Conservative scandals

“Some people tell lies to conceal the truth; the Conservatives tell lies because they have forgotten what the truth is.” Michael Harris

Nixon’s people called it “ratfucking” –
“acts of sabotage to damage an opponent.”

Stephen Harper: master manipulator

“You could argue that they stole the election.”

“The Polaris Institute thinktank reported in December 2012 that 45 oil lobbyists had been allowed to work inside Harper’s government and that during the previous four and a half years, officials and ministers had held some 2,700 meetings with the oil lobby. By contrast, the Climate Action Network had managed just six.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/stephen-harper-master-manipulator

Canada’s Ethics Commissioner Shouldn’t Let Harper Off the Hook

Over 80 complaints and NONE were investigated by ethics commissioner Mary Dawson.

“Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson is so ineffective that the media, not her, have revealed all of the ethics violations in federal politics in the past five years, while she has let dozens of Conservatives off the hook for clear violations and made more than 80 secret rulings, and so clearly the ethics law needs to be strengthened to ensure proper and effective enforcement and thousands of Canadians are calling on the House Committee to strongly recommend these and other key changes to stop unethical politicians and lobbyists.”

Harper, his jailbirds and the march toward demockery

… “Despite having fled Canadian corruption charges, Porter is still a Canadian Privy Councillor, courtesy of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s stellar judgment of people. At least Panama is paying the good doctor’s room and board behind bars while he fights extradition to Canada on a clutch of criminal charges.

Harper also appointed Del Mastro as his parliamentary secretary, and kept him in that position even while he knew Del Mastro was under investigation by Elections Canada. Given his personal selection of Porter, Bruce Carson, Patrick Brazeau and Del Mastro, it’s a fair question: does this PM have an infatuation for jailbirds?

But things went from comedy to theatre of the absurd when Teneycke boasted of the Conservatives “We’re better than the news, we’re truthful.”

Even the base must be choking on that pork-chop bone. Some people tell lies to conceal the truth; the Conservatives tell lies because they have forgotten what the truth is.

On the whopper index, this PM continues to Reach for the Top. No boots on the ground in Iraq. Sixty-five F-35 stealth fighters for $15 billion. The cheater Peter Penashue is the best MP Labrador ever had. ISIS has already attacked Canada. It would be madness to regulate the energy sector. There will be no appointed senators. Opponents of pipelines are a bunch of foreign-financed extremists, Linda Keen was a Liberal hack, Stephen Maher is a controversial journalist….you get the picture.

It is all about controlling the message. As his political woes deepen, Harper has a habit of moving away from substantive discourse and doubling down on the emotional and irrational. He is a master channel changer and his success begins where debate ends.


Brigette DePape protests during the Senate throne speech in 2011.

Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled

The Tyee’s full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.

Supreme Court rules former Stephen Harper aide Bruce Carson guilty of influence peddling

“After leaving the PMO, he tried to use his government connections at what was then called Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, as well as in cabinet, to push the sale of water-purification systems for First Nations communities made by a company known as H2O Pros and H2O Global. “

A Conservative collection of Harper government scandals

  • SENATE APPOINTMENTS
  • ELECTION SCANDALS
  • MAXIME BERNIER
  • VETERANS AFFAIRS
  • AFGHAN DETAINEES:
  • SUPREME COURT TUSSLE
  • G8 FUNDING
  • CONTEMPT RULINGS
  • PROROGATION
  • SEARCH AND RESCUE FINDS PETER MACKAY

“”It is one thing for journalists or even the public to use the more partisan ‘Harper government,’ but it is another thing for the state to equate the Government of Canada with the leader of the governing party,” said Jonathan Rose, a specialist in political communications at Queen’s University.”

A TIMELINE OF SCANDALS

Excellent summary by Moiz & Anna Flag: “… a timeline of some of the major scandals that have plagued Stephen Harper’s tenure as prime minister of Canada, gathered from various news sources.”

