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A new low in ‘ten-percenter’ political ads from the Conservatives.

I have to agree with Cameron: this is probably the most disgusting cheap-shot type “ten-percenter” political ads I’ve seen come from the Conservatives (which is saying a lot, considering what they’ve been sending out), and I say that even when it’s not targeting a Liberal. It’s targeting NDP MP Charlie Angus, the MP who has been highlighting the plight of the children of the First Nations of Attawapiskat and fighting for them to get a new school to replace their old contaminated one.

To say that this ad is full of bunk is an understatement. This 10 percenter flyer is full of Pierre Poilievre-type cheapshots in this thing, delivered to […]


An inconvenient report on Khadr’s treatment by CSIS for the Cons (UPDATED)

UPDATE: This report was actually issued more then a month ago, but I had seen it today from another blogger on Facebook, and was under the mistaken impression that this report was posted today in the news, not a month ago. It still probably displeased Harper though, and I’ve little doubt it will be brought up in court, so I’ll leave the original quotation from the report as it stands, and I’ll leave my conclusion up that it shows how shoddy Canada has been over this whole affair. Thanks to Pogge for pointing that out to me.



Liberals condemn Harper and the Conservatives for appealing Khadr decision to the Supreme Court

This came across my email just now: a statement from the Liberal Party and key Liberals condemning the Harper government’s decision to appeal the Omar Khadr case to the Supreme Court:

Liberal MPs today said Stephen Harper continues to treat some citizens as more Canadian than others by appealing, for the second time, the federal court’s order to repatriate former child soldier Omar Khadr from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison. “Stephen Harper doesn’t care that we’re the only Western country with one of our nationals still in Guantanamo Bay,” said Liberal Consular Affairs Critic Dan McTeague. “He’s content to damage Canada’s once proud reputation by doing nothing to safeguard Mr. […]


Harper decides to go to the Supreme Court to appeal the Omar Khadr ruling.

This is not exactly a shocker that he and his Conservative government would do this appeal to the Supreme Court to overrule 2 Federal court rulings that they are compelled to ask the US government to repatriate Omar Khadr:

The federal government will go to the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn court rulings that would require Ottawa to press for the return of Canadian Omar Khadr from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, CBC News has learned..The Supreme Court will have to decide whether to review the case.

You could see them setting up for that appeal when Harper noted a week ago up in the […]


Barking up the wrong tree and accidentally deliberating prematurely.

I see some of my NDP blogging colleagues are trying to act like the Blogging Tories normally do, and trying to cherry pick a single poll from a pollster that has been perceived as being on the high end of Conservative support when it tracks those polling numbers. They use this poll to declare the end of Michael Ignatieff/The Liberals etc. etc. etc.

Well now, as CalgaryGrit just said, Michael’s obviously had a good 20 hours, since he’s managed to turn an 11 point deficit into a 1 point lead:

A new poll suggests the Conservatives and Liberals remain locked in a dead heat amid rumblings of a possible fall […]


How about we try helping this Canadian get home?

This case is slightly different from the other Canadians cases you’ve heard about in the past year that have been well publicized in trying to get back to Canada, in that Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia and is being held for ransom.

I understand that these types of matters are sensitive and delicate, but she’s been held in Somalia for a year, and virtually nothing seems to have been done or said from the Canadian government in the past year on what efforts they’ve been taking to try and free her from her captors. Furthermore, as Macleans documents, there seems to have been some initial indifference by Canadian diplomats […]


As a blogger, I’ve never felt like the mainstream media were my rival or enemy.

So David Olive writes this column in the Toronto Star today, which more or less claims that the MSM have won the “war” against bloggers, and lists a variety of reasons. You’ll find Warren’s post taking apart some of those reasons, as well as a couple of well-known Liberal/Progressive bloggers reacting in Warren’s comments board, and in their own blogposts, where the MSM is accused of not being able to see the forest for the trees. David then seems to have reconsidered what he said after taking some heat from his blogging hero Eric Alterman in the US, and issues a sorta mea culpa at his blogging place at the […]


Another stranded Canadian in Kenya coming home, & more evidence of ministerial screwups (or worse).

As I said a couple of days ago, it was likely that this young man would finally get some action from the Canadian government on his 3 years of being stranded in Kenya due to the fallout from the Suaad Hagi Mohamud embarrassment, and that appears to be the case:

Abdihakim Mohamed, a 25-year-old autistic man of Somali origin, has been unable to get a passport to return to Canada because his mother, Anab Mohamed Issa, could not convince Foreign Affairs officials he was really her son..The recent case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, accused by Canadian diplomats of faking her identity, brought new attention to the case of Mr. Mohamed, […]


Video & transcripts of US Senator Vitter saying he wishes to destroy Canada’s prescription drug system.

This is a followup to my previous blogpost, which detailed Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter saying he was supporting re-importing prescription drugs from Canada so he could use it to help cause the pricing system here to collapse.

At Talking Points Memo, we have an update to the story that puts his remarks in a lot better context; the Louisiana Democratic Party has released video and transcripts at this event where Vitter tells his constituents he wants to destroy Canada’s health care system.

Vitter: (reading back a question) ‘If socialized medicine is such a bad idea, why do you propose we import medicine from a country that has a socialized […]


Report: US Republican Senator says he’s trying to destroy Canada’s healthcare system.

I knew that Republican Senators from the US South were generally rather extreme in their right-wing views, but this is just above and beyond regular wingnuttiness. Wow:

Vitter: My Goal On Drug Reimportation Is To Destroy Other Countries’ Health Care Systems

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) isn’t content to fight attempts at government-run health care here — he wants to destroy it in other countries, too. The central Louisiana newspaper The Town Talk reports that Vitter was asked at a town hall meeting about the fact that he opposes government health care, but supports re-importing prescription drugs from, as a constituent said, “countries that have socialized medicine.” Vitter has campaigned in […]

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