“SHARING is CARING”
“LAUGHTER is the best MEDICINE!”
I FIRED JUSTINE YEARS AGO – THE ARMY NEEDS TO ARREST HIM !
TODAY’S TWITTER FIGHT AGAINST TURDEAU = August 24 2019
I will spare you THE SWEAR WORDS and NAME CALLING etc.
EVERYTHING except for my section of comments can be found here;
CANADA has never had proper elections, they are all bought and paid for “BANKSTER SELECTIONS.” It is all a CSIS FRONT to fool Canadians thinking they have a voice and an actual chance to vote someone HONEST in. WHY he has to go ! SO someone that is HONEST with INTEGRITY can take-over.
Remember they tried to bribe me like 5 or 6 times and I posted it for PROOF. The last 2 times it was 100 million dollars. I am divine JUSTICE because I am TRUSTED and HONEST. WHY do YOU think I have this mission ? HONESTY
I have an INTERNATIONAL ARREST WARRANT out on Justin Trudeau !
EXACTLY – WHAT YEAR are you HUMANITY = going to ACT ON IT ?
WE came to this PLANET for many reasons, one is that you STAND-UP for YOUR RIGHTS and FREEDOMS and DO NOT LET them walk all over you CANADIANS ! I put a few MEMES together to make you LAUGH as they LAUGH at us. Mr TRUDEAU has serious reptilian MENTAL PROBLEMS.
THEY ROB US and KILL US and LAUGH at US , MY TURN to LAUGH ! It is easier to LAUGH at them making idiots of themselves – then agree to them. It helps cushion the blow of the INSANITY of these beings – are out of Control. And they want to CONTROL US, it’s absurd to let psychopaths rule the world.
Why don’t you go sell crazy somewhere else, because we are all stocked up in this country no thanks to the PC’s!
The good people of can’t wait to get rid of u in October!
Been around near 60 yrs and have never once found a requirement to “celebrate Pride” you divisive inept “politician”. Have a few gay friends who find the entire thing debasing. Turned into a freak show that children should not be attending. Don’t you have a job?
GAYDAR WARNING !!! GAY people don’t bother me, just no details please.
MACRON and JUSTINE
I couldn’t agree more,
@EmmanuelMacron. We did lots of work to protect the environment at the #G7 last year in Charlevoix, & we need to continue this weekend. We need to #ActForTheAmazon & act for our planet — our kids & grandkids are counting on us.
Look at climate cycles throughout history. Media and schools target your emotions and therefore control your thinking!
Your future only for your G7 friends, at the cost of ruining everyone else’s.
Time to put down the crack pipe!
You may be the dumbest politician the world has ever seen. Yes even dumber than Justin Trudeau
I love how our Prime Minister
@JustinTrudeau leads by example. Well done sir!!
@JustinTrudeau anytime, any day, for any reason! Maybe the good ppl of Canada will be so kind as to share him to also be our Prez for about 1.5 yrs? Our illegitimate guy is Broken! (& definitely, beyond repair).
“But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” Rev. 22:15 Nuff said!
TRUDEAU has got the REPTILIAN BRAIN WORM that is why he is NEW WORLD ORDER and turned-on CANADA. Unfortunately he has to go.
News: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to pose Nude for Gay Magazine
And the media is still too busy talking about Justin Trudeau is here to see that the entire Canadian public wants to piss on him.
SOMALI IMMIGRANTS – are more illegal UN ISIS members being snuck in ?
I have always wondered if there is an underground base under Pierre Elliot’s Trudeau’s airport ?
He’s increasing immigration to our country which means an increase in population. And the bigger the population, the more problems we’ll have . We will become like the states.
Liberals don’t follow rules Its the Justin Trudeau policy
Justin Trudeau should be ashamed for boycotting the annual Parliament Hill Pro Life Rally. He is teaching our young people that equality only applies to people who agree with him. Justin has done nothing to evolve his views.
WELL he does run a PEDO-RING with his FATHER for over 2o years so…..
i am horrified by how much you are flying around the world and burning fossil fuels, hypocrites
3 whole weeks, shocking!!
#Trudeau been propping up our economy & unemployment stats 4 a yr. Our budget wont be balanced till 2040 (their #s) & he’s spent more than any PM in history & most not in #Canada We have homeless vets & illegal migrants in hotels. Grass isn’t greener.
Trudeau’s back up plan is that after he has totally destroyed Canada and turned the remains over to UN/Cabal takeover of our resources and infrastructure and the Hussen led Islamic invasion, JT himself will move onward and upward in the UN collective somewhere outside of Canada.
EVILS OF THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
Kristin Raworth was afraid to go home Saturday night.
The Edmonton woman came forward with sexual harassment allegations against former federal cabinet minister Kent Hehr this week.
