Montreal Simon: Nigel Wright and the Con Scandal That Won’t Die

The timing couldn't have been more embarrassing for the Cons. On Saturday they will choose a new leader, and Rona Ambrose is still desperately trying to whip up interest in the event… The big day is almost here – on Saturday we're going to find out who Canada's next Prime Minister will be! #cpcldr pic.twitter.com/AxQDlO8h4S — Rona ...

Alberta Politics: The Top 10 Alberta political news stories of 2016: AlbertaPolitics.ca’s picks

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Below: Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen, elected as a Progressive Conservative and now a member of the NDP, Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee, and the late Jim Prentice, the last PC premier of Alberta. 2016: It was the International Year of the Bean. I kid you not … OK, technically, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Arancha González Laya distinguishes between international trade and corporatism – arguing that we should be looking to ensure people benefit from the former by reining in the latter: Making trade more inclusive requires action on three broad policy fronts: trade rules, domestic social protection, and international cooperation to ...

Montreal Simon: Now We Know Why The RCMP Didn’t Charge Nigel Wright

It was for me the burning question at the heart of the Mike Duffy scandal. The one that never got answered.Why did the RCMP charge Duffy with bribery, and not charge Nigel Wright for paying that bribe out of his own pocket?And now we finally know the answer.Read more »

Alberta Politics: RCMP explanation of why Nigel Wright was never charged doesn’t quite pass sniff test

PHOTOS: Sen. Mike Duffy arrives at the courthouse for the final day of his trial in April 2016 in this screenshot. A couple of hours later he would look considerably happier. Below: Nigel Wright, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff at the time of the events for which Sen. Duffy was criminally charged; ...

Alberta Politics: Watching the Wildrose in the Legislature: Beverly Hillbillies … or Deliverance?

PHOTOS: The Beverly Hillbillies in campaign mode. Actual members of the Alberta Wildrose caucus may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, right, answer reporters’ questions in the Legislature Rotunda yesterday morning (screen shots … can’t say I was there) and, below them, Wildrose Leader Brian ...

Alberta Politics: Those crazy federal Tories! Just how dumb do they think we are? (Hint: plenty)

PHOTOS: Rona Ambrose dressed up in hospital scrubs and a stethoscope. Hint: She’s not a real doctor. It’s not clear from this photo, which was published on a CTV site, if the other people are real health care workers or Tory MPs. Below: Your blogger with Dr. Joe Vipond, who is a real doctor. Hint: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Tyler Hamilton offers a roundup of the growing threat of climate change – and Canada’s shameful contribution to making it worse. – Andy Blatchford reports on the Libs’ plans for a massive selloff of federal public assets in order to paper over holes in their budgets. And Tammy ...

Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

PHOTOS: The Conservative Party of Canada is still singin’ the same old tune – Stephen Harper’s. (CBC photo.) Below: Senator Mike Duffy, former Conservative cabinet member Jason Kenney, Manitoba Tory MP Candice Bergen, Ontario Court Judge Charles Vaillancourt and Alberta #Kudatah advocate George Clark. It’s tempting, hearing former federal Conservative cabinet heavy Jason Kenney urging ...

Montreal Simon: Duffy’s Revenge and the Ashes of Stephen Harper’s Legacy

I'm pretty sure Mike Duffy must dream of telling Stephen Harper what he thinks of him. Dream of suing him, and his little monsters in the PMO, and his Senate stooges, for what they did to him.But his legal options are limited. His lawyer says he is battling serious health issues.So it probably was his last hurrah.But ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict: The Judge Slams Stephen Harper’s PMO

Well today was going to be the day Stephen Harper finally emerged from the closet where he has been hiding. The day the Duffy trial finally ended.But sadly for Great Feathered Leader it seems he's going to have to stay there a while lot longer. Or move to Paraguay.Because while the trial judge acquitted Ol' ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: 2016 will mark the end of Senate Elections in Alberta

The Senatorial Selection Act, the law that governs Alberta’s unique Senate nominee elections, expires on Dec. 31, 2016. The longstanding policy of the Alberta New Democratic Party which supports the abolition of the Canadian Senate likely means the Act will be allowed to expire, into the dust of… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: Hermit Harper’s Horrible and Embarrassing Day

Well we still don't know where Stephen Harper is hiding, for there hasn't been a sighting in days. We don't know whether the man they're now calling Hermit Harper, is holed up in a closet, or living in a car, or getting plastic surgery.Or living in Ray Kovac's garage, like his Robin once lived in his…. Or ...

