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The Disaffected Lib: Wherein John Ibbitson Explores the Darkness that Lurks Within Stephen Harper

Let’s be blunt. John Ibbitson is probably the most prominent journalist in Canada totally in the bag for Stephen Harper.  Note that I used the word “journalist,” a noun that eliminates most of the hydrophobic scribes at PostMedia.

When it comes to Harper you can trust Ibbitson never to put the boot in. Which . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Wherein John Ibbitson Explores the Darkness that Lurks Within Stephen Harper

The Disaffected Lib: Now It Makes Sense. It Was Magic.

Okay, it’s not the mystery of the Sphinx but…  yesterday’s testimony by former Harper special counsel Ben Perrin goes a long way to explaining why Duffy stands alone charged with bribery.

Bribery is a crime of giving and taking so, unless the giver or the taker is dead, there should be two people charged. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Now It Makes Sense. It Was Magic.

The Disaffected Lib: The Shadow of Steve Harper Hangs Over Doctored Duffy Audit Report

It sounds like damned near everyone in the Harper PMO was in on the plan to bail out cash-cow-senator Mike Duffy.  And that plan included corrupting the Senate audit process to “protect” the Cavendish Cottager.

The Senate administration had hired the auditing firm Deloitte to look into the expense claims of senators Patrick Brazeau and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Shadow of Steve Harper Hangs Over Doctored Duffy Audit Report

The Disaffected Lib: Can Duffy Shred Nigel Wright’s "Goody Two-Shoes" Routine?

Nigel Wright’s ‘gift’ of $90K to senator Mike Duffy was a bribe when it was pocketed by Duffy but not when it was given by Wright.  Most of us are finding that pretty hard to square and it is.  The logic by which Duffy is culpable and Wright is not reflects how far the RCMP . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Can Duffy Shred Nigel Wright’s "Goody Two-Shoes" Routine?

The Disaffected Lib: Because You Really Can’t Tell the Players Without a Programme

The Duffy trial is just about a week away.  It seems like forever since the scandal broke plunging Harper’s PMO and the Senate into a fearful rout.

To get you back up to speed on the scandal and all the players, National Post has published a dandy primer on the Who’s Who of the witnesses . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Because You Really Can’t Tell the Players Without a Programme

The Disaffected Lib: Duffy’s Sting

It’s a tale with two scripts.  One is the story presented by Stephen Harper, his PMO, the RCMP and others.  The other is the account presented by disgraced senator Mike Duffy.  At least one side isn’t telling the truth.

Who to believe?  We’ll have to wait until all the evidence is in but I . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Duffy’s Sting

The Disaffected Lib: Rumours Swirl Around Harper’s Head

Interesting opinion/speculation piece from Harry Stirling in this morning’s Times Colonist.Now there is some speculation that, due to the abrupt resignation of Baird, coupled with Adams’ defection, Harper himself might increasingly find his own leadership questioned by normally loyal party members. Even one of the Conservatives’ former MPs, Albertan Myron Thompson, expressed his concern . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Rumours Swirl Around Harper’s Head

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Nearly "Duffy Time" Again

We’re just over two months away from the start of the trial of senator Mike Duffy.  It’s scheduled to open April 7 and continue to May 12, when it will adjourn to be completed from June 1 to 19.  That’s 41 court days in all.

With trial prep, motions and 41 days in court, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Nearly "Duffy Time" Again

The Disaffected Lib: No Prime Minister Deserves a Taxpayer-Funded, In-House Criminal Enterprise

Stephen Harper’s greasy premiership relies on the notion that what goes on within his private, personal agency, the PMO, is not his responsibility.   This from Prime Minister Accountability & Transparency ™.

“IT”–  happened just down the hall from the prime minister’s own office–  entailed at least four top aides, people with whom he would meet . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: No Prime Minister Deserves a Taxpayer-Funded, In-House Criminal Enterprise

cartoon life: Portrait of Stephen Harper

Filed under: cartoon Tagged: CPC, Duffy, Stephen Harper, Wright

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The Disaffected Lib: Another Duffy-Wright-Harper Morsel

Until mid-July, Chris Woodcock worked in the Harper PMO as Director of Issues Management.  One of the issues Woodcock became involved in managing was the Duffy-Wright-Harper under-the-table cash deal.   That came through loud and clear in an e-mail from Woodcock to Duffy.

In an email dated May 15, the morning after CTV News first reported that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Another Duffy-Wright-Harper Morsel

The Disaffected Lib: Stephen Harper’s Book of Fables – Logged and Chronicled

The closer Shifty Steve Harper gets to the political gallows, the better, the richer and more fulsome his memory becomes.  It all flows out in a progression of fables.

Fable OneWhen the Wright-Duffy scandal unexpectedly broke in the media, Steve said his prize assets – his top drawer chief of staff, Nigel Wright – . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Stephen Harper’s Book of Fables – Logged and Chronicled

The Disaffected Lib: If You Still Don’t Get It

There are still some who don’t get why the Duffy-Wright-Harper affair happened. Why would such powerful people expose themselves to such jeopardy?  Why was Duffy given such preferential, under-the-table treatment?

You can find the answer in an autographed photo of Duffy and Harper that graces the beleaguered senator’s office.  It’s all there in Harper’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If You Still Don’t Get It

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contributions and even larger political favours.

An elected Senate requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars every four years . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Nobody really thinks Senator Mike Duffy received $90,000 in return for some political favour, but that public perception would most certainly change if he and every other Senator faced regular expensive election campaigns that depended on large contrib… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Mike Duffy & Why An Elected Senate Would Have Made This Worse

Art Threat: Tillett Wright’s million shades of gay

When Tillett Wright began her photographic project, Self Evident Truths, back in 2010 she didn’t expect the groundswell of requests for photographs that she ended up receiving. She originally wanted to shoot 4-5,000 people, but the response has led her to increase her goal to 10,000 people.

“I basically decided to photograph anyone in . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Tillett Wright’s million shades of gay