It looks terrible. The bench should not be used as a retirement home for burnt out politicians. That’s what the Senate is for, and certain consular offices.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the former Liberal MP in Etobicoke Centre, successfully went to court to have the May 2, 2011, election results in the riding overturned due to ballot irregularities. Conservative Ted Opitz, who won the riding by 26 votes, has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The seniors’ home incident, which Wrzesnewskyj dropped from his case before it was heard, happened at the St. Demetrius Seniors Residence, a large apartment building in Etobicoke offering assisted living and long-term care.
Affidavits filed by three Elections Canada polling staffers at this poll, number 427, describe a Conservative named Roman who arrived at the poll in the morning and “suddenly started screaming and waving his arms wildly … He was raging in a bullying fashion, which caused confusion, and frightened many voters.”
Mr. Opitz broke the Election Act by exceeding a limit to the tune of thousands of dollars, and is not facing charges! This after he went to court to defend his seat narrowly won amidst voter intimidation and the Robocalls scandal, rather than resign and run again.
Conservative media pundits are happy to be able to say “fair” and “election” in the same sentence as “Conservative”, because saying “fraud” was getting old even 2 years ago.
1. Conservatives did not consult Elections Canada.
[The Conservatives avoid and work against Elections Canada, said the Federal Court.]
2. Elections Canada wanted investigative powers: request denied and then some.
3. The bill “closes loopholes to big money”… by raising donation and spending limits?
Also, the costs of calling past donors who gave $20 or more will not be considered a campaign expense. Weird. Call it the RMG provision.—
Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) February 04, 2014
4. Make it harder for youth and poor people to vote.
5. Rush the debate on complex legislation.
Why isn’t this Orwellian Fair Elections Act part of the upcoming undemocratic budget omnibus bill?
In all seriousness, if I thought more people were concerned and not scared of opposing this government to retake fair elections, I’d be organizing a protest for Regina to publicly demonstrate.
How can you tell a spy is lying to Parliament? Their lips are moving.
Or at least I’d assume they were moving while he was telling us that they didn’t conduct mass spying on Canadians, while also defending illegal mass “meta-data” spying on us.
If you're following CSEC/CSIS committee hearing: a reminder of Harper govt's mature response to revelations www2.macleans.ca/2014/01/31/pau… #cdnpoli—
Derrick O'Keefe (@derrickokeefe) February 03, 2014
“Lord” Black is a criminal.
Here’s another person bringing disgrace to the Order of Canada.
As a factor of being 20 years out of date, the news is reporting on the Chretien government more completely now. “Liberal leader Jean Chretien gets some coputer [sic] tips” in 1993. In ’93, Wallin was reporting the news that Black was steering.
I wonder if talk radio will be buzzing about how Manitobans let a young woman freeze to death rather than stop and see why she was trying to flag them down for help.
I bet John Gormley Live will be all over this scandal and worrying shift in Canadian values.
Family members of a woman found frozen in a snowbank over the weekend believe they aren’t getting the full story from RCMP about her death.
Rocelyn Gabriel, 20, was found at the recycling depot in Portage la Prairie, Man., just after 8 a.m. on Sunday.
What’s the spin talk radio will use if they do talk about it? Recycling kills?
While you’re stocking up on chocolate, as the stores fill with it for Easter and Valentine’s Day, consider only treating yourself and others if the candy is labeled Fair-Trade. Fair-Trade chocolates come where the supply chain has been verified to be ethically providing a living wage for the workers growing and harvesting the plants critical to the production of cocoa.
Only a decade ago, human rights orgs were warning that a large portion of our chocolate is the result of child slavery.
This is from 3 years ago:
Many people admire Abraham Lincoln for his effort to free slaves in the American south. Sadly, the opportunity to free people from slavery has not passed away with the 19th century. You can be a hero, and contribute to the freeing of modern-day slaves. Eat less slave-chocolate, and reward fair-trade chocolate producers even though the price you pay is higher.
A worrying subset of the Canadian population seems content settling for a Conservative Party that willingly destroys Canadian heritage and property. How can Canadians peacefully stop the looting and burning of our cultural and scientific records?
Although the Department of Fisheries and Oceans states that the purpose of its Library Consolidation Initiative is to create greater public access to information online through ‘digitization,’ it is unclear what, if any, digitization has taken place to date. A secret departmental document obtained by Postmedia refers to ‘culling materials’ as ‘the main activities’ of the consolidation initiative, showing that digitization and greater public access to material were not the rationale for the consolidation.
The Harper Government doesn’t respond to legally required requests for information from reporters even. It’s a secretive regime.
Part 1 of #OilConVoid explained why the Conservatives cheated to raise so much money for their party to grab majority power, and Part 2 explained part of how they did it with corrupt Senators. In the last, third part, you’ll see a bit of when they went about using that ill-gotten money to defraud people and steal the 2011 general election.
-Dean Del Mastro is accused by Elections Canada of circumventing his campaign spending limit, and fraudulently accepting illegal donations then covering it up wit his campaign buddy. Dean’s cousin got raided for evidence.
-Multiple Conservatives in the Vaughn campaign quit and notified authorities of a second bank account used to pay for campaign expenses like a telephone town hall that was not recorded in the campaign filings with Elections Canada.
-Andrew Prescott who worked on the Guelph Conservatives campaign has reportedly obtained immunity from prosecution in exchange for information on those Elections Canada is seeking to charge with the localized election fraud in that campaign. The method in Guelph appeared to be implemented apart from most of the other fraudulent robocalls reported in 247 ridings.
This robocall scheme worked because it only had to fool 0.1 – ~3% of those called in key ridings to greatly influence the seat result. With the great delay in prosecuting In & Out election fraud, and no prosecution for the S-GI robocall fraud in 2008 which benefited the Conservative candidate Lunn, the Conservatives were emboldened to go for the big reward of a majority government through outright fraud nationwide.
Check out Part 1 of this blog series explaining when Conservatives have corrupted Canada for oil companies.
Suspended Senator Pamela Wallin should soon be in more hot water, along with the corrupt Conservative Party for which she was apparently fundraising for while traveling on the taxpayer’s dime.
She’s under investigation for fraud and breach of trust.
The November document noted Deloitte had looked at three versions of Wallin’s electronic Microsoft Outlook calendar from January 2009 to September 2012 and observed more than 500 changes.
Wallin had told Deloitte she added some items to her calendar and deleted others in May 2013 to help with the investigation. When pressed as to why, she said she wanted to make the investigation as streamlined as possible and so she had taken out some non-Senate related events and added other events relevant to her role as a senator. Wallin said this was done on the advice of Sen. David Tkachuk, former chair of the Senate’s internal economy committee, but he has denied this.
She was spending over $400/day of our money to travel, with the apparent intention of enriching the Conservative Party of Canada. That’s what’s behind the Duffy scandal too, he was employed by Canadians, appointed by Stephen Harper, to enrich the Conservatives.