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Northern Reflections: What Did He Know, And When Did He Know It?

That was the question Senator Howard Baker asked as the United States Congress moved toward its decision to impeach Richard Nixon. And that is the question Lawrence Martin asks this morning. At present, we have no definitive answer:

Thus far, the evidence as to the incidence of the dirty work in the last election . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: What Did He Know, And When Did He Know It?

Northern Reflections: Hepburn On Harper

Yesterday, Bob Hepburn publicly apologized to Brian Mulroney. He explained that Mulroney used to have no equal:

Several years ago, I wrote that Mulroney, more than any politician in modern history, is responsible for the current level of disdain and lack of interest that Canadians have for politicians and politics in general.

I based . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Hepburn On Harper

Northern Reflections: The Rise Of The Uninterested

Susan Delacourt puts the robocall scandal into wider perspective. It has everything to do with “undecided” voters. The trouble is, Delacourt writes, “undecided” has become a synonym –an inaccurate synonym — for “uninterested:”

In a 1971 interview with the Canadian Press, pollster Martin Goldfarb said that his art — still new to this country . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Rise Of The Uninterested

Northern Reflections: Time To Get Angry

Both Tim Harper and Dan Gardiner have called for a public inquiry into the robocall scandal. Yesterday Gardiner wrote:

The Conservatives insist they want the truth to be exposed. If that’s true, they must appoint a fully independent, fully empowered judicial inquiry.

And why shouldn’t they? To paraphrase what many Conservatives said about warrantless . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Time To Get Angry

Northern Reflections: No Need To Investigate?

Peter MacKay argues that there is no need for further investigation of the Robocall affair. These were isolated incidents, he says. And, anyway, “It’s certainly not something our party condones, it’s inappropriate behaviour to say the least.”

But Lawrence Martin provides a catalogue of Tory subversion, starting with their first victory and the In . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: No Need To Investigate?

Northern Reflections: Things Are Beginning To Stick

  For five years, political pundits marvelled at how Stephen Harper managed to avoid being held accountable for actions and policies which most Canadians find abhorrent. He was the Teflon prime minister. Two weeks ago, the government’s Internet surveillance bill blew up in its face. Last week, the Robcall scandal hit the headlines. And, . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Things Are Beginning To Stick