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Progressive Proselytizing: Wynne suing Hudak is hardly going to help her

The de facto practice of being a politician is to not so subtly imply all manner of scandalous inanities about one’s opponents. When there is an actual underlying scandal, the shrill accusations from opponents tend to reach a fever pitch, and how an incumbent politician deals with the scandal breaking around them can make . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Wynne suing Hudak is hardly going to help her

Calgary Grit: Turbulence

Back in 2008, myself and a couple of young Liberals launched “Edspedia.ca“, a mock website to poke fun at some eyebrow raising travel expenses by members of the Ed Stelmach cabinet. The list included Mark Norris’ $50,000 Vegas vacation, and Rod Stevens Hawaiian stop-over to “study their gambling system”.

If I hadn’t received a . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Turbulence

calgaryliberal.com: Ten phrases that need to die in 2014.

All lists start with a bottle of scotch, a dash of politics, and a bit of pent up frustration. This is one of those lists. 1). “____ should resign.” Be it Ford, Harper, Dave Hancock, or others, we’ve had calls for politicians to resign from across the country (at a glance, most of them being . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Ten phrases that need to die in 2014.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Interesting Analysis Of The Recent Scandals

In reading the following article from Global Research: The “Scandalization” of Canadian Politics:  The Hard Truths of Neoliberal Conservatism,   I found myself agreeing with the author on some points, but substantially disagreeing with the extrapolations being drawn from the basic evidence.

If I were to distill this entire article down to its essence, it . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Interesting Analysis Of The Recent Scandals

LeDaro: Stephen Harper and scandals

Senate scandal and his friend Rob Ford keeps people entertained with his shenanigans.

LeDaro: I have lost interest in politics

The following cowboy has succeeded to turn me off of politics – Senate scandal and now his buddy Rob Ford is in the news again. This time the video, Ford smoking grass, has become available to police. Too much depressing stuff.

. . . → Read More: LeDaro: I have lost interest in politics

LeDaro: Stephen Harper: Will he fade away by 2015

All the scandals: Senate, robocalls, secretive government, all that pro-roguing…. Has his time come and come 2015 he will lose elections and Cons will choose a new leader? Or he may resign before that.

LeDaro: Mike Duffy is about to explode

Would he take Harper with him?

Song of the Watermelon: On the Limits of Scandalmongering, or Why I Don’t Care About Rob Ford’s Alleged Crack Use

For all my political ideals and self-conceptualizations, I cannot for the life of me seem to get myself more than superficially interested in the scandals that plague the holders of public office. The Rob Ford crack video hubbub is a case in point.

Yes, it is funny. Yes, there is hardly a politico more deserving . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On the Limits of Scandalmongering, or Why I Don’t Care About Rob Ford’s Alleged Crack Use

Calgary Grit: Cone of Silence

Rob Ford and Stephen Harper are about as different as two politicians can be, but the one thing they have in common is an uncanny ability to brush off scandals before they stick. Harper entered the 2011 election facing a “controversy of the day” – from Bev Oda’s orange juice, to Bruce Carson’s fraud . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Cone of Silence

Calgary Grit: Robocon

The first charges in the Robocon Scandal have been laid against Michael Sona.

Most interesting in this, is that Sona’s lawyer has signalled they intend to shift the blame to the Conservative Party:

Neither Mr. Sona or I will be making any public statements beyond the following statement at this time.

Although the charge is . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Robocon

calgaryliberal.com: The Purpose of a Political Party

A political party has one purpose. It is a service organization. And it serves the public. Everything else is secondary. A political party is focused on its relationship with the voter, supporting the public servants be they a MLA or member, and creating opportunities for leadership. In this a party needs to be two things: . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: The Purpose of a Political Party

calgaryliberal.com: Alberta. Something is Broken

    Let me run through the last two months of scandals to you, dearest reader. 45 illegal donations from universities, public institutions, and municipalities to the PC party may or may not be paid back. Daveberta says the PCs are confused and sending out mixed messages. There has been no pay back on Jordan . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Alberta. Something is Broken

Calgary Grit: Smoking Gun

Fresh off the Daryl Katz scandal, Alison Redford is again in hot water: The issue centres on a giant lawsuit launched by the province against the tobacco industry. The province is seeking $10 billion from tobacco manufacturers for the healthcare costs caused by smoking. The suit was announced in May, and was to be handled by a group of local legal firms that stood to gain $2 billion in contingency fees, according to Wildrose. One of the firms includes Redford’s … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Smoking Gun

LeDaro: General Walter Natynczyk and Peter MacKay

From the Toronto Star: “….the Conservative government was behind a plot to damage his reputation when reports emerged last fall that he had used a Challenger jet to join his family on a Caribbean cruise, the Toronto Star has learned.”

Now this General is complaining that it was the Conservative government who leaked the . . . → Read More: LeDaro: General Walter Natynczyk and Peter MacKay

Blunt Objects: Staffers Dropping Like Flies

That makes two staffers now – one from the Cons, one from us – to resign in less than week as rumours of misconduct and so on swirl about. Amazing.

What Adam Carroll did was reprehensible, that’s clear. I’m glad that Rae apologized, gracefully so. Vikileaks was ridiculous and idiotic, though that still doesnt’t . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Staffers Dropping Like Flies