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The Disaffected Lib: Relax. We’re a "Post-National State" Now. We Have No Core Values.

Sheesh, didn’t this guy get the memo from our first post-national prime minister, Justin the Liberated? I refer to Michael Doucet, executive director of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, the outfit that oversees our country’s spy apparatus and operations. Doucet questions whether Donald Trump’s espoused support for torture means Canada should rein in the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Relax. We’re a "Post-National State" Now. We Have No Core Values.

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Harper’s Former Friends and Appointees….

Another one sends his greetings from jail in Panama. The disgraced Arthur Porter, the Harper-appointed former Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee of Canada and alleged fraudster, has a message for his former good buddy: Porter told The Canadian Press in a recent phone interview from La Joya prison that he wouldn’t mind . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Harper’s Former Friends and Appointees….

Peace, order and good government, eh?: There’ll be no help from Mary Dawson

Ethics Commissioner Distances Herself From Strahl Complaints

Mary Dawson, the Federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner released a statement today distancing herself from recent complaints filed as a result of SIRC Chair Chuck Strahl engaging in lobbying activities for Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines while serving in his appointed function as Canada’s Spy Watchdog.

Commissioner . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: There’ll be no help from Mary Dawson

Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware

Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away

For What . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

Peace, order and good government, eh?: All stocked up on popcorn and no reason to pop it

Back in November I noted my surprise at how low Chuck Strahl’s profile had been since he’d been named to chair the Security Intelligence Review Committee the previous June. I would have thought the person appointed to direct oversight of our national intelligence agency might get a little more press, and particularly when the CSIS . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: All stocked up on popcorn and no reason to pop it

Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

Chuck Strahl listens to a participant in the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa in March. Below: Manning Centre founder and figurehead, Preston Manning.

Should Chuck Strahl be able to serve simultaneously on the board of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a partisan political organization tied to the ruling Conservative Party of Prime . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Cory Doctorow duly blasts the Harper Cons for meekly complying with an onerous copyright treaty which isn’t even in force. Which raises the question: if the Cons were really interested in demonstrating some independence as a response to the U.S. declining to rubber-stamp Keystone XL, wouldn’t this be . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links