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy and the Ghastly Portrait of Stephen Harper

It was if the air was suddenly let out of the balloon. One moment the prosecutor was pounding Mike Duffy. The next moment he wasn't. The trial was suddenly adjourned. Ol' Duff was cut loose and left to float gently in the general direction of the ground.Without even being asked about the biggest charge against him, the bribery ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Mike Duffy Pointed the Finger at Stephen Harper

It was the day Stephen Harper had been dreading. The one that has forced him to keep such a low profile some are calling him the invisible man of Parliament.Or depending on your point of view, the invisible maniac…  Driven crazy by defeat.It was the dreaded day Mike Duffy mounted the stand, and pointed the ...

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy: The Cons Used Robocalls to Win An Election in BC

Well you have to hand it to Mike Duffy. His trial may not be as popular as it once was, but he's still doing a number on Stephen Harper's legacy.First he claimed Harper couldn't be trusted. Then he claimed that the powerful Con senator David Tkachuk encouraged him to claim every expense he could.Now he's ...

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy and the Final Agony of Stephen Harper

Oh dear, I see that the Mike Duffy trial just keeps on getting messier for the Cons.Yesterday Ol' Duff claimed that Stephen Harper couldn't be trusted.Now he's going after the Con senator David Tkachuk.Telling the court that Tkachuk told him to claim every expense he could.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy Says Stephen Harper Can’t Be trusted

Well the big day finally arrived. Mike Duffy finally got the chance to take the stand and tell his side of the story.And although it would have been better before the election than after it. And we didn't really need to know that Duffy now needs regular injections in his eyeballs. He didn't disappoint me.For not ...

Montreal Simon: Could Stephen Harper Be Forced To Testify At the Duffy Trial?

When we last saw Stephen Harper he was running or waddling quickly down a corridor, in a desperate attempt to escape the media.Or as portrayed in this Le Devoir cartoon, crawling out the back window for the same reason… But according to some parliamentary experts, he could soon be running for his political life.Should Mike ...

Accidental Deliberations: On late definitions

A day after the Prairie Dog duly mocked corporate-ordered endorsements of the Harper Cons (which should be entirely familiar based on past campaigns), we’ve seen a spate of newspapers falling in line. And I’ll argue that there may actually be more reason to be concerned than usual about the impact of those new messages. Plenty ...

Accidental Deliberations: Lessons not learned

Yes, plenty of people are pointing out Stephen Harper’s decision to be less prime ministerial, more game show host as the election campaign comes to an end. But we should note also that he’s doing that in the face of a noteworthy cautionary tale. After all, the last time Harper used a TV format gimmick ...

Alberta Politics: Independent MP Brent Rathgeber gives St. Albertans a former Tory insider’s take on the many sins of the Harper PMO

PHOTOS: Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, in a typical pose, chats with a couple of constituents at last night’s candidates’ forum in St. Albert, Alberta. Below: Conservative candidate Michael Cooper, Mr. Rathgeber again, New Democrat Darlene Malayko and Liberal Beatrice Ghettuba. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The only Independent candidate in Canada with any hope of winning on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Information commissioner takes Harper to court for withholding Senate expenses scandal documents

Suzanne Legault, Canada’s federal information commissioner, is taking Stephen Harper to the Federal Court for withholding information relating to the Senate expenses scandal. The post Information commissioner takes Harper to court for withholding Senate expenses scandal documents appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Sherri Torjman comments on the importance of social policy among our political choices, while lamenting its absence from the first leaders’ debate: (M)arket economies go through cycles, with periods of stability followed by periods of slump and uncertainty. Canada has weathered these economic cycles, and even major ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Michal Rozworski calls for the election to include far more discussion as to who benefits from our economy as it’s designed, and who gets left behind. Michael Wilson examines how Canada’s economy has become far less equal over the past few decades. And Michelle Zilio talks to Munir ...