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CON talking point – “Lots of Jobs!” (We just won’t give you a figure).

This must be the new talking point that the Conservatives have been instructed to parrot out to the media by the Conservative strategists after the propaganda performance masquerading as an economic update put out by Prime Minister Harper and Senator Mike Duffy yesterday – highlighted by Pierre Poilievre in his best imitation of a parrot I’ve seen yet:

Question: Okay. How many jobs have been created to date?

Pierre Poilievre: Lots of jobs. Lots of jobs.

Question: Be specific.

Pierre Poilievre: I’ll be specific.

Question: Okay.

Pierre Poilievre: We’re building roads, bridges, hockey arenas, other construction projects all of which create jobs. We’re lowering taxes so that […]

Odd comment..

In brief, I find it rather interesting that Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt, who Harper and his officials have spent some political capital on in defending her from calls of resignation (and refusing her resignation in the lost binders flap a week ago), is all of a sudden getting dissed by anonymous officials from the government. Perhaps the folks in the PMO are reconsidering their defence of Raitt; as Buckets asks at his site, what else is on those tapes – a critique of Stephen Harper, perhaps?

Magna 2 and Raitt-gate’s effect on polling.

I call this little staged presentation being done today Magna 2:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to present a rosy picture of his Conservative government’s handling of the recession Thursday in a slick made-for-TV presentation designed to forestall a quick summer election…The presentation will be moderated by Senator Mike Duffy, a former television journalist, and feature Harper, flanked by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Gary Goodyear, the local MP and Minister of State for Science. It will include a staged interview segment between Harper and Duffy.

I call it Magna 2 because it’s very eerily similar to what the Ontario Conservative government did in 2003 when it […]

Conservative overnight polling must have been lousy on “sexy isotopes” (Raitt apologizes).

A day after refusing to give an apology in the House during Question Period to cancer patients and groups for her saying that the isotope shortage for cancer patients was “sexy”, suddenly we get an apology from a contrite looking Raitt today:

“Today I personally want to communicate my deep regret for wording I used in a private discussion earlier this year, which was inadvertently recorded,” Ms. Raitt told a hastily arranged news conference on Parliament Hill…Cancer patients have widely been quoted in the news media as denouncing her words. “I want to offer a clear apology to anyone who has been affected by what I have said,” she […]

Congrats to the Nova Scotia NDP (and to the Nova Scotia Liberals)

While we wait to see whether Lisa Raitt has any more critiques of her fellow ministers on tape (and 1 rumour says she also assessed Prime Minister Harper, which ought to be interesting if true), and/or Ms. Raitt decides to have the class and dignity to apologize to cancer patients everywhere for her believing the lack of isotope crisis is “sexy” (which should be a bare minimum for her – quite frankly, she’s brought her department into disrepute and needs to go), I just wanted to offer my congratulations to Darrell Dexter and the Nova Scotia NDP for becoming the first NDP party in the Maritimes to win election to […]

More of Lisa Raitt critiquing her fellow cabinet ministers..

This time, it’s Jim Prentice:

Environment Minister Jim Prentice is the second minister subjected to a less-than-flattering assessment from the natural resources minister. Sources familiar with the tape say Raitt suggests her colleague is pandering to Alberta´s oil sands. What makes that observation surprising is that Raitt – as natural resources minister – is responsible for defending the oil sands, while Prentice is responsible for reducing carbon emissions.

I suspected there was going to be a lot more “material” on here then just Chalk River and her assessment of the Health Minister when we found out there was 5 hours worth of material on this tape. Prentice is the next […]

Apparently, pointing out a minister’s inappropriate statements is “cheap politics”.

That’s what Stephen Harper wants you all to know of what he thinks about Lisa Raitt’s “the isotope crisis, cancer, etc.. is sexy” remarks. Ignatieff comes back with the appropriate retort that the only cheap politics at play is a minister viewing a health crisis as an opportunity for career advancement.

Meanwhile, if we see more of this getting into newspapers detailing outraged cancer survivors and patients, Harper won’t be able to defend his gaffe-prone Natural Resources Minister for long – she herself will become too radioactive even for him:

Cancer survivors and their supporters say they’re astounded Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt would describe the shortage of isotopes […]

Diversion, perhaps?

I wouldn’t put it past Transport Minister John Baird to deliberately get overheard throwing F-bombs at Toronto in an effort to take some of the heat off of Natural Resources Minister Lisa “the isotope crisis is sexy” Raitt.

Regardless, Question Period should be even more of a circus then it normally is…but with good reason; those folks passing off as Cabinet Ministers brought it upon themselves, and one shouldn’t even be a cabinet minister anymore.

There are a lot of cancer patients out there who don’t regard the isotope shortage as being “sexy’, Mrs. Raitt, and who won’t appreciate you trying to use this to better your political position.

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The tale of the (Raitt/Macdonnell) tape shall be heard…

According to Kady O’Malley at Macleans, the request for an injunction to prevent the airing of whatever Natural Resources Minister Raitt said on tape accidentally captured by her now ex-aide has been dismissed.

If the details of what are on this tape pan out (criticizing her fellow Health Minister and critiquing other ministers) I give Raitt’s resignation time at about a day or so, give or take. It also brings into question (yet again) the competence level (or lack thereof) of the Conservative government. (And yea, I believe the 2nd resignation offer this time shall be accepted by Harper, if he doesn’t outright fire her. I can’t see how he […]

Juicy tidbits for a Monday

– If the story mentioned at this site in Nova Scotia and referenced to by Warren and a few others this morning is true, and the Halifax Chronicle Herald wins the right to publicize whatever is on this alleged tape, Lisa Raitt will not survive this. Keep an eye on the national broadcasters and/or the Chronicle Herald’s site today (as well as the Nova Scotia site).

– When it isn’t tapes causing Harper and the Conservatives trouble, or lost binders on nuclear isotopes, it’s brown paper envelopes getting sent to newspapers such as Le Devoir detailing how Canada would try to privately undermine the Bali environmental agreement that it didn’t […]

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