Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I see Your Boondoggle and Raise and you an Extra $160 Million

And the Harpercons got a lot of nerve talking about the gun resgistry over several years when they blow $1.1 Billion for 48 hours of power campaigning and circle jerking! Fiscally conservative my ass.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Liberals Compromising the Environment and Canadians to AVOID Election

Me thinks MPs have forgotten that the people of this country elected them to be their voice and not compromise their future for the sake of keeping their jobs. Fortunately, it's a Conservative Senator that is the sane voice on the Hill.

Sad when a Conservative Senator has to do the job that opposition MPs should be doing.

My least favourite parts of this article:

“Given the state of politics right now, it effectively silences debate by the opposition parties,” he said. “If they ever wanted to ram something through without full House attention and public awareness, this is the way to do it.”

The House finance committee approved the bill without amendment on Thursday after the Liberals kept one MP away from all votes to ensure no sections were defeated. Liberals argue the tactic was consistent with their position that while they oppose the budget, they do not want to trigger an election.

The NDP tried last month to give the House finance committee the power to split the bill, but the attempt fell short in a 133-128 vote.

Liberal senator and finance committee member Pierrette Ringuette said she’s “not impressed” by her party’s position in the House, and said the bill can be split without sending Canadians to the polls. She has written to MPs asking them to split the bill before sending it to the Senate.


“Opposition MPs voting together can stop this abuse,” Mr. Murray said. “Non-government supporters in the Senate should be able to round up enough votes to do so if the opposition parties in the Commons, again, fail in their duty.”

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's Official, Liberals Don't Know Whether Their Ass is Punched, Bored or Bit by Wolves

After months and months of calling for Helena Guergis' resignation, Liberals now want to know WHY she was forced to resign. Anybody else think this is retarded? Anyone?

And for the first time this year, I agree with Jane Taber when she calls Alf Apps, Liberal Party President, DYSFUNCTIONAL.
Another case in point, Marlene Jennings then:
April 6, 2010

OTTAWA — The Liberals have asked the federal ethics commissioner to review the financing of an $880,000 Ottawa home purchased by Status of Women Minister Helena Guergis.

Montreal MP Marlene Jennings wrote to Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson on Monday to ask that she look into the terms of the mortgage on the four-bedroom home in Ottawa's affluent Rockcliffe neighbourhood.

Property records show Guergis registered a charge against the 2,800-square foot property in the full amount of the purchase price last November.

The loan was arranged through a Bank of Nova Scotia office in Edmonton, where Guergis's husband, Rahim Jaffer, sat as an Conservative MP until he was defeated in 2008.

It is unclear if Guergis bought the home with no money down, or whether the lender added a line of credit or additional loan onto the mortgage and secured it against the value of the property.

"In her place, I would welcome a review to demonstrate that every thing was on the up and up and that there were no favours done and anyone else in the same financial situation would be able to get the same kind of mortgage," Jennings said in an interview.

In the letter to Dawson, Jennings said she hoped a review will find "no special considerations or arrangement" but added that only a third-party review can give Canadians confidence that "conflict of interest rules and ethical guidelines were followed to the letter."

Guergis' office has declined to comment on the purchase of the home and its financing, calling these personal matters.

As an MP, she earns $157,731 and an additional $56,637 as a junior cabinet minister.

Jaffer, now 38, will be eligible for a parliamentary pension, but not until he turns 55.

Jennings said that when she applied for a mortgage in the past, her bank did not count her additional income as a parliamentary secretary because the job, like a cabinet post, can be easily stripped.

She also said the purchase of the home undermined the efforts by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to stop banks from offering mortgages with little or no money down, a practice that some blame for helping fuel the real estate crisis in the U.S.

Guergis and her husband have experienced a difficult few months. She was forced to apologize for a temper tantrum she allegedly threw at the airport in Charlottetown. Jaffer was in the media spotlight after he pleaded guilty to careless driving while more serious charges of cocaine possession and driving while impaired were withdrawn.

And Guergis faced a barrage of questions in Parliament about laudatory letters written to news organizations by staff and other allies who didn't reveal their links to her.

The Liberals have called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to sack her and there are reports that some of her Conservative caucus colleagues would like to see her go, too.


Marlene Jennings Today:

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2010

Letter to the Prime Minister

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2


Dear Prime Minister:

For weeks, Liberals called for Helena Guergis to be kicked out of cabinet for a host of reasons – mismanaging the Status of Women portfolio, her airport tantrum, and ethically questionable letters to the editor.

But on April 9th, you acted on entirely different information when the Status of Women Minister was dismissed from cabinet, removed from Conservative caucus, and you referred the matter to the RCMP and the Ethics Commissioner. Despite repeated requests from Liberal MPs, Canadians still don’t know the nature of the allegations you called “serious” and “credible.”

We don’t know what, if anything, the RCMP is investigating, the Ethics Commissioner maintains she received no information, and the accused herself is baffled as to why she was fired. Furthermore, the supposed source of the criminal allegations, which were written down in your letter to the Ethics Commissioner, now claims the letter contains incorrect information.

Yesterday in an interview, however, Conservative MP Shelley Glover categorically promised the release of additional information: “There has been evidence that has been brought forward...I can assure you that there is far more to come out because this isn’t finished.” (Shelly Glover, CTV Question Period, May 16, 2010)

Given that you have since taken the extraordinary step of stripping Ms. Guergis of the Conservative nomination in Simcoe-Grey, we can only assume that the evidence Ms. Glover refers to is extremely serious. If unethical or criminal activity was occurring from within your cabinet, Canadians have a right to know about it.

