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Some more cracks appear internally in the Conservative Party

There are some Conservative Senators who apparently don’t like being parrots for Harper all the time, but I didn’t expect to see a split like this over unions:

The already testy relationship between Conservative MPs and the Senate hit more rocks Wednesday, as a group of Tory senators helped to gut a bill backed by their colleagues in the House of Commons. The private member’s bill would have forced unions to file financial statements, making public any expenses over $5,000, along with the salaries of their employees making more than $100,000…More than a third of the Conservative caucus in the Senate helped to pass a radical amendment to the bill […]


Amateur Hour

I’m not sure this should surprise anyone, given the way the PMO has acted recently:

The Prime Minister’s Office orchestrated a protest earlier this month at which Conservative party interns mocked Liberal leader Justin Trudeau during an open-air news conference. It is the latest revelation about the lengths to which Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office — the nerve centre of the federal government — will go to meddle in partisan politics.

Not that I want to encourage this type of behaviour, but next time you try to stage an astro-turfed protest; try to dress and act the part, and don’t run away when reporters question who you are. That gives […]


RIP Silence. 1999-2013.

I mention this briefly since I brought it up last week… but unfortunately, my cat Silence had to be put down on Saturday. His high liver enzyme issues were actually a sign of advanced cirrhosis of the liver/liver failure, and it had been detected too late for the medication we gave him to have any effect.

That’s the problem with cats – they sometimes mask/hide their illness so well that you aren’t able to discover there’s a problem til its the point of no return. We knew about his diabetes, and the hypothyroid was also recent, but unfortunately it was the liver that did him in. It was the merciful […]


Love this line: ‘Liberals continue to pound Conservatives’

It’s poll night! This one from Leger looks at the party’s standing and leadership.. and this gives a hint as to why the Conservative Party, or the Prime Minister’s Office rather (actually, scratch that, they’re both acting as the same thing, which the PMO should not be doing, by the way, if tradition was being upheld) is desperate for this contrived scandal they’ve made to stick to Trudeau. I love the first line of the story in the Gazette, which I did in my title and will highlight for you once more, because I like reading it so much:

A new poll shows the federal Liberals continue to pound the […]


Plurality of Canadians want Senate “reformed”, not abolished.

At least, according to this Nanos poll:

The survey asked Canadians what they would like to see done with the Senate. Respondents were overwhelmingly against the status quo, with 49 per cent supporting reform of the Senate and 41 per cent preferring it be abolished. Just six per cent said leave it as is, while four per cent were unsure.

The random survey of 1,000 Canadians was conducted between June 8 and 11..Participants in the survey were randomly recruited by telephone and administered a survey online. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

That […]


A longer break then I wanted.

Sorry about the pause in posting, folks, but I am nursing a very sick companion of mine.

My diabetic cat (named Silence) who suddenly started going moderate to heavily hypoglycemic on me last week when he had no business doing so. Vet was afraid he might have keytosis, but it turns out had a combo of things wrong – liver enzymes way out of whack, + a hypothyroid condition (makes cats thin, not fat like it does in humans). We thought those might be under control after a weekend stay at the vets, (and apparently eating like a horse), but as of this AM now has something wrong with […]


I break from a politics blog for 1 second..

…to show you what a Hobbit/LOTR geek I am.

Another reason besides Christmas that I want December to get here quick


The Ranked Ballot Initiative passes its 1st hurdle in Toronto!!!

The first significant electoral reform in Canada since.. probably 1867 has passed its first (and major) hurdle in Toronto’s City Hall voting tonight. Via Dave Meslin’s Twitter feed and others, Toronto City Council voted 26-15 tonight in favor of requesting the province of Ontario permission to use ranked ballot voting in their civic elections. It is not expected that Ontario, will object to this request.

You can see the timeline RaBIT had proposed here. Whether this was followed or not in voting for it, we’ll find out with more details, but a major victory for voting reform has taken place.. and Dave Meslin and his RaBIT group are to be […]


Disappointing environmental decision from the Ontario Government – again.

I’ve not been an Ontario Liberal Party member in over a year – one of the main reasons I let it lapse are listed here, where I expressed a lot of frustration that Dalton Mcguinty was in essence “pulling a Harper” and using an omnibus bill which contained weakened environmental laws.

I had hoped with the advent of Premier Wynne, things might get a bit more progressive on that front, but she and her government has again failed to (in my opinion) protect the environment, and is in fact carrying on with what was my original beef a year ago:

The new rules made by cabinet give resource industries numerous […]


Welcoming in a new LPC Communications Director (edit: & Dir of Ops & Outreach)

Via Twitter comes this tweet from Mylene Dupere:

“Very enthusiastic to join @JustinTrudeau’s team as Director of Communications next Monday”

Who is Mylene Dupere? Her Twitter account only mentions she is a “public relations specialist”. Her LinkedIn page says she is (was) the Manager, Media Services at PWGSC (Public Works and Government Services). Previous to that, she has experience in a couple of other government departments (HRSDC, Heritage) , so she has experience in working in the public service/public administration field.

Other then that, I don’t know a lot about her (nothing, actually). Perhaps my Liberal colleagues “in the know” can enlighten us (or me).

Regardless, as I said to […]

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