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It is getting a little tiring watching all the mainstream media drinking each other’s bathwater on the story of the poor teen 19 yr. old “student,” Awish Aslam, turfed from a Tory election rally in Guelph. A google search of her name reveals more than 30 pages of stories written about her and the incident in the past five days. Dish up the pablum and a pliant media lap it up.

But clicking a couple of more pages reveal this link. It might look like a bunch of gobbledy-gook but it is actually HTML script of an email written on Dec. 2, 2008.

When you look at the script in an HTML viewer, you can see the entire email. Here it is. I enlisted the support of Pierre Bourque of Bourque.com fame to help me identify the people the email was sent to and as I thought, they are mostly all NDP MPs, party staff or other insiders. You will notice the supposed “victim” of Harper’s “goons” as some media and Michael Ignatieff have taken to calling the RCMP who were doing security for the Prime Minister, is one of the recipients.

The email refers the reader to Bourque’s website and a poll he was running. Well, on that date, Bourque tells me he ran two polls. This one and this one.

You will notice the polls were all about what was going on in Ottawa on that day which, of course all about the coalition the opposition were trying to form to usurp the government.

So, it would certainly appear that the poor 19 yr. old second year poli-sci student is really an NDP insider. This whole thing smells like a set up and the mainstream media have been played like a fiddle by the NDP.

But, of course, there could be something I’m missing.

Leo Knight

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Written by Leo Knight

April 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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  1. My gut feeling when I first saw & read the story!!!
    We have been to Harpers rallies two years ago & we were checked also, no big deal!!! Sure hope Conservatives get MAJORITY & RETURN TO SOME SENSE POLITICAL SANITY in this COUNTRY.
    Mary McGimpsey

    Mary McGimpsey

    April 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • Here is an interesting fact to mull over….

      When my kids were in grades 10, 11 and 12 in 2008 All the Social Studies classes were following the election and the students were encouraged to seek information from all the parties…Do you think it’s possible that Miss Aslam may have been a high school student that was encouraged to put her email on lists for information from each party?
      My daughter tells me that some groups of students were assigned a specific party to follow throughout the election. Many of them put their names on the emails lists of parties in order to garner information directly from the source.

      Seriously, people are really reading WAAYYY to much into her name possibly being on an email list!

      I think some people are just getting way too paranoid!

      Misty

      April 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

    • I don’t think it should matter if she were a card carrying member of the NDP or any other party. Really, isn’t a rally a place to go to learn more? To listen, to decide? Are you truly only permitted entry into the conservative church if you are already a convert? So what if she HAD an affiliation with another party. Perhaps you could look at the option that, especially at her age, she is still looking.

      DeborahTD

      April 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

  2. Ah yes. Back in 2008 when she would have been 16 or 17. Top notch detective work there chief.

    Duncan Kinney

    April 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    • Stephen Harper: the choice of idiots.

      Anyone who votes conservatard deserves a PUTZlitzer. Here’s what their votes will support by preserving the current Harper Regime:

      IN AND OUT SCHEME
      Four senior Conservatives (incl. two senators) charged with breaking spending limit laws in the 2006 campaign that brought the Tories to power. (Harper was elected on promises of transparency and accountability.)

      DOCUMENT-ALTERING SCANDAL
      Minister Bev Oda doctors a document, denies a legitimate group funding for no reason, lies about what happened multiple times before Parliament

      (LACK OF) INTEGRITY SCANDAL
      Christiane Ouimet, so-called integrity commissioner, received 228 whistleblowing complaints didn’t uphold a single one. She was paid $500,000 in severance to not talk about her role.

      ILLEGAL USE OF GOVERNMENT LETTERHEAD
      Immigration Minister Jason Kenney used ministerial letterhead to raise money for the Conservative Party

      CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT
      Harper Conservatives wouldn’t disclose basic information on the cost of crime bills and the F-35 purchase …. LOTS OF LYING spread over days and weeks and months on these issues

      PROROGATION (TWICE!), including once to pointedly refuse to observe basic Parliamentary rights and obligations: by shuttering Parliament Harper was allowed to continue to withold information on the transfer and torture of Afghan detainees which could implicate Harper and/or his staffers in violation of the Geneva Conventions!!
      As a result, Harper is under investigation by the International Criminal Court!

      THE “HARPER GOVERNMENT”
      It’s not the “Government of Canada” any longer. Need I say more?

      CRTC APPOINTMENT SCANDAL
      Harper appointed Tom Pentefountas as vice-chairman of the CRTC in a partisan takeover bid. His qualifications? close friendship with Harper’s Director of Communications and ZERO EXPERIENCE IN TELECOM!!! Wow!

      ILLEGAL INFORMATION RELEASE
      Conservatives illegally released and circulated the medical & psychiatric records of whistleblower Sean Bruyea in an obvious attempt to discredit him. NO-ONE WAS PUNISHED EXCEPT FOR 3-DAY SUSPENSIONS *WITH PAY*

      ongoing ACCESS TO INFORMATION issues
      Harper Conservatives illegally edit, delay, and deny legitimate Access to Information requests

      CENSUS SCANDAL
      Despite anger from many typical supporters, Harper cancelled the mandatory long form census, denying Canadian groups and agencies a wealth of necessary information in a move symptomatic of ongoing Conservative suppression of research containing data countering their ideology.

      GROUNDLESS EJECTION OF CONSERVATIVE RALLY ATTENDEES

      QUESTIONABLE ASSOCATIONS & ETHICS ISSUES:
      – Bruce Carson, former Harper aide and “point man on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan,” had five fraud convictions Harper claims he did not know about. Carson now in trouble for illegal lobbying and influence-peddling
      – businessman & Conservative associate Snover Dhillon, accused of credit card fraud, still in Harper photo-ops

      ummmmm

      April 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      • you forgot Wafergate, Guergisgate, Bathroomgate, Facebookgate, the fact that the “Harper Government” is referred to at least 2 dozen times in the LIBERAL REDBOOK (version 2). If I think of any more faux scandals to add to your list, I’ll get back to you.

        jmw

        April 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      • IN AND OUT SCHEME: I’d rather have people who can act and make decisions independently; its not like they all were part of it.

        DOCUMENT-ALTERING SCANDAL: Hardly a scandal. It was up to Ms. Oda to approve or deny, and she chose to deny. Obviously she was under pressure to approve it, and we don’t know why, but she apparently didn’t want someone in power to know it was her. And, I agree with her denying funds to those groups.

        INTEGRITY SCANDAL: We really won’t know all the circumstances around this; its just blown out of proportion. I remember in elementary school, one kid would get bullied and defend himself, and the bullies friends would all say it was the other kid’s fault… 228 “complaints”? Waaaah.

        ILLEGAL USE OF GOVERNMENT LETTERHEAD: To err is human.

        CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT: What a load of garbage. Just because the other parties disagreed with the PC’s. Disagree with me, and I’ll hold you in contempt! 😛

        PROROGATION: (twice? oh noes!) And how many times did the Liberals prorogue before the holidays? More than twice, I’m pretty sure!

        THE “HARPER GOVERNMENT”: The government is split; government gets nothing done because they bicker and insult and throw tantrums. The Harper Government relates to the side of government that is actually trying to get stuff done, and not oppose everything just because they are the opposition. They oppose everything so that it can look like the PC’s got nothing done. The truth is the Liberals voted against everything, even when they weren’t acting in the interests of their constituents, just for the sake of opposition.

        CRTC APPOINTMENT SCANDAL: Hardly a scandal. Ever watch TV? There you go, you have experience. CRTC, lets see what kind of work they do… “This segment isn’t Liberal enough.” “This isn’t anti-american enough.”

        ILLEGAL INFORMATION RELEASE: Yet another independent action blamed on the entire party. Lets take that logic back to the Liberals, and every time one of their MP’s do something, we can deduce it was ALL the liberals who did it.

        ACCESS TO INFORMATION: Some information is sensitive, how can you argue about that? You believe we should be publishing on the internet all the mission data going on in the world so that our enemies know what we’re doing?

        CENSUS SCANDAL: Mandatory long-form census isn’t accurate. Garbage in, garbage out. People put whatever because they don’t care or because they feel its none of the governments business. Race? Other. Religion? Other. Sex? Lots. Go away.

        EJECTION OF CONSERVATIVE RALLY ATTENDEES: Obviously NDP insiders; that email list showed assistants, MP’s, government employees, … and a few students? “Poll to distribute,” obviously is meant to get these people to activate their little armies to flood the polls, much like we see on news websites and when comments are written to have an overwhelming “Like” (or dislike) of whatever comment was made, in the vain hope that it may sway the rest of us into thinking “Hmm, this must be what the majority thinks, so should think that way too.”

        JAW

        April 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      • Two points only, because that’s all this rubbish is worth.

        1. You talk about blaming the entire party for Harper’s misdeeds. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. It is ALL directly accountable to Harper. The PMO controls every single message, every blink in the Conservative party right now. This is unprecedented and it is unhealthy. The reason we need to vote the Conservatives out of power is to GET RID OF HARPER, not because all Conservatives are evil. Under another leader they may well come back and be the best government we’ve ever had — unlike the ‘omg, coalition, evil!’ chimps who regurgitate their force-fed Con propaganda, I don’t pretend to know the future — but what we can say with certainty is that under Stephen Harper Canadian democracy has suffered in absolutely unprecedented ways. He is a bad leader and he is bad for our country. To disagree is to be an apologist and a crony, because level-headed (‘true’) Conservatives want nothing to do with him.

        2. You dismiss out of hand incredibly serious (charge-worthy, jail-worthy, contempt-worthy) abuses and that says enough about your worldview. You are not rational and you have no capacity for objectivity or you would say you are a [fiscal/rational] conservative who can’t stand for Harper’s abuses any longer. There is no use discussing anything with the likes of you.

        omgIdiots

        April 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      • Let me spell this out for you chimps.

        Any abuses and scandals perpetrated by Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, and Stephane Dion are NOT RELEVANT because they cannot be said to reflect on Michael Ignatieff and the liberal party going into this election.

        All abuses and scandals perpetrated by the Harper government since 2006 are ABSOLUTELY RELEVANT because HE’S THE SAME GUY RUNNING AGAIN!

        Could it possibly be made ANY clearer????

        “Waaaaaah, ad scam! Waaaaaaaaah, some other thing the Liberals did 20 years ago!! No, don’t point out my Fuhrer’s hypocrisy! Don’t bring up his promises of fiscal restraint, senate reform, or anything else! Don’t mention Bev Oda, that’s nothing! Prorogation, pshh, who needs a House of Commons anyway when you’ve got a strong leader like HARPO!”

        I can’t believe how f*cking stupid you people are.

        hahaha

        April 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

  3. That’s some cutting edge investigative journalism. When do you get your Putzlitzer?

    Laszlo Nico

    April 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    • Anyone who votes conservatard deserves a PUTZlitzer. Here’s what their votes will support by preserving the current Harper Regime:

      IN AND OUT SCHEME
      Four senior Conservatives (incl. two senators) charged with breaking spending limit laws in the 2006 campaign that brought the Tories to power. (Harper was elected on promises of transparency and accountability.)

      DOCUMENT-ALTERING SCANDAL
      Minister Bev Oda doctors a document, denies a legitimate group funding for no reason, lies about what happened multiple times before Parliament

      (LACK OF) INTEGRITY SCANDAL
      Christiane Ouimet, so-called integrity commissioner, received 228 whistleblowing complaints didn’t uphold a single one. She was paid $500,000 in severance to not talk about her role.

      ILLEGAL USE OF GOVERNMENT LETTERHEAD
      Immigration Minister Jason Kenney used ministerial letterhead to raise money for the Conservative Party

      CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT
      Harper Conservatives wouldn’t disclose basic information on the cost of crime bills and the F-35 purchase …. LOTS OF LYING spread over days and weeks and months on these issues

      PROROGATION (TWICE!), including once to pointedly refuse to observe basic Parliamentary rights and obligations: by shuttering Parliament Harper was allowed to continue to withold information on the transfer and torture of Afghan detainees which could implicate Harper and/or his staffers in violation of the Geneva Conventions!!
      As a result, Harper is under investigation by the International Criminal Court!

      THE “HARPER GOVERNMENT”
      It’s not the “Government of Canada” any longer. Need I say more?

      CRTC APPOINTMENT SCANDAL
      Harper appointed Tom Pentefountas as vice-chairman of the CRTC in a partisan takeover bid. His qualifications? close friendship with Harper’s Director of Communications and ZERO EXPERIENCE IN TELECOM!!! Wow!