Up until now, the government has only released documentation related to the central issue in this affair – improper lobbying for green energy funding – under pressure from the Opposition. This time, we hope that you will do the right thing and voluntarily release the information in your possession regarding this affair.

This is about the integrity of the government. Given that your own Conservative MP has promised more information, we again call for the release of your April 9th letter to the Ethics Commissioner and ask you to finally come clean on why the Status of Women Minister was fired, removed from Conservative caucus, and stripped of her nomination.

Regards,



The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C., M.P
Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition and
Liberal Critic for Government Ethics and Democratic Reform

I Choose Irwin Cotler for Team Liberal

Kady O'Malley has and in depth look at the Afghan Detainee Document Agreement (ADDA) struck last Friday by the parties.

If I were leader of, oh let's say the Liberal Party of Canada, I'd probably look for a legal mind with some Human Rights background to be my rep on the committee. What's that? We have somebody like that in caucus already? Oh, and he was the Minister of Justice too??? Bonus.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why the F@ck Are Liberals Defending Helena Guergis

So much for a guy who claims he doesn't grant interviews or issue statements. What the hell is this guy defending a Conservative MP for when his party spent days ridiculing the Government in question period???

I guess he's more worried about his personal reputation than he is about where the Liberal Party is going. Do me a favour Mr. Donolo, get this guy off television before we're at 20% in the polls.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Message From the Desk of the President of the Liberal Party

From: Alfred Apps
To: xxxxxxx xxxxxx
Subject: Statement from LPC President / Remarques du président du PLC
Sent: May 14, 2010 3:30 PM

Le Français suit
Dear xxxxxxx --
As the President of the Liberal Party it has not been my practice to issue press statements or give TV interviews. However, earlier this week, a witness made allegations about me personally. Testifying before a House of Commons committee, this witness made certain statements (repeated by government MPs) for which he enjoyed the privilege of Parliamentary immunity.
My law firm and I felt we had no alternative but to respond publicly.
The press statement below and the TV interview at this link (http://video.aol.ca/video-detail/alfred-apps-interview/3474087475) are self-explanatory.
Please feel free to forward as you deem appropriate.
Best regards,
Alfred Apps President, Liberal Party of Canada
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TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm, made the following statement concerning comments made today before a House of Commons Committee.
In November 2006, Mr. Nazim Gillani of International Strategic Investments approached Fasken Martineau through one of its partners, Alfred Apps, in connection with legal advice/services for International Strategic Investments.
Mr. Apps met with Mr. Gillani, received documents from Mr. Gillani and accepted a retainer cheque from Mr. Gillani. Mr. Apps previously had no knowledge of, or acquaintance with, Mr. Gillani.
Very shortly thereafter, Fasken Martineau declined to act on behalf of International Strategic Investments. Mr. Apps so advised Mr. Gillani and returned the retainer to Mr. Gillani. Fasken Martineau has had no professional dealings with Mr. Gillani or International Strategic Investments in the intervening period.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

If Elected, I Will Vote To Open MP Expense Reports!!!

I wonder what they're all afraid of? I wonder why they don't think taxpayers need to know where half a billion dollars a year gets spent.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's Not That Simple Mr. Kinsella

Warren takes a page out of "Kicking Ass" and meets the issue head on.

I mean the mere thought of a Liberal Party President associating with some unsavoury types should not be enough to trigger any burrs in butts, right? WRONG!

You see, if I were a member of the Liberal caucus who just spent two months of hurling accusations at Conservatives and Rahim Jaffer about a certain Nazim Gallani and the party president sat on his ass and didn't tell anyone about some sort of meeting with the same Gallani until it came out at a committee hearing, I'd be more than just a little out of sorts. In fact, I'd be asking for his head on a platter.

This is what happens when democracy gets thrown out within a party. Unelected leaders and unelected presidents. Some of whom claim to know it all.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Constitutional Crisis and The Conservative Party

Today's top story - one would think - would be one of a potential constitutional crises and an election.

What do we wake up to? Helena crying on TV with Peter Mansbridge. Funny timing that interview, no?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Election Call Coming

As I've been saying for days now, The Conservatives are geared up for an election. Here's another sign:

The council removed her as candidate because a federal election could be called any time, sources told CTV. If it is, the party needs to have nominated candidates in all 308 of its ridings.


I wonder how many Liberal riding associations are "without candidates".

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's Really Coming Apart for the Mulroney Conservatives

...Er, Harper Conservatives. Just looks like the last days of the Mulroney years.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The Official Conservative View on Lobbying

Circa 2006 of course. We can now safely insert the words Stephen Harper for Paul Martin.

...and where the word Liberal appears, insert Conservative.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

There Will Be no Deal Come May 11, 2010

With the Prime Minister taking off in the morning for Europe, I highly doubt that there will be a conclusion to the whole Speaker of the House/Afghanee thingy by Tuesday May 11. In fact, it's my opinion that Harper has already decided that he wants to fight an election. Everything else leading up to that election call is just smoke and mirrors kids.

So let's recap the previous election campaigns that the Liberals ran on.

Paul Martin had the three K's, Kelowna, kids and Kyoto.

Stephane Dion had the three pillars, social justice, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability.

And, if an election were to be called today, we now have Liberals going to the polls based on Maternal health in third world countries, afghan detainees and the gun registry.

I'm ready to fight an election on that. Aren't you?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Maurizio Bevilacqua Would Make a Great Mayor

It's no secret I have a lot of time for this guy. Garnering the most amount of votes in the history of Parliament doesn't hurt.

Now the question is: Who will kill to be the Liberal candidate there? Especially if a June election looms. (Did I say that out loud)