Now she wishes she had never said a word.
Raworth was greeted with broad support when she tweeted allegations about Hehr, still a Calgary MP, Wednesday night.
That has since turned to death threats on social media and email, threatening voice mails left on her work line, and 3 a.m. calls to people close to her, saying they’re going to track her down.
The final straw was Saturday, when a note was shoved under her door at home.
“Shut the f–k up,” it said, “or we’re going to come after you.”
A public servant with the Alberta government, Raworth is now under the watch of legislature security.
She has been told not to be alone.
Raworth spoke with Postmedia late Saturday afternoon. By then, she was “completely cried out.”
At first, Raworth said, she tried to brush it off. She has since gone to police.
She detailed threats that range from wishes she will be injured to those who hope she is raped or killed. Others call her a “whore.”
Raworth said her boss in the Alberta public service has been incredible in his support but, beyond that, she feels let down by the provincial and federal governments.
She said she has contacted a friend in the prime minister’s office Saturday morning, detailing the threats and asking someone from the party to publicly condemn the threats or do something to slow the onslaught of hatred being thrown at her.
She also asked them to reach out to her former boss Amarjeet Sohi, federal infrastructure minister and Liberal MP for Edmonton-Mill Woods, but has heard nothing.
Meanwhile, Liberal party whip Pablo Rodriguez confirmed Sunday that he had received another complaint about Hehr and passed it to the person in charge of the inquiry into the former minister’s behaviour.
In an emailed statement Saturday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said, “It is crucial that every person who comes forward has a safe space to tell their story. We have advised the appropriate security agencies on these matters.”
Alberta Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said in a email Sunday afternoon that threats of violence against Raworth are not acceptable “and must stop now.”
As Raworth’s employer, McLean said the government has provided security and counselling services to the Edmonton woman and is discussing how to further support her.
On Wednesday night, Raworth tweeted that on her first day of work as a Progressive Conservative legislative assistant in 2008, “I was told to avoid being in an elevator with Kent Hehr. He would make comments. He would make you feel unsafe.”
She later told Postmedia she wanted to encourage a conversation about political staffers working in an environment where they don’t feel they can speak up against powerful MLAs.
As a result, Hehr resigned his cabinet post and lawyer Christine Thomlinson is to conduct an independent investigation for the government.
“I can’t go home tonight, because I’m worried about what will happen to me,” Raworth said Saturday.
“I wish I hadn’t said anything. If this is the price, it’s just not worth it to me. Not now.”
With files from The Canadian Press
Wow the Liberals own the Australian media too. This conspiracy is much more widespread than first thought. Its gone global. By the way you may wish the sweep your house there are probably cameras and bugs everywhere.
Senior PMO staffers Gerald Butts and Katie Telford to return $65K in ‘unreasonable’ moving expenses
Top PMO staffers release detailed breakdown of moving expenses charged to taxpayers
Two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most trusted advisers are repaying more than $65,000 in “unreasonable” expenses after the Liberal government controversially approved $207,052.11 to cover the cost of moving the pair from Toronto to Ottawa.
Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts posted a statement on Facebook Thursday evening, saying that his initial claim of $126,669.56 and Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford’s claim of $80,382.55 contained unreasonable charges.
- Trudeau Liberals spent $1.1M to move political staff
- Philpott’s use of Liberal-friendly car service to be probed by ethics commissioner
- Catherine McKenna calls for review after $6,600 photography bill at climate summit
“Katie and I feel like we owe people an explanation after the news stories involving our families over the last couple of days. Here’s our best shot at it,” said Butts.
“While the rules were clear and we followed them, we both know that’s not always enough,” Butts added.
“In the interests of living the government’s and team Trudeau’s values of transparency and accountability, we are releasing a breakdown of both our families’ eligible expenses,” he said, “refusing or refunding payment for a significant portion of them, and taking full responsibility for the whole series of events that led to this point.”
- Moving logistics: $10,735.50
- Real estate commission, fees and employer taxes: $44,149.40
- Personalized cash payout and incidentals: $23,373.71
- Administration fees: $1,577.94
- Travel: $546
- Moving logistics: $14,636.39
- Real estate commission, fees and employer taxes: $47,103.56
- Personalized cash and incidentals: $20,799.10
- Land transfer tax, legal fees and insurance: $25,141.31
- Temporary rental lodging (apartment): $18,247.60
- Administration fees: $468.60
- Travel: $273
The statement goes on to say that both staffers now consider the “personalized cash and incidentals” they charged were inappropriate and will be reimbursed in full.
In addition, Butts said he would also be reimbursing part of the land transfer tax he claimed that was “over and above what would have been the cost of the tax on a home at the average house price in Ottawa for 2016.”
