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Petty politics in Ontario from the OLP’s staff.

I don’t know if John Laforet is over-reacting here or not, but Dean Rivando, a provincial Liberal staffer at Queen’s Park, should have known better then to have said what he did to John – it could easily come off as a threat, and I don’t blame John for interpreting it as such. (I asked John, by the way, what his federal affiliation was, and he’s still a member in good standing with the federal Liberal Party).

One other note: I applaud John’s coverage of the Ontario NDP and Conservative leadership conventions, though others in the Facebook message thread he quotes over there (including Mr. Rivando) seem to have […]

So far, not a lot of bang for the millions of bucks spent on attack ads.

In line with other polls released the past week, Nanos Research’s new poll shows no sign that the attack ads released by the Conservatives have worked to halt Liberal momentum; In fact, the Nanos poll shows an increase in the gap between those who pick the Conservatives and Liberals:

Two things I’ll add: Some folks will jump on the part of the survey where it says 60% of Canadians don’t want an election over the dispute that the Conservative government and the opposition parties are having over EI, but I think that’s a bit of a misnomer. Canadians NEVER like having an election (more were opposed the last […]

The Harper Conservatives.. breaking all the (wrong) records.

Lest you thought I’d forgotten about the incompetent Conservative government, I saw this pop up today. I share the sentiment obviously:

A policy I may disagree with by the Liberals isn’t going to stop me from supporting the Conservatives ouster and fixing the damage they’ve wrought on this country.

Mandatory sentencing will not deter drug crimes..

…anymore then capital punishment deters murder.

Let me add my voice to the growing number of Liberal bloggers who have said they oppose the Liberal Party supporting the Conservative government’s bill to impose automatic jail terms for drug crimes:

The bill was lambasted by 13 of the 16 witnesses who appeared before the House of Commons justice committee during public hearings this spring. Two U.S. critics warned minimum mandatory sentences for drug crimes have flooded U.S. prisons in the last 25 years, with a disproportionate effect on drug addicts, the poor, the young, blacks and other minorities. The U.S. surpasses every country by far in incarceration rates, while the drug […]

Is there a 26 year old aide or 2 that the Conservatives can blame for these?

Following the Lisa Raitt missing binder affair, I’m sure these 2 stories aren’t exactly what the Conservatives had in mind to demonstrate to the Canadian electorate there is competence in this government:

– First, it seems there’s a lot of gold missing out of the Canadian Mint, though they’re not sure how much yet, or the Conservatives are refusing to say. (H/T Woman @ Mile 0)

– Second, it seems that in the government’s haste to sell off “extra items” that Rideau Hall had, they somehow managed to sell some silver flower baskets that were on loan from Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace (and they didn’t even get full value […]

Focus on the real scandal.

The Toronto Star came up with a cute name for the Chalk River/missing documents scandal that has engulfed Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt and caused the Conservatives to scapegoat her aide; they’re calling it Raitt-Gate. Very cute, if not exactly original.

In the very same paper, the Toronto Star editorial thinks the opposition should move on from calling on Raitt to resign. I’ll agree to a point, and say what I’ve said on here before; the Opposition parties should be focusing on the actual details that were leaked in that binder. The Toronto Star editorial failed to mention that part of this scandal, and seems to have failed to realize […]

Double standards

Maxime Bernier would get a lot of respect from me if he decided he didn’t appreciate being treated a lot differently by Harper then Lisa Raitt has been under almost exactly the same circumstances and resigned from the Conservative caucus in protest.

He could do so as well without being in any danger of losing his seat in Quebec either.

Harper: The buck stops here (at Minister Raitt’s aide’s desk)

Well.. it appears Lisa Raitt offered her resignation to Harper today over the missing documents flap, but he refused it. Why? Because he and the PMO like Lisa Raitt a lot more then they did Maxime Bernier, who apparently was “too independent” for Harper’s tastes.

Instead, they decided to try to pin the missing documents on Raitt’s young aide, whose resignation was compelled offered and accepted today. Problem is, CTV (and Robert Fife of all people). seem to have shot a hole thru that excuse that it was the aide’s fault. As Jeff has related here, Fife discovered these were Raitt’s actual minister documents that went missing, and there are […]

Somewhere out there, Garth Turner is smiling.

Lisa Raitt was a candidate hand-picked by Prime Minister Harper in the Halton riding that defeated Garth Turner (she was a parachuted candidate, remember – the local Conservative association was not allowed to vote on a candidate for MP there). She was no doubt given a cabinet minister position partially because she helped remove a thorn out of Harper and the Conservatives side. She also had been in a prominent bureaucratic position in Toronto as well, so one would think she’d have some level of competence required to be a minister.

Unfortunately for her, however, she has shown she’s no better at handling secret Cabinet documents then Maxime Bernier […]

Tuesday’s tidbits in the AM.

In brief, some Tuesday topics to talk about: Gerard Kennedy hosting some political seminars, and a new Canadian News Aggregator that wants some promotion, but needs far more progressive voices in their editorial feeds if anyone from the centre-left and left is going to read it on a continuous basis (Read more). […]

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