      ILLEGAL INFORMATION RELEASE
      Conservatives illegally released and circulated the medical & psychiatric records of whistleblower Sean Bruyea in an obvious attempt to discredit him. NO-ONE WAS PUNISHED EXCEPT FOR 3-DAY SUSPENSIONS *WITH PAY*

      ongoing ACCESS TO INFORMATION issues
      Harper Conservatives illegally edit, delay, and deny legitimate Access to Information requests

      CENSUS SCANDAL
      Despite anger from many typical supporters, Harper cancelled the mandatory long form census, denying Canadian groups and agencies a wealth of necessary information in a move symptomatic of ongoing Conservative suppression of research containing data countering their ideology.

      GROUNDLESS EJECTION OF CONSERVATIVE RALLY ATTENDEES

      QUESTIONABLE ASSOCATIONS & ETHICS ISSUES:
      – Bruce Carson, former Harper aide and “point man on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan,” had five fraud convictions Harper claims he did not know about. Carson now in trouble for illegal lobbying and influence-peddling
      – businessman & Conservative associate Snover Dhillon, accused of credit card fraud, still in Harper photo-ops

      STAMPING OUT DISSENT & Misc.:
      – restricting media access & questions to PM during campaign and in general
      – attempting to muzzle the public service and diplomatic corps
      – shutting down Peter Tinsley’s Afghan detainees’ probe
      – removing the head of the RCMP Complaints Commission
      – removing the head of the Nuclear Safety Commission
      – patronage and partisanship scandal at Rights & Democracy
      – disregarding fixed-date election laws
      – issuing a secret manual instructing Conservatives how to disrupt parliamentary committees

      ummmmm

      April 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  4. A “NDP plant” with what purpose in mind? Even if she were running for a rival party, she should hbe every right to attend a rival rally in a democratic society. Were she to interrupt the meeting somehow, I’d expect that to be a prime opportunity for Stevie to show he has some oratory skill, or at least some balls. Instead, Mr. Shifty’s shifters come to his rescue again. …and party-line towing nappers blame it on the media.

    You can go back to sleep now.

    Sean Collins

    April 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    • Any one of any political stripe should be able to attend a political rally but usually they identify themselves as NDP, Lib, or whatever. However, this is the PM, (whether you like it or not) and his security is important. The majority(remember that word: democracy: the will of the majority) of people who attend rallies do NOT go to hear hecklers who try to suppress someone’s speech because they don’t agree with it. You should be allowed to have a say at the appropriate time and place but too many people feel their opinions are superior to everyone else’s. You cannot believe that this was not a plant or just someone looking to be clever. This is the kind of dumb stunt university kids pull: I know; I was one of them once.

      DMA

      April 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  5. This is pitiful. We have already had people thrown out of Conservative rallies over their NDP bumper stickers, and we know for a fact Ms. Aslam was ejected over a facebook photo showing her with Michael Ignatieff who, you counter-conspiracy Conservatards may remember, IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE NDP. Unless there is evidence that she was doing something suspicious at this rally you have added NOTHING to the political discourse, Mr. Knight, except completely vacuous rubbish disguised as your side of the story. Dig up something with substance and stop wasting Canadians’ time.

    Max S

    April 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    • So she was thrown out of the rally for the wrong reason, then–her Ignatieff photo-op.

      I guess that could happen to me, too. I keep getting canned emails from Ignatieff. I’ve never voted Liberal in my life, and never will. But there I am, a sitting duck for some “citizen journalist” like Leo Knight, if and when I’m tossed from a Con rally in the future. Liberal plant!

      Good grief, anybody interested in politics gets onto email lists. There’s no smoking gun here, just smoke. Give it up, Mr. Knight.

      Dr.Dawg

      April 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      • This just goes to show you how desperate the Conservatives are — they shamelessly concoct absolute B.S. like this in the hopes of getting ‘their side of the story’ heard.

        WAKE UP, PEOPLE. Stephen Harper is not a legitimate conservative.

        hahaha

        April 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

  6. The kindest thing that can be said about your duplicated email cabbage is that it’s inconclusive. However, the point of this note is to discuss the origins of the “goons” characterization. I believe I may have been the person who first used that term in a post on this particular topic, published on my own blog and on rabble.ca on April 6. That post did NOT refer to the Mounties as security goons because I simply could not believe the RCMP would be that unprofessional. When readers emailed me to take issue with my suggestion the goons were merely Conservative party operatives, based on reports they had read online, I argued with them and said in my responses that these must have been hirelings of the Harper Conservatives, not sworn police officers. I guess I stand corrected on that now that the facts are out, and readers can decide for themselves who is a “goon” and who isn’t. If anything, the initial coverage that misled me suggests the media you label as “pliant” are in fact doing whatever they can to get the Harper Conservatives elected as a majority, including disguising the true identity of the people giving the bum’s rush to citizens who wish to attend Mr. Harper’s supporters-only rallies. Mr. Harper’s exclusion of non-supporters from his rallies is obviously undemocratic, but hardly unexpected. His use of taxpayer-paid police officers to achieve that goal is a serious abuse of power.

    D.J.Climenhaga

    April 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  7. I see three pro-Conservative replies so far and not a single complete sentence among the lot of them — what a surprise!

    Author Leo Knight gives us a hilarious conspiracy theory here but it’s missing a pretty crucial point: WHY WAS SHE EJECTED??? Bob Rae could have been at that rally, there would be no grounds to eject him unless he was stirring something up. Nobody with any relation to this story has suggested Ms. Aslam was doing ANYTHING the least bit suspicious or inappropriate or otherwise objectionable, so WHY was she thrown out of the rally? You have not clarified anything or added anything of substance to the discussion over this issue, just picked an email address off the internet and used it to completely make up a bunch of groundless nonsense. The fact that this is now on Bourque’s homepage is an insult to every Canadian with a positive IQ.

    Mark M

    April 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    • It was obviously a convenient plant, get your head out of the sand and give it a shake.

      J.K. Rahn

      April 8, 2011 at 12:48 am

      • What was a plant? Are you aware that this girl wasn’t doing anything at the rally? How was she ‘planted’? She’s on the recipient list FOR A SINGLE EMAIL sent by some NDP douchebag THREE FREAKING YEARS AGO and that makes her some kind of jihadi agent provocateur!? Get a grip, she had every right to be at that rally, just as you or I would, and they threw her out with NO grounds and NO basis except her facebook picture. That’s absolutely nuts, and so is anyone who doesn’t see a problem here.

        This isn’t a police state, remember? Despite what Harper would have you believe, Canada remains a free country.

        mungus

        April 8, 2011 at 4:01 am

    • How do you KNOW she was ejected? Have you any other persons testimony other than what she is saying?
      Her possible motive to lie? 5 minutes of fame….. politically savvy, watch her become a politician …..wants to embarass the PC by giving the Libs and NDP some ammo to use this week….
      She may be telling the truth, but I have seem NOTHING to substantiate her claim… have you?

      Jim Taylor

      April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      • Holy crow you Contards are stupid.

        First, she was ejected from the rally. There were witnesses.

        Second, Harper and Dimitri Soudas have apologized. AFTER YEARS OF THEIR AWFUL GOVERNMENT ANY FOOL KNOWS THEY DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR *ANYTHING* UNLESS THEY’VE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE ABSOLUTE WRONG.

        Now the media are reporting “The 19-year-old student who became the unwitting face of the victims of the Tory’s bubble campaign has made her peace with the Conservatives.

        Awish Aslam, a sophomore at the University of Western Ontario, said she is satisfied with the apology from Conservative campaign spokesman Dimitri Soudas. But she still wants to know who told the RCMP to screen and act as bouncers.”

        She MADE HER PEACE WITH THE CONSERVATIVES. Does that sound like a plant to you? Idiot, idiot, idiot, idiot, all you tards are reading from the same moronic Tea Party conspiracy theory script. Please don’t vote, you’re too dumb.

        omgIdiots

        April 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

  8. No-one with any relation to this story has suggested Ms. Aslam was doing ANYTHING the least bit suspicious or inappropriate or otherwise objectionable, so WHY was she thrown out of the rally? What difference would it make if she were head of the NDP recruitment wing UNLESS SHE WAS DOING SOMETHING UNACCEPTABLE at the rally????? Riddle me that, Harpo lovers.

    GT

    April 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  9. So its the NDP’s fault that conservatives are thugs…nice spin.

    p kelly

    April 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    • Were the RCMP the thugs?

      MJH

      April 8, 2011 at 1:15 am

      • As ordered by Harper, yes. Good job.

        mungus

        April 8, 2011 at 3:59 am

  10. Well, a quick look at the email address, awish_91@hotmail.com, leads me to believe that this is the correct Awish Aslam. Please not the “91” in the address which when printed as “1991” and subtracted from “2011” equals 20. Hmmm, 20? That’s pretty close to 19 and if this innocent babe was born later in the year she could still be a mere 19 years old if “91” was the year of Awish Aslam’s birth, Yeah, she may have been young in 2008, still, that is roughly the level of maturity one expects from people that supports NDP policies.

    The Rat

    April 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    • Holy Cow!!!! Is Glen Beck “The Rat” ??

      Brad Roy

      April 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

  11. Clamydia here makes a point. Long-winded, yes. Irrational, to be clear. The mutterings of an imbecile, perhaps. But he was allowed to make his point. That NDP kid ejected from Harper’s rally was not allowed to make one. Or perhaps she did by being ejected ? Jack Layton, curiously, was first into the breech.

    Tory Goon

    April 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

  12. GT, an election rally is a private event.

    Mark

    April 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

  13. Max S, Iggy affiliated himself with the NDP when he signed their coalition agreement, which is still in effect.

    Mark

    April 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    • Thank you I am glad that other people are aware that that coalition is still in affect til June of this year.

      john strain

      April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      • Keep reading your Conservatarded script, chimps. Harper tried to gain power through a coalition and failed. Now he pretends the entire idea is illegitimate — it’s not! And he rails about Ignatieff forming a coalition with the Bloc after Ignatieff PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED TO CANADA that he will not form a coalition government!

        What more can you possibly add that isn’t the vacuous bullshit of a Conservatard campaign happy to spread lies, half-truths, and general disingenuity in order to stay in power when everyone who’s paying attention is disgusted with their contempt for Canada and for democracy.

        Stick to the script, sheep!

        ummmmm

        April 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    • Kinda like the one Harpo signed in 2004

      Brad Roy

      April 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  14. Duncan: Neither Leo nor Borque put Ms. Aslam on the mailing list in question.

    And how many 16- and 17-year-olds’ email addresses do you find interlaced with NDP staffers and MPs? Ms. Aslam’s email address didn’t just sneak in there.

    Mark

    April 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

  15. Mark M, see note to GT.

    Just so we’re clear though: Private event == discretion over attendees.

    “Grounds,” “justification,” “WHY?,” etc. are utterly irrelevant.

    Mark

    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

  16. Stories within stories here.

    Will the media ever take a break from parsing the apology and from enjoying the spectacle of a flash mob getting invited into a Tory rally today?

    Are they really OK with sources not playing straight with them?

    Anyone notice the email in question was about packing an online poll about the coalition?

    Has it occured to anyone to ask if the student emailed the NDP about that Dec. 2008 online poll?

    mikey

    April 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm

  17. CFRA had a news item where The RCMP admitted that they were responsible for some of the ejections as Prime Minister Harper is indeed still the PM until the vote says otherwise. The job of the RCMP is to protect the Prime Minister while in office.

    The Grey Lady

    April 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

  18. If you ask me, I think Leo has earned the right to do the peanut butter jelly dance!

    Dance progressives, dance.

    Ou81aswell

    April 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

  19. Leo, you know you hit a nerve when the Leftards start to squeal – they have pretty vicious tempers when you rile them.

    I was a polisci major, and the one percent of them who begin their studies WITHOUT a bias end up getting one in the first 6 months.

    2 years in polisci tells me she knows how it all works, and for some naive unfortunate wanting to learn about Canadian politics, she seems to know how to play the media spin game like a pro.

    And BTW, nobody – I repeat, nobody – gets included in an e-mail distribution with political staffers unless they are one of the gang.

    And to all you Liberal / NDP apologists – Keep on polishin’ that turd. It ain’t gonna become a diamond no matter how much you rub it.

    Disraeli

    April 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    • Thank you, do you think the CBC would let you make this comment on the National? Right! Or should I say Left!

      Laurie Eberhardt

      April 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

  20. Ooops. Didn’t count on that response, did you Mr. Knight?

    Guess you underestimated your audience.

    Hoist on your own petard.

    alchemy

    April 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

  21. “But clicking a couple of more pages reveal this link. It might look like a bunch of gobbledy-gook but it is actually HTML script of an email written on Dec. 2, 2008.”

    Leo, here’s a question: where did you get this email? Was it just ‘hanging around’? Did the RCMP get it for you? How was it retrieved?