In a separate email to CBC News, Butts said the portion of the land transfer tax he would repay would be $20,819.52.
In total, Telford will pay back $23,373.71 and Butts will pay back $41,618.62.
The statement signed by both staffers notes that releasing a moving expenses breakdown for PMO staffers has never been done before. They also say that they will not be asking other staffers to pay back their moving expenses, “nor will we call on members of previous governments to do the same.”
Following the Rules
“We take full responsibility for this having happened and because of that we are sorry,” Butts wrote. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons over the past few days, and we commit to continuing to improve transparency in the future.”
Blaine Calkins, Conservative critic for ethics, said Trudeau still needs to explain to Canadians why he gave taxpayer money to his two staffers in the first place, and called the prime minister’s judgement into question.
“The fact is, Conservatives caught the prime minister’s friends with their hands in the cookie jar. They would have gotten away with this without Conservatives acting as the taxpayers’ watchdog,” said Calkins.
“This outrageous abuse of public funds is unacceptable and taxpayers won’t stand for it,” he added.
The Facebook post said Trudeau has asked the secretary of the Treasury Board to create a new policy to govern relocation expenses across government.
This latest expenses scandal to envelop the Liberals was the subject of heated debate in the media and in the House of Commons Thursday as Trudeau was challenged to defend the spending while Canadian families in the oilpatch remained out of work.
Earlier this summer, Health Minister Jane Philpott was forced to repay expenses she claimed for an Air Canada executive lounge membership and for hiring a luxury car service owned by a Liberal supporter. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was also forced to defend spending of $6,600 on photography at the Paris climate change summit.
Is that why you gave 42 Billion in contracts to China today instead of Canada , I guess you were to busy standing up for Canada to notice eh
The Liberal Government Hands $42 Billion In Construction Projects to China At Expense Of Canadians
For Immediate Release
MARKHAM, Ontario, August 20, 2019 — The federal government announced on August 9, 2019, that it will be granting full duty remissions on illegally dumped fabricated steel from China to supply two liquid natural gas (LNG) projects located in British Columbia. Their recent action was announced with their assurance that “trade barriers would not be permitted to stand in the way of these historic private sector investments”.
The two projects involved are LNG Canada and Woodfibre LNG, both located on the coast of B.C. The partners in LNG Canada are made up of a consortium of investors of which include China. These two LNG projects will be modularized, meaning they will be built in smaller shippable pieces with all the equipment and components preinstalled. The modules will be connected on site, requiring very few construction workers. Essentially, in doing so, the largest project ever in the history of Canada will be handed over to Chinese businesses and workers.
“The announcement was very disappointing,” says Ed Whalen, President & CEO of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). “These two projects, if done in Canada, would have created hundreds of thousands of construction jobs for all trades across the country. Projects like these employ skilled workers from all over Canada and not just in the local area. This is a hundreds-of-thousands-of-jobs-lost kind of mistake.”
The duties on fabricated structural steel have been implemented by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) under the Special Import Measure Act (SIMA) after proof that China, South Korea and Spain were found to be illegally dumping into Canada. An appeal of the CITT’s decision is currently still pending in the Federal Court of Appeal.
“The government has called SIMA and the rulings of the CITT ‘trade barriers’ in their announcement! For the Government of Canada to call their own fair trade process a trade barrier is dumbfounding,” says Whalen. “This statement will send shock waves across all Canadian industries contemplating future capital investment and their viability in Canada.”
Last fall, the federal government provided $275 million of taxpayers’ money to LNG Canada to encourage the project to go ahead. Interestingly, the maximum duty on steel from China would have been $275 million in total cost.
“For the Liberal government to double down with a remission was not necessary. They got their duty money last fall and now they get it twice,” says Whalen. “Minister Morneau also stated last fall the government would let the legal process take its course before any further action by government. The Liberal remission appears to be a pre-emptive move to override or influence the courts.”
Modules are custom for each construction project. Canada has been assembling modules for many years with the projects like those in Alberta. The argument that Canada does not or can’t do this work is false. What is true is that international oil and gas companies want the lowest cost, China’s illegal dumping and subsidizing provides that, the government of Canada will offer the legal framework to allow this to happen and Canadian construction workers no longer have access to projects in Canada.
The CITT levied trade duties against China in June 2017. China was proven to be illegally dumping fabricated steel into Canada at up to 48 per cent, in addition to illegally subsidizing its industry at up to $2,300 per metric tonne. Since then, a number of LNG companies have requested waivers on these duties in order to complete any related projects with the use of illegally dumped Chinese fabricated structural steel and modules.
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HOW did TURDEAU get in there being a drama teacher? NO one knew he was a drama teacher at that time as it was hidden, like everything else the Government does. The EVIL ones KILLED HARPER so someone had to go in.
