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Politics and its Discontents: Plausible Deniability?

After watching the Prime Minister’s ongoing repetitive and wholly unconvincing responses to Thomas Mulcair’s incisive questions during Question Period, and after reading the latest details of the RCMP investigation into the scandal engulfing his government, I couldn’t help but wonder if Stephen Harper, as a youngster, was unduly influenced by Hogan’s Heroes and perhaps identified with the always charming Sgt Schultz:

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Politics and its Discontents: No Comment Needed

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Politics and its Discontents: Not For The Faint Of Heart

Be careful who you open the door to this Halloween:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Smoking Gun?

Oh, what a tangled web they weave. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Some Sunday Recreation

Think I’ll go out on my bicycle this morning. In the meantime, enjoy these letters on the Senate imbroglio found in yesterday’s Star:

Machiavelli wrote: “Those who governed the state of Florence . . . used to say it was necessary to reconstitute the government every five years . . . otherwise it was difficult to maintain it.”

What brings down all holders of significant public office in the end is hubris. There is no escape, no way out, whether in an oligarchy or a democracy. Once they are sucked into the maelstrom embrace of the “government machine,” they are inevitably cut off from (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Our Porcine Friends Deserve Better

I have been assured that no animals were hurt during the production of this cartoon:

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Politics and its Discontents: If the Prime Minister Obstructs Justice, Isn’t It Still A Criminal Offence?

CTV reports the following:

The Prime Minister’s Office has been withholding from the RCMP an email about the $90,000 cheque Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff wrote to Sen. Mike Duffy…

RCMP investigators have been trying to obtain the email ever since CTV News first revealed its existence two months ago.The prime minister’s communications director, Andrew MacDougall, confirmed that the email exists.

The story, with accompanying video, goes on to reveal that one of the key architects behingd the deal to silence Duffy and pay off his debts, Harper’s former legal counsel Benjamin Perrin, has not made himself available (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Star Readers Opine On Harper’s Self-Reported Ignorance (I Didn’t Do It) And Mike Duffy’s Avarice

Some days, all I have to do is open my newspaper for my blog post. Today is one of those days. Enjoy.

Harper kept public in dark, July 6

When the stuff hits the fan, “plausible deniability” allows politicians to say, “I didn’t know; no-one told me.” This is what our Prime Minister would have us believe about Mike Duffy’s bailout with Nigel Wright’s cheque.

But now we hear from the RCMP that at least three others in his office, besides Wright, knew about it. This contradicts the Prime Minister’s claim that it was all Wright’s doing.

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Low-Hanging Fruit

Or should I say pork? I have a bit of a busy morning, so I am taking the easy route for now by dedicating this photo to our ‘friends’ in the Red Chamber and their federal government enablers:

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Politics and its Discontents: Just Because …

…he deserves all of the ridicule and contempt we can muster.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Peripatetic Pamela

It would seem that the good Senator from somewhere, Pamela Wallin, is on the road so much that she has been denied health coverage in both Ontario and Saskatchewan, at least according to The Globe and Mail. This conflicts with a report in The Waterloo Record, which states that she has an Ontario health card, which is not necessarily such good news, given her senatorial claim of being a Sasatchewan resident.

What is a wily woman from Wadena (originally) to do? But then again, the question of health coverage may be the least of her problems.

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Politics and its Discontents: Rather Apt, Don’t You Think?

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Politics and its Discontents: Hope He Has A Restful Summer

Wondering if the rotund Senator from somewhere has made his annual pilgramage to P.E.I. yet. In any event, the Cavendish Cottager (as The Disaffected Lib refers to him) should not travel too far afield, as the RCMP may have some questions for him soon. As reported in The Ottawa Citizen, the federal force

…appears to have broadened its investigation into Senator Mike Duffy’s expense claims by obtaining campaign records from 11 Conservative candidates from the last election.

The exhibit report filed in court lists campaign returns and “expense claims and payment documents related to Mike Duffy from (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: "I Take Full Responsibility"

There, Pam Wallin said it, and like all politicians who trot out what has become but a tired platitude, she would now like all of us to tune in to another channel. (How about we devote ourselves to really serious matters, like that dastardly Mulcair showing such flagrant contempt for all that is holy?)

Those who are strongly constituted can watch the wayward woman from Wadena justify herself in an interview with Peter Mansbridge. (I confess I have not worked up to watching it yet – wonder if Peter asks her about her strategy in recently resigning two (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Cheques and Balances

I guess they really are the key to maintaining both fiscal and democratic health.

But to ensure such a salutary state, people need to get their ‘narratives’ straight. Perhaps they need some outside assistance?

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Politics and its Discontents: Where’s Wallin(‘s Home)?

Perhaps the peripatetic Pamela is simply a tad confused?

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Politics and its Discontents: Senator Pamela Wallin: We Request The Pleasure of Your Company

But the question is, will the wily woman from Wadena accept this invitation from the Senate committee on internal economy, budgets and administration to visit with them? Perhaps, like her more infamous colleague, the already-disgraced Mike Duffy, she will turn down this opportunity to unburden herself?

Meanwhile, some of the good folks of Wedena keep the faith, while others are not so sure about Pamela’s probity:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Boorish Boar

The other day I posted a video in which Don Martin denounces the disgraced Senator Mike Duffy. He makes a reference to the exact point at which Mike Duffy ceased to be his friend. This is the episode I believe Martin is referring to:

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Politics and its Discontents: Big Wheel Keeps On Turning

Don’t know why, but the editorial cartoon in this morning’s Star rather caught my fancy:

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Politics and its Discontents: For Your Further Saturday Viewing Pleasure

I found this highly entertaining, but apparently the Bank of Canada did not:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Damning Indictment Of Mike Duffy

Watch as Don Martin uses words like fake and Conservative shill in his withering assessment of The Puffster:

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Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper – Then and Now

“I have looked at the numbers. Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling from that particular area of the country over that period of time”- Stephen Harper, February 13, 2013, as part of his staunch defence of Senator Pam Wallin’s extravagent expenses, now under investigation.

Wallin resigns from Tory caucus to sit as independent – May 17, 2013: A source tells The Canadian Press that Wallin was told by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that she could not stay in caucus.

Hmm, why did things change? Perhaps the answer can be found below:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For Your Friday Consideration

We are about to go out exploring downtown Edmonton, so just a little something for your viewing pleasure today. It might be useful to bear in mind the context within which this should be viewed, the decision by Mike Duffy in 2008 to show the false starts and stops of Stephane Dion, then the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, a decision that some say was a significant contributing factor in the Liberal electoral woes that ensued.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council found that CTV Atlantic violated the Radio Television News Directors Association Code of Ethics in a broadcast (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Tale of Two Reports

David Tkachuk

Carolyn Stewart Olsen

CTV’s Robert Fife has been doing exemplary work on the sordid tale of corruption and coverups in Ottawa that has been emerging these past several days. As the true nature of our Prime Minister and his regime becomes increasingly apparent to more and more Canadians, the latest news is that the Senate’s internal economy committee chair David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen appear to have been the prime movers on the sanitization of the Deloitte report on disgraced Senator Mike Duffy’s fraudulent expense claims.

You can see the original and the doctored reports here.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Duffy "Perp Walk"

To watch the disgraced senator performing this new walk craze, please click here. Recommend this Post