    And, one more thing: I know it would be really quite impossible for someone to either fabricate it or alter it, right?

    alchemy

    April 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  22. Something you’re missing? I think the BEST part of this “scoop”, is that she wasn’t kicked out of a rally in Guelph, she’s a student at Western who was asked to leave a rally in London.
    But why let facts stand in the way of a good conspiracy theory?
    Now let us get back to doing our job, while you put on a tin foil hat to go spot UFO’s and find codes hidden in our currency.
    Sincerely,
    The Mainstream Media

    Main Stream

    April 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

    • You have to love their desperation. They try so hard, and fail so badly.

      Sadly, tea party chimps like Blame Crash and Laurie Everdumbt are going to vote Harper no matter what he does.

      It’s a case study in right and wrong. I am voting Liberal because the Harper Conservatives are in the wrong. I will be every bit as critical of a Liberal government as I am of the Conservatards if they do anything wrong. But we’ve got a RECORD-BREAKING LAUNDRY LIST OF SCANDAL, ABUSE, CONTEMPT AND CORRUPTION, and these idiots don’t see any problem with that. It’s enough to make you lose all faith in human intellect.

      hahaha

      April 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  23. Mark wrote:
    ————————————–
    Just so we’re clear though:
    Private event == discretion over attendees. “Grounds,” “justification,” “WHY?,” etc. are utterly irrelevant.
    ————————————–
    UTTERLY IRRELEVENT, eh? Then why have Harpo and his sycophant staffers been apologizing non-stop for more than 24 hours? And you Conservatard twits actually have the gall to accuse Liberal supporters of being apologists. Remind me who’s been destroying democratic NON-PARTISAN institutions for more than five years???? (Hint: Your fuhrer.) Now put your heads back into the sand and let rational adults (none of whom are voting Conservative in 2011) take it from here.

    GT

    April 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

  24. Mark, I also wanted to mention that the double equals sign (‘==’) you used is a conditional operator. Therefore, you used it incorrectly. It’s okay, though, we’re all used to making allowances for Harper supporters. Just look at the first three comments on this page: all from Conservatards, all completely inane and illiterate. Harper’s base is the moron right-wing and he knows it, that’s how he tailors all his messaging so pitch-perfectly to your gullibility. It would be hilarious if your mass stupidity weren’t tragically destroying Canada bit by bit.

    GT

    April 8, 2011 at 12:28 am

    • You’re hilarious GT!

      Any sane human reading your raving lunatic comments would turn and run into the sane arms of the Conservatives. As a matter of fact, after reading your ridiculous comments, I’m going to go and visit Conservative.ca and chip in a few bucks.

      Keep up the good work!!

      Blame Crash

      April 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

      • Come back when you have a positive IQ. There is a reason neither the intelligent nor the educated vote Conservative.

        GT

        April 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

      • That’s the thing about leftists, they have an erroneous belief that their self serving ideology is “intelligence”. They brainwash themselves with this belief because ideology is all they have.

        They want a society that is not based on merit or hard work, but one that’s based on their goose stepping ideology. It’s the only way to power for these characters because they are sorely lacking in merit and the only time they’ll work hard is when they’re destroying something or someone.

        That’s the choice Canadians will soon be making.

        It’s Merit or Ideology.

        It’s the Conservatives or the Liberal Crooks with their commie cohorts and their Canada hating separatists.

        Vote Conservative or Canada will be trashed by these destroyers.

        Blame Crash

        April 8, 2011 at 3:38 am

      • You laughable pustule of a brainless sycophantic sheep, the well of brown-nosing has reduced you to something with the reasoning power of a sandfly. You talk about ideology as if you have half a clue what it is, when obviously you do not because the king of ideology is King Harper himself.

        There is a bulleted list a few paragraphs down: dozens and dozens of MAJOR and UNPRECEDENTED government scandals. Corruption, nepotism, deceit, and contempt at the highest levels of government to a degree never before witnessed in Canada, and all you can do is tell me about a nonexistent ideology.

        Grow up. I would never stand for a prime minister OF ANY PARTY doing the things Harper has done. So what’s your excuse, other than being disgustingly, offensively, shamefully stupid and/or completely brainwashed? You don’t even know what your ideology is because you’re more suffused with it than the Tea Party is with the stench of Sarah Palin’s rear end.

        Seriously, how do you feel about Bev Oda? Or the CRTC being run — just like the RCMP, our NATIONAL POLICE FORCE — by a Harper crony with NO EXPERIENCE!? I would not be pleased with a Liberal Prime Minister doing such a thing, but anything Harper does gets a pass from you partisan demagogue retards.

        How do you feel about the prorogation of Parliament? Do you even care if Harper knowingly sent detainees to be tortured? Do you care about the fact that Harper touts his ‘economic record’ yet supports the exact deregulation that led to the US financial meltdown? Are you actually too stupid and gullible to understand that if Harper had come into power in 1995 Canada would be suffering every bit as much as the US is right now?? To anyone with half a brain that is a terrifying idea, but you and the rest of the idiot cronies will keep touting your fuhrer as the best thing since the invention of the wheel, despite the fact that he has nothing good on his track record and no good ideas about where to go from here.

        You actually make me sick.

        GT

        April 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

      • What!!

        Now you’re blaming ME because you forgot to take your meds!

        Get Well soon GT!

        Blame Crash

        April 8, 2011 at 5:09 am

      • As expected, no refutation, no reasoned argumentation, just empty repetitious platitudinous bullshit. You are a waste of words and you know nothing about politics or Canada. You are a brainwashed Conservative drone, if not a paid staff member. You have nothing to say about anything, except that your King Harper is good. It’s pitiful. You are pitiful.

        GT

        April 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

    • I beg to differ. The choice of a conditional operator was correct in my opinion.

      if (Private event == discretion over attendees){
      “Grounds,” “justification,” “WHY?,” etc. are utterly irrelevant.
      }

      Ou81aswell

      April 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

      • Sure, when you ADD AN ‘IF’ it BECOMES CONDITIONAL! Welcome to remedial logic for four-year-olds.

        He wrote: ‘Private event == discretion over attendees’

        That is a statement, not a conditional. Good job.

        ummmmm

        April 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    • That’s the trouble with you Liberals and NDP supporters, you think anyone with a different opinion is unequal to your superior intelligence. I suppose that is why you think the government should tell all of us where to spend our money, and who to trust to care for our children, and best of all make us responsible for paying for every student’s post secondary education regardless of their financial status! And that must be why you know how to solve the problem of criminals being allowed to walk free and terrorize society, because they sure can’t be given a second chance at employment like poor Bruce Carson was by the Prime Minister. Since we have had decades of Liberal majority governments over the course of my life time I would have thought that you would have solved all our social problems. But that’s alright no one is perfect…you just think you are!

      Laurie Eberhardt

      April 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      • If Harper was “giving Carson a second chance” then why is he claiming he knew nothing about Carson’s past? Why did he announce publicly that he would never have hired Carson if he HAD known? I guess your made-up narrative about lovable huggable Harpo is a crock of shit!

        You talk about the government telling us where to spend our money. Guess what: after Harper spends THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS (the largest amount of money a Canadian government has EVER committed to ANYTHING in the history of our country) on fighter planes that can’t even perform search & rescue (which is what Canada actually needs from its airforce), you won’t have any money left to be told what to do with! So don’t worry your empty little head about that any more.

        ummmmm

        April 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  25. alchemy,

    try google. and look carefully at the results. you should be able to work out which ndp co-recipient forwarded that internal NDP email onto a public mailing list.

    mikey

    April 8, 2011 at 12:30 am

  26. This girl is so self-centered and annoying she damages the reputation of all young people that want to be involved in politics – and I say that whether she is an NDP mole or not.

    She markets herself as a poor innocent, well intentioned young girl that wants to see all party platforms but has since developed a hard on for the cons.

    The sooner she gets over herself the sooner I can start reading news again.

    outliner10

    April 8, 2011 at 12:40 am

  27. Come the next Ontario election i expect that all of today’s wailers and whiners yammering on about “access” to meetings, “access” to PMSH keep this routine well polished.

    The last two Provincial elections, Dalton McPinnochio, held most of his “rallies” on school properties, with young kids as wallpaper. Most of the schools used were great looking Separate School Board facilities. Schools are publicly funded private property. ANYONE can be turfed – and Dalt had little if any press hanging ’round the schoolyards.

    Janus meet Janus.

    ttfn

    tj

    t.e.&o.e.

    TangoJuliette

    April 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

  28. Since ARCH IDIOT ‘Blame Crash’ (username) has allegedly donated money to the Conservative campaign as a result of my posts on this page, let’s look at some of the policies and tendencies his generous contribution will help to support:

    – IN AND OUT SCHEME: four senior Conservatives (incl. two senators) charged with breaking spending limit laws in the 2006 campaign that brought the Tories to power. (Harper was elected on promises of transparency and accountability.)
    – DOCUMENT-ALTERING SCANDAL: Minister Bev Oda doctors a document, denies a legitimate group funding for no reason, lies about what happened multiple times before Parliament
    – (LACK OF) INTEGRITY SCANDAL: Christiane Ouimet, so-called integrity commissioner, received 228 whistleblowing complaints didn’t uphold a single one. She was paid $500,000 in severance to not talk about her role.
    – ILLEGAL USE OF GOVERNMENT LETTERHEAD: Immigration Minister Jason Kenney used ministerial letterhead to raise money for the Conservative Party
    – CONTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT: Harper Con Artists wouldn’t disclose basic information on the cost of crime bills and the F-35 purchase …. LOTS OF LYING spread over days and weeks and months on these issues
    – PROROGATION (TWICE!!!), including once to pointedly refuse to observe basic Parliamentary rights and obligations: by shuttering Parliament Harper was allowed to continue to withold information on the transfer and torture of Afghan detainees which could implicate Harper and/or his staffers in violation of the Geneva Conventions!!
    – THE HARPER GOVERNMENT: It’s not the “Government of Canada” any longer. Need I say more?
    – CRTC APPOINTMENT SCANDAL: Harper appointed Tom Pentefountas as vice-chairman of the CRTC. His qualifications? close friendship with Harper’s Director of Communications and ZERO EXPERIENCE IN TELECOM!!! Wow!
    – ILLEGAL INFORMATION RELEASE: Conservatives illegally released and circulated the medical & psychiatric records of whistleblower Sean Bruyea in an obvious attempt to discredit him. NO-ONE WAS PUNISHED EXCEPT FOR 3-DAY SUSPENSIONS *WITH PAY* (see http://www.thealgomanews.ca/News/Editorial/Veterans+Affairs+Minister+Blackburn+once+again+proves+inept.str?12931)
    – ongoing ACCESS TO INFORMATION scandal: Harper Conservatives illegaly edit, delay, and deny legitimate Access to Information requests
    – STAMPING OUT DISSENT: Conservatives attempt to muzzle the public service and the diplomatic corps
    – CENSUS SCANDAL: Despite outrage by many groups typically supportive of the Conservatives, Harper destroyed the mandatory long form census, denying Canadian groups and agencies all kinds of necessary information, in a move symptomatic of their ongoing suppression of research containing data countering Conservative ideology

    More:
    – shutting down of Peter Tinsley’s Afghan detainees’ probe
    – removing the head of the RCMP Complaints Commission
    – removing the head of the Nuclear Safety Commission
    – patronage and partisanship scandal at Rights & Democracy
    – disregarding a fixed-date election law
    – issuing a secret manual instructing Conservatives how to disrupt parliamentary committees

    Do you feel any better about your spending, MORON?

    GT

    April 8, 2011 at 1:30 am

    • Don’t forget

      -Not able to get C.B.C. to open there books
      -Canadian Wheat Board not shut down

      Dave B.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

    • What a boring list GT, but did you forget about that really big one named Wafergate. That’s the one where everyone with a brain realized what a bunch of lying kooks the Toronto libtard media had become. I can see why you’d want to sweep that under the rug.

      Only the gullible could believe this list of manufactured propaganda. And just for your sake, I won’t be naming names.

      Blame Crash

      April 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

      • Put your head back under the sand. I’m amazed you can form a sentence considering everything in your head was memorized off a Conservative script. You are the most insane, idiotic sheep of a person I have ever seen on the internet.

        omgIdiots

        April 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

  29. This whole story is much ado about NOTHING. She was tossed. Big deal. It was a Conservative rally, they can have whoever they want.

    Dave B.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:47 am

  30. Of course they are plants. It’s what the NDP and the Liberals do. How many conservatives do you hear about, getting barred from NDP or Liberal rallies – NONE! Because planting people to disrupt, is the balliwick of the leftists – they do it all the time. Anything, anything to try to make Conservatives look bad.
    This revelation SHOULD now be in every newspaper that printed the “big story” of the poor, innocent young things being banned – but will it? never! Because THAT wouldn’t fit the leftist – liberal msm agenda, now would it?

    Erik

    April 8, 2011 at 2:07 am

  31. Tell you what leftards, here’s an experiment for you. Go get a Conservative party button or t shirt, and go show up at the next NDP love-in; or “Im Iggy, please like me” – event. Make sure you’re loud and belligerant, and demanding of your “right” to be there. Let us know how you make out.

