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“A tale of two Tories”

Nice alliteration for the title of this latest Youtube Video on the rather complex relationship between Harper and Mulroney, though I’d argue you’re misusing the political term of “Tory” when referring to Stephen Harper:

I like the storybook theme with this, but my 1 complaint with this video is I think it takes too long to explain to people. I was getting rather impatient half way through this waiting for it to end.

Perception is everything.

I still don’t know what to make of this whole Mulroney/Schreiber business and whether it will hurt the Cons or not. However, for a government that supposedly has nothing to do with this affair, it sure is giving off the appearance of having something to hide, when the Justice Minister refuses to use his power to prevent or stay Schreiber’s extradition (or more comically, pretends he doesn’t have the power to do so when every legal opinion out there says he does), which causes this almost unprecedented legal move by the Speaker:

The Speaker of the House of Commons has issued a rare warrant compelling Karlheinz Schreiber to appear at a committee hearing Thursday to discuss his business dealings with former prime minister Brian Mulroney… The archaic legal process last used in 1913 could have been avoided if Nicholson had instructed officials to follow the original commons directive, issued last week. It ought to be straight-forward, Rob Walsh, the impartial Commons legal counsel told MPs on the ethics committee today. Its within the power of the justice minister. Its his call. Its his judgment.

Nicholson however, is doing a “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!” routine with Parliament over this.

As I said, when the government and the Justice Minister are going to such great lengths to avoid Schreiber being here to testify, you have to wonder what it is they don’t want people to hear. If the government has nothing to do with any of this affair, at the very least, Nicholson and the Cons have brought a lot of rather unnecessary attention and suspicion to themselves by their actions, or lack thereof.

On keeping focus

I don’t mind if the Liberals and Dion ask that this independent arbitrator look into all possibilities of what went on with Mulroney and Schreiber, and to see what exactly went on in the Privy Council Office (I’m skeptical myself that in this regime, with its top-down control style of Harper’s, that officials in the PCO would withhold something as potentially damaging as these letters from him), but I think Liberals need to not yield to the temptation of trying to present this as the Conservatives equivalent to the Gomery Commission.

Let the inquiry do it’s investigations and make its report, and if something juicy or incriminating comes up, then […]

The Blogging Tory canaries in the Cons/Mulroney noxious gases mineshafts perhaps

It’s an observation of some out there who observe this in the media and the blogging world that you can tell how serious an allegation against a party or a government is by how vehement the proxies for that particular group deny the allegations, or by how much smearing and obfuscation they attempt to fling at the other side in an attempt to distract from the issue troubling their favourite political side.

If that is the case, then the initial reactions from the Blogging Tories and some online conservative commenter trolls to the Mulroney-Schreiber Airbus controversy and how it seems to have entangled Harper and the Cons are very telling, […]

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