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A perfect example of a 'red herring' provided by the Conservatives

So, my last blogpost observed yesterday one of the levels of government was going to get blamed by the public for the H1N1 vaccine shortage if it continued. I didn’t say who I thought should be blamed; I just said someone was going to be if this situation continued. If you read the headlines and commentators today from various sources, you see that the federal Conservative government seems to be getting a share of the blame for this crisis.

Even as Harper-hating as I am, I’m not quite personally at the stage where I’m ready to condemn them as being at major fault for the situation over H1N1 and […]

More media investigations on stimulus grants..

..this one is done by the Globe and Mail, and they find more evidence of Conservatives funneling money disproportionately to ridings they held over ones held by opposition parties – this time in reference to funding for recreational facilities:

A high-profile Harper government stimulus program created to build hockey rinks and other recreation projects has funnelled about 33 per cent per cent more money to Conservative seats than to opposition ridings in the battleground province of Ontario. An analysis by The Globe and Mail shows Tory ridings received an average of $2.1-million, compared to $1.5-million on average for opposition ridings.

This bolsters even further the Liberals study initiated by Gerard […]

Replacing doorknobs is part of the Conservatives economic stimulus?

Apparently so:

The Harper government is plastering signs promoting its economic action plan on federal buildings that are receiving what Liberals say is routine maintenance. Liberal MP Wayne Easter says a huge “propaganda” sign has been posted outside an RCMP building in Charlottetown, where “internal door hardware” — otherwise known as door knobs — are being installed…

“Do you think this is stimulus, putting a door knob in an RCMP building in this country? (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper calls this stimulus?” he said, holding up a door knob for emphasis. “For every (time) he screws a light bulb in a building, he’ll probably have a sign out in front of […]

This is your speech to convince the Canadian public the nation's finances are in good hands?

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty decided to hold a press conference today, which initially led to all sorts of speculation what it might be – perhaps a crafty move to try and pressure opposition parties not to vote the Conservative Government down?

If that was the goal, I’m not sure this speech is going to do it:

The Conservatives admitted today that the federal government deficit would be worse — a total of $101 billion this year and next — than expected and that the government cannot say when it will balance the books again…In the budget, Flaherty had predicted that the government would begin running budget surpluses again in […]

Environmental proposal from Conservatives going over like a lead balloon.

This idea is so blatant in it’s favoritism, I can’t believe Jim Prentice actually thought it would get a good reception anywhere other then in Alberta/Saskatchewan:

Ottawa’s pitch helps economies of Saskatchewan, Alberta at expense of other provinces, critics say

Though plans are described as a work in progress, numerous accounts say the Conservatives intend to put a cap on the emissions from Ontario’s manufacturing sector and other polluting industries across Canada, while letting oil and gas companies meet less stringent intensity targets which allow output, and pollution, to increase. That could jeopardize the economies of eight provinces and three territories for the sake of continued growth in Alberta and […]

1 part fundraising move, 1 part ideology = Harper's stance on Omar Khadr (& other matters)

There’s a column in the Star today from Professor Errol Mendes, who teaches constitutional and international law at the University of Ottawa, on the background of the Omar Khadr case as it has wound through the Canadian courts. There is also an observation or 2 from Professor Mendes about Stephen Harper being offside with the court decisions, and he lists a reason about why he thinks Harper continues to oppose asking for repatriation, and why he potentially will appeal the latest 2-1 Federal Appeals Court ruling against him ordering him to ask for Omar Khadr’s repatriation to the Supreme Court of Canada:

The rulings by the Canadian Supreme Court in […]

New Conservative spin-meister wanted.

It seems that we soon won’t be having Kory to kick around anymore for the Conservatives propaganda spin he helped to send out:

Harper’s communications director to step down

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s director of communications, Kory Teneycke, is planning to step down from his post, CTV News has learned, just as speculation ratchets up about a possible fall election. It is not clear exactly when Teneycke will vacate his post, but it will be “very soon,” according to CTV News Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife. Teneycke’s departure means the prime minister will have to find someone new to control and shape his messaging as he prepares his strategy, should […]

Conservative astro-turf on a Monday (updated)

What does “astro-turfing” mean, you might ask? Here is the definition given for it at Wikipedia:

Astroturfing is a word in English describing formal political, advertising, or public relations campaigns seeking to create the impression of being spontaneous “grassroots” behavior, hence the reference to the artificial grass, AstroTurf. The goal of such a campaign is to disguise the efforts of a political or commercial entity as an independent public reaction to some political entity—a politician, political group, product, service or event. …Astroturfing may be undertaken by an individual pushing a personal agenda or highly organized professional groups with financial backing from large corporations, non-profits, or activist organizations. Very often the […]

Magna 2 and Raitt-gate’s effect on polling.

I call this little staged presentation being done today Magna 2:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to present a rosy picture of his Conservative government’s handling of the recession Thursday in a slick made-for-TV presentation designed to forestall a quick summer election…The presentation will be moderated by Senator Mike Duffy, a former television journalist, and feature Harper, flanked by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Gary Goodyear, the local MP and Minister of State for Science. It will include a staged interview segment between Harper and Duffy.

I call it Magna 2 because it’s very eerily similar to what the Ontario Conservative government did in 2003 when it […]

Juicy tidbits for a Monday

– If the story mentioned at this site in Nova Scotia and referenced to by Warren and a few others this morning is true, and the Halifax Chronicle Herald wins the right to publicize whatever is on this alleged tape, Lisa Raitt will not survive this. Keep an eye on the national broadcasters and/or the Chronicle Herald’s site today (as well as the Nova Scotia site).

– When it isn’t tapes causing Harper and the Conservatives trouble, or lost binders on nuclear isotopes, it’s brown paper envelopes getting sent to newspapers such as Le Devoir detailing how Canada would try to privately undermine the Bali environmental agreement that it didn’t […]

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