    Erik

    April 8, 2011 at 2:14 am

  32. GT is essentially right.

    I am voting for Michael Ignatieff, not because I love the man but because this country needs an end to the reign of Stephen Harper (as as distinct entity from the Conservative Party). When the Conservatives lose an election, Harper will no longer lead the party, and hopefully someone with a bit of humanity and understanding will replace him, someone with the capacity for reaching across the aisle (as they say in the US, at least) to actually improve Canada. That is manifestly not Harper’s agenda, as he has no vision for Canada whatsoever except as a ‘night watchman state’ (See http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/harper-and-ignatieff-two-leaders-two-visions-of-canada/article1956860/).

    BELIEVE YOU ME, IF WE EVER HAVE A LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER WHO DOES THE THINGS GT LISTED ABOVE, I WILL BE FIRST IN LINE TO VOTE FOR HIS OUSTER.

    It is entirely possible to be a legitimate Canadian Conservative, or at least it was before Stephen Harper and the Reform gang hijacked the party and tellingly deleted PROGRESSIVE from its name. You can be a Conservative, and you can vote Conservative once he’s gone — but anyone who supports Stephen Harper in this election lacks the self-respect to demand a leader who respects the electorate. Harper does not, and you loony sheep who continue to stand up for him should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Why can’t you move to the US, which is the model Harper is moving us toward anyway, and save Canada the trouble of putting up with him OR you any longer???

    Voice of [t]Reason

    April 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

    • Voice of Idiocy would be a better handle for you.

      You start off agreeing with that lunatic GT then you attempt to put on the airs of reasonableness and you actually believe anyone would buy in to your guff!

      And who are you to decide who’s a legitimate Conservative!

      And who are you to shame anyone!

      And speaking of being ashamed. How can anyone in their right mind support that vapid clown named Count Ignoramous. How can you even consider him a Canadian! He’s spent the large majority of his life living elsewhere, all the while “trash talking” Canada whenever it suited him.

      Do you actually support a party that “unknown entities” get to appoint the leader they want. And the Liberal Party members just stood there with that dumb look on their face, acting like the mindless dupes that they truly are. Can you not see that this is a blatant indicator of how corrupt they are and always will be!!

      Shame on you mister!!

      Blame Crash

      April 8, 2011 at 5:02 am

      • You are a drone. A lackey. A vessel for bloated propaganda. A peon. A conveyance. Your words are less than worthless because they are backed up by nothing. You spout empty rhetoric and half-truths and disingenuous innuendo. It’s beyond disgusting. Discussing politics with you is yelling into a void. Go back to Con Tard HQ and pleasure your Fuhrer. You are a waste of words and air.

        laugh out lough

        April 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

      • You are a psychopath. You don’t live in reality. You live in Harperland. You have no idea what is going on in my country of Canada. Please stay where you are and stop bothering us on Earth, we have lots of problems (this crazy idiot named Stephen Harper is trying to shut down our democracy and turn us into a police state and he’s getting away with it because a bunch of offensively idiotic sniveling right-wing redneck drone-tards vote for him no matter what he does because Jesus whispers in their ear).

        Voice of [t]Reason

        April 8, 2011 at 5:43 am

      • Blame Crash:

        I’m waiting for your opinions on the prorogation scandals, “Oda-gate,” senate reform, the census, and a few dozen other issues.

        Could it be you have no defense for Overlord Harper? Could it be his actions are indefensible and you defend him anyway because you are irrational? Could it be you have no idea what’s really going on in politics so you listen blindly to what Herr Harpo says about every issue and take it as the gospel truth? If you are a “legitimate” Conservative, explain why Brian Mulroney refused to endorse Harper. Explain why a bunch of his gang quit before the election. Explain why so many people who aren’t directly under his thrall have distanced themselves from him. Explain why he has behaved in a manner unlike any previous Canadian Prime Minister. Explain why he takes such a dangerously partisan approach to politics in a way that has never before been seen by this country.

        Then maybe you can begin to explain what is good about the man, because so far all you’ve done is prove you’re an idiot by spouting Conservative.ca Propaganda 101 about “Count Ignatieff.” Can’t you actually make a reasoned argument here or are you really just the chimp I take you for?

        GT

        April 8, 2011 at 5:52 am

      • Wow! Such biting commentary!

        Too bad it’s all gum and no teeth.

        Blame Crash

        April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      • GT wrote: “Can’t you actually make a reasoned argument here or are you really just the chimp I take you for?”

        Blame Crash wrote: “Such biting commentary!”

        I guess we know the answer to the question is a resounding YES.

        ummmmm

        April 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  33. Hey lefties how’s that Wild Rose candidate working out for you? Huh? I guess the Liberal party condones rape now as long as it’s not “rape rape”. Rally around that. Own that ok because tomorrow there’s two pressers about that ok.

    james

    April 8, 2011 at 3:25 am

  34. LET US NOT FORGET that Steve campaigned on Senate reform. Make them elected or abolish it altogether, I don’t personally care that much, but it’s clear they shouldn’t be appointed like partisan judges to hold sway in a separate chamber from the House of Commons.

    Harper pledged to give us an elected Senate and once in power he instead stuffed it full of Conservative sympathetics. Then, on November 17:

    “Stephen Harper has done what he promised to never do, allow the Senate to go against the will of the majority of Members of Parliament and the Canadian public. Last night, Stephen Harper’s Senators voted to defeat the Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-311) before the bill even had a chance to be debated.”

    How do you chimps pretend this man is worthy of your vote? Seriously, how do you do it? What do you tell yourselves? He is the worst Prime Minister we’ve ever had and all you can do is whine about the Ad Scam a decade ago and tell us Iggy’s a communist. It’s pitiful, pitiful, pitiful, and you’re idiots.

    LetUsNotForget

    April 8, 2011 at 3:37 am

  35. Good work. Also noting that Joanna MacDonald (tossed out of Guelph meeting) said she was neutral, too, and wasn’t an activist but then this was found (I found on twitter: http://bit.ly/icPTHU ) which suggests otherwise.

    My prediction? We’ll see a PETA-like demo before end of campaign in which one of these wingbats chains themselves to the lectern or something. Or throws tar. Then everyone will be cursing the RCMP for bad security.

    Darrel Givens

    April 8, 2011 at 4:23 am

  36. Mr Knight, that was an enjoyable read, a funny side of life piece. It provides a glimpse into the world view of the party true believer.

    And I value that kind of thing because I am a party man myself. I recently attended the Jack Layton rally at the Sheraton hotel in Surrey. I am sure security was present somewhere, but I never noticed anything, and was never asked for ID. People circulated freely in the corridors, spectators and participants alike. It was a very relaxed and low key atmostphere, in marked contrast to the kind of super-disciplined staging we are hearing about in the case of the Conservative meet-ups.

    Rod Smelser

    April 8, 2011 at 5:56 am

    • Thank you Rod. Even though you took a shot, you did it politely unlike many, if not all, of your fellow travellers who seem most comfortable spitting vitriol instead of a reasoned argument.

      Leo Knight

      April 8, 2011 at 6:29 am

    • That’s because Conservative supporters are not going to show up and disrupt “your” meeting. It’s a question of respect.

      The same can not be said for many NDP and Libtard supporters.

      But tell me, all those rioters in the streets of Toronto, you know, the ones who cost us billions in security costs, which party are they supporters of?

      We all know the answer to that. It’s the NDP, Liberal, Separatist Coalitionist, That’s who!

      Sorry to say it Rod, your narrative has a gaping hole in it.

      Blame Crash

      April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      • You’re a psycho. Want a story with a hole in it? HOW ABOUT THE ONE YOU ARE MAKING UP AS YOU GO ALONG, loon?

        Globe & Mail:

        Student booted from event BURIES HATCHET WITH TORIES

        The 19-year-old student who became the unwitting face of the victims of the Tory’s bubble campaign has MADE HER PEACE with the Conservatives.

        Awish Aslam, a sophomore at the University of Western Ontario, said she is SATISFIED WITH THE APOLOGY from Conservative campaign spokesman Dimitri Soudas. But she still wants to know who told the RCMP to screen and act as bouncers.

        Obviously a plant, right!? This is all part of the master plan written by Karl Marx ten thousand years ago that all Liberal and NDP supporters blindly follow.

        You are such a psychopathic sycophantic moron it’s terrifying.

        Leo Mackq

        April 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      • I’m pretty sure the ANARCHIST Black Block aren’t regular-joe voters you twit. But keep making stuff up, someday maybe some of it will be relevant.

        BTW, the rioters did not cost us anything. Harpo’s police-state security plan is what cost all the money, and despite THOUSANDS of ILLEGAL detentions and abuses, they couldn’t stop two dozen VISIBLY MASKED VIOLENT DEMONSTRATORS from setting fire to police cars.

        Your narrative has more holes in in than a spiderweb, but that’s typical of Conservatives because your politics stem from your blind faith in Fuhrer Harpo and Baby Jesus as opposed to any kind of reason or rationale. The rest of us can only pray you meet your maker ASAP and stop burdening us with your painfully warped, demonstrably incorrect and provably idiotic worldview along with the votes that come with it.

        ummmmm

        April 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    • Rod, you’ve actually given a good reason to vote for the Conservatives.

      Conservatives don’t engage in the vile tactics that the left does. They don’t riot in the streets like the left does, they don’t threaten meeting with bomb threats like the leftist do when someone they hate (Coulter) has a public meeting. This list could go on and on.

      The facts are that they don’t engage in any of the underhanded stunts that the left uses regularly. It’s all boils down to a question of character and many on the left have none and are proud of it and the other leftists don’t have the cojones to stand up to them.

      Blame Crash

      April 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      • No, the morons in the Right Wing stamp out dissent, slander and villify their critics, remove the heads of non-partisan public agencies so they can’t continue to do their jobs, fire and pay off and discredit public servants so they won’t talk or won’t be listened to, and then BUILD LOTS OF UNNECESSARY JAILS.

        You are painfully misinformed and offensively dumb. If you get to count the Black Block as a left-winger comparable to Ignatieff then you also get to count Adolf Hitler as a right-winger comparable to Harpo. So good job, you’re a nazi.

        ummmmm

        April 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  37. Now if you live in a glass house you shouldn’t throw stones.

    Here’s a list the Libs have compiled.

