It’s very important to Canada’s economy that we send a resource (we can’t use without killing the planet) to Communist China so their economy can continue to pollute at record pace as they ship unneeded goods to the United States and Canada so we can bury them in our landfills when we aren’t burning them to create electricity to power our other throw-away devices.
I’ve predicted for a year or so that the power brokers in Ottawa will soon sense that Harper isn’t their meal ticket any longer and jump bandwagons to Trudeau because they are not loyal to the toxic CPC brand, they are loyal only to power and those who hold it for the immediate future.
This includes many in the Main Stream Media too, by the way. Watch for increasing reluctance to handle Harper with kid gloves, and a fawning honeymoon for Trudeau that lasts well past the next election. The good news is Sun News won’t be able to convince its viewers that it is now loyal to the Liberals when that power shift comes, so it will take a bigger nose-dive than Harper as his head hid in the sand this past week.
Hat tips to Mark H. and Nadine L. for the image idea.
Lawyer Donald Bayne on Monday read from emails between Duffy and LeBreton’s office as well as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright and others, to support his claim that Duffy did not knowingly break Senate rules.
And, when the growing scandal became politically explosive, Duffy was “in effect” told by the PMO not to cooperate with auditors, Bayne said.
Bayne said the PMO told Duffy “the Tory base” was offended by his residency claims and he would have to repay money for all four years of secondary housing claims for his Ottawa home. Duffy’s objections to repaying money he did not believe he owed, said Bayne, were greeted by “threats and pressure from the PMO.” Continue reading →
Former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, now a professor at the UofO, was a guest at the UofR’s J-School, then CCPA sponsored lecture on Thursday night. I live-tweeted the events, hashtag #PBOPage. Here are recordings of his evening talk.
"Called various names by various cabinet ministers." In hockey trash talk "You're ugly." -"Yeah, but I just scored." #PBOPage#cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 26, 2013
The Prime Minister’s former point man for the Robocalls scandal (known as RoboCon around my blog and other fine reading establishments), has finally been charged for submitting false documents to Elections Canada along with his campaign buddy Richard McCarthy:
Commissioner of Canada Elections Announces
the Laying of Canada Elections Act Charges
Ottawa, September 26, 2013
Pursuant to a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Mr. Yves Côté, has announced his office has laid four charges under the Canada Elections Act, a federal statute.
The charges were filed on September 26, 2013 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough.
Dean Del Mastro and Richard McCarthy are charged with:
incurring election expenses in an amount more than the election expenses limit, contrary to subsection 443(1) of the Act, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(p) and 500(5) of the Act;
providing the Chief Electoral Officer an electoral campaign return that omitted to report a contribution of $21,000.00, omitted to report an election expense of $21,000.00 and instead reported an election expense of $1,575.00, and in so doing provided a document referred to in subsection 451(1) of the Act that each knew or ought reasonably to have known contained a material statement that was false or misleading, contrary to paragraph 463(1)(a) of the Act, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(v) and 500(5) of the Act;
providing to the Chief Electoral Officer an electoral campaign return that omitted to report a contribution of $21,000.00, omitted to report an election expense of $21,000.00 and instead reported an election expense of $1,575.00, and in so doing knowingly provided a document referred to in subsection 451(1) of the Act that did not substantially set out the information required by subsection 451(2), contrary to paragraph 463(1)(b) of the Act, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(v) and 500(5) of the Act.
Dean Del Mastro is also charged with:
wilfully exceeding the contribution limit for a candidate in his own election campaign, thereby committing an offence contrary to subsections 497(3)(f.13) and 500(5) of the Act.
The Commissioner of Canada Elections is responsible for ensuring that the Canada Elections Act and Referendum Act are complied with and enforced. The Chief Electoral Officer appoints the Commissioner under the Canada Elections Act. Continue reading →
These are also the only times that the names of Tkachuk, then chairman of the Senate’s internal economy committee, and Gerstein, who heads the Conservative Fund of Canada, appear in the February visitor logs for the Langevin building, which is across the street from Parliament Hill. Outside of the two days in February, none of the three men appear as visitors to the Prime Minister’s Office in the visitor logs on any other days from January to April.
A spokesman for Harper said the prime minister “did not participate in any of these meetings.” Carl Vallee said room 204, where the meetings were all held, is a conference room in the PMO. He declined to say who used that room on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12.
Gerstein has not commented publicly since being named in a RCMP court document alleging he was one of four people who knew about Wright’s plans to pay off Duffy’s expenses. Gerstein did not respond to requests for comment made Tuesday to his Ottawa office. Wright’s lawyer declined comment.
“I don’t know anything about the personal exchange of funds between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy. I was never part of a conspiracy to that effect,” Tkachuk said Tuesday.
“Documents obtained from Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reveal that at a time when core science is being cut across the Government of Canada, tax dollars are being spent to do Enbridge’s homework for them,” said Andrew Weaver.
The Federal Government is moving forward over the next two years with a $100 million plus, ‘Complementary Measures Project’ (now called ‘World Class’) to research and model the complex waterways in the Kitimat and Hecate Straights region. In essence this is a federal government subsidy to the Northern Gateway Project, as they are unable to satisfy basic safety, environmental and regulatory requirements. In fact documents from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified that: “Behaviour models specific to dilbit spills do not exist, and existing commercial models for conventional oil do not allow parameter specific modifications.”
On the federal level contrary to what Stephen Harper has said about awaiting the evidence and panel results, the Government of Canada has been pushing ahead with spending over $100 million to support what should be industry based research. This comes at a time of major cuts to science funding for climate change, marine contaminants and ELA.
In fact, documents show that the Government of Canada has been spending taxpayer’s money to support this project, going as far as to name the DFO’s work “the Northern Gateway Project”.
The CPC is the oil industry’s political wing, plain and simple.
Two senators were named last night in a Bob Fife report, after he saw an incriminating email where the seators threatened fellow senator Mike Duffy with expulsion from the Senate if he didn’t accept Wright’s $90,000 pay-off. Could this be why Duffy said he wanted a full airing of the circumstances under which he agreed to go along with the scheme to cover up his bogus residency expense claims?
I dare say many Canadians will find this level of corruption too otherworldly to believe on the face of it, with their delicate sensibilities of our fair nation totally offended by the mere suggestion that senators could be blackmailing each other to take payoffs.
There was a time in Canadian history when it was possible to elect a politician who wasn’t an alcohol drinker (Gardiner, for example). Now it may still be possible to elect someone who doesn’t drink coffee.
It’s time to end prohibition on marijuana. This isn’t said to support the Liberals, it’s to support what will create the best society for Canada. The Drug War is an American political invention, boosted by Reagan, and it’s a social catastrophe that needlessly destroys lives at a faster pace than serious drug abuse.
I support the legalization of marijuana too. Criminalization has too heavy a cost both socially and economically.— Mary Grace Kosta (@marygkosta) August 22, 2013
If you knew me even eleven years ago, you’d realize this is the opposite of what sort of legislation you’d have thought I would support. I’ve met more people, looked at more evidence, and listened to the growing list of experts who can clearly demonstrate the insanity in pursuing criminal charges against users of marijuana and some other forms of chemicals. Would you ever support incarceration for coffee drinkers if it was learned that coffee seriously harms people and impairs their ability to drive or think clearly? I would not. Continue reading →