So the REPTILIANS came in and KILLED HARPER. I knew he was DIRTY. We had to put someone in there to get rid of REPTILIAN HARPER. Someone suggested TRUDEAU so we demanded they put him in there BECAUSE HE WAS HUMAN at that. TIME. THEN the CABAL gets a hold of him, KILLS HIM and CLONES HIM and then CANADA goes down the CRAPPER. HE is a REPTILIAN DEMON infested CLONE has to be removed as HE is knowingly ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING CANADA on his way out. And HE IS STARVING the GOOD GUYS and MESSING with our FINANCES taking from US and the whistleblowers. Once this worm gets hold of them they TURN as it called and loose all compassion and emotion that makes you a human. TRUDEAU is gone all that is left is this DEMONIC shell of a being that is right demented and mentally unfit as YOU have witnessed TAX PAYER MONIES theft and he using OUR tax dollars for ISIS/ANTIFA TERRORISM on the Canadians, Whilst he SHAFTS the GOOD GUYS and takes away our MONEY to survive on.
HARPER was just as bad and ERASED all the Government files to HIDE the evidence of how he also RAPED and PILLAGED CANADA for PROFIT, like they all do. I heard JUSTIN TRUDEAU – murdered 2 single mother’s over his pedo-rings. Abel DANGER , Field talked about this a couple of times and he tried to take out TRUMP, one of his clones and that CLONE was arrested.
THE REPTILIAN BANKSTERS want to CONTROL and STEAL. They have been doing this a VERY long time and they are PARASITES who print FIAT MONEY and STEAL actual TANGIBLE GOODS off of HUMANITY to get ahead and use that money for EVIL. It has been proven that the MONEY they STEAL is NEVER used for good or to aid humanity. So they take our money from the banks, our homes, our lands, our vehicles and even STEAL our children.
SOON they will NEVER be able to STEAL off us again or STARVE US to death as that has happened many times on this planet because of WHO is in control.
Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
The Tyee’s full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.
Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency.
Last week we published 59 examples in two parts, and asked our readers to suggest any we may have missed. Among the many suggestions we gratefully received, we concluded that 11 more meet the criteria for “abuses of power.” Today we compile all 70 items into one omnibus of abuse by the Stephen Harper government.
This list is now also available as a tablet-friendly pdf which you can download for free here. Thanks, once more, to friends of The Tyee who helped with this list.
SECTION I. ABUSING PARLIAMENT: SABOTAGE, SCANDALS, CORRUPTION AND CONTEMPT
This section includes examples of willful misgoverning by the PM and his team, 31 times they have lied, flouted rules and stymied democracy to achieve political and ideological ends.
PMO Tied to Senate Hush Money Scandal
An RCMP affidavit reported widespread involvement by PMO staffers in a secret payment to Senator Mike Duffy to try and make a political problem go away. The Senate expenses scandal brought on allegations of a cover-up, a breach of the public trust, and a whitewashing of a Senate report. The PMO was found to have hand in the altering of a damning Deloitte audit.
Harper Found in Contempt of Parliament
For refusing to disclose information on the costing of programs to Parliament, which Parliament was entitled to receive, the Harper government became the first in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament.
Against Court Order, Refusal to Share Budget Info
Even though it lost a court case and was ordered to comply, the Harper government nevertheless refused to share 170 times reasons and impacts for cuts with Canada’s independent budget watchdog, mocking Parliament’s right to control the public purse.
Conservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from Testimony
A PMO edict absolved political staffers from ever having to testify before parliamentary committees.
Conservatives Falsify Reports and Documents
Among documents deliberately altered in the writing or the quoting by the government: CIDA document by Bev Oda’s office on Kairos; the Senate Committee Report on the Duffy affair; a report by former auditor general Sheila Fraser on financial management.
Repeated Duplicity in Afghan Detainees Controversy
Among the abuses: Parliament was misled and denied documents. An inquiry was shut down. Tories attempted to discredit diplomat Richard Colvin whose testimony diverted from the government’s line.
Repeated Duplicity on Costing of F-35 Fighter Jets
Harper Minister Lies, Blames Statistics Canada for Killing Long Form Census
Under fire for Conservatives killing the long form census, Industry Minister Tony Clement falsely stated that StatsCan backed the idea and assured the voluntary substitute would yield valid statistical data. Neither was true, outraged StatsCan sources confirmed.
Conservative MP Admits He Lied to Parliament
As opposition members claimed the Harper government was out to rig election rules in its favour, Conservative MP Brad Butt rose in the House of Commons to say why the bill was needed — all the voter fraud he had personally witnessed. Weeks later he rose again to say his statements were false. Delivering his strained apology, he failed to explain why he lied in the first place.