    1. Cancelling the Sea King replacement
    2. Sponsorship scandal
    3. Gun Registry
    4. HRDC boondoggle
    5. Problems with Transition Job Funds program
    6. Tainted blood
    7. Radwanski Spending Affair
    8. Pearson Airport
    9. GST Flip Flop
    10. Airbus Investigation
    11. Voting against Red Book promise of independent Ethics Commissioner
    12. Irving fishing lodge stays/travel on Irving jets for cabinet ministers
    13. Martin traveling on private corporate jets as Finance Minister
    14. Don Boudria’s stay at Boulay owned chalet
    15. Denis Coderre staying with Boulay
    16. Alfonso Gagliano being appointed Ambassador to Denmark
    17. Shawinigate
    18. Claude Gauthier (PM’s friend)’s Transelec getting CIDA grant that was questioned by the Auditor General and even CIDA.
    19. Liberal fundraiser Pierre Corbeil charged with fraud by RCMP after he approached several Quebec companies seeking federal job training grants and asking for payments to Liberal Party, having gotten the names from senior Quebec Liberal Minister, Marcel Massé.
    20. Michel Dupuy, Heritage Minister, lobbying the CRTC.
    21. Tom Wappel refusing to help blind veteran
    22. Gagliano’s son benefiting from contracts from his father’s department
    23. Gagliano’s former speechwriter, Michèle Tremblay was on a $5,000 a month retainer with the Canada Lands Company to provide speeches for the Minister. Former President John Grant let her go saying “we got nothing in return.” Grant claimed that all Crown Corporations reporting to Mr. Gagliano were told to put Ms. Tremblay on a monthly retainer.
    24. Iltis replacement
    25. Purchase of new Challenger jets for the Prime Minister and cabinet
    26. NATO Flying Training program contract
    27. Liberal friends appointed as IRB judges being investigated by RCMP
    28. Hedy Fry’s imaginary burning crosses
    29. Maria Minna’s improper municipal vote
    30. Minna giving contracts to two former campaign staffers for public relations work for a conference that had already been held
    31. Lawrence MacAulay and contracts directed to Holland College
    32. Lawrence MacAulay and Tim Banks
    33. Lawrence MacAulay hired his official agent, Everett Roche, for $70K, but Roche never did any work for it. (Oct 2002)
    34. Art Eggleton and contracts to his ex-girlfriend
    35. Copps’ aide Boyer’s spending habits
    36. Collenette resigns for breach of ethical guidelines involving a letter he wrote to the Immigration and Refugee Board
    37. APEC Inquiry
    38. Andy Scott’s 1998 resignation that came eight weeks too late, after a media circus wore him down for indiscreetly shooting his mouth off on an airplane.
    39. Anti-American comments by Liberal MPs, officials, and the former Minister of Natural Resources.
    40. Rock and the Apotex/Cipro affair
    41. Rock giving Health Canada contract to car cleaning company.
    42. Manley lobbying CIBC on behalf of Rod Bryden
    43. Manley’s fundraiser suggesting donors to his leadership write it off as a business expense.
    44. Manley using his pre-budget consultations as Minister of Finance to solicit support for his leadership bid.
    45. Coderre’s relationship with Group Everest
    46. Martin’s fundraiser/employee of Finance Jim Palmer
    47. Martin’s “blind trust” and his relationship with CSL.
    48. Gerry Byrne requesting fundraising money be sent to his home address, with no records kept.
    49. Gerry Byrne pouring bulk of ACOA money into his own riding.
    50. Virginia Fontaine Addictions Foundation
    51. Prime Minister’s former assistant, Denise Tremblay’s huge travel expenses on Veterans Review and Appeal Board as Minister pleaded poverty to veterans’ widows.
    52. Chrétien appointing Hon. Roger Simmons (former Trudeau minister convicted of income tax evasion) as Consul-General in Seattle
    53. Chrétien trying to bring hit-and-run driver Carignan back into caucus.
    54. The RCMP is investigating possible fraud and bribery within Industry Canada, involving possible “overpayments” to recipients of federal business grants. The probe centres on the National Research Council, which hands out federal grants to small- and medium-sized businesses.
    55. More than half a dozen bureaucrats have been “removed” from their jobs at a Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) in Toronto following a police investigation into projects funded under one of the department’s grants and contributions programs
    56. Revenue Minister Elinor Caplan called in the RCMP and ordered a sweeping security review after four tax department computers were stolen containing confidential personal information on more than 120,000 Canadians.
    57. More than $7 billion stashed in Foundations by Finance Minister Paul Martin with little or no accountability
    58. Dhaliwal overseing Richmond-airport-Vancouver transit line while being owner of the airport limousine service
    59. Tom Rosser, former Dhaliwal advisor lobbying Natural Resources department and minister on environmental issues only months after leaving government.
    60. $5.3 million GG northern travel
    61. GG budget doubles in 5 years
    62. Robert Thibault giving a grant as ACOA minister to a wharf and boatyard where his brother-in-law has a monopoly.
    63. Royal LePage contract, which the government was forced to cancel in the wake of serious concerns being raised.
    64. Shutting down the Somalia Inquiry
    65. Home heating rebate, which was sent to prisoners and deceased.
    66. Martin firing Bernard Dussault, Chief Actuary of CPP
    67. Ethel Blondin-Andrew buys fur coat on government credit card
    68. Chrétien’s imaginary homeless friend.
    69. Liberal MP Rick Laliberte’s extensive travel budget
    70. Liberal Senator Thompson living in Mexico
    71. Vendetta against former BDC President François Beaudoin
    72. The flag give-away – which estimates suggest might now have cost $45 million instead of the promised $6 million, and reportedly involved fake invoices.
    73. Gagliano’s two week trip, at taxpayers’ expense, for a two day event with the head of the Royal Canadian Mint and Maurizio Caruso.
    74. Secretary of State for multiculturalism and status of women Sheila Finestone using government car (which junior ministers are only allowed to use for government business) to drive home to Montreal, which even Sheila Copps criticized. (Ottawa Citizen, May 22, 1994)
    75. Liberal MP Jag Bhaduria’s hate mail to his former employers, wishing that they had been shot by killer Marc Lepine
    76. Liberal MP Jag Bhaduria making false claims about his academic qualifications.
    77. Paul Martin and Maria Minna attending fundraising dinner for group linked to Tamil Tigers in May 2000 (National Post, Sept. 8th, 2001).
    78. David Anderson, as National Revenue Minister, suing the government for lost wages after being removed as IRB appointee by Conservative government seeking $454,000 from a deficit-ravaged federal treasury. (Vancouver Sun, July 24, 2004). Anderson eventually agreed to drop the suit.
    79. David Anderson suggesting that the BC doesn’t need extra House of Commons seats, because they wouldn’t be worth much given the poor quality of most West Coast MPs. (Vancouver Sun, July 24, 2004)
    80. A consultant on an executive interchange program persuaded Natural Resources to undertake a $700-million reorganization of its research facilities for which no business case had been made. The program was fast-tracked because he had developed a social relationship with the deputy minister. He was eventually charged with diverting $525,000 to a numbered company he controlled. (Globe and Mail, May 30, 2005)

    And the list continues under Prime Minister Martin:

