Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Alex Himelfarb and Jordan Himelfarb comment on the dangers of failing to talk about taxes: The tax debate is often muddied by disagreement about whether taxes have actually gone up or down. As the economy grows, so too do tax revenues and spending, which is why many (though not all) prefer to measure tax as a percentage of the economy (GDP). The only good data on this come from StatsCan in a survey discontinued in 2008. These numbers show a decline in the scale of tax and spending over the last several decades, (Read more…)
If Canada’s “SIGINT” (Signals Intelligence) agency doesn’t have records to share with Elections Canada of malicious #robocalls made outside of Canada aimed at disrupting our federal election, then what good is CSEC doing for our democracy? Tracking Brazilian terrorists?
Production orders were obtained for records from Rogers, Shaw and Videotron. Together, they provided records of 6,051 incoming calls received by the 129 complainants named in the production orders. Investigators determined that these calls originated from 1,597 different numbers. Each number was matched to a subscriber where possible. Some service providers gave subscriber information, but others refused to confirm subscribers without (Read more…)
Despite audio evidence of widespread illegal robocals, the Commishioner of Elections Canada has announced “no offenses committed”!
@DonMartinCTV @nspector4 "We didn't find anything because we weren't allowed to find anything"…. oh well. #cdnpoli— Out of Order (@muddywolfking) April 24, 2014
Canadians have had a heaping helping of obvious crime going unpunished, where Conservatives are the apparent benefactors.
I sadly predicted this ludicrous situation with a satirical piece I wrote last year that many people mistook for reality.
@glen_mcgregor With the NSA saving every phone call, how is that even possible!? #RoboCon— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April (Read more…)
Andrew Prescott’s immunity deal is a strange development. The loyal party worker and born-again Christian had for two years categorically denied any knowledge of or involvement in the robocall affair. But why do innocent people need immunity deals? One of the people Prescott professed his innocence to was Michael Sona.
“I looked Andrew dead in the eyes outside church. He was in his car in the parking lot. I asked him if he knew anything. He said, ‘I don’t know anything.’ That’s why I defended him when I went on the CBC. I took him at his word. (Read more…)
After giving some immunity to a man who either lied to me, or to Elections Canada’s investigators, Canada’s election agency has no new charges to announce against the perpetrators of 2011′s Guelph or national election fraud robocalls.
Andrew Prescott’s information fingers the already charged Michael Sona, and the exiled Ken Morgan who is living in Kuwait. Prosecutors will have to decide if he is telling them the truth, or if he was telling me the truth when he told me in an email conversation he’d asked me to share on my blog last year:
Feel free to think whatever you (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Mitchell Anderson discusses Canada’s woeful excuse for negotiations with the oil sector – particularly compared to the lasting social benefits secured by Norway in making the best of similar reserves: Digging through the numbers, it seems Norway is considerably more skilled at negotiation. By charging higher taxes and investing equity ownership in their own production, the Norwegian taxpayer was paid $46.29 BOE in 2012. That same year, the U.K. taxpayer realized only $20.08 per BOE — less than half as much.
What about Canada? Much of our production is bitumen, (Read more…)
It happens with plenty of Harperites. They Resign, no wait, they were Fired. Depending on who you are, there’s a different tale of what caused the undesirable to fall under the Harper Omni-Bus.
Nigel Wright who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office until last year was also Resign-Fired. Fired.
Michael Sona was Resign-Fired too. Maybe this needs a name or hashtag? #HarperFired? Resigned.
Here, on how the Cons’ explanations for the Unfair Elections Act reflect a disturbing attempt to rule out any voter motivation other than partisan interests – while excusing future Robocon-style deceit by placing all responsibility for accurate information on Elections Canada alone.
For further reading…- Alison documents the Con MPs who have already been caught fabricating stories to excuse vote suppression.And James Di Fiore apologizes for a single experiment which is now being pointed to ad nauseum as the basis for preventing hundreds of thousands of Canadians from voting.- Pierre Poilievre’s talking points are here (among (Read more…)
Ever wonder why Elec Canada didn't raid CPC hq. On robocalls? I know I do. See ipolitics @HarrisAuthor #cdnpoli— Michael Harris (@HarrisAuthor) March 24, 2014
In early March 2012, I asked the same, putting the question to major political parties and Elections Canada.
“Why doesn’t Elections Canada just check the Conservative’s voter information database (CIMS) for who queried the phone numbers used for illegal robocalls? “
Elections Canada can’t explain the indefensible stupidity in their “investigation”.
If the CPC was cooperating with the investigation, why did it take nearly three months for Hamilton to arrange an interview (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Yves Smith notes that a short-sighted focus on returns for shareholders generally represents a poor allocation of resources even on the level of a single corporation – while also pointing out what that mindset does when shared across the business sector: As the Occupy Wall Street movement correctly recognized, the concentration of income and wealth of the economic top “one percent” of society has left the rest of us largely high and dry. Corporate profits are increasingly going to share buybacks or dividend distribution, but very little is going back into research and (Read more…)
It’s time for a federal election. They want to change fundamental Canadian rights, and oppose laws in our Constitution that they didn’t get a mandate for in their crooked 2011 stable victory.