Conservative House Leader Admits to Mockery of Question Period
Criticized far and wide for farcical answers in question period, Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to Harper, made a tearful apology for abuse of the democratic process.
Harper Maligns the Supreme Court Chief Justice
Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with Omnibus Bills
Harper’s party pushed legislation through Parliament via omnibus bills, the scale of which Parliament had never seen. Such bills are widely condemned as an abuse of the democratic process, because they blend and bury so many controversial laws within one dense package. Harper himself once railed against them, and his born again love for them made his own MPs queasy. Referencing such bills, former auditor general Sheila Fraser said that “Parliament has become so undermined that it is almost unable to do the job that people expect of it.”
Harperites Deliberately Sabotage, Stymie Committee System
Conservatives used tactics such as barring witnesses, closure, time limitations, and in camera sessions to an extent rarely, if ever, witnessed in Canada. In their early days in power, top Conservatives prepared a handbook instructing committee chairpersons how to obstruct proceedings.
Harper’s Own MPs Protest Muzzling
In a caucus known for his tight discipline, in 2014 some members finally rose up to contest being censored at question period by the Prime Minister’s Office. Former Conservative backbencher Brent Rathgeber turned independent and published a book, Irresponsible Government, decrying anti-democratic practices.
Conservative Bill Rewrites History to Protect Mounties from Potential Criminal Charges
To protect the RCMP, the government retroactively made an old bill come into force before it was passed by Parliament.
Harper Minister Caught in Advertising Scam with Public Funds
The Globe and Mail revealed that Harper’s chosen Minister for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre commissioned a team of public servants for overtime work on a Sunday to film him glad-handing constituents. The vanity video on the taxpayer dime was to promote the government’s benefits for families.
Corrupt Conservative Cronies
The Senate scandal is just the latest eruption of crony corruption in Harperite ranks. Take Bruce Carson. He was a convicted fraudster before Harper made him a key advisor in the PMO. There, Carson was lobbied for money for a new University of Calgary eco-think tank. He then left the PMO to run the same think tank, converting it to an oil industry booster with a $15-million grant from the Harper government. The complex saga added one more criminal charge to others Carson faces for allegedly illegally working his connections with the Harper government.
Access to Information System Impeded
Many new roadblocks have been put up by the Harper Conservatives. Former Information Commissioner Robert Marleau concluded that having obtained absolute power, the prime minister “has absolutely abused that power to the maximum.”
The Silencing of the Public Service
The PMO took an unprecedented step in instituting a system wherein the bureaucracy has all its communications vetted by the political nerve centre. The policy contribution role of the public service is significantly reduced. Complaints from insiders allege that the Privy Council office has become increasingly politicized.
Loyalty Oaths Imposed on Public Servants
Harper Government Sued by Justice Department Whistleblower
Time and again the Harper government proposes bills that end up being shot down by the courts, prompting critics to say such legislation is more about making political statements than lasting policy. The wasted efforts bothered senior justice department lawyer Edgar Schmidt so much he finally sued the government for breaking the law by inadequately evaluating whether proposed bills violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He was promptly suspended without pay.
Conservatives Block Accreditation for Opposition MPs
In another example of partisanship taken to new heights, the PMO blocked opposition members from being accredited for international environment conferences and from visiting military bases.
Tactic Borrowed from North Korea’s Dear Leader
Ostensibly neutral public servants were used as stooges, falsely posing as new citizens in a staged Citizenship Renewal public relations exercise by the Immigration Department. Media critics had a field day comparing the charade to practices undertaken by North Korean dictators.
Clampdown on Freedom of Speech of Diplomatic Corps
Ottawa’s diplomats must get all communications approved from Conservative political operatives. Under Harper, the country’s ambassadors are hardly heard from any more. In a recent speech, former United Nations ambassador Stephen Lewis said our political culture under the Conservatives has descended into “a nadir of indignity.”
Aquatic Science Libraries Decimated
The Harper government’s downsizing of federal libraries included sudden closing of seven world famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans archives. A leaked memo revealed the destruction and consolidation would save less than half a million dollars. Scientist patrons of the libraries, who witnessed chaotic chucking of rare literature, called it a “book burning” with no logical purpose other than to restrict environmental information. The Harper government claimed vital works would be digitally preserved, but never provided a plan or cost for doing so, nor any proof it had happened. No scientists interviewed by The Tyee believed digitizing would or could replace what was lost.
UN Blasts Canada’s Treatment of Immigrants
Changes made to the Canada’s immigration and refugee system under Harper were investigated by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, whose report blasted how thousands of migrants are detained indefinitely without due process, many for over a year or more, as well as poor mental health support for those incarcerated.