    81. Raid on reporter Juliet O’Neill’s home by RCMP
    82. Permanent Resident Cards
    83. Judy Sgro going on vacation as cards became mandatory and landed immigrants were left stranded
    84. Minister Frulla’s renovations
    85. Pay raises for chiefs-of-staff in ministers offices, while spending is frozen for public service.
    86. The government’s changing numbers on how much money has gone to CSL
    87. Lobbyists in Paul Martin’s transition team being allowed to return to lobbying immediately, after being involved in process of picking new cabinet and senior staff.
    88. Minister Comuzzi’s anti-Quebec comments
    89. Martin government using closure after only six days in the House of Commons, followed by using time allocation in the Senate.
    90. Problems with DND’s contracts with Compaq Computers that may have cost taxpayers up to $159 million for work not performed.
    91. Martin using government jets to tour the country campaigning before election, spending up to $1 million for air travel alone.
    92. Martin’s relationship with Earnscliffe
    93. Questionable contracts to Earnscliffe
    94. The appointment of former Liberal MLA Howard Sapers as the Correctional Investigator of Canada
    95. Pierre Pettigrew’s flip flopping on health care
    96. David Dingwall’s expenses as head of Royal Canadian Mint
    97. Liberals planning to give David Dingwall a severance package after he resigned
    98. The secret National Unity Fund reserve
    99. Calling an early election after earlier promising first to get to the bottom of the sponsorship scandal
    100. Martin suggesting changes to legislation and introducing bill that benefited CSL, despite concerns from his own Deputy Minister that he was in a conflict-of-interest (Ottawa Citizen, May 26, 2004)
    101. $99 million Public Works contract that went to company overseen by Liberal fundraiser and future Senator Paul Massicotte (Montreal Gazette, June 26, 2004)
    102. Parliamentary Secretary Dan McTeague’s 3-person, $224 trip to a Pizzeria
    103. Immigration Minister Judy Sgro’s staff being allowed to stay on “extended travel” benefits, letting them bill taxpayers’ for thousands of dollars in hotel rooms and meals, because they didn’t want to move from Toronto to Ottawa until after the election.
    104. Correctional Service of Canada Commissioner Lucie McClung’s travel expenses
    105. Contracting irregularities on more than two dozen projects at DND worth tens of millions of dollars, showing over-billing, profit excesses, unauthorized additional work, lack of accounting records, spiralling cost overruns, etc. (Globe and Mail, July 14, 2004).
    106. ACOA Minister Joe McGuire canceling ACOA loan and grant to ABL Industries Inc. because it would compete with company in his riding. (Fredericton Daily Gleaner, July 17, 2004).
    107. Andy Mitchell’s chief of staff’s $22,000 in expenses to commute to Ottawa (Toronto Star, August 2, 2004).
    108. André Ouellet’s travel and hospitality expenses at Canada Post.
    109. Government delaying release of audit on Ouellet until after the election (Globe and Mail, July 31, 2004).
    110. Martin’s principle secretary Francis Fox’s sister getting untendered contracts (The Province, July 27, 2004).
    111. Continuing problems in advertising files at Public Works (Ottawa Sun, July 26, 2004).
    112. A Liberal Party of Canada fundraising letter signed by Paul Martin, asking potential contributors to offer $7,000, $7,100 or $7,200 in contributions – far in excess of donation limits passed by the very same Liberal government
    113. Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne violating municipal bylaws. Municipality pursuing legal action against him. (Ottawa Citizen, August 19, 2004).
    114. Spa Days for inmates approved by the Correctional Service of Canada, which on Aug. 21 invited inmates at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont., to dabble with manicures, pedicures and aromatherapy, not to mention cups of tea served in fine china, all accompanied by a harp serenade. (National Post, September 9, 2004).
    115. Five employees in the ”overwhelmed” immigration section of Canada’s embassy in Iran have been fired over the past year after they each were caught breaching federal ethics rules (National Post, September 13, 2004).
    116. Questionable contracts and spending from the Canada Investment and Savings group set up by Martin in 1996 (Globe and Mail, September 13, 2004)
    117. Questionable contracting practices at Canada Information Office (The Hill Times, September 13, 2004).
    118. A top Canadian diplomat based in China has resigned amid reports he is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes to help Chinese nationals enter Canada illegally. (Vancouver Sun, September 22, 2004).
    119. Abuse of government credit cards by staff at Fisheries Department (CP Wire, September 24, 2004).
    120. Canada’s questionable hiring of the niece of Syria’s foreign affairs minister to work at the embassy in Damascus (Globe and Mail, October 5, 2004)
    121. Hélène Scherrer using Challenger to fly to Banff during election to give partisan speech
    122. Abuse of Challengers by Paul Martin and various ministers (eg. Andy Mitchell, Claudette Bradshaw)
    123. Abuse of Challenger jets for political business instead of government business (Le Devoir, October 4, 2005)
    124. Paul Martin taking Challenger jets to Liberal fundraisers
    125. Challenger food bill of $508 per flight
    126. Expenses during election filed by aide to Ralph Goodale
    127. Questionable expenses during election filed by aides to Judy Sgro
    128. Ongoing problems and safety concerns with the submarine program
    129. Various federal departments reported in excess of $1.1 million in theft of computers in 2003, but the information is potentially more valuable than the hardware (Vancouver Sun, October 14, 2004).
    130. According to the latest public-accounts-of-Canada reports for the period March 2004 and March 2005, over 700 laptops, desktops and central processing units went missing from 35 federal government agencies — worth $6 million. (The Province, October 19, 2005)
    131. Federal government has lost track of $587 million a year in EI overpayments and underpayments at the Department of Human Resources. (Ottawa Citizen, October 12, 2004). However, the government defends itself by stating that in fact it has only lost track of $25 million a year and collects the other overpayments. (Ottawa Citizen, October 13, 2004)
    132. $133,000 grant to a Toronto film company that used classified ads to search for the “perfect” penis. (National Post, October 14, 2004).
    133. Man convicted of fraud against government hired to teach ethics course to public servants (National Post, October 20, 2004).
    134. Public Works selling confiscated grow-op equipment to drug traffickers. (National Post, October 21, 2004).
    135. Pressure by Liberal MPs and ministers on ACOA to make funding decisions based on politics (New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, October 25, 2004).
    136. Paul Martin’s Director of Communications Scott Reid insulting Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador (Toronto Star, October 28, 2004)
    137. The Martin government spent $127,223 on a poll last February testing ways to diffuse negative reaction to the bombshell auditor-general’s report — which included the finding the Liberals ignored their own rules prohibiting the use of tax dollars on partisan polls (Vancouver Sun, November 8, 2004).
    138. Judy Sgro’s campaign volunteer (a stripper) getting ministerial permit
    139. Sgro’s senior policy advisor going to strip club to meet with owner to discuss bringing more strippers into Canada. (National Post, November 25, 2004). Subsequent revelations indicate that he went to at least one other strip club to conduct similar meetings (Toronto Sun, December 7, 2004)
    140. Sgro giving out details of private immigration files, violating Privacy Act
    141. Allegations that Sgro broke the elections law in failing to properly identify the source of a campaign contribution. (Toronto Star, December 8, 2004).
    142. Revelations that the program to bring in foreign exotic dancers was created under pressure from organized crime (National Post, December 18, 2004)
    143. Irwin Cotler appointing his former chief-of-staff to federal court (National Post, November 23, 2004).
    144. Heritage Minister Liza Frulla giving grant to magazine that put her on the cover and made her honourary president (Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2004)
    145. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing Liberal MP John Harvard as Lt-Governor of Manitoba, in order to get him to step aside for “star” candidate Glen Murray.
    146. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing Liberal MP Yvon Charbonneau to UNESCO, in order to get him to step aside for Martin crony Pablo Rodriguez.
    147. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing former Liberal MP Karen Kraft-Sloan as Ambassador for the Environment. (Department of Foreign Affairs Press Release, February 16, 2005).
    148. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing defeated Liberal candidate Dave Haggard as the chair of a newly created Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. (OIC 2005-0001)
    149. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed his friend Dennis Dawson to the Senate
    150. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed his former Principal Secretary Francis Fox to the Senate
    151. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed disgraced former cabinet minister Art Eggleton to the Senate
    152. Martin and his wife complaining about having to live in 24 Sussex (Edmonton Journal, November 17, 2004)
    153. Millennium Bureau spending done with same lack of controls and oversight of sponsorship program
    154. The RCMP has charged a senior Immigration Canada manager and four accomplices in an alleged bribes-for-status scheme in which Arab immigrants paid up to $25,000 to have their claims fast-tracked and approved (National Post, December 17, 2004)
    155. Making widows of RCMP officers killed in the line of duty pay for their husbands’ funerals (Under pressure from the Conservative Party, the government reversed this policy)
    156. Martin patronage-appointee Jim Walsh breaking ethics guidelines and attending Liberal Christmas Party (St. John’s Telegram, January 20, 2005).
    157. Port authority losing more than $60,000 in public funds on the stock market. When Central Cape Breton Community Ventures took over the port in Iona in 2000, the private agency deposited only $5,000 of the $245,000 it received from Transport Canada into a designated bank account. The federal funding was meant to cover the port’s maintenance, insurance and professional services costs (Chronicle-Herald, January 31, 2005).
    158. Canadian flag lapel pins being made in China. Only under pressure, Scott Brison flip flops and agrees to have them made in Canada again.
    159. Questionable dealings around the privatization of the Digby Wharf, which even Liberal MP Robert Thibault wants the RCMP to investigate (Chronicle-Herald, February 10, 2005).
    160. Adrienne Clarkson spending $17,500 to evaluate cleaning at Rideau Hall (Ottawa Sun, February 19, 2005)
    161. Martin patronage appointee Glen Murray breaking ethics guidelines and attending Liberal Convention as delegate
    162. Martin ignoring parliamentary committee and appointing Glen Murray as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
    163. Marlene Jennings, the Parliamentary Secretary for Canada-U.S. relations, making anti-American remarks
    164. Government knowing about details of torture and murder of Zahra Kazemi back in November and still sending ambassador back to Iran
    165. Government knowing about details of torture and murder of Zahra Kazemi back in November but doing nothing
    166. Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on questionable acquisitions at CFB Borden (Ottawa Sun, April 18, 2005).
    167. Joe Volpe keeping stripper visa program operating, despite having promised to shut it down (CTV.ca, March 5, 2005)
    168. Jean Lapierre acting as lobbyist without registering
    169. Joe Volpe trying to intimidating Sikh community
    170. In the spring of 2003, the RCMP investigated allegations that Liberal MP Gurbax Malhi had requested favours and financial support for Paul Martin’s 2003 leadership campaign in exchange for helping Indian nationals get these temporary resident permits (Globe and Mail, March 10, 2005).
    171. Liberals spending $443,237 to change the name Passport Office to Passport Canada (Montreal Gazette, April 21, 2005).
    172. Ken Dryden’s chief of staff charged with careless driving (Ottawa Citizen, March 22, 2005)
    173. Liberals trying to buy off Conservative MPs with offers of patronage positions
    174. Liberals handling of the submarine program
    175. Public Service Integrity Officer’s travel expenses (Ottawa Sun, May 4, 2005)
    176. Liberal Senator Michel Biron going to hearing to support killer Karla Homolka (CTV News, June 9, 2005)
    177. Public Works contract watchdog Consulting and Audit Canada violating contracting rules (Toronto Star, July 4, 2005)
    178. Technology Partnerships Canada rules being violated to pay lobbyists (Globe and Mail, June 24, 2005)
    179. Former Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Robert Nault is working as a paid lobbyist for Nelson House First Nation in what some allege is an apparent violation of a federal code of conduct. Among the federal departments Nault is lobbying is the Indian and Northern Affairs department he headed until December 2003, according to a lobbying report Nault filed with the federal government. Nault registered as a lobbyist for Nelson House, now known as Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, on July 18, 2005 — one year and seven months after leaving his cabinet post. Under the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders, Nault is barred from working for any entity with which his department had “direct and significant official dealings” for two years after leaving office. He is also barred for two years from lobbying his former department or any of his former cabinet colleagues (Winnipeg Free Press, September 14, 2005)
    180. According to documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, Pierre Pettigrew billed Canadian taxpayers for $10,000 for trips for his driver in 2001 and 2002. Pettigrew took his driver to South America and Europe, even though the driver didn’t do any driving on the trips. (Globe and Mail, September 14, 2005)
    181. Joe Volpe’s questionable hospitality expenses (Globe and Mail, September 21, 2005)
    182. According to media reports, Industry Canada has frozen federal financing for research projects by an Ontario biotechnology firm pending the outcome of an investigation into the company’s agreement to pay $350,000 in lobbying “success” fees to former Liberal cabinet minister David Dingwall. Such contingency fee payments violate Technology Partnership Canada rules. (Globe and Mail, September 23, 2005)
    183. Expenses of chairman of the Royal Canadian Mint Emmanuel Triassi, who also approved David Dingwall’s expenses (Globe and Mail, October 4, 2005)
    184. Last week, Public Works was also silent on details of another case involving forensic accounting. Government accounts published on Thursday showed a department employee had embezzled $3.45 million from Public Works office in Koblenz, Germany. Even though the employee was convicted and jailed in Germany, Public Works will not name him or give any details of the crime (Ottawa Citizen, October 4, 2005)
    185. The federal government inadvertently revealed yesterday that it is conducting a large-scale forensic accounting probe into “possibly criminal matters” when it published details of a contract intended for a Quebec accounting firm. The notice awarding a $2-million contract for forensic accounting services was published on the government’s tendering website, MERX. It gave notice that Consulting and Audit Canada was planning to award the sole-source contract to Leclerc Juricomptable, a Quebec City firm specializing in forensic work and litigation support. The contract award notice said the work had to be sole-sourced to Leclerc because it is “not in the public interest to jeopardize the current investment in the investigation or to significantly increase the risk to a successful completion of the investigation into possibly criminal matters.” A spokesman for the Department of PublicWorks and Government Services said yesterday that the notice was published “prematurely” and would be withdrawn last night. He could not say, however, what is under investigation, but said the contract was not tied to another scandal that has kept Quebec forensic accountants busy over the past years. “It’s not related to sponsorship or Gomery, that I can tell you,” said spokesman Pierre Teotonio (Ottawa Citizen, October 4, 2005). It was subsequently revealed that the department involved was CIDA (CP Wire, October 4, 2005)
    186. Questions about campaign funds from Raymond Chan’s campaign going to his companies (Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
    187. Questions about a possible conflict-of-interest between Chan’s activities as minister on behalf of possible business associates (Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
    188. Questions about the report that Chan filed with the Ethics Commissioner (Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
    189. Government giving out contract that specifies no paper trail to be left in government offices (Vancouver Province, October 11, 2005)
    190. Questionable travel expenses at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (CP, October 16, 2005)
    191. Two employees at DFO fired for making fraudulent travel claims (CP, The Province, October 18, 2005).
    192. Lobbyist registrar Michael Nelson has launched investigations of four people for eight possible breaches of the ethics guidelines for lobbyists, the first such investigations ever launched under the code. (Globe and Mail, October 18, 2005)
    193. According to media reports, the federal government has terminated two contracts with a consulting firm that used to be run by Liberal MP David Smith and now run by his wife, following a forensic audit of the contracting practices at a federal agency (Globe and Mail, October 19, 2005)
    194. ATI requests by prisoners for information on prison system and guards, when information is actually disclosed
    195. Liberal candidate Richard Mahoney lobbying for satellite radio company for a month before registering (Ottawa Citizen, October 19, 2005)
    196. Delays and ballooning costs mean a giant software project at National Defence will eclipse its original budget and won’t meet its goals until 2011 — if at all. An internal audit obtained by Canadian Press raises red flags about a new system designed to streamline computer tracking of military inventory and purchases. MASIS — or Materiel Acquisition Support Information System — started in 1997 as a $147-million undertaking. What began as a focused effort to cover a single equipment category in each of the navy, army and air force soon mushroomed. By 2003, Defence officials estimated MASIS would be in place by 2006 at a cost of $325 million, more than twice its forecast budget. A full introduction of the complex software has now been extended to 2011. The heavily censored May 2005 internal audit, released under the Access to Information Act, catalogues a litany of “revised planned milestones.” “The prime contract has been amended six times, each time increasing amounts for professional service fees,” it says. (CP, The Record, October 24, 2005)
    197. Hospitality and travel expenses of executives at CMHC (Journal de Montréal, October 24, 2005)
    198. Questions about Squamish land deal lease (The Province, October 26, 2005)
    199. Liberals handling of tainted water at Kashechewan First Nation

    Daryl

    April 8, 2011 at 6:18 am

    • Wow, what an excellent list Daryl !

      You could also add the lies that they’ve been manufacturing with their media cohorts as well.

      It’s just the same old beat that keeps going on and on with these characters. Their past and present behavior is a precise predictor of how they’ll be in the future.

      A vote for these scoundrels is a vote against Canada.

      Blame Crash

      April 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    • This is a funny list, considering none of it has anything to do with anyone who is being considered for our government.

      Harper is our current prime minister, and stands nakedly guilty of the biggest abuses and scandals in the history of our country.

      All you psychotic loons can do is whine about AdScam.

      Guess what, idiots, the total amount of the Ad Scandal was less than FOUR MILLION DOLLARS. That’s a lot of money, and what happened to it was UNACCEPTABLE. Harper’s F-35 ‘plan’ has a hole in it of more than FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS PER PLANE!

      You offensive morons complain about the government deciding what to do with your money, apparently not realizing THIS IS YOUR MONEY, not just the stuff that pays for childcare. Harper’s team says the plans will cost us $15 billion (that’s the idiotically low estimate nobody actually believe). The NON-PARTISAN parliamentary budget officer says he’s full of it, they will cost $29.3 billion.

      What do you think is the total value of all the IRRELEVANT scandals FROM TEN YEARS AGO, Larry or whatever your name was? Somehow I bet it doesn’t quite compare.

      And once again, for all you silly sheep: LIBERAL VOTERS WOULDN’T PUT UP WITH A LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER WHO DID THESE THINGS. SO WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU GET OFF APOLOGIZING FOR FUHRER HARPER?? You’re idiots!

      omgIdiots

      April 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      • Ok, so…The Lieberal scandals from “Ten Years Ago” are..Irrelevant. But. Mr. Carsons scandals, and make no mistake aside from the bankruptcy.. which unfortunately many people have to deal with in their lives, they are scandalous, but some also took place several years ago. Those are completely relevant…really? I would say yes they are, but then following the logic above…maybe they shouldn’t be. Or is it only because they were Lieberal scandals of olde that they are now irrelevant? Hmmm?

        Gern

        April 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      • You are making a completely inappropriate comparison.

        Carson’s fraud convictions aren’t really the story here (though sadly they are starting to take over). Carson is an issue because his hiring reflects poorly on Harper. I’m all for giving second chances, but this is a guy with FIVE FRAUD CONVICTIONS who was Harper’s longtime personal aide and quote “THE POINT MAN ON CANADA’S INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN!” That’s pretty brutal, that someone who’s been found guilty of lying and cheating FIVE TIMES by our courts was privy to the most sensitive material in our entire country.

        Let’s also keep in mind Carson was ‘vetted’ prior to his employment and Harper now says he has no idea about the man’s past. So was the screening TO BECOME PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO OUR PRIME MINISTER woefully inept, or does Harper have woefully bad judgment?? OR BOTH?

        And THEN, of course, there is the matter of how all this came to light: Carson was accused of illegal influence-peddling AFTER leaving Harper’s employ. Which raises (admittedly mild) further questions about the PM’s judgment and his associations in general.

        omgIdiots

        April 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  38. Yeah smart, what an idiot. Clearly the girl is a ‘plant’. Shows the amount of intelligence here.
    I’m not saying the conservatives are not doing a good job. I’ll probbaly still vote conservative. But it’s NOT a question that this is a DISGUSTING incident, one for which Harper should apologize for!!

    nahad

    April 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

  39. with all due respect, the security for the PM (whatever party he/she is from) is much more stringent than the security for either the OLO or other party leaders.

    You see, Harper is still PM. Whether you like it or not, he *is* the leader of Canada. If an attempt was made on his life, it would have profound implications on the country.

    We do not know, nor will we ever know, if Harper has received threats or what these possible threats may be.

    tori

    April 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

    • Last I checked you’re not allowed to murder the Prime Minister, the leader of the opposition, any sitting MP, any suspended MP, any member of the Canadian public, or even any non-citizen on Canadian soil!