A not-so-radical proposal: If the government wants to make major changes to the Supreme Court, the Senate, and how people are elected to the Commons, why not let the people decide?
“Normally, electoral reform is done with wide, multipartisan consent, simply because our democratic rights are so basic. (They are often why wars are fought, for instance.) But there’s been no wide consultation — much less consent (Read more…)
Ask why no by-elections were triggered by Elections Canada following the finding of a coordinated nation-wide election fraud scheme detected in 247 ridings.
What could possibly more serious during an election than the majority of polls being compromised and attendance being influenced by election fraud conducted using the winning party’s voter database?
Brad Butt is an ass. Look what other election fraudsters are working with him to reshape Canada’s Election law.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the former Liberal MP in Etobicoke Centre, successfully went to court to have the May 2, 2011, election results in the riding overturned due to ballot irregularities. Conservative Ted Opitz, who won the riding by 26 votes, has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The seniors’ home incident, which Wrzesnewskyj dropped from his case before it was heard, happened at the St. Demetrius Seniors Residence, a large apartment building in Etobicoke offering assisted living and long-term (Read more…)
Conservative media pundits are happy to be able to say “fair” and “election” in the same sentence as “Conservative”, because saying “fraud” was getting old even 2 years ago.
@kateheartfield War is peace.— Dan Gardner (@dgardner) February 04, 2014
1. Conservatives did not consult Elections Canada. [The Conservatives avoid and work against Elections Canada, said the Federal Court.] 2. Elections Canada wanted investigative powers: request denied and then some. 3. The bill “closes loopholes to big money”… by raising donation and spending limits?
Also, the costs of calling past donors who gave $20 or more will not (Read more…)
Andrew Prescott has reportedly worked out an immunity from prosecution agreement in the Pierre Poutine Robocalls (RoboCon) election fraud of 2011. Presently Michael Sona faces charges as the only Conservative charged in Guelph with the Pierre Poutine conspiracy to misdirect voters by fraudulently claiming to be Elections Canada.
“Why would Prescott need immunity, if he’d not done anything wrong?” is what I expect Conservatives to ask. Well, actually I don’t expect it from Conservatives, but I’d hope they’d think about it.
Guelph robocalls immunity deal struck with ex-Tory worker Andrew Prescott fw.to/yPzB4Cl— CBC KW (@CBCKW891) January 15, (Read more…)
Liddy thinks that a note she sent to Elections Canada may have lit a fire. In that note, she told investigators that she had also alerted the RCMP to a Fantino tele-conference hosted by embattled Senator Mike Duffy back in 2010 that she can’t find expensed in the candidate’s public filings.
The Duffy/Fantino tele-townhall is a bit of a mystery.
Crimes are often mysterious until they are solved. Criminals don’t want their crimes figured out.
“During the meeting of January 18, 2011, Mr. Sam Ciccolini made the Vaughan Electoral District Conservative Board of Directors aware of a second bank account (Read more…)
Are we lacking a critical mass of Canadians sufficiently outraged by widespread election fraud in the last general election to protest for government and system change, because Canadian youth never trusted the election to work in the first place?
We don’t know what will make headlines in 2014. After all, most political predictions are about as accurate as a Forum poll.
So I won’t try to guess how 2014 plays out, but here are a few things we can reasonably expect to see this year:
With the new electoral map coming into force, all parties will begin nominating candidates, as they gear up for the next election. And since the media loves election speculation, there will no doubt be more rumours of the 2015 election being moved up to 2014 – though I can’t imagine Harper would want to (Read more…)
MP Adams can pay for her own damn toothpaste, then drink $16 Oda Juice. ottawacitizen.com/life/Elections… #elxnfraud #CPC #cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 11, 2013
I think over $500 for personal care products and services is even worse than Bev Oda’s $16 orange juice expense scandal.
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…)
Andrew Prescott got instructions from Jenni Byrne to avoid Elections Canada until she could consult a lawyer. Prescott’s work on the Guelph Conservative campaign in 2011 earned him notoriety for having a computer used also by Pierre Poutine. Some would conclude he’s at the very least met Poutine, but has managed to dodge being compelled to testify in court as to that. Poutine at the very least managed to pick the same robocall company Prescott used to make legitimate robocalls for the Conservative CPC campaign.
A list of some of the witnesses, one or two proved liars by Sona’s travel (Read more…)
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…)
Dean Del Mastro charged nationalnewswatch.com/2013/09/26/new… #cdnpoli— Will (@natnewswatch) September 26, 2013
.@torontodan @stribe39 Leaving the question, when will #Penashue be charged for overspending and illegal contributions? #elxnfraud #cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 26, 2013
The Prime Minister’s former point man for the Robocalls scandal (known as RoboCon around my blog and other fine reading establishments), has finally been charged for submitting false documents to Elections Canada along with his campaign buddy Richard McCarthy:
Commissioner of Canada Elections Announces the Laying of Canada Elections Act Charges Ottawa, September 26, 2013
Pursuant to a decision by the (Read more…)