Thursday, February 28, 2008

Just a thought

It's funny how the Neo-Tories have always been so eager to make everything a non-confidence motion, even when parliamentary rules say otherwise. They're always pushing for elections, or threatening elections. On the other hand, the Liberals in power (and now in opposition) have found it more prudent to only have elections when absolutely necessary.

I still think that decision to not bring down the government over the budget was the right choice.

I may mistrust and dislike the Conservative government deeply, but I believe the general public doesn't want elections unless they are really called for.

Polling, for what it's worth, gives some indication of when people want a change in government, and it hasn't been looking like enough Canadians want a change.

That said, in light of this latest evidence of utter Harpocracy, we may just have to make the case that this government shouldn't be trusted with the reigns any longer.


Well, well, well.

Unbelievable, almost. I'm not totally surprised, just maybe a little stunned that their hamfisted attempts would be so blatant, and wouldn't come to light until now:

Tories offered 'bribe' to dying MP, widow alleges

From Thursday's Globe and Mail
February 28, 2008 at 4:22 AM EST

OTTAWA — The widow of former B.C. MP Chuck Cadman says two Conservative Party officials offered her husband a million-dollar life insurance policy in exchange for his vote to bring down the Liberal government in May of 2005.

The offer, which was summarily rejected by the dying man, is outlined in a biography of Mr. Cadman by Vancouver journalist Tom Zytaruk that is due to be released on March 14. A copy of the manuscript, including an introduction by former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, has been obtained by The Globe and Mail.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is quoted in the book, Like a Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story, as confirming that a visit took place, and that officials were legitimately" representing the Conservative Party. But he says any offer to Mr. Cadman was only to defray losses he might incur in an election.

Sandra Buckler, a spokeswoman for Mr. Harper, said yesterday that her boss never directed any party official to make any kind of financial arrangement with Mr. Cadman.

Oh no, of course not... Steve's in control of everything, but hadn't a fucking clue about that... *cough*smellslikebullshit*cough*

The men arrived at Mr. Cadman's Ottawa office two days before the vote on the Liberal budget. It was apparent at that time that the House of Commons was evenly split on the money bill and the nod of the then-Independent MP would decide whether Mr. Martin's Liberal government would survive. "The Tories actually walked in with a list of offers written down on a piece of paper. Included in their proposal was a $1-million life insurance policy - no small carrot for a man with advanced cancer," the book states.

Dona Cadman, who is now running for the Conservatives in the Vancouver-area riding of Surrey North, was not in the office at the time. But she says her husband was furious when he returned to their apartment. "Chuck was really insulted," she said in a telephone interview with The Globe yesterday. "He was quite mad about it,
thinking they could bribe him with that."

Mr. Cadman died less than two months after the vote.

Ms. Cadman, who has read and approved the manuscript for the book, said she has "no idea" where the money for the life insurance was supposed to come from. "They had the form there. Chuck just had to sign."

Mr. Zytaruk writes that the only person in the office at the time of the visit by
the officials was Mr. Cadman's legislative assistant, Dan Wallace. When Mr. Zytaruk broached the subject with Mr. Wallace, he writes, "he recoiled," but said: "I believe Dona Cadman as the day is long. She has no interest in fabricating anything."

The Globe was unable to find Mr. Wallace yesterday.

Mr. Zytaruk, who writes for a Surrey newspaper, has covered stories about Mr. Cadman since the murder of his son drove him into politics.

After Mr. Cadman's death, Mr. Zytaruk heard that Mr. Harper, who was then leader of the opposition, was paying a personal visit to the Cadman residence. Mr. Zytaruk interviewed Mr. Harper in the driveway.

"Of the offer to Chuck," he quotes Mr. Harper as saying, "it was only to replace financial considerations he might lose due to an election, OK. That's my understanding of what they were talking about.

"I don't know the details," he said. "I can tell you that I had told the individuals - I mean, they wanted to do it - but I told them they were wasting their time. I said Chuck had made up his mind he was going to vote with the Liberals. I knew why, and I respected the decision, but they were just, they were convinced there was, there was financial issues and, there may or may not.

"They were legitimately representing the party," Mr. Harper confirmed. "I said 'Don't press him, I mean, you have this theory that it's, you know, financial insecurity, and you know, just, you know, if that's what you say make the case,' but I said 'Don't press it.' "

Yesterday, Ms. Buckler of the PMO wrote in an e-mail that "On Sept. 9, 2005, the then Leader of the Opposition visited Dona Cadman at her residence. During that visit, Dona asked him about this story. Subsequently, on the same day, a local reporter/author Tom Zytaruk asked him about Dona's same story. The then Leader
of the Opposition looked into the matter with party officials and could find no confirmation. And that is the last time he heard anything regarding this matter."