      You may have some semblance of a point that the PM’s security is a little beefier than others’ because he is a more prolific figure but that’s really not relevant to anything being discussed. All of the party leaders are campaigning with RCMP protection. All of them are holding rallies that are [supposed to be] free and open to all Canadians. The actions undertaken by staff at Harper’s events — namely to physically eject people out of crazy paranoia for no valid reason — are unacceptable and inappropriate.

      ummmmmm

      April 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

  40. […] Well, well what do we have here? An extremely interesting blog post by Leo Knight who dug into the media darling Awish Aslam and found some evidence that she is very tight with the NDP Party. (see here) […]

    • He didn’t find evidence of jack shit. He found her name ON A SINGLE EMAIL from A SINGLE NDP MEMBER from THREE WHOLE YEARS AGO.

      Awish Aslam has now MET WITH STEPHEN HARPER and ACCEPTED THE APOLOGY from his chief of staff Dimitri Soudas.

      What the hell are you raving about you tea party lunatic??? Go back to your cave and shut up.

      Conservatarded Conservaturd

      April 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      • But…a proof is a proof. I’ll go wait with my cup of tea for the requisite over-the-top name calling from the loony left to begin. I’ll be looking for more expletive adjectives to show what a high brow lot they are.

        Gern

        April 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  41. Could some of you Harper apologists explain why he is spending billions on jails as part of a ‘get tough on crime’ initiative when Canadian crime levels are steadily dropping?

    Can you explain why this spending was justified with the excuse that ‘unreported crime is on the rise’? (Can you admit even a child would call bullshit on such a hollow lie? Probably not.)

    Can you understand that stuffing people into jails has been PROVEN to INCREASE risk of reoffending? Can you acknowledge that there are better ways of handling non-violent criminals?

    Why do you support the man who wants to take your tax money and spend it on fighter planes that kill people and jails that incarcerate people instead of anything positive — education, healthcare, quality of life, culture, ANYTHING except guns and prisons???

    What rationale do you have for wanting to turn Canada into the United States??? AND FOR GOD’S SAKE WHY CAN’T YOU JUST MOVE THERE NOW SO WE DON’T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH YOU ANY LONGER???

    Conservatarded Conservaturd

    April 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  42. Wow, and that Lieberal list of shame is so short too. Too bad it also did not include a price tag. HRDC was at least a Billion (yeah that is a B folks) dollars alone, Adscam was $200 million+, Sea King was a cost but we got nothing in return as I recall since they just cancelled it paying a break up fee, Gun “Registry” LOL..another $2 Billion (with a B), and that is just 4 of the..yikes almost 200!

    A Billion here, a billion there…soon we are talking real money. And now we have American visitor Michael Layton and his new found policy inspiration muse “Taliban” Jack Ignatieff rolling out their platforms from the PET 70’s…spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend…… scary enough on it’s own. Add in Uncle Gilles holding the pen… uh-oh..what happened?

    Gern

    April 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    • EVERYONE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION, THIS IS HOW CONSERVATIVES DO MATH!!

      Cost of the Ad Scandal:

      $2 million was awarded in contracts without a proper bidding process
      $250 thousand added to one contract price for no additional work
      $1.5 million awarded for work that was never don

      2 mill + 250 thou + 1.5 mill … that equals 3.75 million dollars. SORRY, I MEAN AT LEAST A BILLION, I’M A REDNECK CONSERVATIVE MORON!!

      The total cost of the Commission to investigate AdScam was $14 million. That means in sum, it cost our country 18 million bucks. THAT’S A SHAMEFUL NUMBER and I’m the first to say it.

      But it’s less than HALF the cost of ONE of the fighter planes Harpo is buying. Liberal corruption and Conservative corruption are equally damaging. We had Liberal corruption so they got the boot. Now we have Conservative corruption but you chimps feel like it’s ‘your guy’ in power so you don’t care! THAT’S CALLED HYPOCRISY. Welcome to assholeland, population you.

      hahaha

      April 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      • Darn, I only got a “chimp” and an “assholeland”, kinda disappointing.

        Have to agree with you though re the corruption, doesn’t matter who is the culprit, it is tax dollars wasted and our kids futures being mortgaged.

        I don’t agree however from some of the posters the assertions that Liberal past transgressions are somehow irrelevant because they are a certain number of years in the past…. unless of course they are willing to carry that “irrelevance” over to others of a non-Liberal persuasion.

        But you don’t need to go that far into the past to see what Uncle Dalty has done in Ontario. e-health anyone? Imagine what that billion dollars could have done for front line health care. How many MRI’s, dialysis machines, operating theatres, nurses, doctors etc could that money have paid for.

        Gern

        April 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      • The Ad Scam is “irrelevant” only because and to the extent that it does not concern MPs who may potentially become our leaders (again). If Harper was not running in this election but had decided to retire, and some sort of “Compassionate Conservative” replaced him, I wouldn’t really care who wins.

        This is not — to me or most of the Liberals — about “putting Ignatieff in power” it is purely about getting rid of Harper. I cannot fathom why it is so difficult for Conservatives to understand or admit that he is not healthy for Canada. He has created divisions where none existed before; he wades into rural populations and rants about “Liberal Toronto elites” (his house majority John Baird is a gay Toronto aristocrat, but that apparently doesn’t matter????); he says Liberals are power-hungry when he has displayed more naked lust for power and centralization of decision-making in the Prime Minister’s Office than Canada has ever seen.

        If you understand the value of a billion dollars put toward healthcare or education, how on earth can you support the “planes & prisons” platform of the Conservatives???

        Harper’s corruption will be “irrelevant” when he is no longer the leader of the party, because it will not be an accurate reflection of the Conservative Party once he is gone. That is why the AdScam and all the other little minutiae are “irrelevant” — if our choice were between Harper and bringing back a previous Liberal Prime Minister, that would change things. But as it stands, everything Harper has done counts against him, and only a demagogue would hold Ignatieff responsible for the abuses of predecessors who had nothing personally to do with him.

        Let's be Nice

        April 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    • If the Liberals want to ‘spend spend spend’ then remind us all why Harper has just spent more money than any other prime minister in Canadian history!

      Why is he building extra mega jails when crime is declining?

      Seriously, you are whining about SPENDING MONEY and you don’t have any problem with the fact that (1) Harper wants to buy a bunch of planes that cost a hundred million dollars each! or (2) he’s actually lying about the cost and it will be much more than that as costs overrun, development issues have to be sorted out, and other countries pull out due to the rising costs!?

      FROM THE GAZETTE:
      An American military expert says the Tory government’s planned purchase of 65 F-35 fighter jets comes with an unrealistically low price tag for a plane that he says will not meet the country’s needs.

      “You’re getting an underperforming airplane for a huge amount of money,” said Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Centre for Defense Information in Washington D.C.

      Winslow, who was in Ottawa Tuesday, at the invitation of the Rideau Institute and Physicians for Global Survival, said the estimated price of $75 million per plane is too low.

      “Nobody on this Earth is going to be buying F-35’s in flyable condition at $75 million a copy. That’s not in the cards,” he said.

      BUT THAT’S ALL LIBERAL PROPAGANDA, RIGHT? YOU CAN’T BELIEVE ANYTHING UNLESS IT COMES STRAIGHT FROM CONSERVATIVE.CA!!!

      Gern is a laughable idiot

      April 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  43. If as you say the Liberals just want to ‘spend, spend, spend’ then please remind us all why Harper has just spent more money than any other prime minister in Canadian history!

    Why does he want to build extra mega jails when crime is declining?

    Seriously, you are whining about SPENDING MONEY and you don’t have any problem with the fact that (1) Harper wants to buy a bunch of planes that cost a hundred million dollars each! or (2) he’s actually lying about the cost and it will be much more than that as costs overrun, development issues have to be sorted out, and other countries pull out due to the rising costs!?

    FROM THE GAZETTE:
    An American military expert says the Tory government’s planned purchase of 65 F-35 fighter jets comes with an unrealistically low price tag for a plane that he says will not meet the country’s needs.

    “You’re getting an underperforming airplane for a huge amount of money,” said Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Centre for Defense Information in Washington D.C.

    Winslow, who was in Ottawa Tuesday, at the invitation of the Rideau Institute and Physicians for Global Survival, said the estimated price of $75 million per plane is too low.

    “Nobody on this Earth is going to be buying F-35’s in flyable condition at $75 million a copy. That’s not in the cards,” he said.

    BUT THAT’S ALL LIBERAL PROPAGANDA, RIGHT? YOU CAN’T BELIEVE ANYTHING UNLESS IT COMES STRAIGHT FROM CONSERVATIVE.CA!!!

    Gern is wrong

    April 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    • It was called a global economic crisis, which by all counts Canada weathered relatively well. Does all the credit go to the government? Absolutely not, I think the quality of our banking system was the biggest factor.

      As for the planes, fact is the military and our men and women serving do need new equipment, are the F-35’s the BATEA (Best Available Technology Economically Achievable)? I don’t know that either, there seems to be views on both sides of that and I think it needs to be re-examined in that light. And my hope is that this is what will happen. But the bottom line is the servicemen and women in the forces need to have the best we can afford. Key words..best and afford.

      Gern

      April 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      • And if Harper is willing to slash government services and shut down independent, non-partisan watchdogs to “afford” these planes, where do we draw the line? I have a hard time believing that everyone who’s planning to vote Conservative is okay with the idea of Canada as a “night watchman state.” It would be one thing if Harper was saving us money, but even if you ignore all the stimulus-related bills he spends a lot of money instead of saving it.

        If he was a genuine fiscal conservative we wouldn’t be buying these planes. What emergency do we need them for? They can’t perform search & rescue; they don’t fit Canada’s needs, but the Conservatives are plunging ahead with them. Why can’t we wait a couple of years and buy something from a different manufacturer or of a different manufacturing generation?

        And why does he insist on building jails? He has some kind of obsession with incarceration, and that’s not what I want in a Canadian Prime Minister. How about you?

        Let's be Nice

        April 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

  44. This needs to be reposted. Voice of [t]Reason, I couldn’t put it any better….

    It is entirely possible to be a legitimate Canadian Conservative, or at least it was before Stephen Harper and the Reform gang hijacked the party and tellingly deleted PROGRESSIVE from its name. You can be a Conservative, and you can vote Conservative once he’s gone — but anyone who supports Stephen Harper in this election lacks the self-respect to demand a leader who respects the electorate. Harper does not, and you loony sheep who continue to stand up for him should be ashamed of yourselves.

    hahaha

    April 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  45. TL;DR = Carson now tied to a second sex worker, and this one has multiple convictions, just like Carson! Fuhrer Harper sure knows how to pick ’em!!

    —————————-

    (G&M) A former adviser to the Prime Minister, now under scrutiny by the RCMP, bought a downtown Ottawa condominium with a former prostitute who was convicted of numerous offences in the United States, including money laundering, public records show.

    Bruce Carson began his relationship with Barbara Lynn Khan in 2006, around the time he began advising Stephen Harper in his capacity as Prime Minister, according to a source who knows Ms. Khan.

    Mr. Carson was a senior adviser to Mr. Harper, working on sensitive issues ranging from Afghanistan to the federal budget to climate change.

    But in recent weeks questions have multiplied about how a man with five criminal convictions, who once went bankrupt and suffered years of debt problems, could have been welcomed into the centre of government power.

    Now, after Mr. Harper called in the RCMP to investigate allegations of improper lobbying by Mr. Carson, The Globe has learned that he was in a relationship with a former U.S. felon while serving in the Prime Minister’s Office.

    It was Mr. Carson’s relationship with another sex worker that first landed him under the glare of the RCMP. More than two weeks ago, the PMO contacted the Mounties after they discovered the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network was investigating alleged lobbying Mr. Carson performed on behalf of a company with ties to Michelle McPherson, a former prostitute who also owns a house with the 66-year-old policy adviser.

    It’s not clear whether officials were made aware of Mr. Carson’s relationship with Ms. Khan when he was approved to work in Mr. Harper’s office in 2006, or any time during his tenure.

    Guess what, THERE'S MORE!

    April 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    • Again, the double standard. Is Carson shady? Sure looks like it, however, like it or not, the same kinds of associations (and this does not make it right, and is not an excuse for Harper/Carson) can be made in the case of past Liberal transgressions. This is an inconvenient truth… no matter who gets in, there will be scandals. Does that make it ok, no, because that drags everyone down to a lower common denominator.

      For any who are old enough, I am what you would call a Bill Davis Conservative, a Pink Tory, generally “progressive” in my view. Socially a bit to the left, fiscally a bit to the right. Unfortunately, for most of us we are now in a political dead zone. The Reformers (Mr. Harper being one of them) have for the most part excised/hijacked the progressive out of Conservative. However, Iggy has now shifted so far left to try to cut off Taliban Jack that in reality there is no one in the middle anymore.

      Where are the McKenna, Manley, Martin (and even JC to an extent) Liberals now? They are probably sitting with me and my ilk, the old progressive cons…wishing for a “Mulligan” (to cop a golf phrase) and taking a do-over with 5 new leaders, and a more moderate approach on all sides. No one really represents us well enough to deserve our vote.

      Gern

      April 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      • I WILL REPEAT, VERBATIM.

