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Politics and its Discontents: No Words Needed Here

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Politics and its Discontents: More On Duffy

Like many others, I have been trying to fathom how Nigel Wright has escaped without charges for the cheque he wrote to Mike Duffy, while the latter has been charged with accepting a bribe. I have also been attempting to get video of two programs, Power and Politics and last Thursday’s At Issue Panel, which discuss this mystery in some detail. Unfortunately, CBC no long seems to offer the embed code for their shows, but you can watch the P&P show by clicking here. I was able to find the second show on You Tube, and you can view it (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For Your Friday Evening Enjoyment

When it comes to Mike Duffy, the hits keep on coming. Enjoy:

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Politics and its Discontents: Things Should Really Start To Get Interesting Now

As just reported by the CBC, the RCMP has decided to lay charges against disgraced Senator Mike Duffy. Let’s hope the ‘fat lady’ sings loudly:

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Politics and its Discontents: No Disagreement Here

H/t The Toronto Star

And a Toronto Star reader weighs in on the issue:

Re: RCMP investigating Nigel Wright, PM says, Nov. 20

If Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t know about illegal payments being made to Senator Mike Duffy (as he has claimed on numerous occasions) he doesn’t deserve to be in the office. We have a disgraced mayor in Toronto. Harper is a disgrace to Canada.

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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: Carnival in Calgary

I hear that the Tory convention is turning out to be a real circus:

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Politics and its Discontents: The Web Grows Ever More Tangled

They say that when he was a journalist, Mike Duffy would often regale his listeners with tales of political intrigue gleaned from his many sources. A raconteur at heart, Duffy is now turning his story-telling talents to narrate a tale of corruption, cover-ups and lies emanating from the PMO and, increasingly, by inference, from Stephen Harper himself.

It now seems ghoulishly appropriate that the Conservative Conference begins in Calgary on Halloween, given that attendees, during the public portions of the gathering, will have to be wearing masks of contentment with and approval for Mr. Harper’s ‘leadership’ during this crisis, masks (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Time For Pushback From The Public

Despite the fact that Stephen Harper is ‘toughing it out’ in The House of Commons under the relentless grilling of Thomas Mulcair, probably believing that the majority of Canadians are either incapable of or unwilling to follow the byzantine path of the Senate scandal, a wealth of letters in today’s Star calls into doubt such a cynical assessment. I encourage you to personally check them out, as well as a link I place at the end of the post. I reproduce a few of the highlights below:

Scrappy PM denies role in Duffy coverup, Oct. 24

Stephen Harper now acknowledges (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: No Comment Needed

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Politics and its Discontents: The Puffster’s Senate Speech

As much as I detest Mike Duffy and everything he stands for, I have to confess that in listening to his Senate speech yesterday I was much-taken with both its content and delivery. Thundering at his erstwhile allies and colleagues, Duffy rebuked the motion of suspension pending against him and Senators Brazeau and Wallin. While undoubtedly heavily self-serving, Duffy portrayed a PMO and, by extension, a Prime Minister who abandoned him despite earlier reassurances that all was kosher with both his expenses and residency, all for the sake of political expedience.

During a meeting with Nigel Wright and Harper, the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Abandoning Ship?

Perhaps the Puffster will receive another lifeline soon?

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Politics and its Discontents: Being Mike Duffy

I really have nothing insightful to offer today, merely a brief reflection on what it must be like to live a life devoid of even a shred honour.

By now, most will have learned that the Senate has moved to suspend without pay Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin for the duration of this session, which could be up to two years. The motion, introduced by Sen. Claude Carignan, the government leader in the Senate, is undoubtedly a mere ploy to convince the public that the Harper regime is as outraged by the excesses of this terrible trio as the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Smoking Gun?

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The Canadian Progressive: Sen. Duffy changed bank address after Senate audit announced: RCMP

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.

The post Sen. Duffy changed bank address after Senate audit announced: RCMP appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Canadian Taxpayers Federation Want To Blow Up The Senate-Video

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

 

The Canadian Taxpayers have embraced humour , satire and a little hucksterism to promote dismantling the Canadian Senate. Their goal is to have a referendum over the senates continued existence.

Their claims and denunciations are a little overblown and their ridicule of Independent Senator Mike Duffy is well, inflated.

It is just a lot of hot air really! (video)

Giant Mike Duffy Balloon kicks of their campaign as reported in the Star.

 

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.

By all (Read more…)

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: 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: In Praise of Political Cartoonists

Where would we be without their pithy insights?

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Cowichan Conversations: PM Steve Harper and his Corrupt Conservatives

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The wonder of our botched up democracy is that the from time to time the criminals at the top get their comeuppances.

Is it Harper’s time to pay the price for his dishonest voter manipulation and interference, robocalls, selling out to China, so called free trade deals that disadvantage Canadians and just downright incompetence?

Could be folks, could be.

Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation, whether it is the Senate, entitlement crazed Cabinet Members or ideologically driven stupidity.

Can Steve shake loose and survive as so many other political crooks have? Look out Steve, whatever you do (Read more…)

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: 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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Cowichan Conversations: Rex Murphy’s Caustic Comments Cause Senator Mike Duffy To EscapeThrough The Kitchen

I just hate it when conservative commentators poke fun at other conservatives. I hate it I tell you. Hate it!