Harper Government Denies Khadr Basic Rights
Defying court rulings, the Conservative government refused to accord Omar Khadr basic rights such as access to media. Editorialists of right and left persuasion described the move as unbefitting a democratic government.
Illegitimate Prorogation of Parliament, Twice
Prorogations are a legitimate procedure that can be abused depending on motivations. The Harper government provoked 60 protests across Canada and beyond its borders in 2010 after shutting the legislature’s doors to escape condemnation on the Afghan detainees’ file. It was the second prorogation in a year’s period.
Undue Interference with Independent Agencies
Command and control system was extended to meddling in bodies like National Energy Board and CRTC whose arms-length autonomy is significantly reduced. A special target was the Parliamentary Budget Office, which was hit with condemnations and budget cuts for its critical reports.
Billions Borrowed without Parliament’s Permission
The auditor general sounded alarms about the “prodigious” growth and size of federal borrowing. Those billions in “non–budgetary” spending used to get Parliament’s oversight, but no more. The finance minister can borrow what he wants without Parliament’s permission. Why? A loophole buried in a 2007 Harper omnibus bill.
Lapdogs Appointed as Watchdogs
The most controversial was the case of former Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet. Her office reviewed more than 200 whistleblowing cases. Disciplinary action followed on none of them. Ouimet’s own angry staffers blew the whistle on their boss. The auditor general found Ouimet intimidated her employees, took “retaliatory action” against them and may have breached their privacy, all part of the Harper appointee’s “gross mismanagement.” Ouimet was paid more than $500,000 to leave her post.
SECTION II: ‘HARPER BRAND’ ABUSES: LIES, SPIES, AND THIS PORK SMELLS REALLY BAD
This election began the minute the last one ended. Since his first day as PM, Stephen Harper has reinforced his party’s ‘brand’ by rewarding cronies, slapping the Conservative logo on government cheques, perfecting the no questions photo-op, instructing bureaucrats to start calling Canada’s government “the Harper Government.” The flip side has been relentless monitoring, muzzling and attacks on anyone who might tarnish the image. Here are 22 instances of power abused to build the Harper brand.
PMO Attempts to Cover up Video Leak Putting Troops at Risk
On an Iraq visit, the PMO was caught lying to try and cover up the leak of a promo video, which constituted a security breach. The PMO, noted a National Post editorial, “stumbled from blunder to evasion and falsehood in the service of shamelessly manipulative partisanship, especially in using our troops as PR props.”
The ‘Harper Government’ Labelling Deception
Public servants were told to use “Harper Government” instead of “Government of Canada” in publicity releases. The Conservatives denied it was happening — until internal memos revealed by the Canadian Press revealed the denial to be without basis.
Conservatives Place Party Logos on Government of Canada Cheques
Once “caught red-handed,” they backed off. The federal ethics commissioner, adopting the exasperated tone of an adult lecturing a child, noted: “Public spending announcements are government activities, not partisan political activities, and it is not appropriate to brand them with partisan or personal identifiers.”
Record Amounts of Partisan Political Advertising, on the Public Purse
Several media reports told how the Conservatives used taxpayer money for partisan political advertising in record quantity, costing the public treasury $750 million since Harper became PM. In one instance, the Tories spent lavishly on ads for the promotion of a jobs grant program that had yet to be made public or presented to parliament or the provinces. Even more nakedly partisan, a mailed blast, charged to the taxpayers, targeting Justin Trudeau.
Conservatives Stack Their Own Ridings with Infrastructure Funds
In a display of brazen pork barreling, the Conservatives arranged for no less than 83 percent of infrastructure fund projects go to Conservative ridings.
$50 Million Spending Deception as Documented by the Auditor General
The auditor general ruled Conservatives diverted $50-million from spending slated for border infrastructure to political spending on projects in Tony Clement’s riding at the time of the G-8 summit. Parliament was willfully misled.
Patronage Run Amok
After promising a new way, the prime minister dismantled his newly created Public Appointments Commission and reverted to old-styled patronage by the barrel. In June 2015, the PM made 98 patronage appointments. That included stocking the National Capital Commission with loyalists in advance of decisions on the controversial monument to the victims of communism.
Undermining Statistics Canada, Killing Data
Government Muzzles Science Community
Top scientists came under such heavy monitoring by the Conservatives that they staged “Death of Evidence” protests for being denied freedom of speech. The Conservatives sent out chaperones or “media minders” to track Environment Canada scientists and report on them.
Like Never Before, Limits Placed on Media Access
Journalists have been hard-pressed to recall another time when controls put on them were so tight. At the Conservatives’ 2013 Calgary convention, reporters wrote of being harassed and penned in at every turn by the PMO’s command and control system. In his book Killing The Messenger, journalist Mark Bourrie charts the many examples of new limits on freedom of speech introduced in the Harper era.
