Scandals

The 10 Most Infamous Real-Life Backdoor Political Deals

AskMen.com | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
AskMen.com

Sometimes it isn't the government that's to blame for back door deals. Back in 1869, two wily financiers, Jay Gould and James Fisk, thought they could outsmart the government and corner the gold market, but were foiled by the administration. Gould and Fisk tried to buy massive amounts of gold at a low price and then sell high using insider information.

Abolish the Senate, Our National Disgrace

Diane Francis | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Canada's Senators are Canada's Lords and Ladies and, as such, are held to a lower standard than anyone else. Like nobles everywhere, they are immune from sanctions even when it comes to bad behaviour. This is, needless to say, extremely debilitating in a so-called democracy.

How the Senate Became Canada's National Joke

Diane Francis | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Canada's sleepy and dysfunctional "board of directors/content providers", aka its Senate, thrives without justification and without an audience. Its shareholders, and CEO Stephen Harper, disdain the place and yet it continues. The best course of action is for our Prime Minister to become the political equivalent of a hedge fund manager. His job is to enhance shareholder value and there's no better course of action than to ignore threats of litigation by Quebec, stop the losses to reputation and treasure and shut this national embarrassment down immediately.

Why Are We in Such a Hurry to Forget Veterans?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Every year, we put on a poppy, read a few feel-good stories about the surviving Second World War veterans, and maybe observe a moment of silence on the 11th. But veterans' news stories disappear almost immediately and are replaced with tales of holiday consumer-orgies. We should not be so quick to forget them.

Ex-Yahoo CEO Isn't the Only Yahoo in the Business

Richard Powers | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Business
Richard Powers

Despite a candidate's high profile and past accomplishments, due process still includes background checks in terms of resumes. It's the board's responsibility, not that of human resources, to make sure candidates are who they say they are. Transparency is key, and as we've seen in the case of Yahoo, those who do not abide by the rules do so at their own peril.