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What the Criminal Code says about interception of communications

So, the big kerfuffle today, as you might have noticed, is the fact a Conservative staffer accidentally got invited to listen in on a phone call to an NDP strategy session. Rather then write back and say the email was sent to them by mistake, that staffer not only listened in, but taped the conversation. That staffer then apparently sent it to Conservative TV (otherwise known as CTV), where Bob Fife did his best to turn it into the most scandalous event ever in Canadian political history (but that’s another story).

After promptly denying there was anything unbecoming of them actually talking strategy with to the BQ***, the NDP then […]

Destroy Harper before he destroys us all!

Okay, so that’s a bit of an over-dramatic title, but that’s more or less what Scott Reid, former adviser to Paul Martin, more or less suggested yesterday in a Globe and Mail op-ed column urging the opposition parties not to let Harper off the hook:

First things first: take him out… he is weak. In fact, at this particular moment, he is almost unable to defend himself. Owing to a ridiculously ill-considered act of hubris, he has laid himself vulnerable to his opponents. Their imperative could not be more clear: kill him. Kill him dead. Do not, whatever you do, provide him with an opportunity to extend his hold on […]

Just curious about 1 thing over this potential defeat of Harper.

How many Blogging Tory sites before and during the election campaign were calling on Harper and the Conservatives to eliminate public election financing? For that matter, how many were calling for it in between election day and prior to the leakage about Flaherty intending to eliminate it 3 days ago?

It certainly wasn’t in the Conservative Party platform. And, as I recall, it wasn’t passed or even talked about as a resolution out at the CPC policy Convention in Winnipeg.

Strange how it’s become a matter of utmost importance now that the Conservative government is in peril, eh?

Harper the hypocrite

Harper’s letter to the Governor General in September 9, 2004:

As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program. We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your […]

Liberals to introduce non-confidence motion on Monday to defeat the government?

So says 680 News in Toronto:

The Liberals are planning a confidence motion Monday to bring down the government. They say they have viable alternative government

That’s courtesy of J-Rad. Here”s something that Kady O’Malley pointed out coming from CP:

“In light of the government’s failure to recognize the seriousness of Canada’s economic situation and its failure in particular to present any credible plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and to help workers and businesses in hard-pressed sectors such as manufacturing, the automotive industry and forestry, this House has lost confidence in this government and is of the opinion that a viable alternative government can be formed within the present […]

Cons blink on destroying public election financing; NDP, Libs say “Not good enough”

It feels good to stand up to a bully, doesn’t it?

Conservatives back down on controversial party funding changes

But, it looks like that it may not be enough to save Harper’s Neo-Con government – per Kady O’Malley:

A government source now claims the elimination of the $1.95-per-vote subsidy was never intended to be part of the ways and means motion, which will be voted on Monday evening. But Liberals and New Democrats say that dropping the financing measures will not influence their decision to vote against a fiscal update they say provides no economic stimulus at a time when Canada is entering a recession.

In the Lord Of […]

Friday thoughts on Iggy.

A couple of things this AM. There are a few Liberals like Jim that are upset with Iggy’s campaign manager sending out a fund raising note urging people to donate to him so he can stop Harper. While I would have preferred that the letter would have been less to do urging donations to Iggy and more to do with donating to the Liberals as a whole, this is the sort of appeal and sort of “donate to help us fight Harper” stuff the Liberals have been lacking. No one in Canada is Barack Obama; but copying his fundraising methods is perfectly acceptable to me – and we need more […]

Think Ontario – 1985.

The news tonight: The Liberals will vote against and not support the so-called screw the opposition parties economic stimulus package. Neither will the NDP. Presuming all the Liberals show up to vote for this, (and they’d better) that leaves it in the hands of the BQ (paging Gilles Duceppes… paging Gilles Duceppes).

Now then, what if the government of Harper doesn’t back down and removes the attempt to remove the public financing of political parties, which has what caused this uproar in the first place? What if the Governor-General refuses his request for a dissolution and instead asks other parties in the House to try and gain its confidence […]

“In this, the Conservatives aim to level a strategic blow to the Liberals”.

That would be Blogging Tory head/Conservative Party’s chief blogger propagandist Stephen Taylor openly explaining to any who might have doubted otherwise, that the main move behind the Conservatives/Harper/Flaherty trying to end the public elections financing system in Canada is nothing more then the Conservatives using the current economic crisis as a pretext to cripple the Liberal Party in particular and the opposition parties in general from waging any type of an election campaign the next go-around.

As NDP blogger Devin Johnston says at his site, “Given that the cost to the government is negligible and given that this move will devastate every political party except the Conservatives, I have no […]

Calming the base – or trying to.

I was reading this article done by Tonda MacCharles, and I couldn’t help but be struck that this can be summarized as an attempt to try and convince the Conservative base that Prime Minister Harper hasn’t turned into a closet economic fan of John Maynard Keynes as was asserted yesterday – witness the hurried assurances by his mentors from out in Calgary:

“He is still an economic conservative at heart,” says professor Frank Atkins of the University of Calgary. “But he’s a pragmatic politician.”…Still, Atkins is aghast today at how some are interpreting Harper’s new talk of running a budget deficit and going along with a G20 pledge of “additional […]

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