision is a serious but democratic rebuke of Harper’s dictatorship-style appointments. It confirms that Harper is the (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Payment of $45,000 travel bill by Alberta Premier raises as many questions as it answers

There will be no more scenes like this aboard Government of Alberta aircraft, thank you very much! Actual Alberta cabinet ministers and cabin crew may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: a screenshot of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s news conference yesterday.

Fresh from her public relations triumph in Edmonton’s Churchill LRT station Tuesday, Alberta Premier Alison Redford announced yesterday she has personally paid back the $45,000 cost of her trip to South Africa in December, and that of the young aide who went along with her.

“My hope is that we can now get back to the work Albertans asked (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Woman Freezes To Death

I wonder if talk radio will be buzzing about how Manitobans let a young woman freeze to death rather than stop and see why she was trying to flag them down for help.

I bet John Gormley Live will be all over this scandal and worrying shift in Canadian values.

Family members of a woman found frozen in a snowbank over the weekend believe they aren’t getting the full story from RCMP about her death.

Rocelyn Gabriel, 20, was found at the recycling depot in Portage la Prairie, Man., just after 8 a.m. on Sunday.

What’s the spin (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Part 2 #OilConVoid – PMO: Wallin’s Missing Calendar Found

Suspended Senator Pamela Wallin should soon be in more hot water, along with the corrupt Conservative Party for which she was apparently fundraising for while traveling on the taxpayer’s dime.

More problems for Pam Wallin? RCMP computer forensics find new daily calendar. bit.ly/K5XEfr #skpoli #cdnpoli— Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) January 16, 2014

She’s under investigation for fraud and breach of trust.

The November document noted Deloitte had looked at three versions of Wallin’s electronic Microsoft Outlook calendar from January 2009 to September 2012 and observed more than 500 changes.

Wallin had told Deloitte she added some items to her (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PMO: Anger Betrayal Deception; Oil

Our lying Prime Minister felt betrayed and angry, and … deceived?

The scheme only became public after a CTV news report on the evening of May 14.

The next morning, said Harper, he met with Wright, the successful Toronto financier he had brought to Ottawa in 2010 to be his right-hand man.

“He told me what he had done,” said Harper.

“I think, to be frank, my first series of reactions were probably in the realm of more stunned and disbelief.

“I, for the life of me, still can’t figure out – I don’t think anybody can figure out – (Read more…)

Northern Insight: RCMP mess needs sweeping – REPLAY

This is the first article I posted at Northern Insight, written in April 2009. By the time the fifth anniversary rolls around, the article count will be about 2,000. I had a look at this first entry today because I’ll be talking with Ian Jessop on CFAX 1070 today about the beginnings of this blog and how the effort has proceed and evolved.Interestingly, the subject that caused me to begin almost five years ago could be written about again today. The specific Dziekanski issue is not finally resolved and I don’t think the RCMP has improved accountability in any (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Man Who Could Bring Down Stephen Harper

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Senate scandal: New RCMP docs suggest Harper is “guilty of corruption”

New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.

The post Senate scandal: New RCMP docs suggest Harper is “guilty of corruption” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Senate Expense Scandal Explained

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…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Corruption of the Con Regime

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 »

Alberta Diary: Ford Nation dumped? Stay tuned for more program changes at Sun News Network

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”?

Please!

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Knew of $90,000 #PMO Wright to Duffy “Bribe”

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Police Violence Against #IdleNoMore

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…)

Cowichan Conversations: Our Government’s Directing The RCMP To Clear Path For Fracking

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

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…)

Montreal Simon: The Gun Lobby Goes After the Harper Cons

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 »

Montreal Simon: Harperland: The Horror and the Resistance

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 »

Northern Insight: Justice delayed: time is money

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…)

Alberta Diary: Minister’s F-Bomb illustrates the lamentable state of Alberta’s political discourse

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…)

ParliamANT Hill: PM’s Tour Ends With Chinese Reporter Being Hauled Away By RCMP

Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/23/harper-tour-chinese-reporter_n_3806307.html?1377288176&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

Cowichan Conversations: How to Keep the ‘SNOOPS’ Out of Your Computer

 

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.