Harper’s Team Tries to Ban Journalist for Asking Question
Veteran TV cameraman Dave Ellis covered a Harper speech about oil to a business audience. Though media had been instructed no questions allowed, Ellis posed one about charges laid against a Conservative MP. The PMO tried to punish Ellis and his network by kicking him off covering Harper’s trip to Malaysia. After media hue and cry, Harper backed down and Ellis went.
Harper Minister Sucker Punches CBC Budget
After the 2011 federal election Heritage Minister James Moore assured Conservatives would “maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and we will commit to that.” The next year, Harper’s Cons delivered the biggest government cut to CBC since the mid-1990s, much deeper in proportion than overall trims to federal programs, defying public sentiment.
Suppression of Research
In the gun registration debate, incriminating research and documents such as a Firearms Report were deliberately withheld from the public. While ramping up their prison building, Conservatives suppressed related research and studies contradicting their political priorities.
The Vic Toews Porno Smear
In a vivid example of the browbeating of opponents, the minister of public safety said anyone who opposed federal plans to make electronic surveillance of Canadians easier for authorities was siding with child pornographers.
Harper’s Fallen Soldiers Blackout
Emulating George W. Bush’s optics tactics, Stephen Harper banned media coverage of fallen soldiers’ caskets returning from Afghanistan. He also refused to lower the flag half-mast. Soldiers’ family members expressed confusion and anger at the perceived show of disrespect.
Protesters Put under Blanket Surveillance
According to a leaked memo, as part of its command and control approach, the Conservatives have approved a system wherein all advocates, protesters and demonstrations can be monitored by authorities. The Government Operations Centre has requested federal departments to assist it in compiling a comprehensive inventory of protesters. Security specialists have called it a breach of Canadians’ Charter of Rights. Conservatives have moved to give CSIS even more powers than the spy agency wants.
Rights and Democracy, Other Groups, Dismantled
In a show of brute force, the Montreal-based group Rights and Democracy was pole-axed for its alleged political leanings and eventually disbanded. Organizations like the church group Kairos were de-budgeted or dismantled for political leanings. Nuclear Safety Commission head Linda Keen was dumped. Among the complaints cited by the PM was that in her distant past, she had some Liberal ties.
Harper Government Spied on Aboriginal Critic, ‘Retaliated’
Aboriginal child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock was spied on by the Harper government, and when she arrived for a meeting with other First Nations leaders at the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs only she was barred entry. Finding Blackstock had been “retaliated” against by a ministry official, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal awarded her $20,000 for pain and suffering.
Revenue Canada Loosed to Attack Charities
Not all charities, just the ones that don’t seem adequately aligned with the Harper brand. Enough to include many environmental, aid, human rights and free speech charities that banded together to push back against what looks like a politically motivated witch hunt.
Conservatives Use Unheard of Tactic to Force through Anti-Union Bill
Conservative senators went to the unprecedented extent of overruling their own Speaker. What could be so important to break Senate rules? A bill pushed by Harper that is almost certainly unconstitutional for its privacy invading measures forced onto unions, unlike other groups. Latest in a steady stream of Conservative attacks on organized labour in Canada.
Harper Smears Liberal Sikh MP, Insinuating Tie to Terrorism
When Liberals opposed a 2007 Conservative plan to extend anti-terror legislation, Stephen Harper singled out Grit MP Navdeep Bains, seeming to suggest that Bains’ party was motivated by a desire to protect Bains’ father-in-law, Darshan Singh Saini. A recent news story had claimed Singh Saini was on a list of witnesses sought by the RCMP for its Air India investigation, but provided no proof he was involved. In the House, Liberals erupted with outrage and Bains asked, in vain, that Harper apologize.
Veterans’ Advocates Smeared
Medical files of Sean Bruyea, a strong advocate for veterans’ rights, were leaked in a case that privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart described as “alarming.” Veterans Affairs Canada ombudsman Pat Stogran was dumped after criticizing the government.
SECTION III: ELECTION ABUSES: SCAMS, SLIMES, STINGS AND CROOKED SPENDING
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have made federal elections a gladiators’ arena where anything goes — unless and until you are caught, that is. Here are 17 times his team violated election laws or ethics.
Conservatives Run Undercover Sting Operations
Conservatives secretly recorded political opponents and also used agent provocateur techniques to try and entrap them. A sting operation against Marlo Raynolds, a Liberal candidate in Alberta, was backed by then employment minister Jason Kenney.
Conservative Convicted on Robocalls Scam
Tory operative Michael Sona was given jail time for his role in the robocalls scam. The judge indicated more than one person was likely involved. In another court judgment in a case brought by the Council of Canadians, the ruling said the robocalls operation was widespread, not just limited to the Guelph riding. Donald Segretti who did dirty tricks for the Nixon White House told a Canadian reporter his skullduggery didn’t go so low as to run schemes sending voters to the wrong polling stations.
