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Inconvenient facts always ruin an attempted narrative.

You might have seen this story in the Globe and Mail this AM about Conservative MP’s continuing to attack polling company Ekos and their president Frank Graves, as well as the CBC for continuing to use him on their broadcasts. Basically, they’re calling Ekos and Graves a Liberal shill, and don’t think CBC should be using him, and that taxpayers money shouldn’t be used to have a “partisan” on the national public broadcaster.

With regards to that, Jane Taber makes a good point (yes, I did just write that sentence):

(They forget, for example, that the CBC has hired Kory Teneycke, the former director of communications to the Prime Minister, […]


This is just a hunch..

..from seeing some of his responses in QP yesterday (that were also duly noted by media observers) but I’m going to bet that Harper will not comply with the Speakers ruling to turn over unredacted/uncensored documents to Parliament.

I predict he’ll put on a show of appearing to be reasonable, but in the end I suspect he’ll try to precipitate a crisis over this and hope he can cow the opposition parties into backing off, and failing that, will dissolve Parliament when his government is ruled in contempt of Parliament. It appears to me he’d rather take his chances with the electorate and try to fear-monger his way into […]


How conveeeenient.

About the only good thing to say about this next news item is that this is just more evidence to present to the public that the Conservative government must have an awful lot to hide from in these documents, when they’re not only trying not to let Parliament have uncensored access to them, but also are trying to get them lost:

The Military Police Complaints Commission heard Tuesday that documents it has requested regarding the transfer of Afghan detainees could take years to sort out. According to testimony by Maj. Denis Gagnon, the relevant files were “all thrown together in a storage bin, a sea container.” The process of Indexing […]


A quote for the ages highlighting that Parliament is Supreme.

“…accepting an unconditional authority of the executive to censor the information provided to Parliament would in fact jeopardize the very separation of powers that is purported to lie at the heart of our parliamentary system and the independence of its constituent parts.” – Speaker Milliken

Here is the basics, as liveblogged by CBC’s Kady O’Malley:

..The chair must conclude that it is within the power of the House to ask for the documents; is it also possible to put in place a mechanism to ensure those documents will be protected? That’s the question, isn’t it? Milliken points to various suggestions made, from swearing MPs into the Privy Council, […]


It’s all over but the waiting.

It is reported by several media sources today that the Speaker of the House, Peter Miliken,will bring down his ruling today on the opposition parties privilege motions that charge the Conservative government being in contempt of Parliament for refusing to hand over unredacted uncensored documents pertaining to the Afghan detainee issue and what was known about torture. It is reportedly a 45 minute speech, so it’s obvious Miliken put a lot of thought into whatever his ruling says today. It will take place shortly after Question Period ends, at around 3 pm.

What will he rule? Warren seems to think the Speaker will “cave” to Harper – because he hasn’t […]


The Conservative Party IS the culture war party.

The Conservative Party is upset that Frank Graves, President of Ekos research, advised the Liberals to engage in “culture war politics” when going after the Conservatives – so upset they’re apparently trying to use it as incentive for their supporters to donates money to them, as well as encouraging them to write into CBC to protest Frank Graves being the CBC pollster – apparently because pollsters aren’t allowed to have political opinions, or something.

I find this mock outrage to be amusing, because in my opinion, the Conservative Party has been engaged in “culture war politics” for several years now. The attempts to kill the gun registry, supposed “get tough” […]


UK election implications for electoral reform

I’ve said before I’m cheering for the Liberal Democrats to do well in the UK general election on May 6, and I’m very thrilled obviously to see them turn this election into a 3 party horse-race with their leader Nick Clegg doing very well in the leaders debates so far (one more to go next week), and some polls indicating they’re actually leading – in popular vote percentage anyhow.

I should say I’d be delighted if they actually pulled off the biggest upset in UK electoral politics and actually formed the government, but failing that, there is another electoral result that is possible and which I wouldn’t mind seeing; […]


Tacking left? Or, just sharply defining more differences? Good, either way.

A story in the Globe and Mail this AM from Martin Lawrence says that on the advice of Peter Donolo, Michael Ignatieff has decided to politically “tack left”. Warren Kinsella on the other hand, says Ignatieff isn’t “tacking left”, but “occupying the centre”, where all the votes are.

Personally, I think both guys are right. I think Ignatieff has tacked to the political centre – thus moving left of where he once was on certain issues (confused yet?). This makes sense, as there is no point in trying to be Conservative lite. The voters who are naturally inclined to vote Conservative, when given a choice between Conservative and Conservative-lite, will […]


A case of teabagger-itis: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz

The decision by Michael Ignatieff to oppose the so-called “private members bill” to kill the long-gun registry and whip his members into voting against has sent some Conservatives into a state of apoplexy; none more so then Garry, who had a press release issued from his office, which stated more or less that the Liberals should beat him up for deciding to do so (update: oh, and the Canadian Police Chiefs Association are some kind of cult).

He later apologized, claiming that he didn’t write this and that he didn’t authorize it’s release, and that ‘this language wasn’t me’; except of course Garry has a history of saying rather over-the-top […]



The arrogance (not to mention the paranoid secrecy) of this government can be highlighted by this particular exchange between a Justice Department lawyer and the Military Police Complaints Commission, in a dispute over the government not releasing documents to the Commission:

Commission counsel said it’s hard to know what documents are out there when the government gets to “unilaterally” decide what gets released and what doesn’t. “We have no idea what the universe of documents is that the government is reviewing,” lawyer Ron Lunau said. But Mr. Prefontaine argued the commission’s mandate is limited and certain documents are out of bounds.

The commission also took the government to task for […]

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