Almost makes me think we should be in an election. Had the Liberals voted down the Conservative budget, this would have been the lead off story for the campaign. Maybe it's still not too late?

Side thought:
It's funny how the Neo-Tories have always been so eager to make everything a non-confidence motion, even when parliamentary rules say otherwise. They're always pushing for elections, or threatening elections. On the other hand, the Liberals in power (and now in opposition) have found it more prudent to only have elections when absolutely necessary.


Friday, February 22, 2008


This is from a comic strip xkcd (which I discovered via ffffound)
Have a good weekend.


Sometimes it's just an echo...

...but other times it's a message that desperately needs to be called out from the rooftops.

Why do I feel the need to post about this? Hopefully if enough people do, it'll get the attention and then maybe the press it deserves. Maybe "Jane and Joe Frontporch" will even hear about it... we can only hope.

This is the quote I like from the whole shameful piece:
The journal notes last month's government order for Environment Canada scientists to route all media enquiries through Ottawa for an "approved" response and the cabinet's failure to attend a reception for Nobel Prize winning Canadian scientists last week in Ottawa.

What next? The government boosting "intelligent design" perhaps? Betcha Stockwell is just iiiiittttching to get into that one...

A tip of the hat to Lulu at CC.


My response... those people who think Toronto doesn't have a nice skyline: Get stuffed.

Granted, props to the photographer for some very nice work.


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Another day, another poll...

Thanks, but I'll wait for the Nanos poll.

That said, based on some of the polling thats been happening, I wonder if Harper will still want to compromise?

Monday, February 18, 2008


How can the neo-Tories claim that Dion and the Liberals would take Canada back into deficit if they formed the next government?

Easy... its called propaganda; they're just hoping that line makes it's way into enough ears and then sticks. Once people have that tidbit in their brain, it'll be harder to dislodge. Worse still, the Liberal party will be on the defensive.

Will this line work? Most of the clever people don't seem to think so, but then were talking about framing the issue here, and the Conservatives are already on the offensive if we're here thinking about this after the statement has been released.

If there is going to be an election any time in the next 6 months, then I would hope the Federal Libs have already started setting up their war room.


Happy family day

We're certainly enjoying ours. If it stays this warm we'll get our boots on and go for a walk.

Hard to beleive there's actually flack to be had for creating another civic holiday.

It is unfortunate that as many as 40% of Ontarians won't get to enjoy having the day off, but they should be getting some sort of compensation, shouldn't they? Hopefully.

Afterthought: Does the 40% stem from the fact this is a civic holiday? What are the number of Ontarians that don't get the August civic holiday off? I'd imagine it's about the same, if not more.

It's a little rich to blame the Provincial government for not being able to create a Stat. holiday.

Caught John Tory on City TV calling the holiday "irresponsible," thus demonstrating again why he's not a sitting member, and the leader of the opposition (for now).

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For a nation that lauds itself for its democracy, they really must get their shit together.

Update: Digg has added a disclaimer to this to advise that some readers have reported the NYP story contains information that may not be accurate.


Friday, February 15, 2008

two cents

Personally, I think the Liberals would have done well in an election on Afghanistan, but Harper avoided that one. I’m really surprised that he chose this moment to work with the opposition.

Saying that the election will come over the budget before we even see the budget is bad optics, and could backfire. I’ve got a feeling that this will be a careful budget, which will be hard to pull the trigger on.

That leaves the passage of the Tory crime package; this poses some interesting problems, and could be dangerous for any party to use as election fodder.

Much would depend on who could manage to successfully frame the argument to “Joe and Jane Front-porch”

So far, the Conservatives have tried to use the “Red Senate holding up the bill” line, and this hasn’t worked. Everyone knows that the Senate doesn’t sit over the holidays, and shouldn’t have been expected to work then.

The Liberals have also countered by bringing up the repeated offers to fast-track portions of this legislation last year, which were declined by the Conservatives.

Some questions the public might end up asking:

• Why is the legislation taking so long to pass through the Senate? Is this an unreasonable delay? When will the Red-chamber complete their review?

• What are the perceived benefits of the package? Are they really that important?

• Is this really an issue worth driving the nation to the polls over?

Answers to these questions could help determine the winner of an election triggered over the crime bill.

I was surprised to see that Harper could be so pragmatic over Afghanistan. Now I’m thinking that if this trend continues, we may not be seeing an election as soon as might have been expected.