Conservatives’ ‘in-and-out’ scandal investigation cost taxpayers $2.3-million

“Between May 2007 and last fall when the Conservative Party pleaded guilty to Elections Act charges, Elections Canada and the director of public prosecutions spent far more for lawyers, forensic accountants and investigators than the $52,000 the party paid in fines for violating its spending limits in the 2006 campaign.”

Harper arranges Parliament suspension to avoid toppling of his minority government

GG agrees to suspend Parliament until January. Decision gives Tories reprieve, thwarts imminent attempt to topple government

Alleged Afghan prison torture controversy slips quietly into history books

‘Canada really lost its innocence in the detainee controversy,’ says lawyer Paul Champ

“In 2009, the government’s refusal to turn over documents related to allegations that Canadian-captured detainees may have been tortured sparked a political crisis that in 2009 nearly toppled Stephen Harper’s minority government.”

PM shuts down Parliament until March

Tories trying to ‘shut down democracy,’ Liberal MP Goodale says

“The move to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament is widely seen as a strategic move by Harper to gain a majority on Senate committees while possibly also avoiding criticism over the Afghan detainee issue. “

Harper limits journalists to five questions per day

“So there we have it: The Prime Minister who promised more openness and accountability, who’s been in power for five years, has told the press to get used to it – you can cover my campaign, but you can ask only five questions.”

Conservative staffer jailed for voter suppression scheme

Former Conservative staffer sentenced to 9 months plus a year on probation for ‘blatant’ crime

Harper intimidates charities into silence

“Voluntary agencies live in fear of the Canada Revenue Agency. If it decides they have stepped over the line between good works and political activity — pointing out the link between poverty and government austerity for example — it can revoke their charitable status. “

Thankfully, Harper lost that fight: The Judge ruled that “the 10 per cent rule [for political activity] was an arbitrary and unjustified infringement of freedom of expression as guaranteed in Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

See our blog posts on Prelude to Northern Gateway for more details and the Conspiracy Queen – Vivian Krause – who teamed up with Harper to make Charity harassment her mission.

Harper government muzzles voices of scientists

See our blog post on muzzling: Conservative ideology is rife with attacks on Science and Data

Canada’s spy agency allegedly monitors environmental activists

B.C. lawyer gagged from discussing hearing into alleged CSIS spying on pipeline protesters

“Secrets upon secrets surround a hearing into allegations that Canada’s spy agency kept tabs on environmental groups in an effort to suss out their anti-pipeline activities and may even have used moles to get the job done.

In a story worthy of a cloak-and-dagger spy thriller, the lawyer representing the groups was forbidden from discussing anything that took place at a restricted hearing of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service watchdog committee.”

Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

Conservative government used public money on outreach campaign to counter criticism of controversial Alberta tar sands

” The outreach activities, which cost $4.5 million and were never publicly disclosed, included efforts to “advance energy literacy amongst BC First Nations communities.””

Two dozen secret cabinet decisions hidden from Parliament, Canadians

09/02/15. “A review by iPolitics of more than 21,000 orders-in-council published on the Privy Council’s website since 2004 found that 25 OICs adopted by the Harper government are missing. Only three OICs adopted by the previous Liberal government between 2004 and 2005 aren’t in the database.

The decisions are so secret that they are kept in a safe, separate from other orders-in-council — and cabinet ministers are only briefed on them in rooms without wireless devices.”

Military procurement under the Harper government

“… there has been a spectacular increase in secretive sole source defence contracts issued under the Harper government. A major beneficiary has been General Dynamics, which received $4.3 billion in contracts of which 95% were sole source; that is, not won through an open competitive bidding process.
The list of military procurement debacles since 2006 is long.”

