Politics and its Discontents: A Tale Of Two Parliamentary Secretaries*

What do Paul Calandra and Dean Del Mastro have in common? Well, let’s answer that question by first stating the obvious. Both are of Italian heritage; both have served as Prime Minister Harper’s Parliamentary Secretary; both have made blubbering speeches in the House of Commons; and, surprise surprise, both have stood accused of illegal/unethical conduct. ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Responsibility We All Must Assume

In a column entitled A disheartening year in Canadian politics published on Dec. 20, The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson recounts the corruption, buffoonery and scandals that permeate our municipal, provincial and federal political governments. Whether we look at the antics of Toronto’s Rob Ford, the widespread venality, graft and ties to organized crime endemic to Montreal ...

Politics and its Discontents: "I Know Nothing"

It seems I am not the only one to have connected the dots between Harper and Sgt Schultz: RCMP allege PMO played greater role, Nov. 21 Quoting from this news item, “On Wednesday, (Stephen) Harper repeatedly told the Commons the RCMP had found ‘no evidence’ he knew of the Wright repayment plan.” I am reminded ...

Politics and its Discontents: No Disagreement Here

H/t The Toronto Star And a Toronto Star reader weighs in on the issue: Re: RCMP investigating Nigel Wright, PM says, Nov. 20 If Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t know about illegal payments being made to Senator Mike Duffy (as he has claimed on numerous occasions) he doesn’t deserve to be in the office. We ...

Politics and its Discontents: Time For Pushback From The Public

Despite the fact that Stephen Harper is ‘toughing it out’ in The House of Commons under the relentless grilling of Thomas Mulcair, probably believing that the majority of Canadians are either incapable of or unwilling to follow the byzantine path of the Senate scandal, a wealth of letters in today’s Star calls into doubt such ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post – The Salamander

A frequent contributor of provocative analyses and insights, The Salamander left a comment on one of yesterday’s posts that I am taking the liberty of featuring here. I strongly recommend that you take a look at the Huffington Post link he provides at the outset, offering, as it does, some insights into the morally ‘ambiguous’ ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Smoking Gun?

Oh, what a tangled web they weave. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Tricks Are Getting A Tad Tiresome

Sure, I could write reams on what the old trickster is up to in proroguing Parliament yet again. I think the following, though, brought to you by our friends at Citizens Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper, sums everything up nicely: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Not Again!

I just got back into town and heard the news. I have a simple message for our gutless ‘Prime Minister’: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Star Readers Opine On Harper’s Self-Reported Ignorance (I Didn’t Do It) And Mike Duffy’s Avarice

Some days, all I have to do is open my newspaper for my blog post. Today is one of those days. Enjoy. Harper kept public in dark, July 6 When the stuff hits the fan, “plausible deniability” allows politicians to say, “I didn’t know; no-one told me.” This is what our Prime Minister would have ...

Politics and its Discontents: ‘Tis A Consummation Devoutly To Be Wish’d*

H/t The Toronto Star * Hamlet – Act 3 Scene 1 – Apologies for the use of literary arcana, but you know what they say: Teachers never retire; they just lose their class. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Big Wheel Keeps On Turning

Don’t know why, but the editorial cartoon in this morning’s Star rather caught my fancy: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper – Then and Now

“I have looked at the numbers. Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling from that particular area of the country over that period of time”– Stephen Harper, February 13, 2013, as part of his staunch defence of Senator Pam Wallin’s extravagent expenses, now under investigation. Wallin resigns from Tory caucus to sit as ...

Politics and its Discontents: Two Pitiable Figures

Dickens’ Artful Dodger Ottawa’s Artless Dodger Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past (A.K.A. Harper’s Empty Promises, A.K.A Lies)

I trust these pictorial efforts speak for themselves: H/t Piper McKinnon – Canadians Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper H/t The Toronto Star Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: At Issue Panel Opines On Harper and the Scandal

I have a bit of a busy morning, so I only have time for a couple of short posts. For reasons I have indicated elsewhere, I rarely watch CBC’s The National anymore. However, given yesterday’s shameful and feeble refusal by the Prime Minister and his trained seals to address the rot engulfing his administration, I ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s ‘Accountability’

This raw video from this morning’s efforts at damage control says all there needs to be said about Harper and accountability: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Imperiled Canadian Soul

Although it has been many years since I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I recall that it was a far more subtle and eerie depiction of vampiric activity than the generations of films that it spawned. The latter almost invariably portrayed Dracula as a charming yet unholy creature who pounced swiftly, gorily, and mercilessly upon his ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Duffy "Perp Walk"

To watch the disgraced senator performing this new walk craze, please click here. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: For Those Of A Certain ‘Vintage’

Pierre Poilievre And Howdy Doody: Separated at birth? You decide. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Your Sunday Smile

Plus a sobering rebuke of Mr. Harper in this morning’s Star editorial: “This sordid saga of improper Conservative behaviour, high-level secrecy and winking at wrongdoing has infuriated Canadians, disgraced the unelected Red Chamber, and spurred renewed interest in its abolition.” Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: "…a bombastic partisan apologist for the prime minister "

The above is one of the descriptions offered of the much beleaguered ‘PEI’ Senator Mike Duffy in a trenchant assessment written by the Star’s Tim Harper in today’s edition. Harper reminds us of the ease with which the Puffster abandoned whatever journalistic integrity he might have once possessed as soon as his senatorial seat on ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Is This Man Smiling?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that he has made a successful career out of masquerades? First, of course, Mike Duffy donned the mask of a political reporter, pretending to be an objective seeker of the truth, initially for CBC and then later for CTV, all the while moving closer and closer ...

Politics and its Discontents: Democracy Watch’s Indictment of Harper Government Hypocrisy

The following concise indictment of Harper corruption and hypocrisy says a great deal, doesn’t it? PM’s ex-aide charged with fraud, July 28 The federal Conservatives responded to the influence-peddling charges that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former adviser Bruce Carson is facing by with this statement: “Any individual who doesn’t respect our laws must face their ...