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Harper: Wright resigned, no he was fired?!

HarperSenate Gate as I like to call it is one of the most interesting, mind blowing but also complex issues in Canadian politics in last six or seven years. Stephen Harper, Conservatives, Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Wright, Mulcair and Trudeau should be nominated and awarded Oscar for the best political drama mini-series/series. Over the last year we saw so many twists, turns and total reversal of situations, facts and actions that even better knowledge of Canadian politics than mine are absolutely lost. Continue reading “Harper: Wright resigned, no he was fired?!”

Kosovo, Ignatieff and Canada

Enver Hoxhaj (Photo: Flickr)

Two years ago Michael Ignatieff was written off by Canadian voters after Stephen Harper Conservatives branded him as a “just visiting” dilettante. Not long after that Ignatieff resigned Liberal Party leadership and left a world of politics to return to his old passion of academia where he successfully operated for several decades. Since then Canadian public didn’t heard much from Prof. Ignatieff, but his international stature brought him praise from Kosovo’s Foreign Affair Minister Enver Hoxhaj during recent visit to Ottawa and meeting with John Baird one of Ignatieff biggest political foes ever.  Continue reading “Kosovo, Ignatieff and Canada”

Cabinet shuffle with generational transition and new faces

harperPrime Minister Stephen Harper decided to start this week with a major Cabinet shuffle, biggest since he become PM in 2006, bringing eight new faces to the table. Reshuffled cabinet will have largest number of women ever, 12 in total, which shows that Harper wants to paint different picture about his team in the remaining two years of this term. While key players Clement, Flaherty, Baird and the House Leader Van Loan will remain in their position Harper promoted several ministers to show where his government will go in the future. This shuffle is branded as generational transition which brings in several new members, younger politicians, those who should lead party and the government in the next term.  Continue reading “Cabinet shuffle with generational transition and new faces”

Harper in bad situation, Opposition is playing games

HarperOver the last few weeks PM Harper and his government are caught in one of the biggest scandal seasons over the last decade or so. They succeed in creating such amazing number of scandals, some of them tightly related, some totally unrelated, but after all extremly damaging. The biggest is so called “Duffy Gate” or Wright/Duffy affair which is still going on very strong and according to latest media reports it will stay strong for a while. Continue reading “Harper in bad situation, Opposition is playing games”

Harper government had to know $90,000 payment to senator crossed all sorts of ethical red lines

Excellent column by Andrew Coyne on Duffy Scandal and PMO

Section 17 (1) of the Senate Conflict of Interest code states: “Neither a Senator, nor a family member, shall accept … any gift or other benefit, except compensation authorized by law, that could reasonably be considered to relate to the Senator’s position.”

Section 16 (1) of the Parliament of Canada Act states that “no member of the Senate shall receive or agree to receive any compensation, directly or indirectly, for services rendered … in relation to any bill, proceeding, contract, claim, controversy, charge, accusation, arrest or other matter before the Senate or the House of Commons or a committee of either House. Moreover, Section 16 (3) makes “every person who gives, offers or promises to any member of the Senate” such compensation liable to imprisonment for up to one year.

Section 121 (1) of the Criminal Code states that anyone who “gives, offers or agrees to give or offer” to…

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Clark brushes off Falcon comments, Bose is speculating on Falcon future

Premier ClarkLate last night BC public learned through The Globe and Mail article, authored by Justine Hunter, apparently BC government and Premier Clark overstepped financial boundaries for proposed  Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) project in Prince George. Details regarding this new chapter in this controversy which includes Premier Clark and two of her powerful ministers Bell and Bond were provided by former Finance Minister and outgoing MLA, Kevin Falcon. Continue reading “Clark brushes off Falcon comments, Bose is speculating on Falcon future”

Excellent comment by Andrew Coyne

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The current issue of The New Yorker contains an absorbing piece by Jill Lepore on Campaigns Inc., the “first political consulting firm in the history of the world.” Established in 1933 by a pair of former journalists, the firm went on to win 70 of 75 elections for its clients over the next two decades, in the process writing the rules for every campaign that was to follow.

As Lepore summarizes them, they include: “Make it personal: candidates are easier to sell than issues… Pretend that you are the Voice of the People… Attack, attack, attack… Never explain… Say the same thing over and over again… Simplify, simplify, simplify…” And, a personal favourite: “You can put on a fight, or you can put on a show.”

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So no, the Harper Conservatives did not invent dumb, dishonest, attack-dog politics — though they may have perfected it. The return of…

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Online voting in BC: Good or bad idea?

Online voting: Yes or No?

BC’s Attorney General Shirley Bond asked this week Chief Electoral Officer of BC to appoint independent panel to examine the logistics of internet voting on the future municipal and provincial elections as part of the effort to engage more voters into the democratic process of election.

“Our province is widely recognized as being technologically progressive and a leader in open government initiatives. If the independent panel determines we can maintain the utmost electoral integrity, I’m optimistic Internet voting could increase accessibility for British Columbians to participate in the democratic process”, said Bond in her letter to CEO Archer.

Bond’s initiative is nothing new and it was expected bas on the turnout on last provincial elections in the 2009 but also based on low turnout on last municipal elections in November of 2011.

Only 51 per cent of eligible voters in British Columbia cast ballots in the 2009 provincial elections, and for example in Surrey which is one of the most fastest growing municipalities in the country turnout in the 2011 municipal elections was just 25 per cent. Several Canadian municipalities already embraced online voting and results are pretty satisfying, while some of them didn’t record any increase in voting percentage they didn’t record any decrease over the last few electoral terms. Supporters of online voting or e-voting  are pretty sure that this development of electoral process would bring more people on the board to vote based on elements on convenience, time, accessibility and above everything costs.  On the other side opponents are stating elements of security, unreliability and infrastructure needed for its implementation.  Continue reading “Online voting in BC: Good or bad idea?”

BC Liberals in Anti-Cummins campaign

SURREY – BC political scene is getting hotter and hotter as we’re approaching start of new Legislature session and Premiers press conference on jobs plan which is scheduled for next week, in light of these events leading party is starting new campaign to fight against political rivals in effort to warn BC citizens on bad politics and policies which are coming from BC NDP and newly formed BC Conservative Party. On Thursday morning BC Liberals kicked off campaign targeting BBC leader John Cummins and his previous and current political decision and moves, according to statement issued by BC Liberals leader of this campaign will be Langley MLA Mary Polak. Continue reading “BC Liberals in Anti-Cummins campaign”

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