Car crash interrupts (and pretty much summarizes) the UK Labour campaign
Poor Gordon Brown... his bad week just won't end.
We all remember when "the wheels fell off" the Martin campaign, right?
Dear Mr. Valeriote,
Your open letter to the Commissioner of Lobbying is most improper. Essentially, you are telling the Commissioner to break the law.
First, I remind you that the Commissioner is an independent Officer of Parliament. She is accountable to all of Parliament and is supposed to discharge her duties independently and without interference. You seem to be under the mistaken impression that the Liberal Party or any individual MP can tell her what to do. You are wrong. The Commissioner’s independence must be respected.
Second, you demand that the Commissioner report to you and the Liberal Party on a potential ongoing investigation. Not only is that an outrageous interference with the Commissioner’s independence, it amounts to counselling the Commissioner to break the law. I urge you to read section 10.4 of the Lobbying Act, which requires the Commissioner to conduct any investigations in private and not to disclose information that comes to her knowledge during the course of performing her duties.
By writing an open letter, counselling the Commissioner to break the law, you are showing contempt for the Commissioner of Lobbying and placing her in an impossibly compromising position. How do you justify such conduct?
Kelly Block, MP
Member, Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics
Ignatieff's paperback version of the book claims that the National Post said True Patriot Love had "Plenty of scope for a rich story...some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant...Well-written. - National Post"Yikes... if he's this "liberal" with the truth about his book, can you IMAGINE how "liberal" he might be with the truth on our Budget figures?
But that's not what the Post's book review said at all! What it actually said is: "True Patriot Love offers little that is new on the Grants save some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant." and that "True Patriot Love is a well-written disappointment." (National Post, May 9, 2009)
It gets worse. Ignatieff's paperback book quotes the Globe and Mail's book review saying it is "Ignatieff's paean to nationalism...It is illuminating to see how his ideas of trans-Canadian transport and labour corridor and a national energy strategy are so clearly rooted in the historical achievement of his great-great grandfather's journey with Fleming. - Globe & Mail"
What Ignatieff's book forgets to mention that the Globe also said that True Patriot Love "has evolved instead into a slim and disappointing brochure intended to advertise the author's apparently incontestable Canadian pedigree." (Globe and Mail. April 25, 2009)
As a rule, I don't pass along these "add your name" lists that appear in emails. BUT this one is important. It has been circulating for months and has been sent to over 20 million people.Scary thought though... there's only one "Mrs. McGuinty" listed... what about his mother, and his brother's wives? ;-)
We don't want to lose any names on the list so just hit forward and send it on. PLEASE keep it going!
To show your support for Dalton McGuinty please go to the end of the list and add your name.
1. Mrs. McGuinty
How to be a true blue Conservative
Published On Tue Apr 13 2010
By Vinay Menon - Humour Writer
Thank you for your interest in the Conservative Party of Canada.
We are always scouring this great land – especially west of Winnipeg – for future political stars. Are you shrewd? Do you have street smarts? Do you believe government should be small and surpluses should be big?
Are you ready to fight the blight of liberalism and Stand Up For Canada?
Recent situations have forced us to rethink our once invisible recruitment strategies. Psychological profiling, stress analysis, urine tests – we are considering all of this going forward.
For now, however, we ask that you take a few minutes to answer a few multiple-choice questions. These hypothetical situations, and your responses to them, will help us gauge your suitability.
Here now, our 2010 Screening Questionnaire For Aspiring Conservative Politicians:
1. You are about to breakup with a girlfriend who has ties to a biker gang. During a visit to her home, what do you bring?
a) Flowers and chocolate.
b) A goodbye card.
c) Sensitive documents related to a NATO meeting.
2. It is your birthday and you are rushing to catch a flight in Charlottetown. When asked by airport staff to remove your boots, what is your reaction?
a) You comply.
b) You say, “Thank you for doing your job!”
c) You berate staff, swear and refer to the entire city as a hellhole.
3. You are on a conference call with public health officials during a listeriosis outbreak that has caused multiple fatalities. Do you:
a) Ask for the latest information.
b) Outline an emergency plan to deal with the crisis.
c) Start making inappropriate jokes such as, “This is like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts.”
4. The shutdown of a Canadian nuclear reactor has caused an international shortage of medical isotopes needed for cancer testing. In one word, please describe the situation:
5. While giving tourism money to a gay rights organization, you find yourself in a photo-op with drag queens. Do you:
a) Ask not to be photographed.
b) Discreetly tell organizers this may alienate supporters who are socially conservative.
c) Smile for the picture without giving it a second thought.
6. A Canadian city has not met the technical criteria while submitting an application for federal stimulus money. Do you:
a) Calmly reject the application.
b) Work with municipal leaders to develop a compromise solution.
c) Tell the city to, “F--- OFF!”
7. When is it appropriate to raise taxes?
a) Never – Canada is already beset with high taxes.
b) Never – raising taxes will hurt families and businesses.
c) Not sure.
8. Using three words, please finish the following sentence. “A woman’s place is ________:”
a) in the kitchen.
b) in the bedroom.
c) wherever she wants.
9. You’re no longer with the party, but your spouse is. You’re leaving a dinner with shady business associates. You are also drunk and in possession of cocaine. Do you:
a) Call a cab.
b) Call a friend.
c) Drive and exceed the posted speed limit.
10. (Removed after reconsideration... not quite in keeping with the content of my blog. Click the link above if you really want to read this one...)
Now please review your responses. If you answered “c” to any question, we must ask that you cease from contacting us again. Seriously, we will contact the RCMP.
Once again, thank you for your interest in the Conservative Party of Canada.
firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/vinaymenon
This referendum was totally stacked and more broadly we need to be more organized than the Right to win. The "No" people were a scary bunch of conservatives, libertarians, careerist Admin hacks, zionists and anti-choicers. An equally broad coalition of groups on the left is necessary to keep the CFS in Guelph. - Sat April 10, 2010 at 23:49Scratch below the surface of a leftist, and you'll typically find an anti-Semite.
[George] Ignatieff was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, the youngest of five sons, to a distinguished Russian family. His mother was Princess Natalia Nikolayevna Meshcherskaya and his father was Count Paul Ignatieff, a close advisor to Tsar Nicholas II serving as his last Minister of Education.
In fact, I felt sympathy for just about everyone in that class. In private conversation, they all seemed like good-hearted, intelligent people. But like communist diehards confessing their counter-revolutionary thought-crimes at a Soviet workers' council, or devout Catholics on their knees in the confession booth, they also seemed utterly consumed by their sin, regarding their pallor as a sort of moral leprosy. I came to see them as Lady Macbeths in reverse -- cursing skin with nary a "damn'd spot." Even basic communication with friends and fellow activists, I observed, was a plodding agony of self-censorship, in which every syllable was scrutinized for subconscious racist connotations as it was leaving their mouths.
While politically correct campus activists often come across as smug and single-minded, I realized, their intellectual life might more accurately be described as bipolar-- combining an ecstatic self-conception as high priestesses who pronounce upon the racist sins of our society, alongside extravagant self-mortification in regard to their own fallen state.
Liberals lose ground with House in session
Canadians liked Grits better when Parliament was prorogued: poll
Gloria Galloway - Ottawa
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff did much complaining about prorogation, but Canadians seem to like his party better when it is not in the House of Commons.
Conventional wisdom says sitting governments – Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in this case – lose ground when Parliament is sitting and the opposition has a daily chance to rip verbal holes through their policies. But Mr. Ignatieff has been turning conventional wisdom on its head.