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A potash/Investment Canada followup blogpost.

Just as a follow-up afterthought to my blogpost of yesterday, I do agree with Mr. Taylor that the Potash decision is political; the only reason it was done is the same reason for every other flip-flop this Conservative government has done – to try and preserve Conservative electoral fortunes. In this case, it was done to save 13 seats in Saskatchewan. This time however, it rubbed a few of the base the wrong way (though I still see some of the loyalists taking issue with Taylor at his own blog for his stance.. which is interesting).

I of course part issue with him over Investment Canada: since Brian Mulroney created […]

Did Hell freeze over today too?

Getting back from my Friday night curling, I see from a couple of Progressive Bloggers that Stephen Taylor actually broke from his normal parroting of the official CPC government line that I’m used to seeing from his blog and occasional media columns, to criticize the Conservatives for their (perhaps temporary 30 day) blocking of the Potash deal. No master strategist praising of Harper’s strategic genius here from Stephen – he looks like he’s a tad ticked over this potash move.

Even though he approached the criticism from the libertarian/laissez-faire side of things, I’ll give him some props for showing some independent thought.

Prentice’s departure leaves Conservatives more radical, less capable.

Jim Prentice decided yesterday that working as a chief executive in a major Canadian bank was preferable to being a Cabinet Minister in Harper’s government any longer. Whatever his reasons (some say he’d finally had enough of being stymied in government by Harper), it takes out of the government one of the very few moderate Conservatives (not sure I’d go so far to call him a “red Tory”, but in this particular Conservative Party, he may qualify as that).

It also takes out one of the few capable Ministers that didn’t need to be spoon-fed advice or instructions on what to say from the PMO, which may not bother Harper […]

Looking at the bright side of a non-working cannon: it can’t blow you up.

Don Martin of the National Post takes Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon heavily to task in his column today. The dispute with the UAE over airspace rights, and then the closing of our military base there, the botched UN Security Council seat, and the fact he was being two-faced over the Omar Khadr plea bargain are all listed – all examples of someone who appears to be out of his depth.

There is a second phase of criticism however that appears down the column – apparently Minister Cannon has been rather neglectful with meeting any of the foreign ambassadors here: he’s much too busy apparently:

..the Embassy newspaper has […]

The Russians are coming for the Potash?

Usually, potash isn’t a story I’d blog about. You might know there is a potash controversy out west in Saskatchewan. Apparently, they don’t like the idea of the corporation being sold to another corporation, which is based out of Australia. Opposition is strong from conservative Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan provincial government, as well as in the Prime Minister’s backyard of Calgary, for some strange reason.

However, word now comes that the Russians might be coming forward to issue a counter-bid. If that happens, I would not be surprised if Harper and the government either a) justified supporting the original bid as being sound. and they’d rather have potash controlled by the […]

Conservatives: those diplomats let Khadr come home

So yesterday, we find out Canada was negotiating all along with the US in agreeing to a plea bargain, despite Foreign Minister Cannon’s claims to the contrary (which he ridiculously tried to continue using in Question Period yesterday). Today, Brian Lilley of the Sun writes there was a bitter Cabinet argument over the fact Canada had accepted the plea agreement, and now there are apparently “top Conservatives” blaming Canadian diplomats for exceeding their authority:

The deal appears to have been sealed while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was travelling in Europe and there is the suggestion that foreign affairs officials used this time to offer and accept more than Harper was […]

Loose cannons sometimes blow holes in their own defences

Everyone is aware by now of the farce known as the Omar Khadr showtrial and it’s conclusions by the military jury deciding to not only accept the prosecutor’s recommendation of 25 years, but to go 15 years over that. A symbolic gesture, not only because it was meaningless with Khadr’s plea bargain (a move that appears now to have been correct; the Defence council obviously knew how this would end up), but of how everything was stacked against Khadr from the beginning in this carbon-copy of a Stalinist show-trial (minus the executions). I’ll only note that it’s very interesting to me that this military jury asked to hear the testimony […]

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