Harper’s dishonesty on display in latest Pentagon papers on F-35

“Auditor General Michael Ferguson found that the government’s costing for the F-35 – supposedly a mere $15 billion – was astronomically and deliberately out of whack. The true cost of this expensive and troubled experimental jet was $25 billion, 40 per cent higher than Harper was willing to admit publicly.”

Canada F-35s: Leaked Story Prompted Harper To Call In RCMP

” The Harper government called in the RCMP to investigate a politically embarrassing story involving the decision to sole-source the purchase of the F-35 stealth fighter, claiming it was a breach of national security, The Canadian Press has learned.”

The Peter MacKay File: Lies, Jets & Junkets

“This video reports on five situations in which Stephen Harper’s Defence Minster, Peter MacKay, has used government aircraft as if they were personal taxis, was not truthful with Parliament and the Canadian people about the costs of defence expenditures, and lived “large on the land” as he spent taxpayers’ money for luxury hotels.”

Harper defends how refugees are processed

“This week The Globe also revealed that Mr. Harper ordered Citizenship and Immigration Canada to stop processing Syrian refugees referred by the United Nations, a halt that lasted several weeks in the midst of a global crisis.

Paul Champ, an Ottawa human rights lawyer, said the refugees referred to Canada by the UN agency are all vulnerable, and by choosing to prioritize some and not others the government could be running afoul of the law.

Harper’s Niqab ‘Distraction’ Blasted After Report Shows Ban Kept 2 Women From Taking Oath

“”This prime minister would rather play up the politics of fear and division, and get everyone talking about anxieties and hot button issues, than reflect on the fact that for 10 years, Mr. Harper has had the worst growth rate of any prime minister since R.B. Bennett in the depths of the Great Depression,” he said.”

Kenney refuses to apologize for fake citizenship broadcast, blames bureaucrats

“A fake citizenship ceremony broadcast last fall on Sun News was the result of “logistical problems,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday in the House of Commons, amid much laughter”

Trudeau Protest Was Manned By Tory Interns And Organized By PMO

“It is the latest revelation about the lengths to which Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office — the nerve centre of the federal government — will go to meddle in partisan politics. Staff in the PMO, who help the party plot election strategy and who designed the first round of attack ads against Trudeau, have also been behind recent negative stories about his speaking fees.”

Government favours infrastructure projects to Conservative ridings

” The federal government has funnelled 83 per cent of the projects under its signature infrastructure fund to Conservative-held ridings, according to an analysis by The Globe and Mail of the announcements made to date.”

Sen. Beyak broke Senate’s code of conduct by posting racist letters

Stephen Harper’s courts: How the judiciary has been remade

“Constitutional romantics assume the worst of elected legislators and the best of judges,” Mr. Huscroft has written. For nearly 10 years, the Conservative government has been dripping blue ink into a red pot – attempting to expunge, bit by bit, the country’s 30-year romance with the Charter, and with judges who go out of their way to be the guarantor of rights.”

PUBLIC WATCHDOGS DISAPPEAR

Canada’s Prison Watchdog Is Being Fired After Raising the Alarm About Problems in Jails
http://www.vice.com/read/canadas-prison-watchdog-is-being-fired-after-raising-the-alarm-on-race-problems-solitary-confinement-and-violence-in-jails

The high price of speaking out in Ottawa: Editorial. The Harper government stifles or removes government watchdogs who get in its way

“Forthright government watchdogs have a way of disappearing in Ottawa. They are quietly replaced. Their mandates are terminated or not renewed. They are suddenly found to be unqualified.”
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/05/11/the-high-price-of-speaking-out-in-ottawa-editorial.html

101 scandalous, unethical or just plain sad Harper government moments

“It’s been a long decade of scandal, ethical lapses and just plain sad behaviour from the Harper government.

How many of these moments do you remember?”

Election Fraud finding by Federal Court points directly at Conservative Party, says Council of Canadians

“The Federal Court has found in no uncertain terms that widespread election fraud took place during the 2011 federal election. The ruling clearly states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.””

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