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Monday Morning mishmash - Israel and coalitions.

– PM Harper sure seems to get tripped up by his foreign policy stances he takes, sometimes by bad timing, sometimes by bad design. We’ll have to see which of those it is today (or if it’s a bit of both) when he meets Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu this AM following an Israeli navy attack on an aid convoy to embargoed Hamas-held Gaza early this AM (reportedly while it was still in international waters) which has reportedly killed a lot of peace activists, and has already been widely condemned internationally, and has even met with some criticism from some of Israel’s normally staunch allies here in Canada. I’ll be very […]

Follow Fridays

I’m kind of ripping this off of Twitter, but since I again am not feeling well and feeling unmotivated to do my own blogpost (being up half the night and then being on Predozone/Benadryl tends to lose one’s motivation quickly), I’m gonna direct you elsewhere to other folks.

First, an excellent electoral reform column here by Chantal Hebert, imploring the Liberals to take the leap – arguing that the current FPTP system that so benefited the Liberals the past century will not be doing so anytime soon, be bold and propose to reform it to something else. She prefers a proportional system, but again, I don’t think thats possible in […]

There are thoughtful readers of blogs out there too, not just Con astroturfers

There is a real thoughtful reader of Warren K’s site that has written in regarding coalition politics and how it could or should work here, but he focuses on the NDP and Liberals specifically. Warren thought enough of it to promote it as a front-page blogpost at his site, and I like it so much I’ve also linked to it and recommend you read it. I hope some politicians and strategists in the NDP and Liberal camps (and yes, we can throw the Greens in there too, I think) read it and think it over as well. The game has changed in Canada; perhaps the reality of that sinking in […]

Conservative government monitoring opinions online

This particular piece of news doesn’t surprise me at all; that the government is monitoring online forums and message boards (and presumably blogs), and appears ready to start posting rebuttals to any posts that they don’t like or consider “wrong”.

I’ve had more then a few occasions where I’ve had commenters post their outrage at something I’ve written they didn’t like, where I’ve noted that their IP address traces directly back to Ottawa and from government departments (and yes, WordPress blogs and the administrators of those blogs can trace IP #’s of the folks who leave comments at them). I’ve been under the impression that “online monitoring” has been going […]

Contempt of Parliament Round 2?

You’d think the Conservatives would have gotten the idea that they are accountable to Parliament after the Afghan detainee document mini-crisis, but in less then a month, they’re going to try and avoid accountability yet again by trying to “ban” their political staffers from being subpoenaed in front of a Parliamentary Committee.

As multiple others have pointed out, they are not allowed to do that, as the laws of Parliament clearly state:

..the power of Parliament to “send for persons” is explained in chapter 20 of the second edition of House of Commons Procedure and Practice. A committee of Parliament can issue a summons to any individual, ordering their attendance […]

The C.R.U.S.H 'radicals' are at it again - this time in the Globe & Mail

This lovely full-sized ad appeared on Page F4 in the Saturday May 22, 2010 edition of the Globe and Mail, courtesy of the Canadians Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper group – also known as C.R.U.S.H, also known to the Conservative Party as being “anti-Stephen Harper radicals”, which means apparently anybody who disagrees with Conservative Party propaganda. Here is their latest ad, pointing out the Harper/Conservative Party contradictions:

Humorous Harper Hypocrisy for your long weekend.

“Meeting celebrities isn’t my shtick. That was the shtick of the previous guy.” -Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2007 when asked why he refused to meet Bono to discuss funding for AIDS research and prevention in Africa.

Pictorial evidence seems to contradict that statement however:

Some selective shtick.

I’m thinking the more accurate statement from Harper would have been to say: “Meeting celebrities that don’t agree with my political point of view or don’t offer the potential to increase my popularity or my electoral chances is not my shtick”.

H/T to my liberal friend D.

Nice new senator you've picked there, Harper.

There are two traits of our newest Conservative Senator, David Braley (who, by the way, owns 2 CFL teams – the Toronto Argos and the BC Lions. I still don’t get how he’s allowed to own 2 different teams in the same league – conflict of interest anyone? – but that’s another story).

The first trait, as noted by Kady O’Malley, is that he already has the Conservative trait of deny, deny, deny, even when faced with facts:

From today’s Globe and Mail:

As the Prime Minister’s Office announced Mr. Braley’s appointment, opposition Liberal researchers said he personally donated $16,500 to Mr. Harper’s 2004 leadership campaign and that his company […]

Delicious irony

You might remember a court case involving the Conservatives “in-and-out” spending scheme which seemed to favour the Conservatives initially, causing Conservative MP and spokesperson Pierre Poilievre to crow the “total vindication” line:

Last January, a Federal Court judge rejected Elections Canada’s claim that advertising expenses attributed to Tory candidates during the 2006 federal election should have been reported as national campaign expenses. The Conservatives claimed “total vindication” at the time, while Elections Canada sought leave to appeal.

However, it seems the Conservatives find out they may have gotten a bit ahead of themselves, and that 3 Cabinet Ministers are in peril from this ruling, as well as Maxime Bernier:

But […]

What needs to be done to stop 'heavy-handed' copyright bill.

There are strong rumours coming out from Professor Michael Geist and others that the Conservative government will again attempt to being forth a copyright bill, and one that once again is very consumer-hostile:

All signals suggest Heritage Minister James Moore has triumphed over the objections of Industry Minister Tony Clement, setting up Canada to march in excessively protected lockstep with a United States that boasts the toughest laws against pirated music or movies on the planet. It may well be a legal constraint that’s impossible to enforce, but the rumble out of the PMO suggests the new law will ignore the extensive public consultations that advocated a go-easy take on […]

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