        Carson’s fraud convictions aren’t really the story here (though sadly they are starting to take over). Carson is an issue because his hiring reflects poorly on Harper. I’m all for giving second chances, but this is a guy with FIVE FRAUD CONVICTIONS who was Harper’s longtime personal aide and quote “THE POINT MAN ON CANADA’S INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN!” That’s pretty brutal, that someone who’s been found guilty of lying and cheating FIVE TIMES by our courts was privy to the most sensitive material in our entire country.

        Let’s also keep in mind Carson was ‘vetted’ prior to his employment and Harper now says he has no idea about the man’s past. So was the screening TO BECOME PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO OUR PRIME MINISTER woefully inept, or does Harper have woefully bad judgment?? OR BOTH?

        And THEN, of course, there is the matter of how all this came to light: Carson was accused of illegal influence-peddling AFTER leaving Harper’s employ. Which raises (admittedly mild) further questions about the PM’s judgment and his associations in general.

        Guess what, THERE'S MORE!

        April 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  46. Oh boy, I got a “Gern is a laughable idiot” to add to my adjectives list. Such vitriole… I bet that wins you lots of debate points.

    Gern

    April 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    • @ Let’s be Nice

      I think on the planes we are generally in agreement, I think it needs some second thought. I know Mr. Page and I think he deserves more credit for his work.

      As for “And why does he insist on building jails? He has some kind of obsession with incarceration, and that’s not what I want in a Canadian Prime Minister. How about you?”

      I want a Canadian Prime Minister who is going to stand up for victims and their rights, I want a Prime Minister and country that does not ascribe to honour killings/genital mutilation being too harshly described when the term “barbaric” is used and that does not see things like “there are sexual assaults and then there are sexual assaults”. Believe it or not, “society” cannot be blamed for failing criminals and there comes a point where personal responsibility for ones actions has to be taken. And the punishment has to be more than a slap on the wrist and a tut-tut.

      So, building more jails, if needed. Reforming the criminal justice system, definitely.

      But then I am (as described by some on this thread)apparently a “loony, laughable idiot, asshole, who lacks self-respect”..so I guess my opinion is irrelevant.

      Gern

      April 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      • Adding minimum mandatory sentences is not “reforming the criminal justice system” it’s precisely the opposite.

        You bring up a Liberal’s offhand remarks about degrees of sexual assaults. Do you believe that groping someone is equivalent to raping them? Probably not. And yet you have no problem condemning someone else whose actual words you’ve probably never heard or read for saying the same thing. Now regardless of how you feel about that issue specifically, you’ve somehow twisted that into meaning the liberals are soft on crime. Guess what, that doesn’t make any sense.

        You say you want a safe society. Why, then, do you support the building of more jails and increasingly harsh sentences when it has been demonstrated by people who study these things for a living and actually have INFORMED OPINIONS that the environment of jail actually encourages recidivism, if only through exposure? You have essentially contradicted yourself just to support Stephen Harper. His approach doesn’t make any sense, so how can you support it?

        Guess what, THERE'S MORE!

        April 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      • To paraphrase Guess What,

        Putting people in jail causes more crime than it prevents!

        How’s that for you jail-building Harpo-lovers? Get some rationale or admit your vote is purely partisan bullshit. There’s no excuse for Harper’s actions or his agenda. Both are notably unCanadian.

        hahahah

        April 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      • @ Guess what

        I have said that no one of the 5 represents me enough to deserve my vote, so I am not sure where your conclusion was drawn that I support Harper. I said build jails, “if needed” (key words here)…not build more jails (full stop).

        Did I say that minimum mandatory sentencing was what I supported with respect to reform of the criminal justice system? No. The 3 strikes seems to have been an un-mitigated disaster in the US, although that is not a particularly good analogy. What I said was that I wanted a PM that would stand up for victims and their rights.

        Right now I think that the system (not any particular party.. but the system itself) is soft on crime in certain areas, I also think that the system does not properly account for victims rights. And I don’t think any of the platforms are particularly valuable in those areas, or at least lack specifics.

        So, how many degrees of separation are permissible between the actions/words of persons associated with a leader and said leader, in order to keep the brush from following one to the other? Is it like the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game…or less? And whatever that degree of separation is that is permissible, has to apply to all leaders equally. And that is usually where the rules start to fall apart and opinion becomes subjective.

        Where are the lines drawn between non-elected advisors, elected MP’s and nominated candidates? Or local riding associations or party presidents or hired lobbyists? I don’t know, but as long as the application of the litmus test is consistent then at least I can buy into the concept that there is a degree of fairness in any judgement being passed on any of them.

        Gern

        April 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  47. The leaders are? Harper, Iggy, Layton, and Duceppe. Well I can’t vote for one, not being in Quebec. A farce all on it’s own. One isn’t Canadian, wants to tax me to death for other peoples problems. And the third is more left than the American. That leaves me with Mr. Harper. He isn’t perfect, nobody is. I believe in the core value that the harder you work the further ahead you should be. Not work really hard and spread it around to people who don’t work as hard as me. Selfish? Well I have a family to support, MY FAMILY. I had my kids so I could raise them and decide what they were entitled to. Not stand in line for the hand out from the all knowing, all seeing Government. In my 41 years I have only known scandal and waste from all elected governments. So I go back to what I believe. I am further right than left, that means Harper. To take that further I have met my MP many times and he is definately worth my vote. Mike Lake is a great guy and I believe works in my best interest. Bash away.

    Heres a little something for my friends who are voting against the Conservatives because of the leader. Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Enjoy.

    LIBERAL VS. CONSERVATIVE POINT OF VIEW.
    A young woman was about to finish her first year of university. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very Liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favour of higher taxes to support more government programmes, in other words a “redistribution of wealth”.

    She was deeply ashamed that her parents were staunch Conservatives, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her parents had for years harboured an evil, selfish desire to
    keep what they thought should be theirs.

    One day she was challenging her mother on her opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programmes. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her mother.

    Her mother responded by asking how she was doing in school.

    Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 94% average, and let her know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which
    left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many university friends, because she spent all her time studying.

    Her mother listened and then asked, ‘How is your friend Audrey doing?’

    She replied, ‘Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 60% average. She is popular on campus and university for her is a big blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.’

    Her wise mother asked her daughter, ‘Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 17% off your average and give it to your friend who only has a 60%. That way you will both have a 77% average, and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of marks.’

    The daughter, visibly shocked by her mother’s suggestion, angrily fired back, ‘That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair!? I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!’

    The mother slowly smiled, winked and said gently, ‘Welcome to The Conservative Party..’

    Conservative? Yup!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    • Your poor kids don’t stand a chance. What a pathetic little Con Artist catechism.

      Guess what, THERE'S MORE!

      April 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • Maybe you should ask Mr. Lake how he feels about having to hew to Harper’s personal agenda in a way no other group of elected MPs have ever had to do in the history of our country. Sadly, Harper brooks no dissent, so you won’t get the likely truth, which is that Mr. Lake truly wants what’s best for this country and disapproves of a lot of what Harper has done.

      You say Ignatieff “isn’t a Canadian.” (You are wrong.)

      You say he wants to tax you “to death.” (You are wrong.)

      And you say the latter as if that means Ignatieff WANTS to raise taxes. Nobody WANTS to raise taxes, but sometimes it has to happen to afford what the government spends. DO YOU THINK HARPER GETS HIS FUNDING FOR PLANES AND PRISONS OUT OF HIS OWN BANK ACCOUNT??? THAT’S YOUR TAX MONEY! And with Harpo making the biggest purchases in Canadian history, you can damn well bet your taxes are going to rise — because of Harper’s spending.

      Yet somehow Ignatieff is the evil taxing overlord. You don’t even have an opinion, just the hollow propaganda that’s been beaten through your skull by endless, pitiful, discourse-lowering ad hominem attack ads that Harper (without precedent) began to unleash before the election season began, and despite finding himself in the lead in the polls! No other prime minister has ever been characterized by such fear, fear-mongering, unilateralism, or need for personal centralized control. But keep believing in your fairytales about the “big bad commies” — whatever helps you sleep at night! (Unfortunately every Canadian with a brain knows you’re laughably full of bullshit.)

      hahahah

      April 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

  48. HERE’S WHY I WANT CANADA TO BUY MORE PLANES AFTER I GET DONE BUILDING JAILS! HERP HERP!

    An American military expert says the Tory government’s planned purchase of 65 F-35 fighter jets comes with an unrealistically low price tag for a plane that he says will not meet the country’s needs.

    “You’re getting an underperforming airplane for a huge amount of money,” said Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Centre for Defense Information in Washington D.C.

    Winslow, who was in Ottawa Tuesday, at the invitation of the Rideau Institute and Physicians for Global Survival, said the estimated price of $75 million per plane is too low.

    “Nobody on this Earth is going to be buying F-35′s in flyable condition at $75 million a copy. That’s not in the cards,” he said.

    Fuhrer Harpo

    April 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    • Damn right! Those idiots at the Pentagon don’t know a thing about the price of THEIR planes. Obviously my personal (outdated) estimates are correct, just ask my 500 minions on this webpage!

      And who is this Wheeler? DIRECTORY OF A MILITARY REFORM PROJECT???? sounds like a COMMIE to me!!! “American military experts” obviously don’t know half as much about American military aircraft as I do!!

      Fuhrer Harpo

      April 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  49. Sigh, of course the right is wrong. The point of my reply wasn’t who is good or bad personally. It was that Mr. Harper is the leader of the party that fits with my ideals. Mr. Lake is my representative and that means Mr. Harper for me. I’m assumming that the liberals on this chat are all from Ontario. Talk about left wing brain washing. Out west, where all of your equalization payments come from we are little more moderate, thank goodness. Liberal tax platform, tax the oil sands………..not the hydro (east) or nuclear (east). Just the big bad oilsands. Does that affect me? Uh, yup. Does it affect you? Uh, yup. The oil company passes said taxes down the line right to your gas pump. You people remember the National Energy Program? How did that work out? In any event, I am not getting into name calling or the juvenille stuff that a lot of people are on here. I hope that there is a majority government so that the country can move forward. Oh and kill the damn registry!!!!! 1 vote Conservatives from Alberta.

    Conservative? Yup!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    • Thank you, my minion. Good work. Don’t ask questions, just do as you are told.

      I’ll have a new Conservative.ca mailing for you by midnight. (Hint: it involves Ignatieff actually being a King of Monaco! That damn guy is just visiting Canada the same way he just visited Harvard University, Oxford University, and all those other world-renowned institutions the left-wing elite intelligentsia love to brag about endlessly.) Why isn’t there a Conservative University where I can breed more pliant, gullible sheep like the ones above? We’ve got Fox News Nor—–sorry, I mean we just got Sun TV News set up, why not a university!

      Fuhrer Harpo

      April 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    • I can’t wait till the oil runs out and the tar sands shut down and your hollow rubbish falls apart like the house of cards it is for all the world to see.

      oil is bad mmkay

      April 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      • Ha ha, this one made me laugh. Good one. Oh wait, you’re serious? Ha ha. Even better. As for the rest, you don’t know me or what I think. Thank goodness. We’ll keep sending the cheques and you keep up the talking. Deal? Gotta get back to work now, we are paying for the country after all.

        Conservative? Yup!

        April 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      • Back to work. I like that.

        Attaboy, dumkopf!

        Fuhrer Harpo

        April 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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  51. WOW! Never before seen so many broken-hearted Liberals! Cheer up, you still have pop band Arcade Fire on your side, over the environment, to fight “global warming”!

    Funny thing, though. Seems both the LPoC and the NDP have “forgotten” all about that ‘crisis’, since it didn’t catch fire with Canadians, either.

    Well! Cheer up, Liberals! After this election disaster you will at least be able to get rid of Michael Ignatieff. Doesn’t look like your prospects for finding another leader show any stars on the horizon.

    What you might want to do, especially if the prospect of another two decades with Harper as Prime Minister of Canada is unappealing to you, is try to define what a “Liberal” really is. You don’t seem to have advanced the theory, at all, since the 19th Century.

    Except, of course, the “Promise the Voter Anything” Liberal Party plank, which we all now know you’re never going to fulfil, anyway. You’ll keep it, though, won’t you? Voters don’t remember, do they?

    Well, I’m sorry the prospect of a Harper majority government makes you crazier than usual. Please bear in mind that you are not encouraging voters to vote Liberal. All this petty bitterness only turns voters even farther away from the LPoC.

    At the rate your ship is sinking, I’m afraid you may have to wait for the 22nd Century before a LPoC leader can be found with any concept of how to run a country. Nice to hear from you! So sorry you hate Harper!

    Get used to him as Prime Minister, though! Rather than barking at the moon with Opposition like this, you’d be better off asking Stephen Harper when he will retire, so you can have “your” government back.

    DWMillar

    April 9, 2011 at 2:51 am

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