Harper’s Ex-Parliamentary Secretary Jailed for Breaking Election Law
Dean Del Maestro was one of Harper’s favourites. As his parliamentary secretary, the PM frequently used him as an attack dog to allege misdeeds by opposition members. Del Maestro was given a jail sentence in June for his own election spending violations.
‘Reprehensible’ Dirty Tricks Campaign against Irwin Cotler
Conservatives Bar Crosbie Candidacy
In a clear-cut case of the party hierarchy’s undercutting of democratic rights, Ches Crosbie, son of former Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie, was barred from running for the party in Newfoundland.
Election Violations Prompt Resignation of Cabinet Member
Conservatives Attempt Election Campaign Frame-up
In an attempted smear in the last week of the 2011 election campaign, a senior Harper strategist planted a false story in Sun Media that Michael Ignatieff was an Iraq war planner. (Neither Conservative operatives nor Sun Media opted to make hay with the true story that Stephen Harper had, while leader of the Canadian Alliance in 2003, published a letter in The Wall Street Journal itching to get Canada into that disastrous war and slamming then PM Jean Chretien for saying no.)
Harper’s Office Deploys Interns for Dirty Tricks
In one instance that brought on allegations of Nixonian tactics, junior PMO staffers in the guise of normal citizens were sent out to disrupt a Justin Trudeau speech.
Citizens Ejected from Conservative Rallies
Tory operatives hauled out citizens from a Harper rally in the 2011 campaign because they had marginal ties to other parties. A spokesperson for the PM was compelled to apologize. Problem fixed this time around: Only fully vetted Harper supporters will be allowed, by invite only, to attend the PM’s campaign stops. If they have a ticket.
Conservatives Make Campaign Event Attendees Sign Gag Order
Nolte: Martha’s Vineyard Home Proves Obama Knows Global Warming’s a Hoax
Barack and Michelle Obama are proving with the purchase of a $15 million home on Martha’s Vineyard that they know Global Warming is a hoax.
Do you want to know the very last thing a true believer in Global Warming would ever do…?
Move to an island and invest $15 million in a home with a — no joke — ocean view. But…
According to various news reports, Barry and Michelle are doing exactly that, and I do mean exactly that…
Here’s a photo of the estate, all 7,000 square feet of the mansion and the surrounding property… You see all that blue stuff off to the right…? That’s the Atlantic Ocean, y’all…
Now, some might see an awful lot of hypocrisy in a Global Warming believer like Obama purchasing a massive estate that will create an equally massive carbon footprint.
But that only proves Barry’s a hypocrite, not that he’s a Global Warming Denier.
Investing some $15 million to live on an island home that sits right on the Atlantic Ocean…? You want to know what this is… That is not just the actions of a hypocrite; what we have here is a full-blown Global Warming Denier, a Climate Denier, someone who is so sure the sea levels will never rise, he’s backing up that certainty with $15 million.
Hey, who said this…?
No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten every coastline. More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.
Barry said that about ten years before he spent $15 million for a home on … the coastline.
Hey, who said this…?
The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking.
Barry said that about ten years before he spent $15 million for a home on … the coastline.
Hey, who said this…?
[W]e’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods.
Barry said that about seven years before he spent $15 million for a home on … the ocean.
The Obamas are literally investing $15 million in the fact that Global Warming is a hoax.
What’s more, he is only 58 years old. He’s got at least another 25 to 30 years.
Regardless of his age, if Global Warming were real, this would be a terrible investment under any circumstance. As this dumb 12-year deadline counts down, it should be property along the coastlines that lose the most value, while inland property rates skyrocket due to overcrowding by leftists fleeing to safety… right?
But leftists are not leaving the coast, and the value of coastline property continues to rise.
If you want to know what people truly believe, don’t listen to what they say they believe… No, you have to watch what they actually do… And the very same people who are bullying us to give up our cars and beef and grills — because if we don’t, the oceans will rise and destroy the coasts!! — are the very same people living on … the coast.
Maybe they would rather drown, rather lose everything than live among us deplorables, but there are plenty of blue cities in flyover country… Why don’t these bigots move there?
Because they know it’s all bullshit. And Obama knows it’s bullshit. And the media surely know it’s bullshit because the media are doing the exact same thing Obama’s doing…
While far-left CNN dehumanizes anyone who doesn’t believe in Global Warming, the fake news network is moving its primary base of operations from inland Atlanta to right on — again, no joke — the water in Manhattan, the very same Manhattan the media said would be underwater already.
If Barry and Michelle Obama don’t believe in Global Warming, why should I?
Why should anyone?